Banyan Cafe: Great Coffee, Fresh Food and a Charming Atmosphere

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Whether you're grabbing a morning coffee, or stopping in for a bite to eat, Banyan Cafe offers various coffee, espresso and tea options, breakfast (served all day), lunch and brunch, and yes...there's more! They also have wine and beer, house-made pastries on the weekends, and a catering menu. They are part of the Morean Arts Center complex, across from the Chihuly Collection, and near many local shops right on Central Ave. I would say Banyan Cafe is the ideal location for a day exploring Central, with a ton of food and drink options!

Let's get into my favorites!

Banyan Cafe Hot Mocha Latte with Almond Milk

Banyan Cafe Hot Mocha Latte with Almond Milk

This Mocha Latte is calling your name if you enjoy a sweet, but not too sweet, and smooth  freshly brewed coffee. Banyan gets their coffee from Buddy Brew Coffee, a local company based in Tampa that serves up their specialty roasts across the Bay. I would recommend this if you're looking for a warm and cozy drink to sip on.

Banyan Cafe Waffles

Banyan Cafe Waffles

My absolute favorite breakfast is waffles, so when I saw them on the menu I didn't hesitate. They're served warm with fresh strawberries and bananas, house-made whipped cream and maple syrup. Since breakfast is served all day, you don't have to be an early bird to try this delicious meal!

Banyan Cafe Vanilla Iced Coffee with Almond Milk

Banyan Cafe Vanilla Iced Coffee with Almond Milk

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My go-to drink at any coffee shop is an iced coffee with almond milk, so I tried that, with vanilla flavor. They have various flavors like vanilla, mocha, caramel, hazelnut and more. This drink was refreshing and just what I needed in the middle of my work day!

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Banyan Cafe Breakfast Sandwich

Banyan Cafe Breakfast Sandwich

Banyan offers the most perfect breakfast sandwich with two eggs either scrambled or fried, white cheddar cheese and a choice of spinach or bacon, served on toasted Cuban bread. You can't go wrong with this one! It was fresh and delicious, and very filling.

Banyan Cafe Fruit Smoothie

Banyan Cafe Fruit Smoothie

A friend of mine got a fruit smoothie with mango, banana and strawberries. I tried a sip and thought it was refreshing and sweet, in a healthy way! They make their fruit smoothies  from scratch with fresh fruit and absolutely no added sugars or syrup. I would go back to get this for myself if I'm looking for a cold and delicious drink.

Banyan Cafe Avocado Toast

Banyan Cafe Avocado Toast

Their avocado toast is insane! As you can see in the photo, they do not skimp out on this meal. First impression, I was a little nervous. All of the avocado toast I've tried was always simple: avocado, toast, maybe salt. At Banyan, they start with multigrain toast, then the fresh avocado which is topped with toasted pesto pumpkin seeds and chipotle-lime salt. Each bite was fully packed with the salt flavor from the seeds and chipotle-lime salt, and it was delicious. If you prefer savory vs sweet, you gotta try this!

Banyan Cafe Salted Caramel Iced Latte

Banyan Cafe Salted Caramel Iced Latte

Back to the sweets, their salted caramel iced latte was a delicious sugar rush in a cup. It reminded me of a Starbuck's caramel frappuccino, which is more of a dessert drink in my opinion. It was easy to slurp down since it was so sweet!

Banyan Cafe Interior

Banyan Cafe Interior

This coffee shop and cafe has everything going for it: fresh and locally brewed coffee, a unique and flavorful menu, and the charming location along Central Ave. You can't go wrong with a trip to Banyan Cafe!

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  • Banyan Cafe
  • (727) 896-6600
  • Cafe, Coffee, Brunch
    • Sun - Sat 8:00am - 3:00pm
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  • 701 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA

Funky, modern coffee shop serving New American breakfast & lunch fare plus weekend brunch.

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DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Abby, & Haley do not dine anonymously (this would be impossible) and we sometimes get free food (though never expected). However, we dine with the locals and we support our own. You will always get honesty in a respectful manner.
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