by Strawberry Jam

Too many South Floridians have a predictable, yet questionable, love affair with their local Starbucks.  Lucky for us, there are several inviting options in Ft Lauderdale to get your caffeine fix while supporting unique and local businesses. Here are a few spots to either refuel or stay awhile and bump elbows with your neighbors.

Caffe Rustica

1826 E Sunrise Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304

Located between two of Ft Lauderdale’s apples of our eyes, Radioactive Records and the Gateway movie theater, sits Caffe Rustica.  With its scrumptious, homemade treats and carefully crafted beverages, Caffe Rustica is the perfect spot to grab a pick-me-up before browsing the ever-changing selection at Radioactive or before heading to that late-night movie.  Outside seating is available, though its located right on Sunrise Boulevard.

Undergrounds Coffeehaus

2743 E Oakland Park Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

This locale will make you feel like you’re in your good friends’ home if not your own, especially with the presence of helpful owner Aileen.  Undergrounds Coffeehaus aims to please everyone with their wide variety of books, themed nights, Turkish coffee, crafting sessions, and nearly two dozen kinds of tater tots.  Most books, art, and other items around for entertainment are available for purchase.  Events scheduled regularly so head over to their website to keep up with what’s going on.

Brew Urban Café

209 SW 2nd Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Broken-in leather chairs, a nice selection of national newspapers, and enticing blends of the day- it comes as no surprise that Brew was deservedly voted New Times’ best coffee shop of 2010.  Enjoy some baked goods, free Wi-Fi, and super friendly service, among all the other amenities you’d expect to find in your comfy neighborhood coffee shop.  Make sure you get your coffee card stamped and the 10th coffee is on them!  When the sun goes down, come back and have yourself a beer or glass of wine here- they have microbrews!  Two locations:  Himmarshee Street and Victoria Park.

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