There’s a new little café on Pine Ave in Anna Maria City that you must visit! The North Shore Café specializes in coffee, teas, smoothies, and more! Its a great spot to get something on the healthier side for breakfast and lunch.
Need a caffeine fix? They’ve got you covered with one of their Cold Brews, Cappuccinos, or Macchiatos. If you prefer tea over coffee then you’re going to love their specialty teas, like the London Fog (earl grey tea with vanilla, rock sugar, & steamed milk). They even have Matcha Lattes! Moving on to menu items that will fill you up, they have a great selection of delicious smoothies, acai bowls, as well as pastries & bagels, avocado toast, and lunch sandwiches. My favorites are the Jacaranda Smoothie, the Acai Hemp Protein Bowl, and the Caprese Sandwich.
Stop by the North Shore Café any day of the week (besides Tuesdays when they’re closed to restock and recharge) for drinks or a bite to eat. You’re on island time, so you better enjoy every second of it!
Anna Maria has a new walk up snack option with the Waffle Press, located next to Pineapple Junction at 425 Pine Ave. This cozy spot specializes in Liege waffles, a sweeter and smaller cousin of the well-known Belgian waffle. Liege waffles are dough based and yeast raised, caramelized on the outside and with crunch of pearl sugar throughout. Each fluffy, crispy bite is amazing!
Waffle Press has a few yummy creations to choose from such as the Grand Slam which includes peanut butter, chocolate and bananas yet you can still create your own masterpiece with any mixture of toppings. If you are a purist, order the aptly named Purist which is a simple waffle with a sprinkling of cinnamon or sugar. It may have a simple name yet the taste is anything but simple! During my visit I opted for the Canadian which had maple butter and bacon on top of the hot freshly made waffle. There are also savory options and my friend tried the Birdie which included turkey, bacon, avocado and tomato jam. Both were amazing!
Smoothies, coffee including espresso and cappuccino are featured as well. Nondairy mylk options are available plus a few locally sourced baked goods. The day I was there the bagels looked amazing and I was tempted to indulge yet resisted, knowing I can go back.
Stop in the Waffle Press next time you visit AMI for breakfast, a snack or maybe dessert after enjoying dinner at any of the island’s fantastic eateries.
Get yourself a cup of coffee or an ice cold beer while you shop for local art and unique gifts to bring back home. Back Alley Treasures is a really cool bar and store located on Bridge Street (across the street from the Fish Hole)
Really, this place is super funky and fun. Find art by local artists, jewelry, clothing, stained glass, etc. Everything in this place is colorful and fun. Even if you don’t buy anything, It’s a great place to get a drink and hangout.
Speaking of drinks, they have tons to choose from. There are coffee drinks, smoothies, frozen lemonade, beer, and wine. Plus, you can make any of their smoothies or lemonades boozy, or ask for your coffee drink to be spiked. On one of our hot summer days, a frozen lemonade with a little (or a lot) of alcohol sounds pretty nice if you ask me.
Back Alley Treasures is open Monday – Saturday from 9AM – 8PM, and open Sunday from 9AM – 5PM.
Address: 108 Historic, Bridge St Bradenton Beach, 34217