Coffee shops Orlando: Quirky and unusual cafés

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There’s no better way to start a new day in Orlando than with a hot cup of Joe. Whether you’re looking for a quick espresso on the run or a chilled catch up over a couple of cappuccinos, Orlando has something for you. In this guide we’ve picked out some of the best coffee shops in Orlando, including roasteries, classic cafés and a cat-themed coffee shop that’s sure to leave you feline good.

Orlando Cat Café

532 Cagan Park Ave, Orlando

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Love cats and coffee? Then Orlando Cat Cafe, located at Cagans Crossings in the city center, is the purr-fect place for you. This cozy coffeehouse lets you pop in for a coffee, a pastry and some playful antics with the café’s resident felines – there are more than a dozen of the cute little fluffballs lazing around in the coffee shop’s purpose-built play area. There’s an additional fee if you want to cuddle the cats, but it’s free to look through the special viewing window and see the fun from a distance.

Although everyone is welcome at the coffee shop, they do have a maximum number of people allowed in the play area. To ensure you get a place, we’d recommend booking at least 24 hours in advance – this is Central Florida’s first-ever cat café and it’s proving to be a popular spot for locals and visitors alike!

Paloma Coffee Co.

507 Main St, Windermere

Located in Windermere, a short drive west of downtown Orlando, Paloma Coffee Co offers more than just the usual morning coffee. This modern hangout is the ideal place to catch up with friends, serving up loads of tasty baked goods, plus plenty of gluten-free and vegan options.

Windermere itself is handily located for lots of Orlando’s top attractions including Universal Studios and Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

Foxtail Coffee Bar

Various locations

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Dedicated to sourcing some of the world’s finest coffees, Foxtail Coffee Co puts a lot of focus on quality and protecting the environment. Needless to say, the beans used at this local chain are sourced responsibly.

There are a few Foxtail Coffee Co cafés in Orlando, including two in Winter Park, one in Downtown Orlando and another opening in the Hourglass District. They roast their own beans and sell them by the packet, and can even deliver to your doorstep!

Axum Coffee 

Various locations

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Axum is a classic coffee chain with a difference. The company’s vision is to gather the local community together for the greater good. The name Axum comes from the Ethiopian city where all the company’s profits go, with the aim of helping the community there. Axum’s owners aim to change the world, one coffee at a time. The coffee shops – there are 3 in Winter Garden and 1 in Clermont – also double as roasteries. The fantastic ethos behind this coffee shop is what helps to make it one of the best coffee shops in Orlando.

Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar

This coffee shop offers a great mix of food and drink, from fair trade coffee and gourmet soups to veggie- and vegan-friendly meals. If you’d prefer to grab your coffee and go, there’s a convenient drive through. Drunken Monkey Coffee holds its own comedy night with 10–15 acts per night from 8.30pm. Fridays is showcase night and Saturday is open mic night.

Holy Grain Coffee Shop

6735 Conroy Rd, Suite 109, Orlando

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Friendly and welcoming, The Holy Grain coffee shop does a great Brazilian cappuccino, plus hot chocolate, smoothies and herbal teas. If you’d like a bite to eat, there’s plenty of sandwiches and gourmet salads on offer. Located a short drive from Universal Florida, this is the perfect morning coffee stop before a day at the theme parks.

Express Café

5820 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee

Located in Kissimmee, this tourist-friendly coffee shop serves up a wide selection of pastries and coffee. There’s also a variety of sandwiches, burgers and ice creams available. Stop off for a family-style breakfast or lunch at the Express Cafe.

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