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8 Coffee Shop Alternatives to Starbucks in Fort Lauderdale

by Mary Francis July 2014

Local coffee shops, bakeries and cafes are taking the grab-and-go concept Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have established and throwing it out the window. Ambience, culture and quality coffee define these stores, making customers more likely to bring their work with them and take a seat for a few hours. Here are eight of the best places we’ve found to enjoy a cup of Joe in Broward County.

1. Pan’e Dolci Bakery

1. Pan’e Dolci Bakery

This Italian bakery serves what some locals consider the best cappuccino in Fort Lauderdale. It also sells Italian pastries like Nutella custard cake, a variety of gourmet gelato, as well as cured meats, olives and cheeses.

Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

3341 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
613 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale 

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2. Stork’s Bakery & Coffee House

2. Stork’s Bakery & Coffee House

This coffee shop brews eight organic, fair-trade coffee blends daily, along with gourmet Mediterranean pastries and lunch items.

Open from 6:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends.

2505 NE 15th Ave., Wilton Manors

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Call: 954.567.3220Visit: http://storksbakery.com/

3. Gran Forno

3. Gran Forno

This coffee shop brews Illy, gourmet Italian coffee and makes more than 800 ciabatta loaves every day. Its macchiatos are known for creaminess and texture.

Opens 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday; closes at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

1235 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

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Call: 954.467.2244Visit: http://www.granfornopronto.com/

4. Undergrounds Coffeehaus

4. Undergrounds Coffeehaus

For those looking for a hangout spot that also happens to serve coffee, this coffee house has a range of board games and books on shelf. It brews specialty coffees and sells 40 flavors of tater tots, as well as other lunch items and desserts.

It also has a book store and sells local art. Art and craft shows, themed movie nights, swing dancing classes and open mic nights are a few of the events Underground Coffeehaus hosts each month.

Open noon to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 1 a.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

3020 N. Federal Highway, Ste. 5A, Fort Lauderdale

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5. Danish Pastry Co.

5. Danish Pastry Co.

The atmosphere, quality pastries and coffee here are much stronger than your average coffee chain's. Many locals call it a “hidden gem,” with the chic storefront and pastry dough imported from Denmark. It brews gourmet Italian Illy coffee.

Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

2031 Tyler St., Hollywood

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Call: 954.362.4366Visit: http://danishpastryco.com/

6. Your Big Picture Café

6. Your Big Picture Café

This coffee shop is ideal for specialty coffee requests. With its wide selection of dairy and non-dairy coffee creamers and range of sweeteners, there is something for the pickiest of patrons.

All coffee and espresso is organic and fair-trade. The store also sells Fort Lauderdale bakery Gluten Free Cookie Jar desserts and Naturally Delicious baked goods.

Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

4900 S. University Drive, Ste. 110, Davie

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Call: 954.252.5644Visit: http://yourbigpicturecafe.com/

7. 11th Street Annex

7. 11th Street Annex

The Ugly Sisters, Inc. café is better known for its tea than coffee, but still offers a memorable coffee experience. The coffee is ground in-house and can be served alongside signature English scones and European imported butter. The café changes its menu daily, always including a homemade soup and four to six entrees with vegetarian options. Cash only.

Open 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11:30 to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month.

14 SW 11th St., Fort Lauderdale

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8. BREW Urban Cafe

8. BREW Urban Cafe

No list of Fort Lauderdale's best coffee shops would be complete without BREW, which some might say is the ultimate spot for freelancers and entrepreneurs to get work done. We were sad to see BREW close its downtown Fort Lauderdale location, but the new location that opened in FATVillage at Next Door at C&I Studios – complete with a vintage library – more than made up for it. Enjoy a specialty espresso drink paired with a pastry.

BREW Next Door at C&I 
Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
537 NW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale

BREW Victoria Park
Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7 a.m .to 10 p.m. 
638 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

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Call: 954.357.3934Visit: http://brewcoffeeshop.com/

 

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