Creating a great workspace in your apartment is key, especially if you’re a student or if you work from home. But no matter how cool and quiet your study spot is, sometimes you need to switch it up – and enjoy some [energizing] coffee while you’re at it. So where are the good coffee spots in Gainesville? Check out these places and maybe they’ll become your new java haunts.
Located right off University Ave. and near Bo Diddley Community Plaza is Volta Coffee, Tea, & Chocolate. These purveyors of specialty coffees, teas, chocolates, and baked goods are all about variety and quality. Check their Facebook page to see what goodies they have available each day for your snacking enjoyment. 48 SW 2nd. St.
Opus Coffee has been around Gainesville roasting and serving up delicious coffee since 2002. Now they have multiple locations around town so you’ll likely be able to find one near you to hang out at. Opus focuses on quality and the origins of their skillfully roasted coffee beans. Check out one of their many locations around town – you can find them listed at the bottom of their site.
Curia on the Drag
Curia is housed within a larger space that includes an art gallery and individual art studios on 6th Street. This chic, beautiful coffee shop is an artistic oasis for creative minds. Spend an afternoon or evening studying surrounded by colorful works of art, greenery, and the aroma of coffee. 2029 NW 6th St.
Pascal’s Coffee House
Pascal’s is a spot created by the Christian Study Center of Gainesville, but all are welcome to enjoy coffee and community at this local space. Pascal’s offers a bright, uplifting space to spend time studying or hanging with friends while enjoying their ethically sourced and carefully roasted coffee drinks. 112 NW 16th St.
Got a craving for chicken? One of Gainesville’s newest restaurants, PDQ, may be just the place for you. Located at 3403 W University Ave, PDQ emphasizes that their fresh, juicy chicken is unlike any other in town. You can get their chicken tenders crispy or grilled with any of their seven homemade sauces. Not in the mood for chicken tenders? Try one of their sandwiches from grilled turkey breast to spicy buffalo. On top of that, if you really wanted to stick to the healthier side, pick any of their hand-tossed salads that will be sure to please. Open every day from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm, stop on by to get your chicken tender on!
If you have a craving for something Eastern, Tatu Sushi at 1702 W. University Ave, in Gainesville is a perfect place to have an amazing Asian meal. Whether you are in the mood for a light salad or a filling entrée, you will find it at Tatu Sushi. Tatu’s menu includes cucumber pasta, seaweed salad, pad-Thai, spicy seafood noodle soup, chicken teriyaki, salmon steak, sushi rolls, edamame and so much more, all nicely priced so you can have a delightful night out with a price that won’t break the bank. Open from 11 am to 10 pm Monday through Friday and 5 pm to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by for a meal and a sake bomb at Tatu Sushi soon!
Check out more about Tatu Sushi here.
Being in a college town, one thing that most every student runs on is coffee. Even if you are not a student, coffee keeps you running and ready for whatever challenges the day has in store for you. Know Where Coffee, located at 1226 W University Ave, offers a variety of coffees and teas that are perfect to get you started for a long day. Know Where Coffee is not just your average coffee shop… they truly put the “art” in Artisan coffee. Each of their coffees has their own special brewing process for superior taste development and flavor quality, and what a selection of coffees and teas they have. Their coffee blends include Brazil- Fazenda Santa Lucia, Colombia- San Sebastian, Costa Rica- Finca El Alto, and Ethiopia Borana Gelana Abaya while their tea blends include chia, chamomile, mango tango, jasmine petals, and chocolate peppermint. Open on Monday through Friday, 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 4pm. Go ahead and leave your Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts at the door and head over to Know Where Coffee to get a taste that you will find nowhere else. Find out more about Know Where Coffee.
A trending drink seems to be Boba and milk teas, and a store has opened up that offers a variety of teas for you to enjoy. Kung Fu Tea, located at 3102 SW 34th Street, in Gainesville offers a variety of teas such as lychee punch, white gourd milk tea, taro milk tea, coconut milk tea, and even honey lemonade. With spring among us, and summer right around the corner, what better way to enjoy a sunny day than a cool drink? Open from noon to midnight, Monday through Sunday; come by for a delicious and refreshing drink.
For a pizza experience truly unlike any other, come on over to the newly open Blaze Pizza, located at 3617 Archer Road, in Gainesville. There has been a lot of buzz about Blaze, and for good reason. Think of Blaze as if it were the Chipotle of pizza. You make your way down an assembly line where you can truly personalize your personal pizza with a variety of sauces, cheeses, veggies, meats, and spices to make a pizza unlike any other. Don’t worry though, if you are not in the mood to hand pick every ingredient, there is a plethora of their signature pizzas for you to choose from like the meat eater, art lover, red vine, and white top pizza. Gluten-free eaters can rejoice, too, because Blaze offers a gluten-free pie crust for you to enjoy your pizza on. Top your pizza creation off with their delicious s’more pie and your tummy will be in heaven. Open from 11 am to 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday; stop by Blaze today to get the fire going on your custom pizza.
You won’t find a burger for cheaper in all of Gainesville than you will at Mac’s Drive-Thru. Located at 129 NW, 10th Avenue, in Gainesville, you’ll soon discover that Mac’s just might be another one of Gainesville’s hidden gems, with prices that just can’t be beat. Mac’s hamburger is just $1.49 and fries are $1.09 and you have the option of getting a fish, ham, roast beef, or Cuban sandwich, all for under $3. You can have yourself a juicy burger and fries on a budget. Open from 9 am to 6 pm on Monday through Friday, stop by to get your hand on one of their delectable burgers today.
Tip: bring cash! No credit cards accepted here.
There is a plethora of Asian restaurants in and around Gainesville, where you can find Hibachi, lo mien, and all the egg rolls you can eat. Being in a college town, you can be assured that one of the most well-known Asian foods that college kids strapped for cash love to indulge in is ramen… and a new restaurant in town specializes in just that! No, we are not talking about the 3-minute dorm made ramen and not just college kids will enjoy the savory dishes that Crane Roman has to offer. Located at 16 SW 1st Avenue, in Gainesville, Crane Ramen is the first of its kind here in the Gainesville area. From organic pork belly ramen, to roasted chicken, and vegetable and mushroom ramen, you’re positive to find the perfect bowl of soup to warm you right up. Open from 11 am – 3 pm and 5 pm – 10 pm on Monday through Wednesday and 11 am – 3 pm and 5 pm to 1 am on Thursday through Saturday, stop by Crane Ramen for a flavor experience like no other.
For fresh food and a cozy dining experience, one local restaurant you will be sure to want to check out is Paramount Grill. Located in the heart of downtown Gainesville at 12 SW 1st Ave, Paramount Grill is known for their delicious menu, which is constantly changing due to them only using the freshest and most locally grown ingredients possible. Some menu items that you may come across include coconut and sesame breaded crab cakes, grilled duck Panini, and sesame Mahi Mahi.
The crisp, clean look of the restaurant as well as the warm and inviting yellow walls will tempt you to stay for hours while you enjoy their deliciously prepared meals with one of their many choices of wine. Check their website for their hours and be sure to satisfy your hunger over at Paramount Grill.
For healthy, organic eating in Gainesville, look no further than the Daily Green. Located at 436 SE 2nd street, this restaurant offers a plethora of vegan and vegetarian meals that also happen to be delicious. From kale-avocado salad, banana and walnut waffles, to the legendary tarragon yogurt chicken salad sandwich, you’ll be surprised at how satisfying healthy food is. Wash down your meal with one of their organic fresh juices, fruit smoothies, or water grass and ginger shots. Open seven days a week from 9:30 to 4pm on Mondays through Fridays and 11 am to 4pm on weekends, stop by today to get your healthy fix!