Best Coffee Shops
These six, non-corporate coffee stops will keep you caffeinated while vacationing in Orlando.
Yeah, so there's a Starbucks on every corner, in your hotel lobby and even inside most of the theme parks. But you're on vacation! It's time to treat yourself to a really amazing, unique and non-corporate cup of coffee. These six picks will leave you warm and toasty and with enough caffeine to get you through another round of roller coasters.
1. Credo: Located in the hip neighborhood of College Park made famous as the home of Jack Kerouac, Credo brings a fresh concept along with incredible Guatamalan coffee. Established in 2010, Credo asks customers to name their own price, with proceeds going back to the community. Since its founding, the coffee shop with a conscience has distributed over 2,000 pounds of direct-trade coffee for donation.
2. Barnie's: This Winter Park coffee shop is the perfect pick-me-up with its microroast and rare small-lot coffees. Over the holidays, coffee drinkers can't get enough of Santa's White Christmas, a blend of coconut, caramel and vanilla, and Barnie's Blend is a go-to favorite year-round.
3. Victoria & Albert's: This special-occasion restaurant is the only in town to receive the AAA five-diamond rating. After devouring seven courses paired with wines, you're going to need a pick-me-up, and this coffee service is extraordinary. The coffee brews at the table in a Cona glass vacuum pot for the richest and purest of flavors. After waiting eight minutes for the perfect concoction, it's served in delicate China with a silver spoon.
4. Le Café de Paris: French natives Claude and Chantal have brewed up quite the following to this little bistro in a Dr. Phillips strip mall, not far from Universal Orlando. Patrons linger over their perfectly poured cups of café du jour and a chocolate crossiant.
5. Pho 88: This family-run Vietnamese restaurant is located in the eclectic Mills 50 district near downtown Orlando where some of the city's most authentic Vietnamese, Thai, Korean and Chinese eateries cater to customers seeking the real-deal. While Pho 88 offers some of the best beef noodle soups around, its Cà Phê Sữa Ðá, or iced coffee with condensed milk, is out-of-this-world. The rich coffee blended with the creamy milk is the perfect ending to a flavorful meal.
6. Benjamin French: This French bakery in downtown's charming pocket of Thornton Park is worth a visit. The owner herself will pour your cappuccino served with whipped cream or frothy steamed milk. Take your perfect cup for a walk down the bricked streets to admire the 1920s bungalows or around Lake Eola for the outdoor sculpture garden. C'est magnifique!
7. Lickety-Split: Just inside the beautiful lobby of the brand-new Four Seasons Walt Disney World Resort is this gourmet coffee shop. Guests can order an iced coffee that's been dripping for eight hours or get a freshly made, French-pressed cup of joe along with a house-made pastry. It's the perfect way to get a jolt before hitting the theme parks.