Nashville is home to many things: country music, hot chicken, and if you believe it, some of the best Nashville coffee shops.
If you’re new to Nashville or plan on visiting soon, you need to know where the best coffee is. While I love Starbucks and am all for it, do me a favor and check out some of the unique coffee shops in Music City.
10 Places to Grab Coffee in Nashville
With locations in East Nashville, the Gulch, and Germantown, Barista Parlor locations all have lots of room with large tables and plenty of light. Meet a friend, take an Instagram photo of your coffee, and plan to stay awhile to take in the atmosphere. This is one of my favorite places to work!
Some of my fondest memories from undergrad at Belmont University involve Bongo Java. It’s not only a coffee house but also a roasting company that supplies coffee to various restaurants around town. Bongo Java locations can be found on Belmont Blvd., in the Omni Hotel, and in East Nashville. Hillsboro Village Coffee shops Fido and Hot & Cold are also in the Bongo family. All of these locations are loud and busy so if you love the hustle and bustle of coffee shops definitely go to Bongo. They also have an amazing breakfast/brunch!
Frothy Monkey started out in 12 South and expanded to downtown Nashville, Franklin, and my favorite location in the Nations. If you’re walking around downtown Nashville or 12 South, then a visit to Frothy is definitely a great place to go refuel and people-watch. The Nations’s location is huge with big beautiful windows and a great place to hunker down and get some work done.
If you want to sit outside, drink coffee and enjoy Nashville, go to Crema. Their location is across the street from Pinewood Social and you have a perfect view of the Nashville skyline. They have great outdoor seating and phenomenal coffee.
Honestly, if you’re meeting someone for coffee, don’t go to Headquarters. However, if you’re by yourself and plan on either grabbing coffee or hanging out with a book, then it’s perfect. I say this because Headquarters is TINY. It’s a tight squeeze but such a great atmosphere. They have beautiful brick walls and I love anything and everything they make, including their Blueberry Muffins. This place is a little hole in the wall in West Nashville but if you can grab a seat (they also have patio seating) then sit, stay a while and enjoy it.
So High Brow technically isn’t in Nashville but needed to be on this list! High Brow is in Franklin, and while that’s a trek for some, the drive is really pretty and I always love stopping in downtown Franklin on my way. In addition to the good coffee, my favorite thing about High Brow is the decor. I want my house to look like this with warm wood, big windows and lots of light. Also, in addition to coffee check out their tea and yummy sweets!
Steadfast is one of the newer Nashville coffee shops located in Germantown. In addition to coffee, they also serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is a great place to meet friends thanks to their big tables and booths. Their popcorn is the bomb!
With other locations in New Orleans, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Birmingham, Revelator recently came to Nashville, Hillsboro Village to be precise. This is a great place to pop in to refuel after shopping at local boutiques Native + Nomad, Revv, UAL, Molly Green, POSH and Dress Up.
As strange as it sounds, this is my favorite place to meet new people. It’s close to the Interstate and easy to get to. But it’s a good place to just sit and get to know someone and catch up. It’s a very chill environment and easy to hang out there all afternoon! Their bakery is also amazing.
If my husband has a day off, I can usually find him at Humphrey’s. He loves it because all of Humphrey’s profits are reinvested into scholarships and programs for the students that work there. Stop by and shop their products while you’re there.