Coffee shops in Orlando serve as great places to start the work day. (Photo: Deposit Photos/Glow Images)
If you’re an early riser who prefers to get a jump on the day, Orlando’s got you covered. These four spots offer tasty menu options, free Wi-Fi and a unique atmosphere that will help you start marking things off that to-do list in no time.
Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar. Freelancers of all folds flock to this coffee hub in Orlando’s Milk District to enjoy veggie-friendly bites and home-roasted cups of coffee and set up shop on vintage couches among local artwork.
Should you decide to stick around, Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar — a self-described college-town coffeehouse — also serves up options for the meat-loving folk (think pressed paninis and gourmet soups) as well as an impressive people-watching scene for when it’s time to wind down.
Infusion Tea. It’s all about tea at College Park’s Infusion Tea (although they serve coffee here too).
Order something really special like the Rainbow Cloud Forest White Tea (it’s like dessert in a cup) or just a simple latte and enjoy the serene vibe. Menu options range from their Good Mornin’ Burrito to Mom’s Oatmeal — said to “stick to your ribs.” Lots of room to spread out makes this a favorite for early birds looking for a quiet work retreat.
Austin’s Coffee. If you aren’t looking for it, you might miss Austin’s Coffee, tucked away on Winter Park’s busy Fairbanks Avenue.
And while this little boho retreat is open 24/7, don’t let its night-crawler crowd intimidate you. While the evenings may bring in open mic nights and poetry readings, early-morning guests are gifted with just-made quiches, freshly roasted coffee and lower decibel levels.
Stardust Video and Coffee. Best described as a hipster hangout, Stardust Video and Coffee draws an early morning crowd to Orlando’s Audubon Park Garden District. The décor itself is a lot to look at: The walls are covered in local art and kitschy vintage finds. But worker bees appreciate the breathable amount of table space that allows for plugging in and tuning out. T
he kitchen doesn’t open until the lunch crowd rolls in, meaning the morning crew is mostly made up of patrons working to hit deadlines or catch up on emails. If you do stay for lunch, the meatloaf sandwich is a proven hit.