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Top 3 Local Coffee Shops in Orlando

Growing up on the east coast, I am comforted by local cafes and coffee shops. They foster an environment of peace and creativity.

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Moving to Florida, finding similar businesses to settle down in came as somewhat of a challenge. Orlando houses a lot of chain restaurants and coffee shops, and has a different type of hustle-and-bustle from what New York City offered. It took some getting used to on my part, and a bit of researching on where most of the locals go for coffee and comfort. Yelp comes in handy for all of this!

I am fortunate to live close to a part of Orlando that holds that feeling of community, and where small coffee shops do exist. I wanted to share three of my favorite local coffee shops in the Orlando area.

Drunken Monkey 

Drunken Monkey is a favorite of mine for a variety of reasons. It fits the perfect stereotype of an artsy indie coffee shop, the type of place I would like to set up a cot in the back to live. I feel so at home.

I promise I’ll pay rent…

You won’t even know I’m there.

Please!

The interior is filled with warmth, and the vibe is really friendly and laid back but just laid back enough. They house a bunch of local art that is scattered along the walls. They have a living room set up when you first walk in, and a bunch of old board games.

There is an extensive menu, with a plethora of vegan and vegetarian options. Their drink menu is even more extensive, and filled with different and delicious options such as their famous Mojo Jojo.

The one thing I will say is that finding a table looks something like a scene from the Hunger Games. Totally worth the imaginary bloodshed though.

Stardust Video and Coffee

Stardust is the first coffee shop I found in Orlando. I had joined a bookclub, and their meeting location was here. The space is really big, and they have different seating to accommodate large, small, and the more outdoorsy parties. They have good pastries, and I enjoy their coffee. They also have a small bar located inside. The vibe is really laid back and punk rock. There is a library and large dvd collection (hence the name), as well as a photo-booth. They too have vegan and vegetarian options. It has an eclectic interior that I greatly appreciate.


Austin’s Coffee

This is one of the best places to sit back and read a book. Its a small coffee shop, with really cool interior. Its really artsy and has a mixture of furniture and decorations. I really enjoy their pastries, and they have really yummy slices of pie!

I usually grab a seat outside in the front, and read a book and observe the world around me. There is always someone playing guitar and/or singing outside, which adds to the ambiance.

Most of the bricks outside are painted or doodled on, and there is one that always ignites my immaturity and it is the one that says FART in big bold letters. I would just love to know who in particular thought of none other vocabulary word to write on a brick than that.

Kudos to whoever you are.

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