The Best Coffee Shops In Fort Lauderdale And Broward County
There’s coffee, and then there’s coffee.
The former is dispensed, lukewarm, into a humdrum paper cup, brewed from sources unknown and features an overwhelmingly insipid taste.
The latter is crafted from specialty beans, lovingly poured from the hands of a capable barista and served in a cozy coffee shop that draws people together over conversation, community and a great cup of coffee.
When great coffee is what you’re after, look no further than the beloved coffee shops and cafés listed below. These Fort Lauderdale coffee shops have earned a reputation for thoughtful ways of handling of quality coffee, inviting atmospheres and that elusive caffeinated magic that births a neighborhood staple.
1. BREW Urban Cafe
With a cult following and a solid reputation as Fort Lauderdale’s best coffee shop, BREW Urban Cafe is adored for its supremely comfortable digs and memorable drinks and treats. Walls of books lined to the ceiling and plush couches offset its industrial garage setting. With great java, a space full of art and even a vintage Airstream trailer inside, BREW Urban Cafe is the perfect venue for coffee lovers to sit down and stay a while.
541 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.357.3934; facebook.com/brewnextdoor
2. SwitchBox Coffee
What makes a great cup of coffee? A great coffee bean (among other things). SwitchBox Coffee’s priority is crafting the best possible cup of coffee by roasting small batches of seasonally sourced beans from farmers around the world. The inhouse roasting process provides a warm aroma to the shop. Add to that an expansive, airy interior and you have the makings of one great coffee shop. Tip: Try the cold coffee flight for a full taste of the wonders SwitchBox Coffee can create from the humble coffee bean.
3446 NE 12th Ave., Oakland Park; 888.849.7269; switchboxcoffee.com
3. Sip Java Co.
If you’re looking to deepen your coffee education, Sip Java Co. should be your next destination. To find your new favorite coffee style, check out its breakdown of different brewing methods and how to choose the right cup for you. A barista will then whip up the mug of your dreams. Plus, with creative coffee concoctions like The Flirt (a white mocha and raspberry latte) and the Electric Shock (coffee with caramel, vanilla and cinnamon), it’s an ideal spot to expand your coffee horizons. Sip Java Co. also offers a wide menu of sandwiches and pastries, so come hungry.
638 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954.358.3966; sipjavaco.com
4. Grind Coffee Project
What began as an at-home espresso bar in a coffee purist’s garage quickly blossomed into the wonderland now known as Grind Coffee Project. Don’t expect to add milk and sugar to your coffee: here, coffee is served black or not at all. Grind Coffee Project focuses on showcasing complex flavor profiles of coffee beans, so the baristas won’t doctor up your drink with syrups and cream (though Grind does have an over-the-counter station where you can add these ingredients yourself, if you must—or you could just order a latte). The aim is to push you outside of your coffee comfort zone. Instead of your usual order, try one of Grind Coffee Project’s intriguing elixirs, like a balsamic dark chocolate mocha or a Nutella and Sriracha latte.
599 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.774.0555; grindcoffeeproject.com
5. Undergrounds Coffeehaus
Eclectic and tucked away, Undergrounds Coffeehaus is a hipster’s paradise. It’s a place to come as you are, then kick back, take in the abundance of local art and enjoy a great cup of coffee. We recommend ordering an adventurous specialty, like the chocolate-mint grasshopper latte or the peanut butter cup cappuccino. Undergrounds Coffeehaus is much more than just a coffee shop: part cozy living room, part used bookstore and part café, it’s a place where you’ll immediately feel at home.
3020 N. Federal Highway, Ste. 5A, Fort Lauderdale; 954.630.1900; undergroundscoffeehaus.com
6. The Revenant Coffee House & Eatery
An artsy spot with ample outdoor seating on the waterfront, The Revenant Coffee House & Eatery is a great place to meet up with friends for lunch. Highlights include a clay oven for baking fresh chapa bread, plus a menu of sandwiches, salads and of course, coffee. For a flavorful caffeine kick, try the Revenant's Express, prepared using the syphon method, or The Expression, which is espresso-infused with fresh rosemary and sugar. At The Revenant, your beverage is good to the very last drop—iced coffees are kept cool with cubes of frozen coffee to ensure that even in the South Florida heat, your coffee won’t get watered down.
301 NE 26th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.947.7509; therevenantcoffee.com
7. Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar
Amid life’s stresses, sometimes you need a large coffee, and sometimes you need a stiff drink. At Stache, you don’t have to choose between caffeine or alcohol. A coffee shop, cocktail lounge, concert hall and nightclub all in one, Stache is one of Fort Lauderdale’s premier coffee shops, by day and by night. It was inspired by the speakeasy movement that swept the nation during the Prohibition Era and harkens back to that underground allure with its dark and romantic interior. Its emphasis is on the art of mixology (for coffee and cocktails alike) and to cure what ails you. Stache sources Miami-based Panther Coffee for its caffeinated creations.
109 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.449.1044; stacheftl.com
8. Warsaw Coffee Company
Industrial, modern and flavor-forward, Warsaw Coffee Company is everything you’d want in a coffee shop, earning it an easy spot on the list of best coffee shops in Fort Lauderdale. We’re crazy about the Dirty Thai, a homemade Thai iced tea topped with espresso and a splash of cream. Warsaw also serves up a wide variety of eats and sweets, like its homemade Pop-Tarts copycat. With quality coffee, a fresh menu of sandwiches and pastries and a laptop-friendly atmosphere, Warsaw Coffee Company gets it right.
815 NE 13th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.990.4189; warsawcoffee.com
9. The Alchemist
If you’re in need of coffee, inspiration and a healthy dose of vitamin D, sit a spell at The Alchemist where you’ll encounter a large garden patio, carefully selected coffee brews and multiple varieties of Slicers (The Alchemist’s name for open-faced sandwiches on Tuscan bread). For the full experience, try The Alchemist’s spin on the bulletproof coffee fad that recently swept the nation. It’s a brain and metabolism-boosting blend of syphon-brewed coffee, organic coconut oil and grass-fed ghee.
2430 NE 13th Ave. Ste. 1, Wilton Manors; 954.673.4614; thealchemist.cafe
10. Expresso Coffee
Expresso Coffee has been a Fort Lauderdale classic since 1992. What makes it unforgettable? There’s nowhere to sit. A charming drive-up stand offering a rotating menu of coffees and light options for breakfast or lunch, Expresso Coffee is the type of quirky that makes it both fun for visitors and a popular staple for locals. Coffee flavors may change daily, but you can count on being able to order the Morning Express or the Cinnamon Swirl any time you visit. Expresso Coffee also sells bagels, smoothies, quiches and sandwiches.
1900 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.527.1222; facebook.com/ExpressoCoffeeCompany
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