Looking for the best coffee in Destin or on 30A? I’ve got you covered! Cute coffee shops are kind of my jam. I love trying new places when I travel and also frequent a few favorites here locally. As a Destin photographer, I like to settle in and edit my beach sessions while sipping on a cold brew. From Fort Walton Beach to 30A, here are my favorite spots to get a caffeine fix.
Fort Walton Beach
Coffee Ave. This food truck in downtown Fort Walton Beach is the perfect spot to grab a cup of coffee before starting your beach day. The menu features their signature iced coffee (named The Omara), which is made with condensed milk, cold brew and cinnamon. There is also Cuban espresso, a variety of hot and cold drinks, and a rotating list of “new” drinks. There are a couple other trucks in the same spot with acai bowls, smoothies and more so everyone in your group will be happily fed and caffeinated!
Parlor Doughnuts. Although this is primarily a doughnut shop, Parlor Doughnuts also has a great selection of coffee drinks. I mean you can’t go wrong with that combination! I also want to note that there are locations nationwide, so it’s not necessarily local to the Destin area. But the atmosphere is really cute, coffee drinks are tasty and cronuts are AMAZING (try the raspberry pistachio!).
Maas Coffee Roasters. To be honest I haven’t been here yet, but it’s on my list of places to try! It’s located in downtown Fort Walton Beach and I’ve heard wonderful things about it, but I don’t get over that way too often. They roast their own beans and have a menu with unique coffee and non-coffee drinks.
East Pass Coffee Co. I think it’s safe to say that this is a local favorite! Established in 2020 by three friends with a passion for brewing the best beans in town, this cute coffee shop serves fresh coffee, acai bowls, smoothies, toast, sandwiches and more. They use JumpinGoat Coffee, which is hand-roasted in the Georgia mountains and is a family-owned business. My favorite drinks are the Coco for Mocha and Sweet Cream Sunbum Cold Brew (cold brew + sweet cream + coconut syrup). The acai bowls and other menu items are delicious, too! Plus the atmosphere is super cute and offers both indoor and outdoor seating.
The Palms Coffee House. Located within The Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center, this stylish spot offers plenty of comfortable seating, signature drinks, sweet treats and more. It’s a great place to get some work done, catch up with friends or get a coffee to go. I love the sweet cream cold brew with coconut syrup. The Salty Coconut is also delicious!
Camille’s Cafe. This sidewalk cafe located in the quaint Crystal Beach community serves up more than just coffee. Enjoy breakfast tacos, sandwiches, smoothies and other mouthwatering menu items that can be enjoyed there or taken to the beach. Their coffee drinks are made with locally roasted Destin Coffee. The coconut latte is my go-to. Maybe you’re sensing a pattern here… I clearly love coconut coffee drinks!
Capriccio Cafe. Tucked away just before Holiday Isle, Capriccio Cafe is a locally owned Italian cafe that specializes in gourmet coffee, pastries, crepes, sandwiches, and salads. Their coffee, meats, and cheeses are imported from Italy so you know you’re getting an authentic experience!
Beignets & Brew (pictured below). Located right on the harbor, this cute spot offers specialty coffee, New Orleans style beignets, outdoor seating and stunning views of the water. The special when I visited last was an iced Nutella latte, which was delicious!
Miramar Beach & Sandestin
2 Birds Coffee + Cafe. This coffee-forward cafe is locally owned and serves classic espresso drinks, breakfast and lunch. The delicious bites include homemade pastries, fried PB&J sandwiches, breakfast toasts, grain bowls and more. It’s a friendly atmosphere that is bright and beautifully decorated.
Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii can be found nationwide and has two locations here: Miramar Beach and Grayton Beach on 30A. Although I typically favor local shops, I do really like their flavored lattes and Koffee Koolers (frozen blended drinks). Plus if you’re staying off of Scenic 98 in Destin or Miramar Beach it’s a nice place to walk to.
Black Bear Bread Co. This Parisian-style cafe has several locations in South Walton including Grand Boulevard in Sandestin. It boasts a classic menu of coffee drinks made from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, freshly baked breads and pastries, plus breakfast and lunch menus. Their almond croissants are sooooo good!
Fonville Press (pictured above). This beautiful cafe and market in Alys Beach has a modern, feminine vibe that is just begging to be Instagrammed. Fuel up for the beach with a featured latte and delicious pastry or end your day on 30A with some wine and pizza (among other eats). It’s also dog-friendly and has a pretty patio complete with pink umbrellas and comfortable seating.
Amavida Coffee Roasters is a Fair Trade coffee roaster based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. You can enjoy their organic coffee at the cafes in Seaside and Rosemary Beach or purchase a bag to bring home with you! They also offer monthly tours and tastings at the roastery in South Walton Commerce Park.
Sunrise Coffee Co. in Gulf Place is right across from the Ed Walline Beach Access. The casual cafe serves drinks made with Amavida Coffee, smoothies, baked goods, breakfast items, sandwiches and wraps.
Kith + Kin is located right outside of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on the western end of 30A. It’s a really cute spot that just begs to be shared on Instagram! Their menu features a variety of hot, iced and frozen coffee drinks. Plus they also have locally made pastries from Blue Mountain Bakery.
Black Bear Bread Co. As I mentioned above, there are several locations including Grayton Beach and Seaside. The menus vary slightly between locations, but you know you’ll get the freshest, high-quality menu items at all of them!
*Top photo by Heritage Heart Collective