Best Coffee Shops in Nashville

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Whether you need a caffeine buzz, a bite to eat, or a place to call your office, Nashville has an abundance of coffeehouses to keep you buzzin’, grubbin’, and workin’. If your favorite coffee shop is missing from our list, tell us in the comments section!

These are our top choices for locally owned and operated coffee shops in Nashville (sorry, Starbucks) based on atmosphere, food and coffee (obviously).


Barista Parlor


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Barista Parlor is an amazing coffee shop with locations in East Nashville, the Gulch, and Germantown. It’s a popular work spot and hangout for many locals. With the incredible woodwork and attention to detail creating a remarkable atmosphere, you might just end up visiting both locations often. Also, the East Nashville location has a covered patio with some outdoor seating, if you’d rather chill outdoors.

Area: East NashvilleGulch, & Germantown

Coffee: Variety

Best place for: Meetings or concentrated, creative work

Free Wi-Fi: Yes

Parking: There is parking behind the building in East Nashville and a dedicated lot in the Gulch

Serves Beer: No

Eighth & Roast

8th South - Nashville, TN-57

Eighth & Roast is a jewel of a find on 8th Ave South nestled between furniture stores and Douglas Corner, across from Zanies Comedy Club. The inside is warm and cozy with huge tables, which you can spread out on to get some major work done. If you want to enjoy one of those beautiful Nashville days, you can grab one of the small tables outside.

Area: 8th South

Coffee: Craft Coffee

Best place for: Meetings or concentrated, creative work

Free Wi-Fi: Yes

Parking: Street Parking

Serves Beer: No


Sobro - Nashville, TN-61

This coffee shop is a little off the beaten path, but it’s worth seeking out. Crema is not too crowded or too loud, and most importantly, they are roasting their own coffee in-house.

This growing operation is serious about coffee, and their passion is contagious. They are even teaching coffee classes, which we think is awesome.

Area: SoBro

Coffee: Crema (Nashville)

Best place for: coffee enthusiasts and a quieter atmosphere

Free Wi-Fi: yes

Parking: there is gravel parking along the side and a few spots out front

Serves Beer: no

Frothy Monkey

12 South - May 2015-3

The Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse is located in the 12 South neighborhood, which has been growing rapidly over the last couple of years. This place serves up some great coffee and some great food, too.

There is ample seating, especially two-top tables for freelancers and students. When the weather is nice, the patio has the perfect home-porch feel.

Area: 12 South

Coffee: Frothy Monkey Roasting Co.

Best place for: freelancers, students and smaller groups

Free Wi-Fi: yes

Parking: there is a small parking lot around back. You can also usually find a spot on Gilmore Street or along 12th Avenue.

Serves Beer: yes

Bongo Java

Belmont Blvd - May 2015-36

Bongo Java is considered Nashville’s oldest coffee company, and the only organic, Fair-Trade roaster in the city.  You can find Bongo Java coffee in almost all of the retail stores around Nashville, so it’s hard to miss these guys.

Bongo Java on Belmont Boulevard also has a patio and an upstairs theater, making it a good spot for socializing, studying, or entertainment.

Area: Belmont Boulevard

Coffee: Bongo Java (Nashville)

Best place for: outdoor patio lovers

Free Wi-Fi: yes

Parking: Parking is a little trickier at this location due to the college, but you can usually find parking on the side streets

Serves Beer: no


Hillsboro Village - Nashville - June 2015-3

If you haven’t been to Fido, you might be one of the few. Fido, Bongo Java’s sister location, is probably the most popular coffeehouse in the metro area located in the heart of Hillsboro Village.

With a location so close to Belmont and Vandy, Fido has an eclectic crowd of youthful creatives. Fido is pretty roomy, but it can fill up pretty quickly at peak hours. People usually discover that the food is just as good as the coffee.

Area: Hillsboro Village

Coffee: Bongo Java (Nashville)

Best place for: small and large groups who don’t mind a boisterous ambiance

Free Wi-Fi: yes, but off during peak hours

Parking: There is a lot around back, but it fills up quickly. Your best bet is along Acklen Ave or 20th Ave

Serves Beer: yes


Sylvan Park - Feb 2014 - Nashville, TN-3

dose. is a cool little coffee shop right off Murphy Road as you head to the heart of Sylvan Park. We love the cozy atmosphere and alternative coffee selections, including local coffee from Humphreys Street Coffee Company and rotating regional and national roasts.

Since it’s right off West End, this place is perfect for a quick cup on your way to work.

Area: Sylvan Park

Coffee: Humphreys Street Coffee Co and rotating regional/national roasters

Best place for:  people on the go

Free Wi-Fi: yes

Parking: There are several spots right out front, but it’s limited.

Serves Beer: no

Ugly Mugs

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Cheers to drinking out of ugly mugs!

Ugly Mugs in East Nashville offers up a clean, friendly vibe and really unattractive coffee mugs that you might expect to only see on the clearance rack at Goodwill.

The ugly mugs add a fun flavor that you won’t find anywhere else. There are a variety of seating options, from couches to a window bar.

Area: East Nashville

Coffee: Drew’s Brews (Nashville)

Best place for: reading and chilling

Free Wi-Fi: yes

Parking: you can usually grab a spot in the parking lot with no problems

Serves Beer: No

Pinewood Social

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A newer place to enjoy a cup of joe is Pinewood Social. Though it’s not strictly a coffee joint, Pinewood Social has the ideal atmosphere for your morning (or late-night) caffeine intake. Lounge on the sofas or get some work done at the desks. Everyone flocks here for the meetings, too. To top it off, coffee drinks are prepared by Crema, who has their own section in the restaurant.

Area: SoBro

Coffee: Crema (Nashville)

Best place for: people-watching, lounging

Free Wi-Fi: yes

Parking: free parking lot or valet

Serves Beer: Yes (and all sorts of libations)