Places to ‘Gill’ Out: BREW Urban Café Next Door


NSU is a unique and lively campus, but that doesn’t mean Sharks can’t band together and take an afternoon to explore the South Florida area – even if that just means finding a quaint place to study.

Located in FATVillage in downtown Fort Lauderdale, BREW Urban Café Next Door is a hidden gem as far as coffee shops go. The coffee shop is tucked away in the C&I Studios, off of Flagler Avenue.

When you first walk through the front entrance, you will see a small lobby with hallways on either side that lead to the coffee shop. The coffee shop is a large room with high, wood beam ceilings. The first thing you will notice is the giant wall of books behind the counter, the vintage-style furniture and natural wood decorations. There is even a half wall made entirely of windows that looks into the adjoining studio, so viewers can observe when a photo shoot is taking place. It’s definitely a hipster’s paradise.

(Permission from G. Thompson) BREW Urban Cafe Next Door’s wall of books is sure to catch your attention.
(Permission from G. Thompson) BREW Urban Cafe Next Door’s wall of books is sure to catch your attention.

BREW Urban Café Next Door offers many different coffee options for the self-described caffeine addict, all at affordable prices. Some flavors of coffee include: cinnamon, maple, lavender and the seasonal pumpkin spice. With a variety of flavors of tea, such as Earl Grey, pomegranate, green and a citrus blend, there is sure to be something for everyone, including those who don’t like coffee.

If you’re not looking for a fancy drink, the pastries are to die for. Try one of their banana walnut muffins or chocolate croissants for a sweet treat. They also have gluten-free options, including a pumpkin muffin.

With free wifi, an inspirational and inviting environment and an awesome selection of beverages and pastries, BREW Urban Café Next Door is the perfect place to study or just hang out with friends.

BREW Urban Café Next Door

537 NW 1st Ave.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Mon. – Sat.: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Price range: $3-$10

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Gabrielle Thompson is a junior communication major with a focus in strategic communications. She started off as a practicum student last semester and is now the newspaper's features editor.