By Gabriele Walkow
Craving a carefully crafted cappuccino or an exquisite espresso? How about a marvelous mocha or a lovely latte? Head to picturesque Sanford, only 15 minutes from the Orlando Sanford International Airport, and order up a cup of joyful java complemented by a perfect pastry or savory sandwich. Then sit back, relax and watch the world go by.
This bright, cheerful and quiet coffee shop is located on Sanford’s popular RiverWalk (225 W Seminole Blvd, #160). While beautiful views of the Lake Monroe landscape pass by, leisurely savor your artfully crafted coffee—served in a large pottery mug—and fresh homemade pastry on the outdoor patio. Choose from a large selection of coffees freshly brewed to order, teas, smoothies and delicious café eats including vegetarian fare. The breakfast sandwiches, burritos and eggy bagels are particularly popular and lunch includes a unique line up of sandwiches, salads and wraps. Bon appétit! facebook.com/CafeDiRiverwalk
THE CORNER CAFÉ
This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence recipient is located in the heart of Sanford’s historic downtown district (101 W 1st St). Home to delightful cappuccinos, espressos and lattes this charming café also offers hand-prepared items that include delicious soups (the French Onion Soup is a must-try), panini-style sandwiches (including a killer Cuban), crisp freshly-made salads and luscious smoothies as well as a variety of beer and wine. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, the Corner Café becomes an elegant bistro offering a selection of three-course meals. Dine in or al fresco with a lovely view of the downtown district. thecornercafesanford.com
TASTE OF THYME CAFE
Conveniently located in Magnolia Square (108 South Magnolia Avenue), head to this cute coffee shop for a wide variety of hot and cold coffee beverages including lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, iced coffee, iced lattes and blended iced coffees. Mighty Leaf teas, 100 percent fruit smoothies, hot chocolate, fresh baked pastries and cookies and a large selection of Hershey’s ice cream are also tempting! Gourmet café food such as omelets, French toast, pancakes, paninis (including a breakfast panini), sandwiches, flatbreads and fresh salads round out a delectable menu. Outdoor seating is also available. tasteofthymecafe.com