Key West Cafes, Welcome Retreats

Sometimes the hubbub (and heat) on Duval Street leaves you longing for a quiet spot to relax and revive your senses. Key West has a wide variety of hidden cafes that fit the bill. You'll find traditional coffee houses like Coffee Plantation and Sippin’ Coffee House. These homey internet cafes allow you to surf the web while enjoying delicious espresso drinks and homemade pastries. French flavors abound at Banana Cafe and La Creperie where you can while away your morning over scrumptious crepes and baguette sandwiches. For a taste of Cuba, head to Sandy’s Cafe to refuel with the strongest coffee on the island. Opt for a colada or a café con leche paired with a guava pastry.

The health conscious will be thrilled with Help Yourself Cafe and The Cafe. They can meet any dietary need from organic coffees to vegan sandwiches. After you've hit up the Hemingway House and Key West Lighthouse, the shaded porch at the Six-Toed Cat is a welcome respite for breakfast or lunch. Don’t miss their collection of cat-themed local art. For hands-down, the best baked bread in town (they even supply the local restaurants), try Cole’s Peace Artisan Bakery. Here you can have gourmet sandwiches on their straight-from-the-oven bread. Want a waterfront view? Southernmost Cafe has prime seating on the Atlantic with reasonable prices for breakfast and lunch. The side of cool ocean breezes is complimentary. 

Southernmost Beach Cafe
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Waterfront dining in Key West often comes with a steep price. Not so at the Southernmost Beach Cafe. Here you'll find reasonable deals on casual local fare for breakfast and lunch. You don't have to be staying at the Southernmost Hotel to enjoy...  Read More

Cole's Peace Artisan Bakery
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The aroma of freshly-baked bread will lure you into this bakery tucked away near the entrance to Old Town. Filled with to-die-for artisan breads, bagels and sandwiches, Cole's serves breakfast and lunch until 2:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday....  Read More

Six-Toed Cat
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Just a stone's throw from the Hemingway House and the Key West Lighthouse rests this little indoor/outdoor café with an expansive menu that covers breakfast items (which are served all day) like French toast stuffed with fruit and eggs...  Read More

This cozy restaurant on Southard Street has been redefining vegetarian cuisine for over 10 years. With a warm Bohemian décor, their menu offers a variety of options (all clearly marked if gluten-free), which means no one has to sacrifice to...  Read More

Help Yourself Cafe
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Tucked away on a side street in Old Town, Help Yourself is a colorful natural food market and cafe in a re-purposed gas station. If you like your coffee organic with a wide variety of of milks and sweeteners that meet any dietary need, this is...  Read More

Get your day started right at Sandy's Café, a small Cuban restaurant at the end of the M& M Laundry building on White Street. Yes, you read right. It's at a laundromat. Let this be your introduction to the funky synergy of Key West. Step up to...  Read More

La Creperie French Cafe
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Tucked away in the charming Bahama Village, many visitors stumble across this quaint French cafe while waiting in line at the popular Blue Heaven Restaurant across the street. But once they've tried the scrumptious crepes turned out by the...  Read More

Duval Street

For breakfast and lunch, this charming bistro offers French classics like sweet and savory crepes along with fresh baguette sandwiches at a modest price. (Note: dinner prices go up considerably.) Grab a window seat and watch the parade of...  Read More

Sippin' Coffee House

Sippin' is a true internet café fitted with pay-per-minute computers--a rarity these days given the popularity of mobile devices. Wi-Fi is available free with a purchase of $5 or more. You'll also find faxing, scanning and printing services....  Read More

Coffee Plantation
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This Caribbean-style coffee shop is a mix of coffee house, art gallery, real estate office and Internet cafe. Owners Theo and Diane Glorie have played host at this little spot in the historic seaport district since 2005. They've created a homey...  Read More


Meet Claudia Miller

Claudia Miller has been writing about South Florida for over 17 years--seven from Key Largo. A budding photographer, she can usually be found stalking a sunset. Despite being a tad...  More About Claudia