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.