It started on a beach in Florida. The calm gulf waters, friends enjoying games in the sand and a need for replenishment from the warm Florida sun. We started by blending fruits and vegetables together to create unique and refreshing smoothies. And customers lined up for our tasty creations.

Then in 1997, we opened our first cafe in Tallahassee, Florida. Guests now had a place to sit and relax while we made their favorite smoothies. Two years later, we added a range of wholesome food options to complement our smoothies, all made fresh.

We started as a destination for flavor, and it’s a proud heritage that we continue today. We are guided by a simple belief: when you eat better, you feel better.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s menu boasts bold, flavorful smoothies with a healthy appeal, all made-to-order with quality ingredients. We find that real fruits, veggies and juices just taste better.

Our toasted wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads and quesadillas are made to suit your individual tastes with quality meats, fresh produce and flavorful sauces.

Combine that with a fun, relaxing atmosphere – and unparalleled hospitality – and you can see why people return again and again for the Tropical Smoothie Cafe experience.

Our mission is to inspire a healthier lifestyle by serving amazing food and smoothies…with a bit of tropical fun.

Employee handing a guest a smoothie
Employee handing guests smoothies



First smoothie shop opens in Destin, FL,
serving real-fruit smoothies

First franchise opens in Tallahassee, FL

Expansion of menu to include healthier
food options like flatbreads and wraps

Our Cafes adopt the bright colors and white
tile designs of a tropical beach house

200th Cafe opens
in Virginia Beach, VA

We celebrate our 10th anniversary
and create our own guest appreciation
holiday – National Flip Flop Day®!

300th Cafe opens
in Fort Myers, FL

Unveiling of our new logo and the
400th Cafe opens in Toledo, OH

500th Cafe opens
in Westland, MI

600th Cafe opens
in Joplin, MO

700th Cafe opens
in Hurst, TX

Guests continue to fall in love with the
Tropical Smoothie Cafe experience and
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Inspiring healthier lifestyles includes looking beyond ourselves… for 12 years we have partnered with Camp Sunshine™ of Casco, Maine to support a destination that provides memorable experiences for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. It’s a much-needed respite in the face of difficult circumstances.

Together, our customers, franchisees, and crew members have donated more than $7 million to this worthwhile cause. To find out more and join us in this cause, please click on the link below for more information.SUPPORT CAMP SUNSHINE

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family in front of a moose statue