St. Augustine is a coffee lovers dream come true. Locally owned shops with gourmet cappuccinos hide around seemingly every corner in the oldest city in the nation. With so many options, how does one know which drinks are worth four precious dollars? Nobody knows coffee better than sleep deprived college students. Without further ado, here are a Flagler College senior’s top five picks for local java.
The Kookaburra is an Australian themed coffee and espresso bar located right in the heart of old town on Cathedral street. This hole-in-the-wall coffee shop has earned a beloved place in the hearts of many, easily making it a Flagler College favorite. With three total locations, The Kookaburra is an undeniable staple of St. Augustine. Their specialty drink menu has something for every taste, from the coffee newbie to the die-hard addict.
Address: 24 Cathedral St.
Favorite Drinks: The Honey Badger and the Aussie Iced Coffee
City Perks hides away in a courtyard off of St. George Street. It might take some searching to find this quaint spot, but it’s well worth the effort. With a friendly staff and a constantly changing list of specialty drinks, City Perks earns a spot as one of our favorites!
Location: 6 St. George St.
Favorites: Green tea and Frozen Java Chip Latte
Relampago Coffee Lab is the new sister-store for the DOS Coffee and Wine Bar located on San Marco. This new location is a convenient two blocks from Flagler College and is next-door to the popular Floridian Restaurant. This downtown newcomer lives up to its larger namesake, featuring daily roasts and blends that will keep you coming back. They are also the most vegan-friendly location in town with the ability to personalize drinks for every specialty. Don’t hesitate to request something off menu!
Location: 74 Spanish St.
Favorites: Pumpkin Spice Latte and the Daily Special
Gaufres & Goods
Okay, this Polish and Greek cafe isn’t exactly a coffee shop. However, they serve Belgian Waffles that give Antwerp vendors a run for their money, and that alone earns it a space on this list. In all honesty, this adorable old-timey cafe will inspire even the most novice writer to start the Great American Novel. Travel back in time with this locals-only favorite. The coffee definitely will not disappoint.
Location: 212 Charlotte St.
Favorites: Coffee and Belgian waffle with Nutella
What could be better than coffee? Coffee AND crepe’s, that’s what. With both sweet and savory crepes, as well as an extensive coffee menu, Dulce cafe has the largest menu of all the shops on this list. The friendly staff and cozy couches make this place ideal for lengthy homework sessions and enjoying a good book. Be sure to stop by the next time you’re near the plaza!
Location: 210 St. George St.
Favorites: Caramel Macchiato and Espresso
What are your favorite coffee shops in St. Augustine? Where should we try next?
Written by Samantha Tetrault