If you live in Nashville or are just stopping by, there are tons of great coffee shops to try. Whether you’re looking for specialty coffee or a café with the ambience to match your mood, there’s no question that Nashville is bound to have what you’re looking for.

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1.Portland Brew Coffee

Portland Brew Coffee
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Get the taste of the northwest in the middle of Nashville through a single cup at Portland Brew Coffee. This coffee shops prefers roasting their beans to a medium or medium dark roast and couples their fantastic cups of joe with a minimalist atmosphere and winning hospitality. Patrons can choose from classics like the espresso, latte, macchiato and cappuccino or opt for specialties like the Chai, Steamer, Caramel Crème or Rainforest Mocha. Portland Brew Coffee also offers bites that go well with your coffee like their popular avocado toast, the crowd pleasing Totes Omelets and their delicious bagels. Other options to try include their Arago, Gulliver or Salem breakfast sandwiches as well as their homemade granola.

2605 12th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, Phone: 615-732-2003

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2.Bongo Java

Bongo Java
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The Bongo Java is a snug coffee house with an all-day breakfast menu and tons of knowledge about the humble coffee bean. Known for their specialty beans and brews, Bongo Java is the perfect place for coffee aficionados to get their morning coffee or their afternoon pick-me-up. Meanwhile, the Bongo Java also offers delicious bites like the Great Bombino Sandwich, or awesome bagels with tons of smoked salmon and shmear. Patrons can try over a dozen different kinds of beans and even purchase some of their favorites in bulk to take home. Some variations to try out include the Bolivia Mejillones, the Ethiopia Sidama and the Honduras Marcala.

2007 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee 37212, Phone: 615-385-5282

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3.The Well Coffeehouse

The Well Coffeehouse
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Need a place to drop by for a quick breakfast? Scouring the downtown area for a place to have a working lunch? Racking through brain for a nice spot to have your next meeting? The Well Coffeehouse, located in Nashville’s busy downtown area, could just be the spot you’ve been looking for. With a board full of hand crafted pour over options, the Well Coffee house definitely knows what they’re talking about when it comes to specialty coffees. They also offer drop coffees alongside cold brews in addition to a variety of espresso options like doppios, Cubans and cortados. Other drinks available on their menu include the chai tea latte, loose leaf teas and several smoothies.

147B 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee 37219, Phone: 615-966-2633

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© Fido

Blurring the lines between a casual restaurant and an upscale coffeehouse, Fido is known for putting an emphasis on organic and local foods served in a top notch and hospitable atmosphere. Fido’s all-day menu boasts of a mix of organic, exotic and junk foods like their famous Local Burger, which has local beef, lamb, cheddar, caramelized fennel and a fig aioli, and their Liberal Salad. Not to be missed are Fido’s specialty coffees, all of which come from their sister establishment, Bongo Java. When Bongo Java coffee is in the picture, you’re pretty much guaranteed to enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee.

1812 21st Avenue S, Nashville, Tennessee 37212, Phone: 615-777-3436

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© Dose

Located in the hip locale of Nashville’s West End, Dose is a specialty coffee, tea and bakery with a whole lot of character. Dose’s coffee menu is comprised of great selections from Counter Culture Coffee plus some varieties from coffee roasters around the country. What’s great about Dose is that they continue to rotate the roasters they source from to make sure that their guests can try something new regularly. Meanwhile, Dose’s baked goods are all made from scratch and baked fresh daily for maximum deliciousness. Tuck into fluffy muffins, rich scones, chewy cookies or munch on fantastic local bagels from Bare Baked Bagel.

3431 Murphy Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37203, Phone: 615-457-1300

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6.8th and Roast

8th and Roast
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At 8th and Roast, it’s all about community. From working to create a global network of fair trade coffee farmers to brewing the freshest and most spectacular cup of craft coffee possible, 8th and Roast works with a simple mission to make it all happen: educate, inspire, and serve. Their most popular bean is undoubtedly the Finca Nogales which they source from the Potrero Grande Arriba. Customers are welcome to take bags of the bean home with them to enjoy at home. The coffee shop also offers a simple but delicious menu with options like the Breakfast Burrito, Quiche Lorraine, Banh Mi, and a Mediterranean Grains Salad.

2108 8th Avenue S, Nashville, Tennessee 37204, Phone: 615-730-8074

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7.Steadfast Coffee

Steadfast Coffee
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While most coffee shops would tell you that the coffee is at the center of their operations, at Steadfast Coffee, it’s their guests that are at the core of their company. Everything that they do centers around the experience and interaction that you will have with their coffee whether you’re there to sit down for a cup, buy a bag of beans or grab a quick breakfast. To do this, Steadfast Coffee nurtures a culture of creativity where they continue to innovate on ways to offer coffee beyond its typical flavors and combinations. Patrons can look forward to trying long-time favorites like the flash-chilled coffee, the rested drinks and the matchless coffee soda.

603 Taylor Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37208, Phone: 615-891-7424

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8.Headquarters Nashville

Headquarters Nashville
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Serving West Nashville stellar coffee since 2012, Headquarters is a small, unassuming coffee shop that is nestled in a 9-foot wide space that used to be a storage room for dry goods. Although Headquarters is easy to miss for those not looking, those who have been by always seem to find their way back for more of their fine brews. Don’t let their small interiors fool you though. Headquarters has a spacious back deck and patio area that fosters a great community vibe and offers a lovely area to sit and have a long lazy chat with old friends or an easy space to grab a quick meal with your favorite cup of coffee.

4902 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37209, Phone: 615-386-6757

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9.Stay Golden

Stay Golden
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Both a restaurant and a roaster, Stay Golden is known for treating coffee and cocktails as equals by giving them both the dedicated time and attention they deserve. Not only that, but the restaurant takes great care to source only the best of seasonal ingredients in order to turn each ingredient into something beyond excellent. It’s their commitment to their craft that has caused Stay Golden to set a new standard in Nashville cuisine, coffee and cocktails. The beans at Stay Golden are so amazing that demand has made it necessary for Stay Golden to sell their beans. Visitors can buy bags of their favorite blend at the roaster with popular ones being Chin Up, the Selva Andina and the Ab Tarime.

2934 Sidco Drive #130, Nashville, Tennessee, Phone: 615-241-5105

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10.Crema Coffee

Crema Coffee
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Every great cup of coffee has a great story, and for Crema, the story starts right at the source: the farmers that Crema Coffee know and trust. The journey of coffee, from the plant to your cup, is one of unfathomable complexity, and yet it is told beautifully through the relationship that Crema fosters with their partner farmers. Each bean is roasted in a way that honors its origin, history and nuance, and this flavor translates in every sip that you will take at their coffee shop. Apart from offering amazing cups of specialty coffee, Crema also offers coffee classes and brewing guides to their patrons in order to teach them all about the humble bean and how to best enjoy it.

15 Hermitage Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37210, Phone: 615-255-8311

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11.Falcon Coffee Bar

Falcon Coffee Bar
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One of the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood’s go-to coffee shops, the Falcon Coffee Bar features a vegetable heavy menu, fantastic Cubanos and exceptionally good vibes. The Falcon Coffee Bar stood out from the get-go as locals anticipated its opening as early as when it was first announced. Owned by Alexis Soler and Angela Laino, longtime bar veterans, the coffee shop offers a variety of coffee options like that of their fantastic Cubano. Roasts at the Falcon Coffee Bar are almost exclusively sourced from Osa Coffee, though there are options for a few other roasters that rotate throughout the year. If you’re staying late, swing by the Flamingo Cocktail Lounge which is directly behind Falcon Coffee and run by the same team.

509 Houston Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203, Phone: 786-942-8279

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12.Americano Coffee Lounge

Americano Coffee Lounge
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Known for being one of the few coffee shops in Nashville to serve classically American coffee, the Americano Coffee Lounge is defined by the WWII era of coffee and differentiates an experience in their shop by adding a 1940’s twist to it. The American Coffee Lounge keeps their repertoire simple and classic by only offering lattes, espressos, brewed coffee and, of course, Americanos. The lounge also offers a light food menu. Don’t let the small bites fool you though, each item is packed with flavor and will complement the taste of your choice of coffee. Enjoy all of this from within a cozy coffee shop characterized by its comfortable furniture and handmade decorative touches.

434 Houston Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37202, Phone: 629-203-6991

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13.Humphreys Street

Humphreys Street
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Make your morning cup of coffee meaningful and memorable at Humphreys Street! As a social enterprise of Harvest hands CDC, Humphreys Street was established in 2008 and helps to raise young leaders in the community by creating jobs, teaching skills, and offering mentoring opportunities. All of the profits earned by the coffee shop goes right back into these programs, ensuring that more and more young people are empowered with life skills like craftsmanship, service and marketing. Aside from an encouraging program and honorable mission, Humphreys Street serves a great roast that will put a pep in your step and a fill your heart with warmth.

424 Humphreys Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203, Phone: 615-647-7554

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14.Retrograde Coffee

Retrograde Coffee
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Retrograde Coffee is more than just your neighborhood coffee joint, it’s an all-around caffeine experience that one definitely shouldn’t miss! At Retrograde, days are about more than just serving a mean cup of coffee. It’s also about creating an atmosphere and space that allows people to come together and collaborate. It’s about allowing people to take a breath, pause, and think about their daily paths. More than the coffee, Retrograde Coffee is about fostering a distinct togetherness amongst both locals and visitors, all of which culminate in a great experience centered around a fantastic cup of Joe. Stop by for your choice of brew and then just go with the flow.

1305 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, Tennessee, Phone: 615-541-5831

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15.Red Bicycle Coffee

Red Bicycle Coffee
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With three successful locations in Nashville’s Germantown, Woodbine and The Nations areas, Red Bicycle Coffee is a popular boutique and gourmet coffee company that promises an excellent cup of coffee on every visit. The coffee shop serves high-end roasted coffee exclusively and pairs it with offerings of sweet and savory crepes as well as a variety of sandwiches. While Red Bicycle Coffee does everything with style and panache, they are most well-known for their amazing crepe creations. Pair a sweet crepe with a darker roast, or try one of their savory crepes and pair it with a medium roast iced coffee. No matter what, your taste buds are bound to be pleased.

1200 5th Avenue North Suite 104, Nashville, Tennessee 37208, Phone: 615-516-1986

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© Tempo

Why rush through your morning coffee when you can slow down and take your time, savoring every single drop of this rich caramel colored drink at Nashville’s Tempo coffee shop. Tempo offers over 10 kinds of coffee beverages like their flat white, cortado, drip coffee and café sua da. They also offer teas, a delightful Texas sweet tea, and specialty beverages like horchata and chocolate mexicano. In addition to their various coffee offerings, Tempo also dishes up a simple but delicious menu of classic mid-west breakfasts like tortilla and butter, Texas Scramble and breakfast tacos. Don’t forget to try some of their baked sweets either!

2179 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, Tennessee, Phone: 614-457-3932

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17.Barista Parlor

Barista Parlor
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Established in 2011, the Barista Parlor is dedicated to the betterment of coffee not just for their store, but for all mankind. The Barista Parlor puts a great deal of effort into sourcing beans with an emphasis of clarity. When roasting, they emphasize on sweetness, while their brewing focuses on putting the clarity and sweetness at the forefront of every cup. In addition to their beautiful cups of coffee, the Barista Parlor also works closely with local Ashville artists, bakeries, farms and other businesses to curate a uniquely local experience and community atmosphere from within their unique and beautifully designed shop.

519B Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37206, Phone: 615-712-9766

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18.Ugly Mugs

Ugly Mugs
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There’s no arguing that coffee is important. At Ugly Mugs, however, what’s more important is people. It doesn’t matter if you work with them, visit them regularly or are just stopping by, the folks at Ugly Mugs like you. What’s awesome about this coffee shop is that no matter what time of the year you visit, there’s always something going on at Ugly Mugs. Swing by to enjoy an art gallery opening, a book reading or poetry night. No matter what the event that’s held there, you can be sure of one thing: the coffee will always be great. Ugly Mugs’ coffee is roasted by Drew’s Brews in East Nashville, while the culinary treats are all from artisans like the Dozen Bakery, Bagel Face and Sweet 16th.

1886 Eastland Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee, Phone: 615-915-0675

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19.Calibero Coffee Company

Calibero Coffee Company
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Committed to engaging their local community, one shot at a time, the Caliber Coffee Company sources only the best roasted coffee from all the world and brings it all together in one truly great cup of coffee. Patrons can choose from earthy, smooth and dark sumatras or from the bright Costa Rican roasts that Calibero offers. It doesn’t matter what kind of coffee you like; Caliber Coffee Company will have you covered any time of the day. New to the world of craft coffee? No problem! Sit back, relax and let the coffee aficionados of Calibero show you the ropes.

2513 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37214

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19 Best Coffee Shops in Nashville