Cafes in East Jacksonville

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Three Layer’s Café in historic Springfield is a coffeehouse and bakery that offers gourmet coffee and the delicious cakes from which it gets its name. There’s a lunch menu too, of course, full of paninis and pasta salads, with a create-your-own salad bar to boot. You can find beer and wine tucked into a separate section of the shop known as the Cellar, but what you’re really here for are the desserts. Triple-layered red velvet and carrot cakes are always in high demand, as are their miniaturized cake ball counterparts – served in threes, of course. There’s a relaxing garden spot for dining out back and the simple red brick, dark wood trim, wood tables and chairs and lots of window lighting make the café a cozy spot. Three Layers also features local folk musicians regularly.

1602 Walnut St
Jacksonville,
FL
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City Kidz a place for everyone! Not only kidz but the kidz at heart! We provide a friendly atmosphere and love to have fun! We serve a true Maryland style lump crab cake, chicken salad, grilled chicken wraps, Ice Cream and an awesome pecan toffee tart!

1303 North Main Street
Jacksonville,
FL
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Café Nola, located inside the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) downtown, is an upscale Southern-infused bistro that accommodates museum goers, downtown employees and a host of professional and personal lunchers. With a focus on the plentiful seafood located in Jacksonville, the menu’s Mediterranean style shines in its shrimp and fish dishes, while artisan breads and cheeses and fresh produce come to hand in a roasted chicken salad. With selections like gnocchi, quiche and a meatloaf po’boy, there’s something for every palate at Café Nola, where the contemporary-retro feel includes white linen table cloths, lime-colored chairs, eclectic art and pendant lighting.

333 North Laura Street
Jacksonville,
FL
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Chamblin’s Uptown is a new, used and rare bookseller and café in downtown Jacksonville. The longtime retailer stocks a hefty supply of second-hand novels, and offers a generous book trade-in and purchasing policy. Many other rare tomes are tucked away for discerning readers, while only a small supply of the books on hand at Chamblin’s are brand new. Pull up a seat in the outdoor patio and order an espresso while you peruse a dog-eared page or two, or simply enjoy the views of Hemming Plaza. An outdoor mural draws the eye in, an old but functional piano sits out front, and the simple indoor/outdoor seating arrangement makes this book mine feel like a warm hug for literature lovers. Offering croissants and muffins for breakfast, tuna wraps, veggie wraps and homemade soups for lunch, the café, with its paper lanterns, globe lighting and floor-to-ceiling books, makes Chamblin’s a community gem.

215 N Laura St
Jacksonville,
FL
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Amid the unique atmosphere which includes lime green walls and stainless steel wine racks, Tres Leches Eatery? owners have created a familial closeness with customers with savory meals and sweet treats inspired by the flavors of Spain. Every Thursday and Friday, tapas plates come alive with imported serrano ham and marinated olives, while aromatic pans of paella bring together five types of seafood in steamy saffron rice. Over candle-lit tables, diners can complement their meals with fruit-marinated sangria and local beer as well as a view that shows off the heart of Riverside.

1839 North Pearl Street
Jacksonville,
FL
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If you could ask the Zodiac Bar & Grill its star sign, it might say the notoriously enigmatic Gemini. At lunch, the meals are decidedly casual—full of Italian-style paninis or wraps stuffed with gyro meat. As night falls, however, the menu transforms into a more elegant dinner spread. Diners can order from a selection of Mediterranean-style tapas, which includes calamari and wine-splashed shrimp scampi, or commit to a kebab entree. Along with beef and chicken, skewers also come loaded with aquatic meats, such as swordfish or scallops. On Friday nights, the restaurant stays open until 2 a.m. DJs spin beats as loungers smoke hookah while sipping on top-shelf cocktails or one of six house wines.

120 W Adams St
Jacksonville,
FL
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