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Best Coffee Shops in Nashville

Posted by Scott Layson on November 14, 2016
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Being that we are in the middle of prime pumpkin spice latte season, what better time to provide a list of all the best coffee shops in Nashville? If you’re looking for a great place to meet friends, catch up on work or just enjoy a great cup of coffee, our map below will help you find the perfect spot in Nashville.

Best Coffee Shops in Nashville

Here’s a quick guide to each of our favorite coffee shops to help you decide which one to knock off your list first.


Often referred to as having some of the best coffee in Nashville, Crema is a favorite among locals. Anyone with a love for coffee will appreciate that the owners take special pride in selecting the beans for their coffee personally. On a beautiful day, the large deck here offers the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Frothy Monkey

Centered in the heart of 12 South, this popular coffee shop is bustling at all times of the day. It has a great vibe, the staff is friendly and it is an excellent place to meet up with friends or a business meeting. They also serve alcohol and have a fairly extensive menu, including dinner options.


Like Frothy Monkey, Fido is always busy – and for good reason. Located in Hillsboro Village, this coffee shop offers a little bit of everything. They have an excellent breakfast and lunch menu with plenty of gluten-free options. If you don’t mind waiting in line for a little while, Fido has one of the best coffee shop atmospheres in the city.

Pinewood Social 

There’s no other place quite like Pinewood Social. While it offers a nice cozy, trendy atmosphere to enjoy a cup of coffee, it is much more than a coffee shop. It’s also a restaurant and bar that boasts a vintage bowling alley, outdoor pool and bocce ball. Its basically the perfect place for any type of gathering. And since there is a Crema located onsite, you know you’re getting some of the best coffee in town.

Steadfast Coffee

What might be one of Nashville’s lesser known coffee shops (well not anymore), Steadfast Coffee located in Germantown offers excellent pour over coffee and great environment to work or socialize. Prices here also tend to be a little lower than some of the more well-known shops around the city.

Barista Parlor

Now with three locations, the original in East Nashville is a must visit on your coffee shop bucket list. The combination of old motorcycles, art, open seating and outdoor patio give Barista Parlor an incredibly unique vibe. The fact that the barista station is located in the middle of the shop is pretty unique as well. The espresso drinks here are fantastic and worth the long wait.

Bongo Java

Situated across from Belmont University, this coffee shop is always packed with students and young professionals. The prices are pretty affordable and you’re sure to find something that suits your tastes on their expansive breakfast menu. Their shaded outdoor patio is a perfect place to hang out even on the hottest summer days.

Ugly Mugs

This popular coffee shop located off of Eastland Ave in East Nashville offers excellent and affordable coffee options as well as light breakfast and snack options. Another plus is that many of their items are locally sourced.

Eighth & Roast

After having tasted coffee at almost every shop in town, I have to say that this is some of the best coffee I’ve had in Nashville. Located off of 8th Ave in the Melrose area, this small coffee shop is a staple for many residents in the area. The only issue with Eight & Roast is that if you’re meeting someone, it can at times be hard to find a place to sit.

Portland Brew 

Portland Brew, located in 12 South, is my go-to coffee shop if Frothy Monkey is overcrowded (which is very likely). It’s usually a little less crowded, but still offers a great cup of coffee and a light menu. They also have an outdoor deck to enjoy the beautiful Nashville weather.

The Well

Coffee with a purpose. That’s what The Well is. As the name implies, proceeds here go towards efforts to create clean water wells for needy people across the world. There’s also a Wish board where patrons can post letters for thoughts and prayers from the community in their time of need. Even if this coffee shop wasn’t a great spot to hang out or the coffee wasn’t that good (it is), I would still come here from time to time because of the amazing work they do not just in our community, but around the world.

The Perch

Located in Green Hills, the Perch uniquely sets itself apart from the rest of the coffee shops in Nashville. While their coffee is just ok, it’s their crepes that they specialize in and keeps me coming back when I’m craving something different.

Garage Coffee Co

Located in Historic Marathon Village, this small coffee shop is another hidden gem in Nashville. The baristas are very knowledgeable and they have a nice selection of tasty pastries. Probably not the best place to plan a meeting, because of size, but definitley worth a visit.

J&J’s Market Cafe

This might be one of Nashville’s best kept secrets when it comes to coffee shops. Located in midtown, just off of Broadway, this cozy hideaway is perfect for studying or working while sipping on a great coffee. There’s also a neat little market to grab a local craft beer or gourmet snack.



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