Atlanta may not be the first city a coffee aficionado thinks of when it comes to a stellar cup of coffee, but the Big Peach has more than its fair share of good coffee shops. Whether you're a true connoisseur, need an all-important first cup of the morning, or merely a midday pick-me-up, here are Atlanta’s top cafés, coffee shops, and bars to grab an espresso, a cappuccino, or a soul-soothing cup of black coffee.
Aurora Coffee is an independent, community-oriented, indie coffee shop in the heart of Little Five Points that displays work from local artists on its walls and serves coffee blends from around the world. Nestled in Atlanta’s most artistically diverse and funkiest neighborhood, the shop’s exterior boasts a striking design while the calmer, minimalist interior has a polished concrete floor and vibrant décor and graphic wall displays, and state-of-the-art lighting. The buzzing coffee shop serves a range of globally-inspired coffees from espressos to lattes, along with a variety of teas and fresh pastries and breakfast dishes.
468 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, Phone: 404-523-6856
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Brash Coffee has three locations around the city that serves sustainable, single-source coffee from farmers and artisanal producers around the world. Brash has coffee shops in Peachtree Road in Midtown, inside the revamped Atlanta History Center in Buckhead, and the Westside Provisions District. The coffee roasters source beans as fairly and ethically as possible, working directly with coffee farmers in El Salvador and other small producers around the world, and use a Modbar under-the-counter espresso system which allows brewing according to the room’s humidity and temperature, producing a superb cup of coffee.
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Phone: 404-997-2077
© Café Intermezzo
Café Intermezzo is reminiscent of a 300-year-old European coffeehouse with lavish décor, elegant chandeliers, and laid-back and relaxed atmosphere in which visitors can escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Boasting several locations around the country, Café Intermezzo serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as late-night appetizers and a variety of libations, including fine wines and classic cocktails. Freshly baked pastries and other breakfast items are available in the mornings, along with a range of coffee and specialty coffee drinks, teas, and fresh fruit juices, while lunch and dinner menus feature fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, pasta dishes and entrées of chicken and seafood.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, GA, Phone: 404-574-6195
© Café Lucia
Located in the Fairlie-Poplar District, Café Lucia is a cozy coffee shop that serves authentic Dutch Coffee and freshly baked tasty treats in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The café is committed to serving top-quality coffee prepared through careful brewing processes, along with a range of other libations such as craft beers, casual wines, handcrafted cocktails, fresh fruit juices, and soft drinks. The café offers full breakfast and lunch menus, along sweet pastries, cakes, and other sweet treats all day. Café Lucia has several locations around the city and is open for breakfast, lunch, and late afternoon drinks.
57 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, Phone: 404-968-9658
5.Caffe Bella Coffee Shop
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Caffe' Bella Coffee Shop is all about coffee and authentic New Orleans-style beignets. The charming little coffee shop on Huff Road serves tapas-style breakfast and lunch menus featuring salads, homemade soups, sandwiches, dips and bread, paninis, and freshly-baked muffins, and cheese and charcuterie platters are available to enjoy with alcoholic drinks like craft beers and casual wines in the afternoons. Caffe' Bella Coffee Shop sourced its coffee beans from Atlanta-based roaster Beanealogy and offers a wide range of coffees and specialty coffee drinks throughout the day. Caffe' Bella Coffee Shop is open for breakfast, lunch and late afternoon drinks.
1133 Huff Rd NW Suite F, Atlanta, GA 30318, Phone: 404-549-9116
6.Chrome Yellow Trading Co.
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Chrome Yellow Trading Co. is a part coffee shop and part craft-goods purveyor that serves Stumptown coffee blends, fresh locally baked pastries, and light lunch fare in an industrial-style atmosphere. With locations in Buckhead, Westside, and in the Old Fourth Ward, the coffee shop features white cinder blocks and subway tiles, a handful of tables, and a small four-seater bar, which is always packed with locals sipping perfectly brewed Stumptown coffee and snacking on almond croissants. The coffee shop also has a retail section that sells a range of clothing and eclectic items such as candles that burn for 100 hours.
501 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA, Phone: 470-355-1340
7.Community Grounds Cafe
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Located in the Carver Neighborhood Market, Community Grounds Café is a laid-back coffeehouse with a functional, mellow space in which visitors can relax over steaming cups of java and freshly baked pastries. Established in 2009, Community Grounds Café is a popular neighborhood spot that encourages conversation and inspires creativity and sees both locals and visitors like returning time and again to enjoy great coffee, delicious food, and good conversation. The café sources its 100% Arabica coffee from Atlanta-based roaster Beanealogy and uses only the finest quality ingredients from local farms and producers, such as Emerald City Bagels, Atlanta Fresh Dairy, and Arden’s Garden. Community Grounds Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
1297 McDonough Blvd SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, Phone: 404-586-0692
8.Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
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Nestled in the Ponce City Market in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, Dancing Goats Coffee Bar is a casual espresso and coffee bar that serves macchiatos, pour-overs, and cold brews, along with a range of unique seasonal creations. Owned by local roaster Batdorf & Bronson, the inviting coffee shop has a comfortable dining space and a glass-encased patio with free wireless Internet, which attracts digital nomads who spend the day working and sipping great coffee. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar also sells Batdorf & Bronson coffee, a beloved Washington state-based roaster, along with fresh pastries, light snacks, and a range of teas.
650 North Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA, Phone: 404-874-0370
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9.Ebrik Coffee Room
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Located just south of Woodruff Park, Ebrik Coffee Room is a favorite hangout for creatives, freelancers, and coffee lovers in downtown Atlanta. The essential coffee shop features a comfortable dining space and ample tables and chairs, and a small reading library where visitors can relax with a book and a variety of coffee choices, including espresso beverages, pour-over coffee, and French press coffee. The coffee shop has locations in Decatur, and at the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the Emory University campus, hosts open mic nights for local musicians and poets, and provide complimentary wireless Internet.
22 Park Pl SE, Atlanta, GA 30303, Phone: 404-330-0119
10.Empire State South
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Empire State South is an upmarket Southern eatery helmed by celebrity chef Hugh Acheson that serves a market-driven menu of farm-to-table fare and a seductive wine and cocktail program. The destination restaurant in Midtown features an elegant dining room and a charming terrace and a bocce court ringed by Adirondacks, where guests can relax while enjoying a game. This rustic-hip bistro serves imaginative New Southern fare with dishes like fried chicken, bacon marmalade and pimento cheese on a biscuit, and farm eggs on crispy rice with beef and mushroom sausage, shiitake, and corn. A variety of libations from craft beers and casual wines to classic cocktails is available from the full service bar, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
999 Peachtree St NE #140, Atlanta, GA 30309, Phone: 404-541-1105
© Hodgepodge Coffeehouse
Hodgepodge Coffeehouse is a casual coffee shop with two locations in Atlanta that serves Batdorf & Bronson coffee and light fare, including Emerald City Bagels. Owned by Krystle Rodriguez, Hodgepodge Coffeehouse can be found at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in the Summerhill neighborhood and on Moreland Avenue in Reynoldstown. The café serves a variety of coffee and tea, specialty drinks, freshly baked pastries, and light lunch fare, including salads, bagels from Emerald City Bagels, sandwiches, and homemade soups. Don’t miss the signature drip coffee with two shots of espresso known as a ‘Kick-in-the-Pants.’
720 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA, Phone: 404-622-8525
12.Huge x Brash Coffee
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Huge x Brash Coffee is part of the Brash Coffee group located in a marketing firm that serves light Japanese food and globally-sourced coffee. Based in the heart of the Midtown business district, the coffee shop is a collaboration between Brash Coffee and leading global experience agency Huge and boasts a unique space where marketing gurus and coffee aficionados can sip superb coffee and light fare. Brash Coffee serves sustainable, single-source coffee from farmers and artisanal producers around the world and uses a Modbar under-the-counter espresso system, which allows brewing according to the room’s humidity and temperature.
1375 Peachtree St NE Suite A1, Atlanta, GA 30309
13.Inman Perk Coffee
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Inman Perk Coffee is an independent neighborhood coffee shop that serves quality java from Intelligentsia Coffee, fresh pastries and decadent desserts in a vibrant, colorful space. The spacious coffee shop has engaging artwork adorning the walls, ample seating, and plenty of outlets for laptops and tablets, making it an ideal spot for studying and working. The Inman Park coffee-torium serves an extensive drink menu of coffee and teas, specialty drinks, and a limited selection of craft beers and casual wines, along with light fare and sweet treats. Inman Perk Coffee is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
240 North Highland Avenue Northeast h, Atlanta, GA 30307, Phone: 678-705-4545
14.Joe's East Atlanta Coffee Shop
Joe's East Atlanta Coffee Shop is an indie, neighborhood coffee shop in the heart of East Atlanta Village that has been serving Intelligentsia coffee, baked goods, and decadent desserts for the past 17 years. The trendy coffee shop features exposed brick walls, iconic R. Land artwork on the walls and ceiling, and a laid-back, hipster ambiance. Named after the slang word for coffee, Joe's East Atlanta Coffee Shop uses beans from socially responsible Chicago roastery, Intelligentsia, who support local farmers and their families, and serve baked goods from several local bakeries such as croissants are from Ratio Bake Shop in Decatur and cakes, cupcakes, and cookies from Metrotainment. Joe's East Atlanta Coffee Shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
510 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, Phone: 404-521-1122
Located in Atlanta’s Westside Provisions District, Mashburn Coffee is a new coffee shop and lifestyle concept that sells home décor and accessories, clothing, books, and freshly brewed coffee and light fare. Established by Sid and Ann Mashburn, the 1,600-square-foot upscale boutique and coffee shop has a cozy corner with marble-topped bistro tables and simple cane back chairs where shoppers can relax over a cup of coffee and freshly baked pastries. The coffee shop sources its beans from Methodical and King State and offers a range of options from cappuccino to macchiato, as well as tea, and fruit juices. Mashburn Coffee is open during store opening hours.
1198 Howell Mill Rd #109, Atlanta, GA 30318, Phone: 404-350-7134
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© Momo Cafe
Momo Café is a small, two-story coffee shop attached to Japanese fast-casual restaurant Momonoki that serves Stumptown coffee and other traditional coffee drinks. Founded by chef Jason Liang and John Chen of Momonoki, the cozy café boasts comfortable indoor seating on the second level of the restaurant with views of the bustling 75/85 interstate Connector and a shared patio bar with outdoor seating. The café serves a variety of tea drinks like the matcha or hojicha latte, and desserts, sweets, and pastries made with Japanese ingredients. Momo Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
95 8th St NW #100, Atlanta, GA 30309, Phone: 404-390-3025
17.Read Shop by The Merchant
Located in Vinings Jubilee, Read Shop by the Merchant is a bookstore and coffee shop that sells a wide range of books and literary materials and serves fantastic coffee. Founded by entrepreneur Dan Collier in 2016, the popular spot is tucked away inside a boutique bookstore with outdoor seating and serves a variety of coffee and tea, specialty drinks and freshly baked pastries, and other light fare. Grab a book form the wide choice of fiction and non-fiction titles, garden books, children’s literature, cookbooks, and coffee-inspired books, and enjoy it over a steaming cup of locally roasted java. Read Shop by the Merchant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
4300 Paces Ferry Rd SE Suite 125, Atlanta, GA 30339, Phone: 678-742-7853
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18.San Francisco Coffee Roasting Company
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The San Francisco Coffee Roasting Company is a warm, neighborhood hangout that roasts its own coffee and bakes most of its own pastries. Established over 20 years ago, the independent coffee shop serves the Atlanta community with three stores in Virginia Highlands, Poncey Highlands, and Candler Park and offers top quality, freshly roasted coffee daily. The coffee shop honors Captain Richardson, San Francisco's first whaler with an aromatic blend that takes coffee-lovers on a journey that follows the footsteps of the whaler from India to Central America. Other in-house blends include Highland Blend, Morningside Blend, and Mocha Java. The San Francisco Coffee Roasting Company is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
1192 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306, Phone: 404-876-8816
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19.Spiller Park Coffee
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Located in the Ponce City Market, Spiller Park Café is a double-sided gourmet coffee kiosk that serves artisanal espresso drinks made with beans sourced both globally and domestically and freshly baked treats. Owned by Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson and local java-scene vet Dale Donchey, the hip market-based spot has a multi-roaster program that makes use of beans from George Howell Coffee, Intelligentsia Coffee, Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters and 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters and uses locally sourced ingredients such as local nut milk to add as extras. Light bites on offer include a rotating menu of made-to-order toasts and Boston Cream doughnuts.
Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, Phone: 404-919-2978
© Taproom Coffee
Located in the historic Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta, Taproom Coffee is a specialty coffee and craft beer bar that serves a variety of beans from Atlanta’s East Pole, local and craft brews, and baked goods from Ratio Bakeshop in Decatur. The casual spot is dedicated to serving top quality coffee from the East Pole Coffee Company and a selection of craft beer from local breweries. The café also serves a menu of market-driven fare such as freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, and other light bites, and complimentary wireless Internet is available throughout the restaurant. Taproom Coffee is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
1963 Hosea L Williams Dr. SE #R106, Atlanta, GA, Phone: 404-464-5435
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21.The Bucket Shop Cafe
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Bucket Shop Café is a spacious eatery, neighborhood bar, and restaurant that serves casual pub fare and craft brews in a laid-back atmosphere. Established in 1969, the long-standing restaurant serves a menu of delicious homemade fare such as salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, entrées, and desserts, along with a wide variety of craft beers and casual wines from the quaint 19th-century bar. The café features comfortable indoor seating and laid-back patio-equipped space that hosts artists playing live music throughout the week. The restaurant serves a popular Sunday brunch that flows with Bloody Marys and Mimosas out on the patio – it’s always packed, so its best to book a spot.
3475 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: 404-261-9244
© Urban Grind
Urban Grind is a hip coffee shop in Atlanta’s West Side that serves as a gathering space for the creative community to enjoy great coffee and light fare, along with film screenings, poetry recitals, and other arty events. The cozy café has comfy seats and colorful cute cartoon wall decorations and serves a menu of farm-to-table fare such as gourmet sandwiches and paninis, homemade walnut bread, and a variety of cakes, muffins, and other sweet treats. The drinks menu features hot and cold options, loose leaf teas, specialty coffee drinks, smoothies and Italian sodas, and the café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
962 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, Phone: 404-724-0605
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22 Best Atlanta Coffee Shops
- Aurora Coffee, Photo: rakop_ton/stock.adobe.com
- BRASH Coffee, Photo: BRASH Coffee
- Cafe Intermezzo, Photo: Café Intermezzo
- Cafe Lucia, Photo: Café Lucia
- Caffe Bella Coffee Shop, Photo: Caffe' Bella Coffee Shop
- Chrome Yellow Trading Co., Photo: Chrome Yellow Trading Co.
- Community Grounds Cafe, Photo: Community Grounds Café
- Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, Photo: Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
- Ebrik Coffee Room, Photo: Ebrik Coffee Room
- Empire State South, Photo: Empire State South
- Hodgepodge Coffeehouse, Photo: Hodgepodge Coffeehouse
- Huge x Brash Coffee, Photo: Farknot Architect/stock.adobe.com
- Inman Perk Coffee, Photo: Inman Perk Coffee
- Joe's East Atlanta Coffee Shop, Photo: tippapatt/stock.adobe.com
- Mashburn Coffee, Photo: korchemkin/stock.adobe.com
- Momo Cafe, Photo: Momo Cafe
- Read Shop by The Merchant, Photo: chayathon2000/stock.adobe.com
- San Francisco Coffee Roasting Company, Photo: San Francisco Coffee Roasting Company
- Spiller Park Coffee, Photo: Spiller Park Coffee
- Taproom Coffee, Photo: Taproom Coffee
- The Bucket Shop Cafe, Photo: The Bucket Shop Café
- Urban Grind, Photo: Urban Grind
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