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MIAMI'S BEST COFFEE SHOPS

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UPDATED OCT 28, 2019

These coffee shops sport cozy environments, fast Wi-Fi, tons of space to spread out, and incredible food menus. Come for the coffee, stay for the doughnuts and smashed avocado tartines at these awesome coffee spots in Miami.

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CLARISSA BUCH

FITT MIAMI CONTRIBUTOR

Since opening in 2016, ALL DAY in Downtown Miami has become one of the city’s most well-respected (and loved) coffee shops. With nods from The New York Times and Vogue, this local spot offers over 10 different specialty coffee drinks, including Japanese-style pour overs, creamy iced cold brews, and a seasonal, rotating blend. (Think amaretto gelato affogato with a single shot and fermented-mulberry syrup.) Eggs, pastries, and other breakfast-style items, like French toast and bagels with smoked salmon, are also served daily until 5pm, making this the perfect pick-me-up pit stop. Fitt Tip: Look out for a limited-edition doughnut flavor from The Salty Donut — they’re always stocked in the back, you just have to ask.

Sourcing globally and roasting locally is the name of the game at House of Per’La. Known for gathering their beans from around the world, in places including Kenya, Colombia, and Ethiopia, this is one of Miami’s most popular small-batch coffee roasters. You can find their coffee at their flagship shop and roastery in Coral Gables, as well as more than 40 restaurants and hotels across town. But you can also swing by the cafe to sip on the best of House of Per’La’s roasts while sampling food from award-winning chef Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House and Glass and Vine, who designed the shop’s menu.

What’s better than a doughnut and coffee pairing? We’ll answer that for you: Nothing. And that’s exactly what you’ll get at The Salty Donut in Wynwood and South Miami. Here, they place just as much importance on coffee as they do their dough. Which means you can pair your maple bacon and guava and cheese doughnuts with a range of java drinks made with Intelligentsia coffee. Take your pick of classic espressos, cappuccinos, and fun concoctions, like their Cinnamon Toast Crunch latte or salted caramel latte. They also stock a seasonal Japanese iced coffee and a rotating pour over, if that’s more your style.

Panther Coffee is a favorite among Miami coffee drinkers, and for good reason. Open for nearly a decade, the Miami-based coffee concept runs shops in nearly every corner of town, including Wynwood, Miami Beach, Coconut Grove, MiMo, and Little Haiti. At each location, you’ll find a comprehensive lineup of single-origin coffees sourced from around the world and brewed right here in Miami. If you’re in the mood to treat yourself, they also sell a selection of local baked goods from spots like Cindy Lou’s Cookies and Zak the Baker.

Owner of Alaska Coffee Roasting Co., Michael Gesser, lived in Kenya for nearly 10 years and visited every coffee-producing country in the world before opening his first shop in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1994. And lucky for us, their sister shop is set up in North Miami. With lattes, mochas, espresso, and cold brews, this place has it all. Plus, all of their beans are roasted on-site. So if you’re in the neighborhood and are hit with the smell of fresh coffee wafting through the air, you'll know you're close by. An added bonus: they have a wood-fired oven that churns out house-made pizzas after 11am.

Opened in 2011, this Downtown Miami coffee shop specializes in seed-to-cup brews that are among the most flavorful in the city. All roasts are single-origin, which means you’ll be sipping the purest coffee around. Not only that, Eternity Coffee Roasters is a delight to hang out in, featuring cozy nooks, speedy Wi-Fi, and ample places to stretch out. Fitt Tip: If you fall in love with a particular roast, pick up a few bags to bring home, and get the Eternity Coffee experience without having to leave the house.

Espresso shots and bottomless mimosas? Count us in. Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar offers a full-fledged coffee menu (lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos) alongside a complete lineup of eggs, sandwiches, power shakes, all-you-can-drink weekend mimosas, and more. The ideal place to spend a lazy Sunday, stop by this hot spot in South Beach and Coral Gables.

With more and more locations popping up in Miami, Pasión del Cielo is the city’s homegrown Starbucks equivalent. They offer beans from some of the best places to grow coffee in the world, aka Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Kenya, and Sumatra. And if there’s a brew you fancy that’s not on the menu, there’s a good chance Pasión’s baristas will be able to make it if you ask.

At Deco Coffee Co., they take coffee very seriously. That’s why they carefully source, roast, and brew their beans before serving them up inside their charming shop, just a short drive from Wynwood. Sip on everything from a cappuccino to a flat white. There are even cold brew coolers that are infused with raspberry or lemonade. The next time you stop by, pair your buzzy blend with the cafe’s best-selling smashed avocado toast, topped with feta, lime, and basil. You can thank us later.

Forget a boring double shot espresso — Coffee at Brewing Buddha Cafe & Arthouse in South Miami is anything but ordinary. Their innovative menu of drinks ranges from sweet plantain and sea salt caramel lattes to coconut cold brew and creations like their Campfire S’mores—a latte topped with fire-roasted marshmallow. The food here is just as funky — bagels come smeared with guava cream cheese, and the hummus is infused with avocado and cilantro. To top it all off, the cafe offers a quiet and artsy environment, making it easy to settle in and spend a few hours here.

Since 2016, Vice City Bean in Downtown Miami has served a killer selection of coffee drinks featuring roasts from Madcap Coffee Company. It’s a frequent spot for freelancers and remote workers, offering free Wi-Fi and cozy corners to set up a laptop and sip on a pour over. Plus, the shop is always stocked with pastries from local purveyors, including True Loaf Bakery, Cindy Lou’s Cookies, Fufi’s Empanadas, and Sullivan Street Bakery.

Come for the art and stay for the coffee at Mister Block Cafe in Wynwood. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a robust menu of coffee, this trendy black-and-white shop pairs salmon belly burgers and beer with oat milk lattes and iced caramel coffees — trust us, it just works. Once you have your coffee, make sure to grab a seat in their outdoor garden, a popular site for live music and art-themed activations.

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