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.
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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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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

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Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

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My Strange Obsession: Bibibop Addition

I am obsessed with Bibibop.

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I am obsessed with Bibibop.

Sounds strange, right? But it's true.

For those of you who have never had the opportunity to experience Bibibop, Bibibop is an Asian Grill set up similar to Chipotle. You're able to go down the line of food, choosing a base (always go with the purple rice), hot toppings (they all slap), protein (the tofu is to die for), some cold toppings (a great way to try kale for the first time), and a sauce (if you don't get the Yum Yum sauce, you're weird.)

And, let me tell you, the final product is always delicious.

I hadn't been introduced to Bibibop until this past year, but once I tried it for the first time, I never looked back. Now I am constantly craving the taste of the Yum Yum sauce. I usually hit up Bibibop once every two weeks, but if I was rich, I would probably eat it every other day.

Though, admittedly, the prices are pretty good. And they celebrate meatless Mondays with 20% off to anyone who doesn't get meat in their bowl.

Plus, it's pretty healthy. Unlike most restaurants, like Chipotle, where your somewhat healthy meal can instantly become bad for you with the addition of something on the menu, Bibibop's entire menu provides nutritional value and offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Basically, Bibibop is the most underrated and most delicious restaurant in the world, which is why my obsession with it runs so deep. Although I would usually admit that obsessions are unhealthy, I think this one might be okay.

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