One of my favorite things to do in a new place that I’m visiting is visiting new to me coffee shops. On our recent trip to 30A, we went on a caffeine-fueled adventure to uncover the best coffee shops.
Whether you’re a digital nomad in search of a cozy corner with Wi-Fi, or a vacationer eager to start your day with a great cup of joe before hitting the sands, 30A has got you covered.
This is a coffee lovers guide to coffee shops in 30A. It includes some of the most popular coffee shops as well as some smaller spots that are almost hidden gems. My goal is to help you know where to go get your morning cup of coffee.
Black Bear Bread Co.
We are starting strong with my favorite spot for coffee in 30A. I loved Black Bear Bread Co and I think it’s my personal favorite. This was the first coffee shop in 30A that we tried and turned out to be my favorite of the trip. Maybe it was the super nice barista who went out of her way to make us feel welcome. Perhaps it was the delicious pastry (definitely get the almond croissant). Or maybe it the specialty latte, the bear latte (mocha, hazelnut, and cinnamon).
Whatever it was, we loved this place. We visited the Grayton Beach location but they also have locations in Seaside and Miramar Beach.
Coffee Shoppe at 30A
Coffee Shoppe was a new to me coffee shop that I hadn’t heard of in all of my prep for our 30A vacation! It is in Santa Rosa Beach (in the Blue Mountain Beach area) so it can be a little bit out of the way if you’re staying further east, like Rosemary Beach. But it’s so worth stopping in.
Pro tip – Coffee Shoppe is not far from the Blue Mountain Bakery, which is famous for their cinnamon rolls. I recommend stopping at Coffee Shoppe for coffee and Blue Mountain Bakery for cinnamon rolls!
Coffee Shoppe has a welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff. Plus, their coffee is delicious, the espresso is smooth, and they also have great pastries. I also recommend the coffee shoppe syrup which tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch with a hint of orange. It is so good.
Amavida Coffee Roasters
Amavida is a small, local chain with locations in Seaside and Rosemary Beach. They also have a location in Panama City if you’re in that area.
Amavida has a reputation for excellent coffee. They are a Fair Trade coffee roaster meaning they strive to roast their coffee ethically and sustainably. They make delicious coffee, it’s organic and a lot of the local cafes serve their coffee. You can also buy a bag of their coffee to bring home.
They typically have a variety of specialty drinks. I recommend ordering one of their specialty seasonal lattes.
Sunrise Coffee Co.
Sunrise Coffee Company is in Santa Rosa Beach. I really liked the vibes of this 30A coffee shop. It was really laid back and I loved my latte.
They are also located right in Gulf Place across from the Ed Walline public beach access (the biggest public beach access in 30A). This makes it a great stop for your morning caffeine fix before heading to the beach.
They have indoor seating as well as plenty of outdoor seating with two large patios. If you have to work (which hopefully you don’t!) this is a great spot to do that with their free wifi.
When you hear about 30A, you hear a lot about Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, and Seaside but I don’t feel like you hear about the other towns quite as much. Grayton Beach kind of stole my heart, I think it’s an underrated 30A beach community. It gives me hippie-type of vibes and their unofficial motto is Nice Dogs, Strange People. I like it. And Hotz Coffee fits right in.
And in Grayton Beach, you’ll find Hotz Coffee, connected to the Chiringo restaurant (which we also ate at and loved). It’s a small, but cute, coffee shop with a boho-meets-hippie vibe. They don’t have specialty drinks but serve all of your traditional coffee drinks that you can add flavors to. They also serve amazing breakfast burritos.
When I was researching where to eat and the best things to do in 30A, I didn’t hear much about Beachy Bean. I don’t think this 30A coffee shop is talked about quite as much as some of the others, making it kind of a nice hidden-ish gem.
The atmosphere at Beachy Bean is amazing. The inside has a fun beachy/coastal vibe (appropriate, given the name) and there is a really large outside area, too. It’s great for kids with a lot of space and games. They also have good food, I recommend the avocado toast.
I got the Easy Breezy Latte with white mocha, coconut, and hazelnut. But I also want to go back to try the Butterbeer Latte with hazelnut, marshmallow, and caramel.
Fonville Press is getting a lot of attention for it’s fabulous vibes. Which makes sense given its location in Alys Beach. If you’re not familiar, Alys Beach is the most luxurious town in 30A. The buildings are all white with Bermudian architecture styles. It’s truly a unique town that I love to wander.
This is why it’s not surprising that the Fonville Press is a bit fancier than some of your average coffee shops. It is decorated with a modern pink themed ambiance and no detail has been left unturned. Even the bathrooms are a vibe.
I enjoyed my cortado and my husband liked their cold brew. Everyone raves about the food so we tried a chicken breakfast sandwich. I think I might be in the minority here because I thought it was good but nothing extraordinary, but most of their online reviews claim otherwise. They are also known for their homemade pastries but it’s also a popular breakfast spot. They have a lunch menu and serve dinner as well. This is not the cheapest coffee shop in 30A. However, that’s to be expected not only because it’s in Alys Beach but also because that’s pretty typical of vacation destinations.
Fonville Press not only has coffee but also serves cocktails as well as lunch and dinner. They also have a market in case you want to buy some food or drinks to have on hand wherever you are staying.
3rd Cup is in the heart of Rosemary Beach. It’s a quaint coffee shop and is meant for the coffee to be taken to go. Because of their location, it’s a nice place to stop and grab coffee before wandering around Rosemary Beach. I got a cold brew here and it wasn’t my favorite. But don’t take my opinion to heart since everyone’s preferences are different. I plan to go back again and try a latte next time.
30A is a great vacation for beach lovers, but now it’s a great destination for coffee lovers, too! Coffee shops are always a fun way to explore locally owned businesses and immerse yourself more into the local community. I hope that this guide on coffee shops in 30A helped you add to your list of places to grab your morning coffee! Or your afternoon coffee, no one is judging here!