Looking for the best Nashville coffee shop?
There’s not a single day that goes by when someone doesn’t ask me about my favorite coffee shop in Nashville. It’s definitely one of those things where everyone has their own opinion, but in this case, I tend to agree with most people when they say that it’s hard to pin down one name because almost every coffee shop in Nashville is THE place to go.
There are so many different types of coffee shops in Nashville that you can find one that suits your tastes. If you’re looking for a place that serves only organic fair-trade coffee beans, then there’s a place for you. If you want a place where they serve up delicious pastries with your cup of joe, then there’s a place for you too! The options are endless when it comes to finding a great spot for some caffeine or tea after lunch or dinner time!
Nashville is full of history — from Civil War battlegrounds to Civil Rights landmarks — but there’s also a rich history when it comes to coffee. In fact, according to local lore, Nashville was one of the first cities in America to serve hot coffee (way back in 1765). And since then, many other cities have been known for their love affair with caffeine — including New Orleans (who knew?). But while many places have fallen out of favor with coffee drinkers over time, Nashville has maintained its status as one of America’s most important cities when it comes to java.
Nashville has very soft water; it comes from the Cumberland River and has been rated among the best in the nation for its lack of hard minerals like calcium and magnesium. Water quality also affects the taste of beer and wine — so if you’re looking for a great glass of wine or beer after your cup of joe, Nashville’s got you covered on both fronts!
There’s a lot behind the local coffee culture here. The owners and partners at the shops are really proud of their local heritage — they’re very proud to be from Nashville, and they want to show off that pride in their shop. They also want to show off their knowledge about coffee by serving high-quality beans from roasters all over the World.
“We want to be a part of the community,” says Ben Jones, co-owner of a coffee shop in East Nashville. “We want our customers to feel welcome and relaxed when they come in.”
1. Frothy Monkey
Frothy Monkey is an all day café, specialty coffee roaster, and wholesale bakery with cafes in Nashville, Franklin, and Chattanooga Tennessee. They serve breakfast, brunch every day until 5, kids menu, lunch + dinner with expanded beverage offerings including coffeehouse standards as well as craft beer, wine + cocktails. Food and drinks are made from scratch using original recipes and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients from regional farmers and producers whenever possible.
2. Cafe Intermezzo
Long before the modern “Coffee Houses” adorned corners all over America, Café Intermezzo embodied the essence of the 300-year-old European coffeehouse. Step into Café Intermezzo, and you are stepping into another time, another place. It’s a vacation, a holiday, an ‘intermezzo’, or ‘intermission’ between the busy acts of your life … in musical terms, it’s your rest between allegro’ and ‘adagio.’ A wonderful cappuccino, a beautiful pastry, and your getaway or rendezvous is complete. On another visit, you might enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late-night appetizer with a glass of wine or a cocktail. The Beverage Book offers hundreds of choices. “TourGuides” take you through descriptions of nearly sixty pastries. Café Intermezzo has been presenting the place, the time, the choices for over forty years. It is truly a tradition, complete only with the presence of you!
3. 8th & Roast Specialty Coffee
When the owners of their favorite unofficial headquarters offered them the opportunity to partner up, they jumped at the chance.
Coming from a hospitality background, they realized a coffee shop is always more than just a coffee shop. At its best, it’s a third home, a place to feel welcomed, connected, and part of a larger community.
Armed with a vision to make the shop all that it could be, they set out to make the best craft coffee experience imaginable. Connecting with a network of fair trade farmers from around the world, they became an active part of a global sustainability movement. Whenever possible, they partner directly with the producers to import straight from the source, bypassing the middle-men.
So come by, say hi, enjoy a great cup of coffee, and tap into a growing community now in 2 locations in Nashville (and the airport).
Falcon is a small coffee shop with around a dozen seats located in Wedgewood-Houston. If you’re looking for a decent breakfast or lunch to go with your coffee, the menu is plant-based and healthful. Take a seat on the patio with a cup of coffee or a bite to eat from the to-go window.
5. Red Bicycle
You don’t have to be a hipster to eat here or just stop by for coffee although that is the bulk of the customer base or so it seems. Prices are normal prices and they open early if you are a working stiff or just go by there and hang out. Germantown is now a nice part of Nashville and it’s just relaxing to park on the street and go right in for a hot chocolate. Service is quick and food comes out as requested. Good for tourists and Nashvillians.
6. Sump Coffee
Sump Coffee is located in the OneC1ty complex between West End and Charlotte Avenue, off the usual route. Sump stands out from the crowd by focusing on the perfect pour-over. This is the place for you if you take your coffee very seriously.
7. Americano Lounge
Whether you’re looking for a coffee fix or a spirited cocktail, Americano Lounge has both in a New York-style lounge that owner Cody Pellerin essentially built himself. Pellerin completed all of the construction, buildout, design, woodwork, lighting, and painting with the support of his operations manager, Graham Riddle. But the hard effort doesn’t stop there: everything, from the pastries to the coffee to the sodas, is made in-house. Visit this Wedgewood-Houston location if you value high-quality coffee and a tough crew.
8. Humphreys Street
When a local teen applies for and receives a job at Humphreys Street, they are trained in a highly skilled craft and are given the opportunity to earn money in a neighborhood where few positive economic opportunities exist. Humphreys Street employees also have the opportunity to tour colleges, learn about trade school options, and spend time with mentors who share about their education, career, and other life experiences. Additionally, students are provided with financial literacy training, access to resources to open checking and savings accounts, and opportunities to earn academic scholarships upon graduation.
When my wife and I were dating, this was our favorite place to go. She likes the sweet potato fries, I love the burger. It’s not unusual to spot local celebrities and musicians. The popular Hillsboro Village café opened in 1996 as a coffee-roasting café with an emphasis totally on coffee. In 2000, the coffee roasting moved to East Nashville and food slowly became the focus. An all-day menu featuring local produce, cheese, dairy and meats convinced the Nashville Scene to name Fido the Best Place for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
10. Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea
Ugly Mugs serve specialty coffee that is roasted right in East Nashville by Drew’s Brews, have artwork from local artists, and provide some of the finest culinary delights from local artisans like Sweet 16th, Dozen Bakery and more!
Ugly Cups has a clean, welcoming air and sells truly awful coffee mugs that you’d find on the Goodwill sale rack. The kooky cups lend a unique flavor to the drink that you won’t get anyplace else. From couches to a window bar, there are a variety of seating options.
11. Steadfast Coffee
In the bustling Germantown neighborhood, Steadfast Coffee roasts its own coffee, and it serves lunch, dinner, and cocktails, too. It’s hidden behind the a building, so you won’t see it from the street.
From their website: While we do everything in our power to roast and serve the best coffee possible, coffee itself isn’t actually the core of our company. It’s our guests. We want to nurture a sense of wonder through your experience and interaction with what we do. Whether you buy a bag of coffee online, visit a cafe or just happen to live down the street from one, we hope you encounter our commitment to surprising hospitality, joy-rooted excellence, curious innovation and meaningful community.
12. Pinewood Social
Pinewood Social has a very cool atmosphere and vibe. Needless to say, it’s a great place to grab coffee and get work done. You may want to consider bringing headphones. A staple of Nashville, Pinewood has a lot of seating, free Wi-Fi and serves alcohol.
13. Dunn Brothers Coffee
Fresh from their roastery experiences in Portland, Oregon, the Dunn brothers, Ed and Dan, moved to the Twin Cities in the late 1980s. Their mission was simple:
- Roast in small batches.
- Serve the freshest brew possible.
- Provide a warming coffee experience.
- Put community at the core of the business.
In 1987, Dunn Brothers Coffee was born.
Today, the majority of Dunn Brothers Coffee shops are independently owned by local members of communities around the country. These owners are dedicated to achieving the very same mission as the original Dunn brothers.
14. Barista Parlor
Barista Parlor sources the highest quality coffee from the most forward-thinking and environmentally responsible farms in the world.
Soft, fragrant, and warmed up biscuits, excellent coffee, friendly staff! I recommend this place for everyone who wants a pleasant and quiet atmosphere to work, hear good music on the background, and have a robust coffee. It will wake you up!
15. Three Brothers Coffee
Since 2015, Three Brothers Coffee has been serving specialty coffee and tasty snacks to the world’s finest venture ready customers.
We are a group of seasoned hospitality professionals who love striking a balance between culinary excellence and relaxed vibes.
Three Brothers Coffee is for everyone, so come visit us in Nashville or bring us along on your next adventure.
16. Cafe Roze
Very nice little eatery in the Riverside section of Nashville. It has no outside signage so you can drive by twice (like us) before you spot it. Spotless inside and first class service. Try the country ham toast – amazing! Fluffy scrambled eggs on sourdough toast with very thinly sliced country ham (which ensured the saltiness of the ham didn’t overpower the other flavors) topped with Parmesan cheese. My wife had the egg bowl and loved it. Drinks were excellent but expensive – think Gaylord prices! I will recommend to everyone! There’s a later in the day menu as well. We may have to go back in the afternoon!!
17. Mimi’s Ice Cream And Coffee Shoppe
The family who founded Mimi’s has been in the restaurant business for over 60 years. We were looking for a place to get coffee and found Mimi’s. We were welcomed and served by Quinn & Jordan. There was a nice variety of coffee drink options and we both enjoyed our drinks. The ice cream looked delicious and was being enjoyed by many customers at the outdoor seating area. We will be back to check out the ice cream!
18. Caliber Coffee Co.
Caliber is a cozy coffee shop with indoor seating and small outdoor patio for sipping coffee and chatting. This is my go to spot for caffeine boost and this time around I got the large iced coffee, which actually looks like a 2XL cauldron of cold brew. It might be 32 ounces and you better believe I took the whole thing to the dome.
I also ordered the breakfast Sammy with bacon in a spinach wrap. It might look like a Junior High School’s free breakfast option for the teaching staff, but it actually pretty darn good. It’s America wrapped in a green veggie based blanket; cheese, eggs, and bacon. Everything a growing boy like myself needs!
Parking is non-existent here, so hit the drive-thru and careful pulling out into traffic when leaving!
Dose started in 2009 with the goal of introducing Nashville to a style of coffee that focuses on the origins of the product, the art of the preparation, and enjoyment of the presentation. Since that time, we have grown to include a full-service kitchen, a bakery, and an extensive retail selection of home brewing equipment and freshly roasted coffee. We also added a bar program to our second location in East Nashville’s Riverside Village neighborhood, featuring rotating craft beers, wine and cocktails.
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Alex is an Australian expat living and working in Nashville, TN. After marrying a Nashville native and moving permanently to the USA, he realized what an amazing place Tennessee is. Alex is raising two children in the Volunteer State so not only is entertainment, amazing food and cool experiences at the top of his to do list, but family friendly activities as well.