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Where to Drink Coffee in Nashville, Fall 2019

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

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Nashville is having a moment in a lot of ways, and the recent coffee shop movement is a major one. 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 fall update of Eater Nashville’s coffee shop map is caffeine-packed with a curated mix of 16 essential cafes and fresh newcomers,

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This list will be updated every quarter to include newly eligible or pertinent coffee shops.

Coffee shops listed alphabetically, not ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 8th & Roast

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4104 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 988-4020
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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.

2. Americano Coffee Lounge

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434 Houston St #120
Nashville, TN 37203
(629) 203-6991
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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.

3. Barista Parlor

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519B Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 712-9766
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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, as well as Drug Store Coffee in the lobby of recently opened downtown boutique hotel Noelle.

4. Bongo Java

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2007 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 385-5282
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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.

5. Caliber Coffee Co.

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2513 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 679-9013
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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.

6. CREMA

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15 Hermitage Ave
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 255-8311
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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.

7. Fido

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1812 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 777-3436
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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.

8. The Frothy Monkey

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2509 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 292-1808
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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 five storefronts, including downtown Franklin and Nashville, with its newest outpost in The Nations.

9. Headquarters

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4902 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 386-6757
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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 and free WiFi 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, Dozen, Sweet 16th, and Vegan Vee.

10. The Horn Coffee

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619 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 397-1977
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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.

11. Kettner Coffee Supply

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1035 W Eastland Ave Suite 1045
Nashville, TN 37206

Nicaraguan coffee, soft serve, and local pastries are on the menu at Hannah Schneider’s new East side hang. Cozied up beside The Bookshop, 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.

12. Retrograde Coffee

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1305 Dickerson Pike
Nashville, TN 37207
(615) 541-5831
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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 mostly Arkansas-roasted Onyx Coffee Lab brews, and they also offer other coffee from around the southeast and seasonal blends like the sweet potato latte.

13. Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop

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1012 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

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 reopened last year in new East Nashville digs, so find a new home for an old favorite there feauring a plethora of pastry options.

14. Stay Golden

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2934 Sidco Dr #130
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 241-5105
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The stunning Berry Hill coffee shop recently expanded to East Nashville, and they’re pouring a variety of caffeinated concoctions now in both locations, where beloved matchless coffee sodas and rested espressos with corn milk, chili lime salt, and warming spices await. Owned by Golden Rule Hospitality, the all-day cafe and coffee shop also serves cocktails on both sides of town.

15. Tempo

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2041, 2179 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 750-3515
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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.

16. Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea

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1886 Eastland Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 915-0675
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Open since 2008, the East Nashville coffee and tea purveyor serves breakfast and lunch options daily until 9 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.

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1. 8th & Roast

4104 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209

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.

4104 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN 37209

2. Americano Coffee Lounge

434 Houston St #120, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

434 Houston St #120
Nashville, TN 37203

3. Barista Parlor

519B Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

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, as well as Drug Store Coffee in the lobby of recently opened downtown boutique hotel Noelle.

519B Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

4. Bongo Java

2007 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212

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.

2007 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212

5. Caliber Coffee Co.

2513 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

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.

2513 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

6. CREMA

15 Hermitage Ave, Nashville, TN 37210

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.

15 Hermitage Ave
Nashville, TN 37210

7. Fido

1812 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

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.

1812 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212

8. The Frothy Monkey

2509 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

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 five storefronts, including downtown Franklin and Nashville, with its newest outpost in The Nations.

2509 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

9. Headquarters

4902 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209

It may be a tad small (nine feet wide, to be exact), but the eclectic Charlotte Avenue coffee shop’s brews and free WiFi 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, Dozen, Sweet 16th, and Vegan Vee.

4902 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

10. The Horn Coffee

619 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210

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.

619 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37210

11. Kettner Coffee Supply

1035 W Eastland Ave Suite 1045, Nashville, TN 37206

Nicaraguan coffee, soft serve, and local pastries are on the menu at Hannah Schneider’s new East side hang. Cozied up beside The Bookshop, 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.

1035 W Eastland Ave Suite 1045
Nashville, TN 37206

12. Retrograde Coffee

1305 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN 37207

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 mostly Arkansas-roasted Onyx Coffee Lab brews, and they also offer other coffee from around the southeast and seasonal blends like the sweet potato latte.

1305 Dickerson Pike
Nashville, TN 37207

13. Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop

1012 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

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 reopened last year in new East Nashville digs, so find a new home for an old favorite there feauring a plethora of pastry options.

1012 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

14. Stay Golden

2934 Sidco Dr #130, Nashville, TN 37204

The stunning Berry Hill coffee shop recently expanded to East Nashville, and they’re pouring a variety of caffeinated concoctions now in both locations, where beloved matchless coffee sodas and rested espressos with corn milk, chili lime salt, and warming spices await. Owned by Golden Rule Hospitality, the all-day cafe and coffee shop also serves cocktails on both sides of town.

2934 Sidco Dr #130
Nashville, TN 37204

15. Tempo

2041, 2179 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

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.

2041, 2179 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

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16. Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea

1886 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Open since 2008, the East Nashville coffee and tea purveyor serves breakfast and lunch options daily until 9 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.

1886 Eastland Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

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