5 Must-Visit Coffee Shops In The Tampa Bay Area

5 Must-Visit Coffee Shops In The Tampa Bay Area

For the coffee lovers and explorers in Tampa Bay.

Whether I'm looking to get some serious work done or I'm just looking for a cute place to lounge with friends, coffee shops are always my go-to. Not only are these wonderful shops pleasing to the eye, but you also leave exuding the delicious smell of coffee, which is always a plus. So if you're looking for an aesthetically-pleasing place to study or some new coffee to try, take a look at five of my favorite coffee shops in the Tampa Bay area.

1. Felicitous Coffee & Tea House

If you're looking for an adorable, homey coffee shop then this is the place for you. Their menu is one of a kind, consisting of your typical lattes, coffees, cappuccinos, and teas, but also offering stand-out items like their "What the Fog?" specialty tea or their "All you need is latte" specialty latte drink that you can't find anywhere else. With artwork on the walls from local artists and plenty of delicious bakery items to choose from, Felicitous is truly one of a kind.

2. Buttermilk Provisions

Buttermilk Provisions has recently stolen my heart and has quickly become one of my newest obsessions. When you walk into Buttermilk, the ambiance is one of peace and the entire coffeeshop, from the walls to the bathroom, is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. With delicious sweet treats being added to their menu every day, like chocolate zucchini bread and homemade Nutella pop tarts, you won't regret making a stop at Buttermilk Provisions.

3. Foundation Coffee Co.

Foundation Coffee Co. is the modern, industrial coffee shop you need in your life. With delicious cappuccinos, scrumptious baked goods, and healthy options to keep you satisfied, it's the perfect place to sit down and be productive. It perfectly embodies the spirit of hard work, while also radiating an atmosphere of calm making it a must see for all. With two locations to choose from, Foundation Coffee Co. truly has it all.

4. Buddy Brew Coffee

Buddy Brew Coffee has some of the best coffee I've ever tasted. While there are many locations, the Hyde Park location is a stand-out. Not only because of their aesthetically pleasing shop but also because you can walk around Hyde Park, do some shopping and then enter into Buddy Brew for a delicious cup of coffee and a pleasing view to the eye. If you're looking for relaxation, topped with a treat for your taste buds, then Buddy Brew is the place to go.

5. Oxford Exchange

Along with being a delicious place to eat in Tampa Bay, Oxford Exchange is also a wonderful coffee shop to visit. Whether you want to bask in the beauty of the place, check out some cool books, or have a splendid latte or cappuccino, Oxford Exchange is the place to go.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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You Should 100 Percent Not Go Out To Eat If You're NOT Going To Tip 18 Percent, Or More

My current summer job is serving at a restaurant and it is the first serving job I have ever had. Here is what I have learned so far, in terms of tipping.


Being a server can be the best job at times and the worst job at times.

Most servers only make between 3 and 3.50 hourly, we rely solely on tips.

There is nothing more disappointing than picking up the check from a table and seeing that they tipped you under 20 percent. I would say a good rule of thumb is to always tip your server 20 percent unless you have a valid reason not to. If their service was truly terrible, then tip them under, but when their service was good and the meal was good too, you have no reason not to tip 20 percent.

I've been serving about 2 weeks now and I have been undertipped or not tipped at all several times.

I'm still learning as I go, but I think I am a good server. I always greet my customers, offer input on the menu, and constantly check on them during the meal. I can confidently say that I think I am worth a 20 percent tip. When I see that someone did not tip me what they should have, it's upsetting. I always wonder what I could have done to earn a better tip but the fact is that some people are just oblivious.

Some people are not aware that you are supposed to tip 18 percent as the bare minimum.

When I don't receive a tip at all, it feels like a waste of time. I put in your orders, brought your food to you, made sure you were enjoying my meal, constantly offered my services, and you don't tip me? Not tipping your server is just plain rude.

There are always some people that tip over 20 percent so, for the most part, it evens out between these people and those who do not tip, but there is no excuse for not tipping your server.

In conclusion, don't eat out if you are not going to leave a decent tip for your server.

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