5 Must-Try Coffee Shops in the Tampa Bay Area
Lelu Coffe Lounge – Sarasota
The beachy vibe of LeLu really compliments a day out in the Sarasota area. Before heading to the gorgeous white sand beaches (check out 6 of my favorites), enjoy an energizing pick me up drink in a cozy, tropical inspired setting. Lelu Coffee Lounge’s ambiance is just perfect for anyone seeking a relaxed coffeehouse vibe, and includes cozy couches, beach decor (they even sell surf and paddleboards), and books and games to enjoy during your visit. Lelu’s is a great place to lounge around for a bit – basically the total opposite of your standard quick service chain.
Lelu’s menu is really creative and includes a number of signature drinks – the Island Coconut Mocha, the CoCo-CoCoBanana, & the Orange Dreamsicle. In addition to offering just about every espresso drink, Lelu offers a pretty sizable breakfast menu. All chocolate based drinks are made with Ghiradelli and flavored drinks with the highly regarded Monin. I recommend Monkey Mocha (caramel, banana, espresso, and steamed milk), if you are looking to try something new and unique. Although their standard Americano and house coffee are smooth and delicious as well. The ability to substitute almond milk for any drink should please those going dairy-free. And for those avoiding caffeine, there are plenty of tasty smoothies to choose amongst – the perfect cool down on super hot and humid Florida summer afternoons!
Besides the gorgeous beaches, other must-do’s in the Sarasota area include Sarasota Jungle Gardens and shopping/dining at St. Armand’s Circle. Be sure to treat yourself to a wonderful meal at Columbia – Florida’s oldest and largest Spanish restaurant!