It is no secret to any student that caffeine and college go hand in hand. As classes get harder, workloads get higher, and responsibilities increase, so does one's tiredness. Some students drink coffee because they need it; some because they like it. Others simply enjoy the feel of kicking it back at a coffee shop and having something to sip on while they study. Whether it's because you enjoy the taste, need the energy, or just like the vibe, there is a plethora of coffee shops in Gainesville to choose from. But among the 60 registered shops in the city, University of Florida students seem to enjoy four in particular: Pascal's, Maude's, Volta, and Curia on the Drag. These are some of the best rated and most visited coffee shops in town due to their high quality coffee, relaxing music, appealing ambiance and friendly baristas.
Just a four-minute walk from Buckman Drive, Pascal's is one of the closest coffee shops to the University of Florida (other than the overabundance of Starbucks stores you can find throughout campus). Known for its appealing string lights and great music selection, it is one of the most visited cafes in town. Its proximity to the Gator Nation, however, is not the only reason why the place is loaded with customers day and night. Pascal's is known for having an extremely friendly and hospitable staff. Many of its online reviews mention the baristas' attentiveness and their speed in service. Other positive comments include its comfortable couches and overall cozy environment. Additionally, the shelves of its second floor contain a surfeit of books to accompany your coffee-drinking experience. Named after Blaise Pascal, a seventeenth century theologian, philosopher, inventor, and public servant, it is obvious why Pascal's sets high expectations from their staff's service and promotes intellectual growth through reading.
If you're a fan of natural daylight and quiet study environments, Maude's is the place for you. Located in a prime downtown location, the shop tends to attract crowds of various ages (not only students), so diversity is usually visible in its customers. While also recognized for its cute string lights, the main difference between Maude's and Pascal's is that people are particularly attracted to its outdoor seating area. If you're the type of person that has trouble reading with music, Maude's volume levels are a bit lower. Its terrace is ideal for socialization, while its inside area is great for doing work that requires greater concentration. If you don't enjoy sitting near smokers, however, the inside is a better choice. The inside offers a selection of board games to choose from if you want to have a casual afternoon hangout with friends. It also has plenty of outlets to allow for studying. Another thing the shop has gained great recognition for is the quality of its food, especially its vegan and organic selection.
Among the four previously mentioned coffeehouses, Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate is the most modern. It has easily become one of Gainesville's most popular study spots. What makes Volta stand out is that it offers a wide variety of teas and chocolate bars aside from having quality coffee. It has received extremely high reviews for its extensive chocolate bar and drink selection. The place also sells freshly ground coffee from world famous coffee producers like Honduras and Ecuador. It is very spacious and clean, and if louder ambiances are ideal for you, its atmosphere is more on the social side. It has both an inner and outer area and offers different types of seating, from high tops to bar stools to patio chairs on the terrace. For you Snapchat story lovers, the baristas at Volta also take the time to make creative foam designs on your coffee! Overall, this place is ideal for coffee fans, tea lovers, and chocoholics!