Been to Downtown West Palm Beach lately? If so, you may have noticed the explosion of the local coffee scene.
There’s close to a dozen coffee shops on or near Clematis Street catering to local businesses and residents year round, providing meeting spaces and a sense of community.
As the self-proclaimed downtown-coffee-scene-expert, I’ll take you on a brief tour of the most popular java hangouts.
Palm Beach Bagel
Open for breakfast and lunch, Palm Beach Bagel, at 533 Clematis St., makes their New York style-bagels on premises and is a must stop for bagel connoisseurs.
Whether you’re stopping in for an amazing breakfast or just walking by on your way to work, be sure you grab a cup of hot joe for the road.
Next up is Subculture Coffee at 509 Clematis St. The go-to gathering place for locals, Subculture offers seating inside, streetside and in its connect alleyway so patrons can always find the perfect spot to meet or just watch the world go by.
Patrons can also view the entire roasting process as owner Sean Scott takes raw beans from the sack and roasts them on site.
Subculture is also home to the monthly Tacos & Hip Hop and many other events.
Evernia Coffeehouse, at 300 S. Dixie Hwy., is a cross between an art gallery and a coffee shop.
This inviting, creative space has a relaxing atmosphere, and with its many small nooks it’s the perfect place to read a book or meet with friends and clients.
Located at 401 S. Dixie Hwy., Johan’s Joe is a fantastically Swedish coffee shop.
Also a favorite spot for meetings, Johan’s Joe is spectacularly decorated and serves traditional Swedish breakfast and lunches. The sandwiches are served cold or grilled and are terrific.
Meraki Juice Kitchen
Right under the Alexander Lofts at 328 Fern St. we have the newest addition to the Downtown scene – Meraki Juice Kitchen.
This stylish new café is the creation of Christopher Slawson of Christopher’s Kitchen fame.
Patrons can enjoy cold-pressed juices, tonics, soups, salads and gluten-free baked goods. Be prepared to have coconut milk in your coffee as this is a vegan cafe.
Paris Bakery & Café
Head north from Fern Street and you’ll hit Paris Bakery & Café at 212 S. Olive Ave.
Here, you can enjoy a cup of coffee and take in the bustle of downtown from the Parisian café tables on the sidewalk.
Next stop is C-Street Cafe at 319 Clematis St. C-Street not only brews up coffee, it has a great lunch menu and is home to the best Soup-of-the-Day special on Clematis Street.
Their half sandwich with cup of soup special is a must, and after business hours they often have live music.
Of course, we can’t discuss coffee on Clematis Street without mentioning Starbucks at 226 Clematis St., the ultimate place to people watch or relax with your laptop.
Did you know that they now serve wine and beer?
Across the street, local restaurateur Thierry Beaud opened up his version of a coffee shop.
Located at 205 Clematis St., Paneterie is part French bakery, part cafeteria and part coffee shop. They feature Oceana Coffee which is organic and roasted in Jupiter, and boasts a menu packed with sweet and savory delights.
West Palm Beach GreenMarket
The popular West Palm Beach Green Market returns Oct. 1 from 9-1 p.m. every Saturday morning where you can enjoy authentic Cuban café con leche from my favorite stop – Havana’s.
There’s usually a line, but don’t worry, the fantastic coffee will be worth it.