Whether it be a first date or a business meeting, “grabbing coffee,” has become the go-to option for catching up on both business and pleasure over cappuccino . Lake County is bustling with local coffee spots that capture the quirky vibe of “small-town Florida.” Skip a trip to a corporate coffee chain and visit one of these 10 local shops to spice up your next coffee date.
1. One Flight Up Café, Mount Dora
You’ll feel on top of the world at the One Flight Up Café with balcony seating that overlooks trendy Downtown Mount Dora. Coffee dates feel extra personable with the shop’s cozy digs that feature both indoor and outdoor seating options. Strolling through the street with a pooch? No problem. One Flight Up Café is a dog-friendly shop with a relaxed environment to deliver a friendly, snug vibe.
Location: 440 N Donnelly St. Mount Dora, Florida | Phone: 407-758-9818
2. Energy Lab Café, Clermont
For a Steampunk-brewed coffee with a modern taste, Energy Lab Café will be your spot. While attached to the Epic Cycle bike store, this café offers free wifi to create an environment where visitors are disconnected from technology, and connected with each other. With knowledgeable baristas who are ready to fire up a Steampunk coffee machine, there’s always positive energy at Energy Lab Café.
Address: 528 8th St. Clermont, Florida | Phone: 352-432-8985
3. Windsor Rose Tea Room, Mount Dora
If a coffee date sounds too basic, maybe you should throw yourself a tea party instead. Windsor Rose Tea Room is a quaint hideaway among a delightful garden, serving fresh pastries and scones. The tea-drinking experience is highly authentic, serving imported teas from favorite English brands like Taylors, Yorkshire, Twining’s, and Tetley. Tea pots are nestled within handmade cozies to keep your tea warm as you drink through several cups. When sipping out of English tea cups at Windsor Rose Tea Room, don’t forget: pinkies up!
Address: 142 W 4th Ave. Mt Dora, Florida | Phone: 352-735-2551
4. The Florida Porch, Leesburg
For coffee junkies, sometimes corporate coffee feeds the caffeine fix. For breakfast dates with Starbucks lovers, a trip to The Florida Porch may be necessary. This Leesburg café proudly serves coffee using Starbucks’ blends. Antique decor and local paintings set a breezy atmosphere, offering a different environment for a familiar coffee taste. Fresh scones pair perfect with a hot cup of Joe, while the café serves one of the best Chai tea lattes on the street!
Address: 706 W Main St. Leesburg, Florida | Phone: 352-365-1717
5. Village Coffee Pot, Mount Dora
If you’re looking to escape the Florida heat while strolling through Downtown Mount Dora, stop by the Village Coffee Pot. This quaint shop offers ice cream and gelato alongside its coffee choices. If the weather is tame, the outdoor seating allows you to enjoy a cool breeze while sipping on a hot coffee or heaping another spoon of gelato. Still have a sweet tooth after treating yourself to ice cream? Swing by the Village Coffee Spot’s sister store, Mount Dora Confectionary, for candy, chocolate, and soft serve!
Address: 425 N. Donnelly St. Mount Dora, Florida | Phone: 352-383-3334
6. Living Green Café, Eustis
For health-conscious coffee drinkers, Living Green Café is a great choice for plant-based food items alongside a mug of hot brew. You can substitute basic coffee cream with almond milk and stir in a small amount of organic sugar. Food items here are guiltless with organic, gluten free, and raw food options. Looking for a fueling pick-me-up? Try a Protein Espresso smoothie, which includes ingredients like almond butter and protein powder to give that extra boost.
Location: 353 Plaza Drive Suite A. Eustis, Florida | Phone: 352-602-4956
7. Axum Coffee, Clermont
Named after a city in Ethiopia, Axum Coffee strives to be a place where guests are not just numbers, but people with stories to tell. This Clermont location is a coffee shop with a mission: to help contribute to the welfare of Axum, Ethiopia where there is barely fresh water, inadequate medical care, and 1000 orphans on the streets. For feline-friendly coffee drinkers, Orlando Cat Café is next door where visitors can enjoy their coffee with the company of cats!
Location: 532 Cagan Park Avenue Clermont, Florida | Phone: 352-404-6958
8. Mountaineer Coffee, Clermont
When you walk in the Citrus Tower in Clermont, your senses are transformed with the aroma of coffee and pastry. Mountaineer Coffee is a gathering place for locals to enjoy a cup of joe in one of the most recognizable attractions in Florida. The bonus is you can sip on your coffee at the top of the Citrus Tower and enjoy a 360-degree view of Lake County.
Location: 141 US-27, Clermont, FL 34711 | Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
9. Serendipity Coffee, Mount Dora
When you enter the doors of Serendipity Coffee in downtown Mount Dora, a sense of calm takes over you. Coffee and a fresh pastry in the coffee shop gives you a sense of happiness.
Location: 144 W 5th Ave Mount Dora, Florida 32757 | Phone: (352) 729-2213
10. Outpouring Coffee, Clermont
This non-profit coffee shop has a simple motto: good coffee and good purpose. The proceeds help support low-income Lake County families and those transitioning out of homelessness. The shop also supports the African country of Malawi to support a children’s home. Grab a cup of good coffee to support worthy causes at Outpouring Coffee.
Location: 2560 E Highway 50 Suite 107 Clermont, Florida | Phone: (352) 989-4406 | Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week
10. Coffee Snob, Leesburg
Nestled in downtown Leesburg, the Coffee Snob provides lattes, coffee, and affogato for you to get your complete coffee fix morning or evening. You can also take home a bag of your favorite Coffee Snob coffee to get the experience of a good cup of coffee right at home every day.
Location: 201 W Main St, Leesburg, FL 34748 | Phone: (352) 460-4570 | Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday
11. OMG Coffee Excellence, Leesburg
When you think of coffee and excellence, you have to give OMG Coffee Excellence in Leesburg a try. They offer your traditional type of hot coffee, and our personal favorite the coffee shake — a blend of coffee and cream to create this intense coffee flavor explosion for your taste buds. If you are on the other end of the county, they also have a location in Renniger’s Antique Market in Mount Dora.
Location: 10401 US-441 Leesburg, FL 34748| Phone: (352) 434-6178| Hours: Monday- Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.