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Top Six Things to Do at Your Local Ocala Coffee Shop

They may be called coffee shops, but to limit a place like Chelsea Coffee to such a simple title would be a misnomer. No, local coffee shops serve as far more than a watering hole for caffeine lovers. Instead, they function as pillars of the community, great places to grab high-quality grub, and welcoming spaces where friends, new and old, can gather.


If you’re looking for a coffee shop in Ocala, FL, nothing beats Chelsea. From the eclectic atmosphere to the cheery barista to the stunning sandwiches, there’s a lot to love about our little local coffeehouse. We have a lot to offer, so next time you stop by, there are a handful of things you should do. And yes, one of those bucket list items is to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee!


Experiencing Everything Chelsea Coffee Has to Offer

Don’t get us wrong; we’d encourage everyone from coffee royalty to completely new caffeine consumers to visit Chelsea Coffee and indulge in our delectable beverages. That said, there’s a lot more to your favorite Ocala coffee shop than cappuccinos and lattes. If you want to have the full Chelsea experience, you’ll have to branch out and sample more than the coffee!


We know that everyone is different, and you’re bound to have preferences and tastes that are all your own. With that in mind, take the following ideas and tweak them to fit your vision of the ideal visit to your Ocala, FL, coffee shop. We’re confident that, with the tips listed below, you’ll unlock the full potential and appreciation of a stellar shop like Chelsea!


Stay for Lunch

Coffee shops have a reputation for serving, well, coffee. Step into any coffeehouse across the country, and you’ll find a handful of favorites. Staples like drip coffee, iced coffee, and lattes are sure to steal the show and tempt the tastebuds. Very few coffee shops, however, can claim to offer truly exceptional food in addition to their beverages (especially chains and corporate shops).


A delicious pastrami sandwich at Chelsea Coffee in Ocala piled high with pastrami, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, and swiss cheese on rye bread.

At Chelsea, you can not only enjoy superb coffee but also take a walk on the savory side. With premium Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, homemade soups, and other mouthwatering lunch options, Chelsea Coffee is among the best lunch spots in Ocala. So, whether you stick around after your morning cup of joe or stop by specifically to try our lunch options, our food menu is something you need to try!


Try Something New

If you’re a coffee drinker, you surely have some favorite beverages. Whether you’re an old-fashioned drop coffee drinker or a foam-mustache-wearing latte lover, you undoubtedly have tried-and-true brews you turn to time after time. We understand that; we respect it.


We also encourage you to flip your norm on its head. Variety is the spice of life, especially when it comes to caffeine-infused flavor combinations. At Chelsea, we have one of the most extensive, eclectic coffee shop menus in Ocala. Here, you can enjoy your staples (like drip coffee and espresso), take a walk on the fancy side (with Chelsea Chillers and perfect lattes), or try something new and unusual (our creative baristas are always up for a challenge).


Two lattes with beautiful latte foam art sit on a rustic wooden table at Ocala coffee shop Chelsea Coffee.

While we encourage you to stop by and indulge in your go-to coffees, your local coffeehouse is also the ideal place to branch out, try something new, and expand your coffee horizons. If you’re indecisive or uncertain, feel free to ask our baristas for suggestions. They’ll point you in the right direction!


Sit Down and Stay Awhile

It seems like everyone is in a rush these days. We get it; there are places to be and things to accomplish. You stay busy, and your coffee stop is often just a quick pick-me-up between the demands of life. There’s no harm in that.


When you have (or make) time, however, we encourage you to sit down and stay awhile. Chelsea is a welcoming place with a warm environment to be enjoyed. To truly embrace what differentiates this local Ocala coffee shop from others in the area, you need to immerse yourself in its atmosphere and culture.


A full latte next to an open latte as someone works at Chelsea Coffee.

Whether you bring a little work with you and use our Wi-Fi to get things done, you bring family or friends with you to bond over homemade pastries, or you come alone to experience the peace and solace of solitude, we’re confident that Chelsea will feel like a second home in no time.


Buy Your Beans Here

As a coffee connoisseur, you’re bound to keep beans at home just in case the coffee craving strikes, and you can’t make it to Chelsea. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing your coffee beans from the grocery store, but if you want fresh beans of the highest quality, you should get them from your local Ocala coffee shop.


Grinding Sweetwater Organic Coffee Co. beans at Chelsea Coffee in Ocala.

There are many advantages to opting for beans from Chelsea. The benefits are so compelling that we actually wrote an entire blog dedicated to the topic—it’s worth a read! If you value freshness, quality, and the ability to choose your grind size for your preferred method of brewing, you’ll want to opt for Sweetwater Organic Coffee Co. beans from Chelsea Coffee. Trust us; the results will speak for themselves.


Pay It Forward

With prices on just about everything skyrocketing these days, even the basics like coffee are feeling the sting. If you have the means, paying it forward the next time you visit your coffee shop in Ocala can be a small but meaningful gesture that makes someone’s day.


Not only does paying it forward by picking up someone else’s tab save them a bit of money (who doesn’t love that), but it also opens the door for conversation and sets a precedent for others to follow. You may find a new friend, create a chain reaction of generosity, or alter someone’s life in unforeseen ways. No matter what happens, giving to others is always worth the sacrifice.


Become a Regular

One of the beautiful things about local coffee shops is the community that they create. When you become a regular at Chelsea Coffee, you are contributing to that community and adding your unique personality and value to it. Before you know it, people who stop by will begin to recognize you, know you by name, and become your friends.


Chelsea strives to be the coffee shop in Ocala where people can come together, share life, and grow as a community. It’s what our little shop is all about (other than sublime coffee, of course)!



It’s easy to fall into routines, and there’s nothing wrong with having a little predictability in your life. Sometimes, though, it’s good to mix things up and try something new. At Chelsea Coffee, we think the six ideas listed above are phenomenal ways to shake up your coffee shop experience and find new ways to experience your favorite local coffeehouse.


Be sure to stop by our Ocala location to kickstart your coffee journey. If you (like us) enjoy all things coffee, we also encourage you to visit our regularly updated blog. There, you can find all sorts of interesting coffee facts, as well as guides to maximizing your coffee satisfaction.

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