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Finding a Fine Cup of Coffee on the Coast

December 24, 2013 by Audrey Johnson

Now that the weather is officially chilly, and there are fewer hours of daylight to get things done, I find myself hitting the coffee pot more than usual. Something tells me I'm not the only one. Coffee shops in SoWal are the perfect places to perk up, grab a bite, do work, or just relax. Rise and grind with this SoWal List of local coffee houses that are as unique as the distinctive communities they serve.
 

Café Hibiscus Wake up with a cup of liquid focus and plan out your day at one of Grayton Beach’s favorite local hot spots. Warm up with a shot (or two) of Espresso, your favorite latte, or a simple cup of coffee while noshing on Old Fashioned Oatmeal topped with Fresh Fruit, Nuts and Brown Sugar, or a Mediterranean Frittata with Spinach, Tomato and Feta Cheese. Café Hibiscus is open daily from 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., accompanied by live music in the Backyard of Love.
 

Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet Grayt Coffee House serves traditional favorites with fresh personality. Stop by and make friends with a cup of Winnie the Cap-PU-atte, Ricky Macchiato, or, if you’re feelin’ a little gangsta, Al Cappuccino. Mexican Hot Chocolate with cinnamon and a dash of chile alongside a Gouda Cheese Grit Bowl make for the perfect cold weather companions. Swing by Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Amavida Coffee Amavida brews fair trade, organic coffee at three café locations: Seaside, Rosemary Beach, and Historic St. Andrews, Panama City.  Indulge in a cup of Ethiopian Idido with strawberry notes, or pick up a cup of popular Mexico drip coffee to compliment El Gallo, their signature burrito served only in Seaside. Also, be on the lookout for the Amavida cart on Tuesdays and Saturdays at Seaside Farmers Market. Visit Seaside from 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Rosemary Beach from 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., and St. Andrews from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Bad Ass Coffee Now with two locations in Grayton Beach and Miramar Beach, Bad Ass Coffee serves 100% Kona Coffee, a variety famous for its rich, smooth flavor. Pair a tasty cup of Kona with a Cream Cheese Bagel and Fresh Fruit for a simple, yet satisfying breakfast. Bad Ass is open daily from 7 a.m. - 5 .p.m.

Café Bolo Café Bolo creates an authentic café experience with their to-die-for homemade pastries and barista favorites made from locally roasted Amavida Coffee. Add some Brazilian flare to your coffee run with Coconut Brigadeiros and homemade Flan. Or try a Bacon, Egg, Ham and Cheese breakfast sandwich on an Everything Bagel. Café Bolo is open from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. just steps from the beach in Gulf Place.

Caffé Siena Conveniently located at the entrance of the Village at Baytowne Wharf, Caffé Siena supplies locals and visitors in Sandestin with their daily fix of coffee and pastries. Polar Express Hot Chocolate made with vanilla, dark chocolate, steamed half- &-half and whip makes for a decadent holiday treat. Caffé Siena is open daily from 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 

Fonville Press In addition to its café offerings, this refined Alys Beach gathering place curates a collection of chic coffee table books, magazines, and fine wines. Sit down to breakfast with a Café au Lait and a Chocolate Croissant, or take an afternoon to relax with a glass of wine in the shady courtyard while the kids enjoy ice cream and let loose in the dog shaped playhouse. Fonville Press is open daily from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. and hosts special events throughout the year.
 

Miss Lucille’s Gossip Parlor Coffee and gossip permeate the air at Miss Lucille’s in Gulf Place. This fun little café carries the three main food groups-coffee, wine and ice cream. In addition to the necessities, Miss Lucille’s has a yummy selection of snacks and pastries that you can enjoy on the café sidewalk, or pack before heading across the street to the beach.  Stop by to eat, drink, and chat daily from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Check out the SoWal Dining Guide for more local cafés and remember to rate your favorites. The SoWal Dining Forum is full of great tips and insider info. Both are perfect for planning your next caffeine adventure!  

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Audrey Johnson

Upon realizing that life is too short not to follow her dreams, Audrey moved to the beach and became a writer. SoWal’s pristine beaches inspire her to explore further, look deeper, and do better.

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