Best Coffee Shops in Nashville

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Music City may be known for hot chicken, honky tonks, and country music, but the coffee shops are just as noteworthy. Whether you need a caffeine buzz, a bite to eat, or a temporary place to call your office, Nashville has an abundance of coffee shops to keep you buzzin’, grubbin’, and workin’. Here is Nashville Guru’s guide to the very best coffee shops in Nashville. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to see coffee shops located within hotels and coffee shops with walk-up windows or limited seating.

Nashville’s Best Coffee Shops


Café Intermezzo

Café Intermezzo is one of Downtown Nashville’s most sophisticated places to enjoy coffee, brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails, and desserts. This European-inspired coffee destination offers everything from French press coffee at your table to coffees with alcohol like the Café Salzburg. For a relaxing atmosphere off-Broadway, this is your place.

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8th & Roast

8th & Roast has two locations on 8th Avenue South and Charlotte Avenue (pictured above). The Charlotte Avenue location in Sylvan Park is much bigger and more modern but still maintains the cozy coffee shop vibe. For a more intimate coffee outing, head over to the original location on 8th Avenue South across from Zanies Comedy Club. The environment is warm with community tables, bar seating, and a calming atmosphere.

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Barista Parlor

Barista Parlor is a top-notch coffee shop with locations in the Gulch (pictured above), East Nashville, Hillsboro Village, Sylvan Park, Marathon Village, and Germantown. It’s a popular work spot and hangout for locals. With bright interiors, impressive woodwork, and attention to detail, each location offers a clean, minimalistic atmosphere. The Gulch, Sylvan Park and East Nashville locations have covered patios if you want to enjoy your coffee outdoors.

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Frothy Monkey

Frothy Monkey has four Nashville coffee shops in The Nations (pictured above), 12 SouthEast Nashville, and Downtown. There is ample seating at all of the locations, especially two-top tables for remote workers and students. When the weather is nice, the 12 South location has a great front patio. If you’re seeking more space, head to The Nations location.

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Bongo Java

Bongo Java is considered Nashville’s oldest coffee company and the first Nashville-based roaster to provide organic, Fair Trade brews. You can find Bongo Java coffee in almost all of the retail stores around Nashville, so it’s hard to miss this brand. There are two primary Bongo Java locations on Belmont Blvd (the original location pictured above) and in East Nashville. The East Nashville location called Game Point is Nashville’s first board game café with over 500 games for coffee-sippers to play for free. There are also smaller Bongo Java operations inside the Omni Hotel and the Johnny Cash Museum.

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Sump Coffee

Sump Coffee is off the beaten path in the OneC1ty development between West End and Charlotte Avenue. Sump Coffee specializes in the perfect pour-over and sells delicious Dozen Bakery pastries daily. If you take your coffee very seriously, this is the place for you.

  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Coffee: Sump Coffee

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Honest Coffee Roasters

Honest Coffee Roasters is situated within L&L Market in The Nations. This modern, mid-century-designed cafe is surrounded by a variety of food kiosks, small boutiques, a yoga studio, and more. A great spot to check out on a rainy afternoon! Honest Coffee Roasters partners with hardworking farmers who create high-quality, fresh coffee.

  • Neighborhood: The Nations
  • Coffee: Honest Coffee Roasters

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Crema

Crema has a location in SoBro (pictured above) that is just a short walk from Lower Broadway and in East Nashville on Duke Street. This popular coffee shop is serious about its in-house coffee program and its passion is contagious. They even teach coffee classes typically offered every Friday during the college semesters to help students become more confident with their coffee skills. Each class is limited to 3-6 students for a more hands-on experience.

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Americano Lounge

Whether you need a caffeine fix or a spirited cocktail, Americano Lounge offers both. This New York-style lounge was built by the owner, Cody Pellerin. Pellerin and his team completed all of the construction, buildout, design, woodwork, and lighting. And the hard work doesn’t stop there; everything is created in-house, from the pastries to the coffee to the sodas. If you respect high-quality coffee, this spot is a must-visit.

  • Neighborhood: Wedgewood-Houston
  • Coffee: Estate, single-origin, AA, organic rainforest-certified coffee

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Fido

Fido, Bongo Java’s sister location, is one of the most popular coffee shops in the metro area located in the heart of Hillsboro Village. With a place so close to Belmont and Vanderbilt, Fido has a youthful crowd of students and creatives. Fido is pretty roomy, but it can fill up quickly at peak hours. Also, the food is just as good as the coffee.

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Humphreys Street

As a social enterprise of Harvest Hands CDC, Humphreys Street is on a mission to give back to the local community. This spacious coffee shop has a lot of natural light making it a great work environment. Humphreys Street roasts its own coffee and 100% of the profits are reinvested into programs and scholarships that support students.

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dose.

dose. has two locations in East Nashville (pictured above) and Sylvan Park. Both locations offer alternative coffee selections including Counter Culture Coffee plus rotating regional and national roasts. At the East Nashville outpost, guests can expect a full-service kitchen, bakery, and alcoholic beverages (craft beers, wine, and cocktails).

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No Free Coffee

No Free Coffee is a vibrant coffee kiosk located at The Hart at BentoLiving Chestnut Hill. Coffee fans can order eclectic beverages and purchase exclusive apparel. The grapefruit toostie is their most popular coffee drink and we can confirm it is delicious!

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Ugly Mugs

Ugly Mugs serves Drew’s Brews coffee that is roasted near their location in East Nashville. This spacious coffee shop features a variety of seating options perfect for studying, working, and hanging out. Looking to enjoy your coffee with a delicious treat? Ugly Mugs sells pastries from Sweet 16th and Dozen Bakery.

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Three Brothers Coffee

Three Brothers Coffee is situated close to Vanderbilt’s campus so it is usually filled with students studying. This cafè and espresso bar is known for its seasonal lattes, made with house-roasted specialty coffee, and impressive latte art. The food menu may be limited, but it is tasty.

  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Coffee: Three Brothers Coffee

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Retrograde Coffee

Retrograde Coffee is a quaint neighborhood spot situated on Dickerson Pike. Whether you’re looking to enjoy some time alone or with a friend, this cafe is the spot for you. Need a quick fix? Order online for to-go. Also, their sourdough bagels are made in-house daily.

  • Neighborhood: East Nashville
  • Coffee: Retrograde Coffee and regional roasters

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Steadfast Coffee

Steadfast Coffee is located in the bustling Germantown neighborhood on Taylor Street. They roast their own coffee and serve breakfast and lunch daily until 2:00pm. When weather permits, we recommend having your coffee on their spacious outdoor patio—dogs are welcome!

  • Neighborhood: Germantown
  • Coffee: Steadfast Coffee

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The Well

The Well is a missional coffeehouse focused on giving back to the community. Since opening in 2012, The Well has donated over $200,000 to communities and people in need. There are two Nashville locations in Green Hills and on Music Row in Midtown. Stop in for great coffee and live music which is featured multiple times a week.

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Flora + Fauna

Flora + Fauna can be found at Highland Yards in East Nashville. Coffee lovers can expect quality roasted brews and food made with local and seasonal ingredients. This friendly cafè has a casual atmosphere filled with greenery and calming vibes.

Neighborhood: East Nashville

Coffee: Flora + Fauna

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Hanna Bee Coffee

Hanna Bee Coffee is a quaint coffee shop situated in East Nashville. This space was previously occupied by Kettner Coffee. Coming in to stay a while? Order from their extensive food menu featuring breakfast, brunch, and lunch options, the Nutella banana toast is a must-try. If you’re in the downtown area, make sure to check out their pop-up in Cummins Station.

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Elixr

Elixr is an adorable coffee shop located at Fifth + Broadway in Downtown Nashville. Their pink strawberry milk latte is a crowd favorite, it tastes as delicious as it looks. This cafè can get pretty busy on the weekends, so consider yourself lucky if you get a seat.

  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Coffee: Elixr Coffee

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Red Bicycle

Crepes and coffee? Name a better combo! Red Bicycle is not only known for its delicious crepes but also for its coffee. There are two locations within the Nashville area including Germantown and The Nations. If you have a larger group, we recommend checking out The Nations location.

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Just Love Coffee

Even though Just Love Coffee is a coffee shop franchise, the Nashville location found a way to provide that cozy local feel. Not only do they have great coffee, but also breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast burrito comes highly recommended.

Neighborhood: Demonbreun Hill

Coffee: Just Love

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Coffee Shops Within Hotels

Funny Library Coffee Shop

Hotel coffee shops are very popular among locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re actually staying at a hotel or just want to feel like it, these are the top options for coffee shops within hotels in Nashville.


Limited Seating + Walk-Up Coffee Shops

Soft Serv Station – Coffee Shop with Soft Serve

Sometimes the best coffee comes from the smallest shops with limited seating, outdoor-only seating, or walk-up windows. When you’re looking for a quick coffee-shop visit, check out these popular Nashville spots.


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