Monday, 10 September 2012 00:00
Coffee shops are a haven of sorts—offering a dry, warm place to relax on a rainy day or a sweet iced pick-me-up when nothing else can.
We were fortunate enough to tour Gainesville for its best coffee, and were pleasantly surprised with not only great coffee, but also with board games, banana walnut bread and cozy chairs.
By Katherine Kallergis
Volta Coffee, Tea and Chocolate
48 SW 2nd St.
M-F 8am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 9am-5pm
Besides the refreshing décor, bright natural lighting and, of course, bold cups of coffee, Volta offered us what we didn't know we wanted: strawberry balsamic buttermilk scones.
Maude's Classic Cafe
101 SE 2nd Pl., Suite 101
M-Th 7am to midnight, Saturday 9am-midnight, Sunday 9am-11pm
Maude's is tucked away in the heart of downtown Gainesville, and it's one of the few places open late enough to caffeinate your way through a night's worth of studying.
Starbucks at the Hub
The Hub, University of Florida
M-Th 7:30am-8pm, Friday 7:30am-5pm
The baristas here know how to work a long line of tired customers in a matter of minutes, satisfying your caffeine craving and still getting you to class on time.
Cymplify (Cym Coffee Co.)
5402 NW 8th Ave.
T-W 7am-4pm, Th-F 7am-7pm, Saturday 8am-7pm, Sunday 9am-7pm
Sister Hazel's Ken Block co-founded Cymplify "to have a good time doing meaningful stuff." We had an incredibly creamy chai tea latte served on high-top tables on their front porch.
2020 NW 13th St.
Walking into Coffee Culture is reminiscent of walking into a late-night diner—just replace a diner meal with the perfect latte and a crumbly, fresh-out-of-the-oven baked good (we had the black and blueberry oat bar).
2124 SW 34th St.
6am-3pm every day
Bagels Unlimited is the best choice for a classic cup of drip coffee, accompanied by breakfast, served all day, every day.
112 NW 16th St., Gainesville 32603
M-Th 8am-7pm, Friday 8am-5pm
Description: Just off of University Ave. and 16th Street, Pascal's is everything you would want from a coffeehouse plus a touch of home, offering indoor and outdoor seating, warm pastries and freshly brewed coffee. You even get one for free with the purchase of whole bean coffee for $12.95.