The small business scene is thriving in Panama City, where many local shops evoke the true charm of Old Florida. Set aside a day to explore these at your own pace — and begin the adventure with a quick stop at The Press Downtown. This cute coffee shop is conveniently situated near all the top businesses of Harrison and Park Avenues, so it makes for a great starting point when you want to spend a few hours shopping or sightseeing.
While tourists frequently stop in, this is clearly a favorite among local residents, who return multiple times per week to enjoy the welcoming, yet productive environment. Unfortunately, since seating can be limited at this particular location, you may need to arrive early to ensure you get a spot.
The main draw is the caffeinated beverage, which is available any way you can imagine: hot or cold brew, pour-over, or even as an undertow. The milk and creamer selection is wonderful, so you can adapt your coffee as you see fit. Whole milk or half and half are always favorites, but plenty of visitors use almond, oat, or coconut milk for a small additional fee.
Better yet: add-ons such as whipped cream or cold foam, which can make any coffee seem far more indulgent. You’re also welcome to add a single or double shot of espresso when you’re in dire need of extra caffeine.
When you crave a bite alongside your coffee, you can check out the menu for a small selection of crepes and sandwiches. There are also a few charcuterie boards worth trying. No matter what you order, you will be surprised by how quickly it’s prepared. The service is prompt even when the coffee shop is bustling.
A few of our favorite beverages at The Press Downtown include the following:
Bourbon Caramel Latte
While this sadly does not contain any actual bourbon, it is still a great option when you want a little punch in your morning beverage. It’s available in multiple sizes but tastes delicious enough that you’ll definitely want to opt for a large.
Mocha Macadamia Nut Undertow
Elevate your coffee experience with a unique beverage that you’ll come to crave. As a memorable variation on espresso, this fun drink layers its elements in an unexpected order: bitter and aromatic espresso on top, followed by half and half, and finally, a wonderfully sweet syrup.
One of a small selection of excellent tea lattes, this favorite is a wise choice when you want to treat yourself to an expertly crafted drink but aren’t in the mood for coffee. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the seasonal tea selection, although the London Fog is always sure to satisfy.
Our favorite options from the food at The Press Downtown menu include:
Riding With the King
One of several delectable crepes served at The Press Downtown, this uniquely named treat is loaded with banana, peanut butter, and, best of all, Nutella. Whipped cream and apple pie spice form the perfect toppings for this indulgent masterpiece.
Again proving how delightful peanut butter and apple can be when paired, this memorable sandwich ups the ante with a toasted croissant, honey, and even apple pie spice on top.
Chicken Salad Sandwich Plate
Also featuring a toasted croissant, this sandwich is always satisfying. Potato chips are provided on the side. This is a must if you visit The Press Downtown during the afternoon and need something simple to fuel the rest of your adventures.
Head downtown and enjoy the simple charm of The Press Downtown. Fueled by the best coffee and crepes in town, you’ll be ready to explore the best of Panama City.
-If you struggle to choose just one beverage, feel free to try the coffee flight. This unique offering exposes you to a variety of flavors while still ensuring that you leave feeling fully caffeinated.
-Set aside a few extra minutes to check out the boutique next door. Regulars at The Press Downtown strongly recommend checking out this cute shop, where you’ll find a small, but delightful selection of chic apparel.