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Our Favorite Cafés and Coffee Shops in Channelside

  • March 06, 2023
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Coffee Shops in Channelside and Every Other Spots for Bean Lovers ☕️

Looking for a quiet place to study or a place to meet up with friends? With so many cafés coffee shops in Channelside, it’s hard to choose which to visit! There are different vibes for each spot.

Check out our exclusive guide to see which cafés and coffee shops in Channelside and its surrounding areas you should visit next!

Ginger Beard Coffee

Located in the Channel District is one of our favorite coffee shops in Channelside: Ginger Beard Coffee, a creative and lively hangout spot. Ginger Beard’s specialty is house-made nitro coffee–which is similar to a frothy, non-alcoholic Stout beer. They rotate their creations, so be sure to revisit their menu! They’ve even had a peanut butter-inspired nitro coffee.

Looking to liven up your coffee at home? Ginger Beard offers canned coffee releases when there is a new flavor. So be sure to pick up one of their colorful cans before they sell out! Check out their creative flavors like “Natural Brazil rested on Tasty Tasty Yum Yums” or “Natural Colombia rested on Rum Aged Barleywine”.

A quick tip: is street parking an issue? Go for the parking garages, parking for the first 2 hours are free!

Hours & Location

Monday | 7:00am-2:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am-2:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am-2:00pm
Friday | 7:00am-2:00pm
Saturday | 8:00am-12:00pm
Sunday | 8:00am-12:00pm

📍1208 E Kennedy Blvd #112, Tampa, FL 33602

Victory Coffee

Victory Coffee is one of the top coffee shops in Channelside. While the smallest of the coffee shops in Downtown Tampa, this spot is extremely popular with the local residents.  With a bright atmosphere and helpful service, you’re sure to find your next favorite order.  Serving King State coffee, their soy lattes are the best in Tampa.  They even have some creative secret drinks like a Lavender Vanilla Iced Coffee!

In terms of food, we see why Victory Coffee is a popular quick breakfast spot for the locals.  Their breakfast items and sandwiches are worth the trip. Order the everything bagel with avocado.  Trust us, your avocado toast life will be changed.

A quick tip: if you are a dog lover, this is puppy central. Visitors are known to bring the cutest dogs to this coffee shop!

Hours & Location

Monday | 6:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday | 6:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday | 6:00am-4:00pm
Thursday | 6:00am-4:00pm
Friday | 6:00am-4:00pm
Saturday | 7:00am-2:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am-2:00pm

📍101 N 12th St, Tampa, FL 33602


If you love tea, you will love Bamboozle! With more than 20 varieties of piping hot tea, it’s hard to choose which one to go after. While enjoying a cup of tea, you can also enjoy their diverse Vietnamese cuisine menu consisting of fresh rolls, sandwiches, rice dishes, salads, bowls, and smoothies.

Hours & Location

Monday | 11:00am- 9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am- 9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am- 9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am- 9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am- 10:00pm
Saturday | 11:30am- 10:00pm
Sunday | 11:30am- 4:00pm

📍109 N 12th St, Tampa, FL 33602

Shortwave Coffee

Located in Sparkman Wharf, Shortwave Coffee is a gorgeous coffee shop with an amazing aesthetic.  We love their attention design and not to mention, delicious drinks! They offer high-quality espresso-based drinks, coffee, and specialty tea items.  This is the perfect spot to have a study session or meet up with some old friends.

Hours & Location

Monday | 7:00am-7:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am-7:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am-7:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am-7:00pm
Friday | 7:00am-7:00pm
Saturday | 7:00am-7:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am-7:00pm

📍615 Channelside Dr Suite 106, Tampa, FL 33602

Café and Coffee Shops in Downtown Tampa

Caffeine Coffee

Caffeine Roasters is a crowd favorite for its amazing lattes, signature atmosphere, and warm service. Popular amongst laptop warriors and freelancers, it’s the perfect place to get some work done.

The Downtown location is minimalistic and bright, featuring cool white tile and mod lighting.  The Kennedy location is stylish but comfortable–with colorful, industrial accents.  Both locations serve their amazing menu, but we love the Kennedy location for its comfy couches and high-top seating areas!

We recommend their Caramel Delite latte, with small crunches of caramel toffee. They also serve great food and pastries–check out their Instagram-worthy biscuit breakfast sandwiches!

Hours & Location

Monday | 7:00am- 4:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am- 4:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am- 4:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am- 4:00pm
Friday | 7:00am- 4:00pm
Saturday | 7:00am- 4:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am- 4:00pm

📍 212 E Cass St #3804, Tampa, FL 33602

The Attic Cafe

Known for its top-notch view of Downtown Tampa, The Attic Cafe has filled the need for your next Instagram post. On the fourth floor of a Downtown building, their patio is open-air such that you can enjoy your coffee in an aesthetic, urban atmosphere.

This spot serves Buddy Brew coffee and pastries from the locally famous Alessi bakery. This is also a great spot if you’re looking for a full meal rather than regular coffee and snacks.

From their complete menu of brunch, lunch, and dinner, we recommend their club sandwich and fries!

Hours & Location

Monday | 8:00am- 5:00pm
Tuesday | 8:00am- 5:00pm
Wednesday | 8:00am- 5:00pm
Thursday | 8:00am- 5:00pm
Friday | 8:00am- 5:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am- 3:00pm
Sunday | 9:00am- 3:00pm

📍 500 E Kennedy Blvd #400, Tampa, FL 33602

Buddy Brew at Park Tower

Buddy Brew is one of the most popular coffee shops in Downtown Tampa, having multiple locations in the area. Each location has a different vibe, the latest branch being a beautiful modern vibe in Park Tower. You’ll be greeted by a large cement coffee bar central to the space and brightening industrial lighting accents.  Not to mention, there’s also a huge art installation of their dog mascot–Buddy!

Located on the first floor of a Tampa office building, this spot is perfect for morning coffee or a lunch pick-me-up. Make sure to grab a bag of coffee beans and try their Black Lab roast! Make sure to grab a bag of coffee beans and try their Black Lab roast! We recommend their avocado toast with a poached egg, complete with yummy lime and chili flakes!

Hours & Location

Monday | 7:00am- 5:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am- 5:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am- 5:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am- 5:00pm
Friday | 7:00am- 5:00pm
Saturday | Closed
Sunday | Closed

📍 400 N Tampa St Suite 110, Tampa, FL 33602

Cafe Hey

Cafe Hey is one of the oldest coffee shops in Downtown Tampa. If you are looking for hipster vibes, this is for you. Their brick walls and vintage-looking wood furniture make this spot a cozy place to hang out. Cafe Hey is also a lot less busy than other shops, making it the perfect place to chill out with a book.

Not only is their decor great, but their coffee is amazing. They offer classic coffee orders and unique combinations you won’t find at other shops.

Check out their Surfer Girl–with ginger and chocolate.  Or maybe their Gorilla Hug–with macadamia, banana, and chocolate!  They also serve tea from the legendary Tampa tea shop–Kaleisha Tea.

Hours & Location

Monday | 7:00am- 3:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am- 3:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am- 3:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am- 3:00pm
Friday | 7:00am- 3:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am- 3:00pm
Sunday | 9:00am- 3:00pm

📍 1540 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Café and Coffee Shops in Water Street

Columbia Café

With its first location in Tampa Ybor’s City known for Cuban coffee and Cuban sandwiches, Columbia has grown to 7 different locations with a broad Cuban menu across the Tampa Bay area.

One location is on Water Street called Columbia Café! Columbia has delicious recipes down to a T, from salads, Cuban sandwiches, and entrees to cocktails and wine.

Hours & Location

Monday | 11:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am-9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am-9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am-10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am-9:00pm

 📍801 Water St #1905, Tampa, FL 33602

(Inside Café is closed at 5:00pm with the museum)

Café Waterside

Located at the Tampa Marriott on Water Street, Café Waterside is a perfect way to start your weekend!

Enjoy – you guessed it – waterside views while digging into a delicious breakfast of pancakes, omelets, and more. Make a reservation and treat yourself to a delicious, casual breakfast!

Hours & Location

Monday | 6:30am-10:00pm
Tuesday | 6:30am-10:00pm
Wednesday | 6:30am-10:00pm
Thursday | 6:30am-10:00pm
Friday | 6:30am-11:00pm
Saturday | 6:30am-11:00pm
Sunday | 6:30am-11:00pm

📍 505 Water St, Tampa, FL 33602

Where Will You Grab Coffee in Channelside Next? 👀

Excited to check out the many different cafés and coffee shops in Channelside? There’s plenty more to discover! Download the UNATION app and let us know your favorite spots by tagging @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram, Facebook, and, or TikTok!

Curated by

Contributing curators

Jacky Saunders
  • Daniela Camejo Sanchez

Contributing curators

  • Daniela Camejo Sanchez
    Daniela Camejo Sanchez