Need a Caffeine Fix? Meet Our Favorite Local Coffee Shops in Jax

Starbucks can be a much-needed pitstop when you’re making a Target run, but sometimes, a mom needs a pick-me-up with a little more flavor. (And I’m not talking a grande PSL that packs a whopping 50 grams of sugar.) Local flavor. A place where mamas can feel at home, grab a cup o’ joe just how they like it, and not have to wash the dishes afterward.

More of an iced coffee or latte girl myself, I couldn’t tell you the difference between Costa Rican beans or an Ethiopian blend, but I do consider myself a bit of a coffee shop connoisseur. Meaning, if there’s a coffee shop within a 25-mile radius, I’ve either been there, or I know about it. (Hey, some moms prefer a glass of rosé; my daily ritual involves a nitro cold brew sweetened with a splash of cream.) Before I had my babies, my happy place as a freelance writer was a local spot with my laptop, a pastry, an Instagram-worthy latte, and a window seat — the cozier, the better. While those solo visits are now few and far between (thanks, motherhood), I scoured a few local joints with some mom friends for your sipping pleasure — all in the name of research, of course.

Bold Bean
Bold Bean boasts ample natural light and spacious seating.

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

Where: Riverside, Jax Beach | Drive-Thru: No | Highchairs: Yes | Changing Table: Yes | My Order: Spicy chocolate mocha, coffee cream-filled pastry

Bold Bean is about as local as it gets, as they source their own coffee beans and roast them locally at their own facility in Murray Hill. Offering several single origins and blends, coffee lovers can purchase their beans wholesale or retail online or at one of their two citywide locations. The pair of diverse Bold Bean cafés also make their own syrups in-house (current seasonal offerings are curry and ginger — no pumpkin spice here) and serve a variety of beer, wine, and tea, as well as homemade pastries, danishes, and pretzel bagels. While the local chain’s Riverside location is spacious enough for mommy-and-me hangouts, the Jacksonville Beach café is on the smaller side.

Sippers
With their eclectic décor and communal atmosphere, Sippers is your home away from home for a good cup o’ joe.

Sippers Coffeehouse

Where: Near St. John’s Town Center | Drive-Thru: Yes | Highchairs: No | Changing Table: Yes | My Order: Vanilla latte, homemade cinnamon roll

Considered by many to be a hidden gem near the hustle and bustle of the Town Center mall, Sippers offers an eclectic, communal vibe with mismatched, vintage-inspired décor and furniture, as well as several board games and books for entertainment seekers. Breakfast sandwiches, baked goods, and wraps are served up while classics like Leave It To Beaver play on the lone television. Medium-roast and dark-roast drip coffee are always on hand, along with a variety of espresso drinks and Italian sodas. The latte flavors are endless and include gingerbread, pumpkin, ginger, white chocolate, and cheesecake. The best part? Forget about lugging that car seat inside to get your java fix, because there’s a drive-thru.

Southern Grounds
The large courtyard at Southern Grounds of Neptune Beach makes for the perfect outdoor gathering spot.

Southern Grounds Co.

Where: Neptune Beach, San Marco, Avondale, JAX Airport | Drive-Thru: No | Highchairs: Yes | Changing Table: Yes | My Order: Iced choffee (nitro cold brew with chocolate), avocado toast

With its flagship shop in the heart of Neptune Beach mere blocks from the Atlantic, Southern Grounds brews and sells Intelligentsia coffee (artisan direct trade), along with local craft beers and wine on tap. The usual suspects are present (cappuccinos, chai lattes, cold brew, French press, etc.) while flavorings include toffee nut, maple spice, caramel, and pumpkin spice (seasonal), to name a few. This chef-driven coffee shop introduces new menu offerings every few weeks, with the ever-present pastries, cakes, breakfast options, salads, sandwiches, and kids’ menu all handcrafted in-house. With extensive seating both indoors and outdoors, SoGro is a must for mom dates, solo dates, or actual dates, as you can often catch live music in the courtyard.

Urban Bean
Urban Bean, located in Orange Park, offers a huge menu and children’s sitting area, complete with a tiny table and chairs.

The Urban Bean Coffeehouse Cafe

Where: Orange Park | Drive-Thru: Yes | Highchairs: Yes | Changing Table: Yes | My Order: Pumpkin spice latte, fruity pot

Tucked away in Orange Park, Urban Bean is a family-owned establishment that serves Counter Culture coffee (small-batch roastery) and a massive menu of kitchen offerings made from scratch. Omelets, waffle boats, sandwiches, flatbreads, and assorted pastries (including house-made doughnuts) are just a few edibles offered at this spacious coffeehouse. Seasonal syrups include maple, peppermint mocha, ginger pumpkin, and pumpkin spice, crafted from pumpkins roasted in-house. Extremely family-friendly, Urban Bean also offers a kids’ table, complete with pint-sized chairs and toddler-approved toys. Patrons can sit indoors or outdoors and enjoy live music on weekends or get their java to go via the convenient drive-thru.

Vagabond
At Vagabond, my kiddo loved the wooden toy coffee maker, complete with tiny cups. I loved the Nutella pop-tart.

Vagabond Coffee Co.

Where: Murray Hill | Drive-Thru: No | Highchairs: Yes | Changing Table: No | My Order: Honey latte, homemade Nutella pop-tart

Vagabond recently morphed from serving cups of coffee out of a vintage camper in downtown Jacksonville to a real brick-and-mortar coffeehouse in Murray Hill. You can find their java (roasted in-house) at the popular downtown doughnut delicatessen, Good Dough, and even occasionally find Good Dough’s pastries at Vagabond — talk about a mutually beneficial partnership. Decorated with old-school team pennants and rustic furnishings, the shop also offers an array of pastries, quiche, muffins, and homemade pop-tarts, as well as seasonal syrups and pies (place your Thanksgiving pie orders early — yes, they take orders). For those in need of entertainment, Vagabond also has several board games on hand, as well as a few toys for the kiddos, including my son’s personal favorite, an adorable wooden coffeemaker, complete with miniature coffee cups.

More-Than-Honorable Mentions

There are only so many hours in the day for this mama, and I admit, I have yet to visit every single java joint in Jax. But these are definitely on my coffee shop bucket list!

Bitty & Beau’s Coffee: This upbeat coffee chain advocates for the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Come experience the love, the coffee, and the shop’s amazing vibe for yourself at their new San Marco location.

Brass Tacks Coffee: This hip Southside coffee shop is well known for roasting their own coffee beans and also serves up espresso, tea, wine, and local beers on tap. Bonus: Yes, they have a drive-thru!

Breezy Coffee Shop Wine Bar: Intimate coffee shop and café serving light breakfast and lunch fare, as well as specialty coffee drinks, beer, and wine. Located in Jacksonville Beach.

Brew Five Points: Craft beer and espresso bar serve up (you guessed it) beer and coffee, as well as baked goods and artisan toast in historic Five Points. Check out their Facebook events for more info on ladies’ nights and featured art openings.

The Coffee GrinderSouthside hot spot serving Panache coffee, as well as beer and wine, all to the tune of progressive house and trance music spun by live DJs.

Good Dough: It ain’t your mama’s Dunkin’. This downtown doughnut spot features artisan doughnuts handmade from scratch and brews coffee courtesy of the nearby Vagabond.

Le Petit Paris: Enjoy a full menu of French-inspired eats, freshly baked croissants, and a wide variety of coffee drinks in an adorable Atlantic Beach setting. Reminiscent of the outdoor cafes you might find in Paris!

Lucky Goat Coffee: With a few locations throughout Florida, Lucky Goat is known for its expertly roasted, artfully prepared coffee. Their seasonal drinks and pasteries can’t be missed, and don’t leave without taking home a gallon of their Cold Brew Luckyccino! Visit the Jax location on Beach and Kernan.

The Mini Bar: Tiny donuts made fresh to order? Sign us up! With two locations: Jax Beach and Gate Parkway, the Mini Bar boasts itty-bitty bites and has partnered with Bold Bean to serve a variety of coffee and espresso bevs.

Noah’s Agape Cafe: Near the Julington Creek bridge, this community coffee shop partners with the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville, Best Buddies Association of North Florida, and Noah’s school, North Florida School of Special Education (NFSSE), to train and employ those with special needs.

Pour Mike’s Coffee House: Located on 210 in St. John’s, Pour Mike’s serves up a variety of classic coffee shop fare, including The Kookaburra Coffee — ethically sourced, single origin, direct trade coffee that is locally roasted in St. Augustine. Also, be sure to check their Instagram to see if your name earns you a free drink!

Pura Bean Coffee Company: Small-batch, artisan coffee company, and café located near the Intracoastal Waterway with single-origin and blended offerings.

Round Bird: This South African-inspired coffee shop and wine bar is located right in the heart of Jacksonville Beach. Enjoy a rotating menu of eats and drinks in a cozy, welcoming environment.

Sago Coffee: This new Jacksonville Beach establishment fosters a sense of community where conversation and coffee can meet, while also benefiting a different local nonprofit each quarter.

Social Grounds: Veteran-owned and operated establishment in Springfield employs and empowers homeless veterans through the City of Jacksonville Service Providers. Sources and roasts single-origin beans in-house and offer a variety of beverages and baked goods.

Southern Roots Filling StationDowntown vegan/vegetarian café serving artisan coffee and breakfast and lunch options comprised of quality, organic ingredients.

Spring Park Coffee: Charming Green Cove Springs location brews beans from its sister company, Brass Tacks Coffee Co., and serves up specialty coffees, pastries, waffles, and breakfast sandwiches. Also features the occasional open mic night and a rotating name-of-the-day special, where you get a free coffee if your name is featured on the outdoor sign.

Sunrise Brew Coffee: This new family-owned coffee truck in St. Augustine features a drive-thru service and a full menu of Bold Bean espresso drinks and sweet treats.

Tetherball Coffee: With fun names like Hopscotch (vanilla caramel latte) and Double Dutch (mega chocolate mocha), this java spot in Mandarin offers high-caliber coffee in a bright, cheery, sunlit environment.

For more, visit 10 Places to Get Your Clay County Coffee Fix.

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2400 3RD STREET S, UNIT 200
One of the things that excited us most about bringing great coffee to the beach was the prospect of surfing before and after work and drinking an outstanding cup, still wet from the ocean.  Once we got here we found a friendly, exciting and loyal group of locals, a burgeoning…
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1905 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, FL, USA
Southern charm meets Spanish architecture in this peninsular Urban Core neighborhood.  Situated along the banks of the St. John’s river, San Marco boasts an impressive 14 city parks.  Numerous award winning restaurants, a world class brewery, a handful of craft cocktail bars, independent eateries and boutiques line the corridors of this…
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869 Stockton Street, Jacksonville, FL, USA
We opened our first cafe in the Riverside neighborhood in December of 2011.  Full of breweries, fine restaurants, bars, art galleries and a cohesive community-focused atmosphere, Riverside is the perfect neighborhood for craft coffee.  Our favorite thing about the neighborhood is the locals.  We are very fortunate to have so…
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200 1st Street
We have been taken away by the pull a great cup of coffee has to connect people, start conversations, and create friendships. Coffee, for us, is about relaxing with friends and family. But we don’t just stop at coffee; come enjoy a glass of wine, cheese board, and live music…
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1671 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL, USA
We have been taken away by the pull a great cup of coffee has to connect people, start conversations, and create friendships. Coffee, for us, is about relaxing with friends and family. But we don’t just stop at coffee; come enjoy a glass of wine, cheese board, and live music…
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1636 Hendricks Ave Jacksonville, Florida
10281 Midtown Pkwy Unit 197 Jacksonville, FL 32246
Our doughnuts and glazes are all handmade from scratch in small batches throughout the day so your doughnut is delicious and fresh whenever you stop in.  And we use only the best ingredients–real, high quality butter, eggs, milk–you get the idea. We also seek out local partners who can offer exceptional…
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1275 King St (4.62 mi) Jacksonville, Florida 32204
We are going into our 4th year of business and we are always amazed at the love we feel from our community. We love bringing healthy, organic, local, vegan, and gluten-free food to Jacksonville and love our focus on delicious regional coffee with a Miami twist.
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2708 Park St Jacksonville, Florida
This neighborhood spot offers casual breakfast and lunch, an extensive coffee menu, and a selection of beer, wine, and breakfast drinks. In the spirit of any local neighborhood spot, guest are welcomed to drop in and enjoy freshly brewed coffee and a pastry item while catching up on a book…
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192 Riverside Ave Jacksonville, Florida
Here at First Watch, we begin each morning at the crack of dawn, slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and whipping up our French toast batter from scratch. Everything is made to order and freshness is never compromised. We don’t use heat lamps or deep fryers — we use…
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1300 Beach Boulevard Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Gone are the days of going to a donut shop and agonizing over which flavor to pick. You’ll no longer have to convince your friends, family, or significant other to get a certain flavor just so you can try it. At The Mini Bar, our donuts are about a third…
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7643 Gate Pkwy, Ste 101 Jacksonville, Florida
Your hometown, family run coffee shop. We invite you to come and enjoy a cup of kindness.
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934 Edgewood Ave S Jacksonville, Florida
Vagabond Coffee Company was founded by Will and Samantha Morgan in 2014.They dropped their Scotty camper in the middle of downtown Jacksonville and grew it into a full blown brick and mortar shop in the historic Murray Hill district of Jacksonville, Florida. We believe that everyone is a vagabond on…
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9834 Old Baymeadows Rd
Whether you are starting off your day with a Mocha Latte or capping off your night over a Corona and lime, the Coffee Grinder is your spot.
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328 Ferris Street, Green Cove Springs, FL, USA
Charming Green Cove Springs location brews beans from its sister company, Brass Tacks Coffee Co. and serves up specialty coffees, pastries, waffles and breakfast sandwiches. Also features the occasional open mic night and a rotating name-of-the-day special, where you get a free coffee if your name is featured on the…
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14286 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL, USA
915 King Street, Jacksonville, FL, USA
Pura Bean Coffee was founded on the principal of enjoying coffee and life. It all began after several excursions to Costa Rica where we fell in love with the local coffee and lifestyle. As raving fans we decided it would be fun to make our own coffee back home in…
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834 Kingsley Ave Orange Park, Florida
Grumpy’s Restaurant is a popular southern diner serving breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Grumpy opened his doors in the heart of Orange Park, Florida in 2001. For the past 17 years his award winning kitchen and decorated head chef have been serving both quality interpretations of southern diner dishes and…
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318 7th Ave N Jacksonville Beach, Florida
At Sago Coffee, we believe coffee is a lot like a community. The stronger it is, the more you feel it. That’s why we don’t just brew delicious cups of coffee to kickstart your day; We brew conversation, inviting real change and real solutions from real people who always have…
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14333 Beach Blvd Jacksonville, Florida
Check out this new cafe in Jacksonville!
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1094 3rd Str N Jacksonville Beach, FL FL 32250
A coffee shop with a touch of South Africa. Collaborating and partnering with local business to bring you high quality products whilst supporting local. Unique South African tea grown only in the Western Cape Region of South Africa, hand held meat pies, coffee sourced from Social Grounds in Springfield, tea…
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12233 Sago Avenue West Jacksonville, Florida 32218
The perfect place for littles under 6 to come and enjoy an imaginative play space indoors! The play area will be enclosed, clean, and safe. You can enjoy some refreshments at a nearby table, or join your little one in all the fun! The premier party venue for birthdays, showers,…
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6331 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32244, USA
why 1928? Rebecca Gonzalez’s grandfather was born on October 4th, 1928. He left Cuba in 1961 to escape communism. He found safety in the United States, a country that welcomed Cubans with open arms. He worked hard all his life to create the “American Dream” for his three daughters. He…
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3501 ponce de leon blvd. St. Augustine, FL
This new family-owned coffee truck in St. Augustine features a drive-thru service and a full menu of Bold Bean espresso drinks and sweet treats.  
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Amy & Ben Wright are the proud parents of four children — Lillie, Emma Grace, Beau and Bitty. Lillie was born with autism, and Bitty & Beau were born with Down syndrome. With over 80% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities unemployed nationwide, the Wrights believe that Bitty &…
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Originally from Kansas City, Tina relocated to Jacksonville, FL with her dear husband, feisty cat and sweet-natured corgi mix in 2016. After eight years working various gigs in New York City from magazine publishing to digital marketing, Tina joined the world of freelance, writing and reporting for a variety of publications and websites including MTV News, ET Online, Glamour, Us Weekly and more. Tina has also assisted with social media, editorial and content strategy for brands and personalities such as Britney Spears, Jordin Sparks, Beauty Brands, truTV and WE tv. When she’s not plugging away on her laptop, she can be found exploring the Jacksonville beaches, reading a good book or enjoying a local coffee shop with her cherub-cheeked little boys, Archer and Austin.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Spring Park Coffee in Green Cove Springs is amazing! They have a great seasonal menu, open mic night and the name of the day (where, if it’s your name on the sign out front, you get a free coffee!).

    • This spot looks super cute! I’ll have to make the trek to check them out. Have added them to the list. 🙂

  2. While I do love all of the above (with bold bean and sippers both being in neighborhoods I have previously lived in) my new favorite coffee shop is Social Grounds out in Springfield. It recently opened and they also source and roast locally ?. And they have a goal to get veterans off the streets of downtown Jacksonville by eventually employing them, so they are socially driven (hence their name). They take coffee drinking seriously with an impressive menu, too! Totally worth the drive out to Springfield!

  3. I was sad not to see Alyona’s on the list! They are fairly new to the scene. Drive thru only & thankfully on the stretch of a frequent commute down Atlantic Blvd!
    I like the option of supporting a local shop for my caffeine fix! Thanks!!

  4. Twisted Compass in Fruit Cove! They have great seating and a couch area to sit and have coffee with a mama friend!

  5. La Dulce on corner of Blanding and Blairmore in Orange Park has great coffee, Chai and a huge display of pastries. Very friendly service.

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