Pensacola Beach and the surrounding area have much to offer residents and visitors alike. Located in the western tip of the Florida Panhandle, it’s a little closer for those of us traveling from the north than southern Florida is. We have found some great coffee places there!
Spring and fall are the ideal times to visit Pensacola for great beach weather. Leaving behind a snowstorm in Canada, we were happy to drive down to Pensacola with our fifth-wheel travel trailer. You can read about our trip down here.
One of the best ways to explore a new area is with someone who lives there. They already know the best restaurants, coffee shops, and activities. We enjoyed a lovely, relaxing vacation visiting with our son and his wife in Pensacola. It was nice to be able to spend Easter weekend and surrounding days with them. As none of our three kids lives near us, we always appreciate special holiday time spent with any of them. Our daughter-in-law, with some help from our son, served us some delicious gluten-free meals! I did very little cooking, as our frozen leftovers from the Elimination Diet Meal Plan fed us lunches from our trailer.
It’s been great to watch downtown Pensacola be revitalized since Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
We had a great time exploring the area. With our trailer parked in our family’s yard for a couple of weeks, we got to check out some new spots and also revisit some old favourites. This week, I’ll highlight some of our favourite coffee places.
Charlie discovered the newly opened Drowsy Poet a little over ten years ago while he was visiting Pensacola without me. He told me about it, and we’ve been going back ever since.
Fosko Coffee Barre
A cool, new-to-us place in downtown Pensacola, Fosko Coffee Barre makes a very nice coconut milk latte and specializes in crepes. Tall copper coffee makers, a high pressed-metal ceiling, and long exposed brick walls on two sides create a lovely atmosphere in which to enjoy your morning caffeine.
The Leisure Club Coffee Bar and Restaurant
The Leisure Club used to be downtown but has moved north to a plaza with easy parking. They also make a great coconut milk latte and offer a full menu.
The Bodacious Brew is in the same location as The Bodacious Olive, where I bought some fine olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Within the same block, but not physically connected, they have cleverly created a coffee drive-through. We enjoyed our coffee on a patio behind the store.
George Artesan Bakery and Bistro also makes a very good coffee to enjoy in the restaurant or to take out. This is a place where we like to have lunch, too.
Refuge Coffee is a gem of a place that Charlie spotted tucked around a corner on a side street in the pretty neighbouring coastal town of Fairhope, Alabama. . That guy has a good eye! This is where we enjoyed a little break from shopping and sightseeing one day while we were over there.
Gluten-Free Dining, Grocery Shopping, and Other Activities
Check back in weeks to come, as I plan to tell you about eating gluten-free, buying good groceries, and participating in some activities in the Pensacola area. Better still, subscribe to my newsletter to be notified when a new post is published. You can read about previous visits to Pensacola here and here.