The eastern Tennessee city of Knoxville is set on the banks of the Tennessee River and as rich and vibrant history dating. There are plenty of attractions to explore from the bustling Market Square district in downtown with its beautiful 19th-century buildings, quaint stores, and colorful restaurants to the Museum of East Tennessee History and James White’s Fort. The city also packs a punch when it comes to coffee and Knoxville has a multitude of options for steaming cups of coffee, specialty coffee drinks, and iced coffee. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.The French Market Creperie Downtown
© The French Market Creperie Downtown
The French Market Creperie brings a slice of Paris to Knoxville in the form of an authentic French crêpe restaurant. The Parisian-inspired eatery serves breakfast and lunch every day, and dinner Tuesday through Saturday nights, and is famous for its traditional sweets and savory French crêpes with delectable fillings. The restaurant also serves croissant sandwiches, deli-style baguettes, homemade soups, and fresh salads made with locally-sourced and organic where possible ingredients. A full espresso bar offers espresso-style and specialty coffees, as well as standard drip, pour overs, and French press.
412 Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902, Phone: 865-540-4372
2.Awakenings Coffee House
© Awakenings Coffee House
Located in the Elms Park Shopping Center, Awakenings Coffee House is a locally-owned and operated café that serves premium organic and non-certified organic handcrafted coffees and donates a portion of the sales to organizations who are helping women and children in crisis. The spacious shop has an airy space flooded with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of comfortable seating and cozy couches for relaxing over coffee. The coffee menu boasts coffee made with Awakenings’ house-roasted beans, including regular Americanos, plain shots of espresso, and pour-overs. The coffeehouse offers coffee brewing classes and hosts painting nights and is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902, Phone: 865-951-0427
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© Backroads Market
The Backroads Market is a unique store that sells home décor and furniture, as well we premium coffee and freshly baked pastries and light fare. The market offers a unique shopping and coffee experience with a range of handcrafted and vintage home décor items and furnishings and a full-service coffee bar that serves a variety of standard and specialty coffee drinks. Sip a frothy cappuccino or an iced latte and enjoy a warm croissant in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere after shopping for home décor or the perfect gift.
514 Walker St NW, Knoxville, TN 37919, Phone: 865-525-9412
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4.Best Bagels & Deli
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Established over 20 years ago, Best Bagels and Deli is famous for its freshly baked bagels, gourmet deli sandwiches, and handcrafted cream cheese. The deli offers a wide variety of boiled bagels with different toppings from smoked salmon and cream cheese to deli meat and salads, as well as fresh, made-from-scratch gourmet sandwiches made on fresh bread or rolls. The friendly, neighborhood deli has comfortable seating for customers and caters for private functions and events with customized menus and unique platters.
120 S Peters Rd # 10, Knoxville, TN 37923, Phone: 865-691-3154
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© Café 4
Café 4 has been offering downtown Knoxville top dining and entertainment experiences for the past decade. Based on the bustling Market Square, the restaurant has a spacious, comfortably furnished dining room and a climate-controlled outdoor patio that overlooks the bustling Historic Market Square. The restaurant serves a seasonally-changing menu of Southern-inspired fare featuring seafood, fresh salads, prime meats, and decadent desserts, along with a selection of classic cocktails, fine wines, craft beers, and premium coffee. A hip lounge known as the Mezzanine Lounge is the perfect spot for enjoying a post-dinner latte or cappuccino with a freshly baked pastry.
4 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902, Phone: 865-544-4144
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© Capybara Coffee
Located in University Commons, Capybara Coffee is a casual, laid-back coffee shop that serves imported Brazilian coffee in a variety of handcrafted espresso drinks, Seraphim pour-overs, and a selection of exceptional teas. The coffee shop works in partnership with award-winning Miami-based specialty coffee roaster Panther Coffee to sourced and serve the highest quality and house-roasted coffee. The coffee shop serves several types of coffees, including americanos, espressos, lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and seasonal specialty drinks. Light fare and snacks include fresh pastries, muffins, custom cakes, and other light fare are made or delivered daily.
2457 University Commons Way, Knoxville, TN 37919, Phone: 865-851-9540
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7.Coffee and Chocolate
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Located on Union Avenue in Market Square, Coffee and Chocolate is a popular spot for coffee and cake while watching the action on the square. The little café has art-adorned walls and cozy indoor seating, as well as outdoor tables and chairs overlooking the square, and serves locally-sourced and roasted coffee and classic espresso drinks, delicious handcrafted chocolate treats, truffles, and pastries. The café boasts a friendly, welcoming vibe and hosts live music throughout the week.
327 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902, Phone: 865-688-9244
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8.The Empty Cup
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The Empty Cup is a non-profit coffeehouse on Executive Park Drive that serves Just Love Coffee from Murfreesboro-based coffee roasting company. The Empty Cup serves as a gathering space for the community to enjoy premium coffee, imported teas, and handcrafted food made with locally sourced ingredients. The coffee shop also hosts live music throughout the week and the café is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, daily.
Center, 9111 Executive Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37923, Phone: 865-801-9425
9.Gelato Brothers® Brew Bros Coffee
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Gelato Brothers® Brew Bros Coffee is a little brick-and-mortar café in Talbot and Knoxville, and a mobile dessert truck that serves handmade gelato and ice-cream, along with freshly baked goods and locally roasted coffee. In addition to offering European-inspired gelato and coffees at their stores and the truck, the company also offers private catering services for special events and functions with customized menus for all occasions.
1014 Sevier Ave suite b, Knoxville, TN 37920, Phone: 865-630-0107
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10.Highline Coffee and Espresso
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Highline Coffee and Espresso is a casual community coffee shop that offers a relaxing spot to enjoy high-quality coffee and fresh-baked pastries and sweet treats in a warm and friendly setting. The clean, cozy space has ample seating including comfy chairs and tall stools, outdoor seating, and complimentary wireless Internet and serves a range of fresh-brewed coffee, espresso drinks, fresh-brewed coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies, and tea. Highline Coffee and Espresso also serves a variety of light food like freshly baked pastries, gourmet sandwiches, and other baked goods., and is open all day.
133 S Gay St unit c, Knoxville, TN 37902, Phone: 865-394-6352
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Honeybee Coffee is a quintessential Knoxville coffee institution with two locations around town on - Kingston Pike and Sevier Avenue. Voted as having the best cold brew coffee in town, Honeybee focuses on community care and sustainability from the sourcing of organic, Fair-Trade beans to offering every customer a unique and unforgettable coffee experience. What started as a trailer serving coffee downtown and at special events, Honeybee Coffee has grown into one of the top coffee spots around the city, serving finely crafted coffee and specialty espresso drinks along with freshly baked pastries and other light food.
10716 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934, Phone: 865-392-1005
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© K Brew
K Brew is all about great coffee. Boasting several locations around town, the local coffee chain can be found on North Broadway, Kingston Pike, and on Gay Street, with all cafés serving a variety of freshly brewed coffee and specialty espresso drinks, as well as hot teas, iced coffee and juices. The shops have plenty of comfortable seating, some have outdoor patios with hammocks, and all offer complimentary wireless Internet for those who want to study or work while enjoying great coffee. A selection of made-from-scratch food is also available, including fresh bagels and pastries, and professional baristas offer tasting classes in the art of coffee appreciation.
1138 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917
13.Mahalo Coffee Roasters
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Mahalo Coffee Roasters is a small, family-owned business that roasts, sells and serves Mahalo coffee, as well as offers a coffee subscription program. Mahalo (Hawaiian for ‘thank you’) roasts organic, ethically sourced beans on a 6lb San Franciscan Roaster and brews specialty espresso drinks on an imported Decent Espresso Machine. Drawing inspiration from Australia, Mahalo Coffee Roasters sells their coffee beans wholesale and direct to the public, as well as serves handcrafted coffee and specialty espresso drinks along with freshly baked pastries and other light food in the café on Emory Road.
1317 E Emory Rd, Knoxville, TN 37938
14.Matt Robb’s Biscuits & Brew
© Matt Robb’s Biscuits & Brew
Located in the Howard H. Baker, Jr. United States Courthouse, Matt Robb’s Biscuits & Brew is owned by leading Knoxville barista and coffee shop manager, Matt Robbins, and serves mouth-watering home-baked goodies and premium coffee. The cozy spot is hailed for having the best Southern-style biscuits in town, which Matt himself makes from scratch and serves with a variety of toppings ranging from honey and jams to eggs, bacon, sausage, and cheese. Weekly specials include ‘The Nancy’ and Biscuits and Gravy on the weekends.
800 Market St, Knoxville, TN 37902, Phone: 865-804-0278
15.Old City Java
© Old City Java
Located on South Central Street in the heart of old downtown Knoxville, Old City Java serves and sells direct trade coffees and freshly baked treats in a warm and welcoming setting. A minimalistic beverages menu features standard coffee drinks like espresso and cappuccino made with Stumptown and Counter Culture beans, as well as a large variety of loose-leaf tea that can be sampled and enjoyed. The artsy café features a striking Michelangelo-esque painting on the ceiling, local artworks on the walls, interesting mural art in their outdoor chill zone, and a quiet, laid-back atmosphere.
109 S Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902, Phone: 865-523-9817
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OliBea is a stylish and classy café in the heart of Old City that is a great place for a hearty breakfast. Featuring minimalist décor and a chic ambiance, the café serves breakfast and lunch dishes made from scratch using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, ranging from Tennessee Benedicts to carnitas (pork confit) tostadas. The café is bright and colorful with art-adorned walls and has a light and airy feel, creating the perfect environment in which to tuck in the delicious Mexicanized farm-to-table Southern fare for breakfast or lunch.
211 S Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902, Phone: 865-200-5450
17.Pearl on Union
© Pearl on Union
Located between Union Avenue Books and JC Holdway, Pearl on Union is a casual little coffee shop that sells locally-roasted and house-brewed coffee and signature coffee drinks, grab-and-go food like salads and sandwiches, and fresh pastries. The café serves and sells Counter Culture coffee in a variety of forms from espressos and pour-over to drip-coffee, along with bottled beverages including kombucha. A selection of fresh pastries is provided daily by Wild Love Bakehouse, and the food menu offers made-from-scratch sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade soups, and other light snacks.
513 Union Ave SW, Knoxville, TN 37902, Phone: 865-312-9892
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18.Remedy Coffee & Maker Doughnuts
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Remedy Coffee & Maker Doughnuts is a dynamic duo that serves fresh donuts and locally roasted Intelligentsia Coffee in the Downtown North neighborhood. The café has plenty of comfortable tables and chairs, complimentary wireless Internet, and a vibrant atmosphere with trendy music. The drinks menu features a variety of espresso drinks and a quirky selection of hot teas, and next door, Maker provides an array of mouth-watering donuts with all sorts of fillings – think bacon maple donuts. Maker is open late on Friday and Saturday nights.
800 Tyson St, Knoxville, TN 37917
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SoKno Market is a friendly neighborhood coffee shop on the W. Gov. John Sevier Highway that serves all-day breakfast and lunch menus, along with freshly brewed SoKno Joe coffee from Vienna Coffee Roasters and craft sodas. A popular spot for brunch, travelers on the highway stop to tuck into breakfast sandwiches, croissants, eggs and bacon, and paninis stuffed with Fox’s Famous peachwood smoked barbecue. SoKno Market also serves homemade ice cream and a selection of made-from-scratch desserts and sweet treats.
2014 W Governor John Sevier Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920, Phone: 865-219-5922
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© Status Dough
Status Dough is a great spot for fresh donuts and coffee. The West Knoxville shop is small and cozy and serves a wide range of delicious donut from the standard sugar-coated donut to the signature Strawberry Old Fashioned. Status Dough has a full espresso bar offering espresso-style and specialty coffees, as well as standard drip and pour-overs. Status Dough has three locations around town, namely on Kingston Pike, Gay Street, and Gallatin Avenue.
6535 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919, Phone: 865-999-0988
21.The Golden Roast
© The Golden Roast
Located on Melrose Place just south of Cumberland Avenue, The Golden Roast is an unpretentious coffee shop down the street from Hodges Library and a favorite with the University of Tennessee’s students and faculty. An eclectic menu offers a variety of coffee drinks, specialty sips, and hot teas, as well as breakfast items like bagels, croissants, and breakfast sandwiches. Lunch includes hearty homemade lunch dishes like homestyle potato soup and chili, curry chicken salad, vegan vegetable soup, pecan chicken salad, and tuna salad on pita bread.
825 Melrose Pl, Knoxville, TN 37916, Phone: 865-544-1004
22.Time Warp Tea Room
The Time Warp Tea Room is a vintage-motorcycle-themed coffeehouse owned by Daniel P. Moriarty that serves a selection of beverages, espresso drinks and fresh sandwiches in an eclectic and quirky setting. Based in a historic building on North Central, the Tea Room features antique décor, vintage furnishings, and a plethora of motorcycle memorabilia, including a 40-year old pinball machine and walls adorned with 1980s Cycle News. The menu features drinks like gourmet coffee, tea, chai, hot chocolate, and healthy smoothies and can be enjoyed with homemade soups, chili, and tamale, or lighter snacks like cookies, tea cakes, and brownies.
1209 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917, Phone: 865-524-1155
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23.Vienna Coffee House at The Regas Building
© Vienna Coffee House at The Regas Building
Based in the famous Regas Building on North Gay Street, Vienna Coffee at The Regas Building is an elegant café that serves freshly roasted espresso and specialty coffees, and a selection of local craft beers, along with homemade soups, gourmet sandwiches, and in-house bakery treats. Vienna Coffee at The Regas Building serves its namesake coffee which is ethically sourced from Ethiopia and Guatemala, locally roasted in the Maryville store and delivered to the Knoxville cafe twice a week.
318 N Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37917, Phone: 865-415-2022
24.Wild Love Bakehouse
© Wild Love Bakehouse
Owned by the team behind Old City Java, Wild Love Bakehouse is a cute coffee shop and bakehouse that offers a variety of delicious freshly baked goodies and made-from-scratch fare. The modern bakery has simple, white décor and a clean, fresh atmosphere that draws locals and visitors alike for fantastic breakfasts of chia bowls, fluffy omelets, or melt-in-your-mouth croissants and pastries. All food is homemade in-store daily using the highest quality ingredients which are freshly sourced locally and regionally from all over Tennessee.
1625 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917, Phone: 865-200-8078
24 Best Knoxville, TN Coffee Shops
- The French Market Creperie Downtown, Photo: The French Market Creperie Downtown
- Awakenings Coffee House, Photo: Awakenings Coffee House
- Backroads Market, Photo: Backroads Market
- Best Bagels & Deli, Photo: Best Bagels & Deli
- Cafe 4, Photo: Café 4
- Capybara Coffee, Photo: Capybara Coffee
- Coffee and Chocolate, Photo: Coffee and Chocolate
- The Empty Cup, Photo: The Empty Cup
- Gelato Brothers® Brew Bros Coffee, Photo: Gelato Brothers® Brew Bros Coffee
- Highline Coffee and Espresso, Photo: Anna Efetova/stock.adobe.com
- Honeybee Coffee, Photo: Farknot Architect/stock.adobe.com
- K Brew, Photo: K Brew
- Mahalo Coffee Roasters, Photo: Mahalo Coffee Roasters
- Matt Robb’s Biscuits & Brew, Photo: Matt Robb’s Biscuits & Brew
- Old City Java, Photo: Old City Java
- OliBea, Photo: OliBea
- Pearl on Union, Photo: Pearl on Union
- Remedy Coffee & Maker Doughnuts, Photo: Remedy Coffee & Maker Doughnuts
- SoKno Market, Photo: Quality Stock Arts/stock.adobe.com
- Status Dough, Photo: Status Dough
- The Golden Roast, Photo: The Golden Roast
- Time Warp Tea Room, Photo: tashka2000/stock.adobe.com
- Vienna Coffee House at The Regas Building, Photo: Vienna Coffee House at The Regas Building
- Wild Love Bakehouse, Photo: Wild Love Bakehouse
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