Whether you’re on the way to your 8:30am, need a spot to study for an exam, or just need an afternoon pick-me-up, we’re confident in helping you find the perfect local coffee gem that we’re sure you’ll love.
It’s no secret that the University of Florida’s Top 5 ranking wouldn’t be possible without the caffeine running through our veins. Starbucks and Dunkin can get repetitive; that’s why we’ve compiled the six best local coffee shops, all less than a four-minute drive from Sweetwater, for you to get your local caffeine fix.
6 Best Coffee Shops for Students Near the University of Florida
Distance from Sweetwater: 5-minute walk
Known for its peaceful community atmosphere accompanied by massive windows and gorgeous light fixtures, Concord is the perfect place to get a start to your busy day on campus. Located directly across the street from Matherly and Anderson Hall, its two bright floors of seating along with outside seating allow for collaborative or individual study sessions before or after class. Not only do they have coffee, but freshly baked pastries as well. Pro tip: get there early, as seats will fill up!
Distance from Sweetwater: 7-minute walk
Address: (Innovation Location) 800 SW 2nd Ave Suite 1, Gainesville, FL 32601
Locally roasted in Gainesville, Opus Coffee is the perfect pick-me-up after a long day of class, especially if you’re near the Innovation Academy or Infinity Hall. Opus has eight locations across Gainesville, but the Innovation location is most popular among students. Opus not only has popular small-batch coffee and unique espresso drinks (like the AC Slayter) available to sip on, but they also offer baked goods and pressed sandwiches to munch on. Modern and inviting, Opus is a great place to stay for a long study/work session or for a quick stop for some locally brewed coffee.
Distance from Sweetwater: 10-minute walk
Inviting, cozy and comfy, Pascal’s Coffeehouse is the place to be in all kinds of weather. Inside a two-story house, the cafe is the perfect place to relax, catch up with friends, and enjoy the fresh fireplace smells and warm atmosphere. The quaint and homey cafe also features local artists’ work for students and patrons to enjoy.
Distance from Sweetwater: 8-minute walk
Karma Cream is most popular for its vegan and non-dairy ice cream, but did you know they serve organic and fair-trade coffee as well? A fun, trendy, and vibrant place to relax or work, Karma Cream is a great place to meet up with friends and collaborate on group projects. With a wide selection of vegan lunch items, desserts and coffee, this spot is perfect if you are vegan or looking to try vegan options.
Distance from Sweetwater: 4-minute drive
Located in the heart of Downtown Gainesville, Wyatt’s is surrounded by a busy and lively atmosphere and is the perfect study spot or meeting place to grab a cup of coffee or to relax after a long day. Determined to make your experience a remarkable one, Wyatt’s is well-known for its pour-over coffee, tea, chocolate, and Everything Pretzels.
Feeline Good Cat Cafe
Distance from Sweetwater: 4-minute drive
Sometimes the only thing better than a cup of coffee to warm you up is a furry friend to cuddle with while you’re sipping on your coffee. Feeline Good Cat Cafe and the Gainesville Humane Society have partnered for you to hang out with adoptable cats and enjoy a cup of coffee in Downtown Gainesville. While reservations are recommended for the cat lounge, they aren’t required to enter the cafe bar and study space, which spans two floors of seating.
Did you know? Sweetwater will have its own coffee shop on the ground floor. Daydreamer will open on the ground floor of Sweetwater in Fall 2023. Plus! If you stop by for a tour at our Sweetwater leasing office, you can get a free Daydreamer coffee. Stay tuned for more information!
We hope this review helped you learn more about Gainesville’s coffee shops! Next time you’re trying to find a place to study, collaborate on a group project, or simply need a boost of caffeine, we hope we’ve inspired you to try one of our favorite spots, all locally made with love.