If you’re only in town for a couple of days and you want to sample Nashville’s coffee shop scene, you might be wondering, “where do I start?” That’s a valid question. Of course, as always, we at Coffee Shoppers are here to serve. We’ve compiled a list of the top shops based on what you’re looking for. Handy, right? And you can click on each name to read our full review.
If you want a memorable experience: Barista Parlor
At Barista Parlor, the coffee-making looks a little like a science experiment, and each detail is well thought out. The baristas/coffee bar sit in the middle of the room, and there is bar-style seating facing them, so you can watch. If you want. They have fancypants chocolate, use bandanas for napkins, and have a DJ playing records through old radios in the corner. If you want a unique Nashville-style experience, try Barista Parlor. We've also heard from
some coffee snobs our friends that BP has some of the best coffee in town.
519 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206. Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-8pm; Sat-Sun 8am-8pm.
If you want the best latte: Fido In Laura’s humble opinion, Fido (and its sister shop Bongo Java) has the best lattes. Coffee-to-syrup ratio is just right, foam art is quality, and if you get it in a for-here cup you get the added challenge of walking back to your table without spilling the masterpiece. Fido is almost always busy, but it’s one of the biggest shops in town. It also serves good food and you might see a celebrity. 1812 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212. Hours: Mon-Thur 7am-11pm; Fri 7am-12am; Sat 8am-12am; Sun 8am-11pm.
If you want the coziest and friendliest atmosphere: Ugly Mugs Ugly Mugs is one of our favorites, due to its non-judgey baristas and homey atmosphere. It’s got great coffee, of course (not to mention their Mexican Hot Chocolate), and you won’t be afraid to ask for a recommendation. On Saturday nights they have live music, and if the weather’s nice, they’ll open the garage door. Perfect for a weekend afternoon. 1886 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206. Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-10pm; Sat-Sun 7am-10pm.
If you are passionate about coffee or just want a well-crafted cup: Crema The folks at Crema are serious about coffee. They roast their own beans and even hold coffee classes on things like the ins and outs of espresso, how to create latte art, and brewing techniques. They have unique seasonal latte flavors and are passionate about serving quality drinks. It’s a smaller but friendly shop, and a great place to go if you want fantastic coffee. (This one is also closest to downtown proper.) 15 Hermitage Ave, Nashville, TN 37204. Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-7pm; Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-4pm.
We should also mention Crema has a branch across the street (literally) at Pinewood Social. Pinewood Social is a hipster paradise and is quickly becoming a must-see on any millennial's tour of Nashville. It is home to a restaurant and bar, a bowling alley, some fun outdoor space, and the coffee shop. The coffee shop is a great place to work or socialize with both office space and "living rooms" for sipping your lattes. 33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210. Mon-Fri 7am-1am; Sat-Sun 9am-1am.
If you want to observe Nashvillians in their natural habitat: Frothy Monkey Frothy Monkey is like a cross-section of Nashville. Hipsters, students, Taylor Swift (maybe. sometimes.)-- they’re all there. It’s always busy, and it’s a great atmosphere for catching up with friends or getting some work done. They also serve good food and local tea from High Garden Tea. You’ll get a quality latte or cup of drip coffee here, and they have a deck with outside seating perfect for spring afternoons. 2509 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204. Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-9pm; Sunday 8am-9pm.
If you’re a tea drinker: Dose. Dose. has the most tea-drink selections of the coffee shops we've visited. Personally, we prefer to have more than just a bag full of flowers and a cup of piping hot water when we pay $3+. Dose. does offer plain ol' tea by the cup and by the pot, which we love. They also have chai and milk tea. Other coffee shops, take note. Along with the tea selection, Dose. offers a quiet atmosphere for working or meeting. They have food and coffee (of course), too. 3431 Murphy Road, Nashville, TN 37203. Hours: Mon-Friday 6am-7pm; Saturday & Sunday 7am-7pm
If you're an all-nighter: Café Coco Open 24-Hours, Café Coco is the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee or a midnight snack. It's home to some of the best people-watching in Nashville. They have a great variety of food, including gluten-free and vegan selections, along with many different tea and coffee drinks. There's a big porch if the weather's nice and plenty of seating inside, too. 210 Louise Ave, Nashville, TN 37203. Hours: All day, all night.
Nashvillians--did we pick a good cross-section for a Nashville coffee tour? What shop do you always recommend to visiting friends? Out of towners--let us know if you tried any of them and what you thought!