For as long as I can remember, coffee has been a staple in my home. My mom was never caught without a warm brew in her hand every morning, followed by more than a few cups throughout the day. I can say I have happily followed in her footsteps. Addiction? Possibly. But coffee is my love language. I love waking up to the smell of it, and don’t mind winding down at the end of a long day with one in hand either. Its nostalgic, its calming, and it tastes so darn good. So, naturally, I like to explore coffee shops, as each one brings with it a unique ambiance, aroma, and product!
Currently, I reside particularly close to Las Olas Boulevard, a pathway for local patrons and tourists alike to stroll and discover everything from fashion boutiques and art galleries to restaurants and bars. It was there that I thankfully stumbled upon Ann’s Florist and Coffee Bar. Their site is a bit dated in my opinion, so I would visit here to get a better notion of this charming café.
It’s not your typical “hipster” corner but in a league of its own offering an amalgamation of coffee house meets flower shop joined hands with charming novelty items and home décor. Although the combination appears disjointed, all three unique features truly creates a memorable experience. Who wouldn’t want to see and smell stunning floral as they sip and shop?
Winning combination if you ask me.
The coffee house/flower bar offers indoor seating in addition to a quaint, well-appointed patio overlooking the boulevard – presenting a European feel. The shop serves Panther Coffee, a Miami based specialty coffee roast in addition to some delectable savory and sweet fare. As you can clearly see from the photos, I usually opt for the dessert whenever given the choice.
Since my initial visit, I have been back a handful of times, and always greeted by their quirky patio signage, displaying a fun, punny message. Ann’s Florist and Coffee Bar was actually one of the only places open during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a delightful surprise as my husband and I strolled the streets observing the destruction. (FYI: thankfully no major damage due to Irma’s redirection). A true local gem, and one I highly recommend visiting when in Fort Lauderdale!
Fun fact: Ann’s Florist has been servicing clients since the 1970’s with their incredible floral arrangements!
And in case you were wondering, what does my perfect coffee look like? A smooth roast with a couple packets of sugar substitute (please table the criticism), a dash of cinnamon, and almond milk – enough to produce the perfect caramel color.
How do you like your brew? Let me know in the comments below!