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Where to Drink Coffee in Nashville

Cups of cold brew, frothy lattes, and jolts of espresso — mapped

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Nashville has been having a moment in a lot of ways in recent years, and the coffee shop movement is no exception. Today — more than ever before — there are slews of shops around town where those seeking a cup of joe or just a nice place to work for a few hours can indulge in free wi-fi, with a nice caffeinated dose of coffee or tea in hand and a snack on the table.

This update of Eater Nashville’s coffee shop map is caffeine-packed with a curated mix of essential cafes and fresh newcomers from Donelson to Franklin, sure to meet all your coffee-related needs.

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It may be a tad small (nine feet wide, to be exact), but the eclectic Charlotte Avenue coffee shop’s brews make it worth a stop. Favorite creative, caffeinated concoctions include the sorghum cinnamon latte and the cherry refresho — combining espresso and Mexican Coca-Cola. The shop offers baked goods from local bakeries Brightside BakeryDozen BakerySweet 16th and Vegan Vee.

8th & Roast

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The original 8th Avenue haven for the creative class remains busier than ever, but roasting operations have gone west to their new, roomy digs on Charlotte. At both locations, they’re brewing all the usual caffeinated suspects alongside seasonal creations and breakfast and lunch options, including grab-and-go meals for those in a rush. At the airport? There’s an 8th & Roast there now, too.

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Owners of popular West End coffee shop Dose, first opened in 2009, and six-year old East Nashville location, called Dose Cafe & Dram Bar, subscribe to “coffee culture,” as they say. After all, it was the first multi-roaster coffee shop in town. Dose Cafe and Dram Bar is a much expanded version of the original in terms of the cafe’s space and its planned menu offerings.

Part of the Bongo Java family — the coffee institution housed in a former pet store in Hillsboro Village has been around since 1996. Blurring the lines between coffee shop and restaurant, it’s not uncommon to find people who come in solely for the locally-sourced grub.

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This is the grandfather in the local coffee world, having originally opened up on Belmont Avenue in 1993. Food plays as big a part as the brew here, serving hearty breakfast options all day long. The Bongo family has also grown considerably over the years, with it now including Fido, Jefferson Street Cafe, and Fenwick's 300, along with its own roasting operation.

The Frothy Monkey

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A 12 South institution — neighbors, college students, and business types alike have been flocking to this original location of Frothy Monkey since its inception. Now it's expanded to seven storefronts, including downtown Franklin and Nashville, the Nations, and East Nashville.

Retrograde Coffee

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The Dickerson Pike shop in East Nashville’s Cleveland Park neighborhood has a nice patio for rare days that beg to be spent outdoors. A favorite spot among locals for being “a place to pause,” Retrograde serves locally roasted beans, and also offers other coffee from around the southeast and seasonal blends like the sweet potato latte.

Rolling Mill Hill’s coffee mecca is serious about its business, taking painstaking efforts to source its beans the right way and offering various classes on the craft of coffee. And if you like an extra little pick-me-up with your morning joe, head over to Pinewood Social and order Crema's cortado with Fernet.

Americano Coffee Lounge

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Another new Wedgewood-Houston coffee shop, this one’s located in the Houston Station complex, and owners Cody and Delana Pellerin are placing a focus on flying the “classically American” banner. Defined by the WWII-era emergence of the Americano, the lounge claims a 1940’s twist, and serves classic coffee drinks and a light food menu.

Stay Golden

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The stunning Berry Hill coffee shop and all-day cafe is where beloved matchless coffee sodas and rested espressos with corn milk, chili lime salt, and warming spices await. Owned by Golden Rule Hospitality, the full-service cafe and also serves cocktails.

Good wi-fi, ample seating, and real-deal breakfast tacos are the name of the game at this Nolensville Pike coffee oasis. A percussionist and his family are the owners, hence the name Tempo. Former Texans — if you didn’t gather from their focus on breakfast tacos — they feature Houston’s Greenway Coffee exclusively. There’s also a Texas egg scramble, horchata, and pan dulce on the menu, plus a stage for special events.

Kettner Coffee Supply

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Nicaraguan coffee, soft serve, and local pastries are on the menu at Hannah Schneider’s East side hang. Kettner is a coffee shop that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and a pretty escape to work the day away. An added bonus: the ability to grab weekday breakfast tacos from Bryan Lee Weaver’s new Redheaded Stranger here.

Barista Parlor

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Nashville's best-known coffee house on a national level, owner Andy Mumma opened the original Barista Parlor on the east side in 2012, which quickly made a name for itself in the high-end coffee world. Since then Mumma has opened locations in the Gulch, Germantown, and Marathon Village, and a couple more.

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Barista Parlor Germantown.
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Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop

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Slow Hand Coffee offers high quality brews and a variety of savory and sweet breakfast and lunch items, while leaving the pretentiousness often affiliated with coffee culture at the door. They’re now in East Nashville, a fresh home for an old favorite there feauring a plethora of pastry options.

The Horn Coffee

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This is the only coffee shop in town where you can nibble on East African beef samusas, mandazi (fried bread), and nafaqo (egg-stuffed potatoes) while getting a caffeine fix. The Murfreesboro Pike spot opened in 2015 by a Somali family hoping to bring the pastries and beverages they missed to Nashville’s dining scene. Try the Somali Chai tea to wash down these savory treats.

Elegy Coffee

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The cute coffee shop from the owners of the Fox Bar and Cocktail Club features a walk-up window for easy on-the-go coffee pickup. Cold brew fans rave about the signature “honey bunches of cold brew” — the classic, kicked up a notch oat milk, burnt honey, cinnamon, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Look out for a location of Elegy in Germantown later this year.

The “honey bunches of cold brew” at Elegy Coffee
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Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea

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Open since 2008, the East Nashville coffee and tea purveyor serves breakfast and lunch options daily until 6 p.m. alongside Drew’s Brews East Nasvhille-roasted coffee. Food selections include bagel sandwiches, local granola, paninis, and salads, plus baked goods from an array of local vendors.

Caliber Coffee Co.

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A solid (and much needed) coffee option in Donelson, Caliber offers free WiFi, ample space, and music at a non-distracting level. Look for seasonal items like a butterbeer latte or bourbon caramel cold brew, plus a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast served all-day. They also host game nights, educational coffee talks, and live music in their Donelson digs.

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Headquarters

It may be a tad small (nine feet wide, to be exact), but the eclectic Charlotte Avenue coffee shop’s brews make it worth a stop. Favorite creative, caffeinated concoctions include the sorghum cinnamon latte and the cherry refresho — combining espresso and Mexican Coca-Cola. The shop offers baked goods from local bakeries Brightside BakeryDozen BakerySweet 16th and Vegan Vee.

8th & Roast

The original 8th Avenue haven for the creative class remains busier than ever, but roasting operations have gone west to their new, roomy digs on Charlotte. At both locations, they’re brewing all the usual caffeinated suspects alongside seasonal creations and breakfast and lunch options, including grab-and-go meals for those in a rush. At the airport? There’s an 8th & Roast there now, too.

Dose Coffee

Owners of popular West End coffee shop Dose, first opened in 2009, and six-year old East Nashville location, called Dose Cafe & Dram Bar, subscribe to “coffee culture,” as they say. After all, it was the first multi-roaster coffee shop in town. Dose Cafe and Dram Bar is a much expanded version of the original in terms of the cafe’s space and its planned menu offerings.

Fido

Part of the Bongo Java family — the coffee institution housed in a former pet store in Hillsboro Village has been around since 1996. Blurring the lines between coffee shop and restaurant, it’s not uncommon to find people who come in solely for the locally-sourced grub.

Bongo Java

This is the grandfather in the local coffee world, having originally opened up on Belmont Avenue in 1993. Food plays as big a part as the brew here, serving hearty breakfast options all day long. The Bongo family has also grown considerably over the years, with it now including Fido, Jefferson Street Cafe, and Fenwick's 300, along with its own roasting operation.

The Frothy Monkey

A 12 South institution — neighbors, college students, and business types alike have been flocking to this original location of Frothy Monkey since its inception. Now it's expanded to seven storefronts, including downtown Franklin and Nashville, the Nations, and East Nashville.

Retrograde Coffee

The Dickerson Pike shop in East Nashville’s Cleveland Park neighborhood has a nice patio for rare days that beg to be spent outdoors. A favorite spot among locals for being “a place to pause,” Retrograde serves locally roasted beans, and also offers other coffee from around the southeast and seasonal blends like the sweet potato latte.

Crema

Rolling Mill Hill’s coffee mecca is serious about its business, taking painstaking efforts to source its beans the right way and offering various classes on the craft of coffee. And if you like an extra little pick-me-up with your morning joe, head over to Pinewood Social and order Crema's cortado with Fernet.

Americano Coffee Lounge

Another new Wedgewood-Houston coffee shop, this one’s located in the Houston Station complex, and owners Cody and Delana Pellerin are placing a focus on flying the “classically American” banner. Defined by the WWII-era emergence of the Americano, the lounge claims a 1940’s twist, and serves classic coffee drinks and a light food menu.

Stay Golden

The stunning Berry Hill coffee shop and all-day cafe is where beloved matchless coffee sodas and rested espressos with corn milk, chili lime salt, and warming spices await. Owned by Golden Rule Hospitality, the full-service cafe and also serves cocktails.

Tempo

Good wi-fi, ample seating, and real-deal breakfast tacos are the name of the game at this Nolensville Pike coffee oasis. A percussionist and his family are the owners, hence the name Tempo. Former Texans — if you didn’t gather from their focus on breakfast tacos — they feature Houston’s Greenway Coffee exclusively. There’s also a Texas egg scramble, horchata, and pan dulce on the menu, plus a stage for special events.

Kettner Coffee Supply

Nicaraguan coffee, soft serve, and local pastries are on the menu at Hannah Schneider’s East side hang. Kettner is a coffee shop that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and a pretty escape to work the day away. An added bonus: the ability to grab weekday breakfast tacos from Bryan Lee Weaver’s new Redheaded Stranger here.

Barista Parlor

Barista Parlor
Barista Parlor Germantown.
Justin Chesney/Eater Nashville

Nashville's best-known coffee house on a national level, owner Andy Mumma opened the original Barista Parlor on the east side in 2012, which quickly made a name for itself in the high-end coffee world. Since then Mumma has opened locations in the Gulch, Germantown, and Marathon Village, and a couple more.

Barista Parlor
Barista Parlor Germantown.
Justin Chesney/Eater Nashville

Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop

Slow Hand Coffee offers high quality brews and a variety of savory and sweet breakfast and lunch items, while leaving the pretentiousness often affiliated with coffee culture at the door. They’re now in East Nashville, a fresh home for an old favorite there feauring a plethora of pastry options.

The Horn Coffee

This is the only coffee shop in town where you can nibble on East African beef samusas, mandazi (fried bread), and nafaqo (egg-stuffed potatoes) while getting a caffeine fix. The Murfreesboro Pike spot opened in 2015 by a Somali family hoping to bring the pastries and beverages they missed to Nashville’s dining scene. Try the Somali Chai tea to wash down these savory treats.

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Elegy Coffee

The “honey bunches of cold brew” at Elegy Coffee
Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

The cute coffee shop from the owners of the Fox Bar and Cocktail Club features a walk-up window for easy on-the-go coffee pickup. Cold brew fans rave about the signature “honey bunches of cold brew” — the classic, kicked up a notch oat milk, burnt honey, cinnamon, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Look out for a location of Elegy in Germantown later this year.

The “honey bunches of cold brew” at Elegy Coffee
Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea

Open since 2008, the East Nashville coffee and tea purveyor serves breakfast and lunch options daily until 6 p.m. alongside Drew’s Brews East Nasvhille-roasted coffee. Food selections include bagel sandwiches, local granola, paninis, and salads, plus baked goods from an array of local vendors.

Caliber Coffee Co.

A solid (and much needed) coffee option in Donelson, Caliber offers free WiFi, ample space, and music at a non-distracting level. Look for seasonal items like a butterbeer latte or bourbon caramel cold brew, plus a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast served all-day. They also host game nights, educational coffee talks, and live music in their Donelson digs.

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