Memphis is home to an array of independent, locally-owned coffeehouses offering up steaming mugs of gourmet coffee, freshly baked mouthwatering treats, and comfortable space with high-speed Internet to get some work done. From cozy cafés with sidewalk seating so you can watch the world go by as you sip French Press coffee and tuck into a croissant to spacious bustling coffee houses with ample seating, an energetic vibe and professional baristas working their magic, here are some of the top spots in Memphis to grab a great cup of joe.
© Café Eclectic
Cafe Eclectic is a casual neighborhood coffee shop and café with three locations around the city that serve all-day breakfast, delicious lunches, and an array of freshly baked cakes, cookies, muffins, pastries, bread, and rolls. The café’s original location at 603 North McLean in the heart of the Volentine-Evergreen district houses the bakery and central kitchen, as well as an expansive coffee bar, an old-fashioned soda fountain, and a sunny patio for alfresco dining. The all-day breakfast menu features eggs done in several ways, three-egg omelets with various fillings, breakfast wraps, chicken and waffles, homemade biscuits and gravy, vegan pancakes, bagels and lox, French toast, and house-made granola, yogurt, and fruit.
Café Eclectic, 603 N McLean Blvd, Memphis, TN, Phone: 901-725-1718
2.Java Cabana, Cooper - Young's Coffeehouse
© Java Cabana, Cooper - Young's Coffeehouse
Java Cabana, Cooper - Young's Coffeehouse is a retro café in the trendy Cooper-Young district with vintage retro décor complete with a disco ball that serves a variety of freshly brewed coffee and pastries in a vibrant atmosphere. The eclectic Midtown-area coffeehouse has walls adorned with local artworks, fun coffee mugs, and a backroom that is dedicated to Elvis Presley and hosts live acoustic music, poetry readings, and Thursday night open-mic nights. The coffee menu boasts a variety of favorites like espresso, cappuccino, and macchiato as well as signature sips like the Mystery Train, the Jerry Lee, and the Lisa Marie. A vegetarian-centric menu offers gourmet sandwiches, veggie burgers, meatless sloppy Joes, and veggie quesadillas.
2170 Young Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, Phone: 901-272-7210
3.Otherlands Coffee Bar
© Otherlands Coffee Bar
Otherlands Coffee Bar is a charming local favorite coffeeshop with an artsy vibe in Memphis’ Midtown district. Located in a hip building north of the main center of the Cooper Young neighborhood, Otherlands has floor-to-ceiling windows that flood colorful interiors with natural light, comfortable indoor spaces with plush sofas, decoupage tables, and mismatched chairs, and a lovely outdoor deck for alfresco dining. The coffee menu boasts the usual suspects, such as Americanos, macchiatos, lattes, and breves, along with blended frozen coffee drinks, homemade Italian sodas, and fresh juices. Food offerings include kosher bagels, veggie burgers, tuna melts, breakfast burritos, and an array of freshly baked pastries.
641 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104, Phone: 901-278-4994
4.Bluff City Coffee & Bakery
Located in the South Main Historic District, Bluff City Coffee & Bakery is a casual neighborhood coffee shop and bakery that serves espresso-based drinks, a variety of teas, and healthy smoothies, along with gourmet sandwiches and pastries in a bright, modern space. The Downtown coffee shop only offers espresso-based drinks, as well as flavored lattes, mochas, and blended iced coffee drinks made with beans sourced from Central America, Indonesia, and South America, and breakfast and lunch sandwich menus boast gourmet sandwiches, salads, and mouthwatering pastries. The coffee shop has plenty of space with high-speed Internet making it an ideal spot for catching up on some work.
505 S Main St #4458, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-405-4399
© Casablanca Restaurant
Casablanca Restaurant is a casual eatery in East Memphis that serves Mediterranean and North African cuisine in a stylish yet laid-back atmosphere. Set within a nondescript strip mall, the restaurant makes up for its out of the way location with superb food like melt-in-your-mouth falafel, warm pita bread served with olive oil from Jerusalem, and a variety of chicken, lamb and beef shwarmas. Don’t miss the homemade iced tea with fresh herbs and Wolf River Honey. Owned and operated by Jerusalem native, Aimer Shtaya, Casablanca offers comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and promises a Mediterranean feast like no other.
5030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38117, Phone: 901-725-8557
6.Square Beans Coffee
© Square Beans Coffee
Square Beans Coffee is a quaint and quiet locally-owned and operated coffee shop on Collierville's town square that serves espresso-based drinks, flavored lattes, mochas, and blended iced coffee drinks, along with healthy smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, homemade quiche, and other light lunch options. The little coffee shop also sells housemade Italian gelato and sorbetto, as well as locally produced food items like honey and prime grass-fed meat. The coffee shop has plenty of space with complimentary high-speed Internet making it an ideal spot for catching up on some work.
103 N Center St, Collierville, TN 38017, Phone: 901-854-8855
Located Downtown, Qahwa Coffee Bar is a hip spot with an earthy and genuine vibe that serves a variety of coffee and tea blends, hearty breakfast items, gourmet sandwiches, and freshly baked pastries. Catering to the diverse population of Downtown Memphis, Qahwa, which is the original, Arabic name for coffee has two locations on North Main and Madison Avenue. The North Main location has a stylish new nitrogen bar which offers signature coffee drinks with nitrogen-infused flavors like the “Sexy Back” Brown Sugar Latte, the “Cry Me a River” Black Coffee, the “Rock Your Body” Lavender Infused Latte, and the “Take Back the Night” Mocha.
109 North Main, Memphis, TN 38117
8.French Truck Coffee
© French Truck Coffee
Located in the Crosstown Concourse, French Truck Coffee is a New Orleans–based coffee chain that is renowned for its excellent coffee, organic signature, and custom burgers, and craft beers. The counter-serve café boasts the brand’s trendy, laid-back aesthetic with bright yellow walls, leather armchairs, and hanging Edison bulbs. Café-goers can enjoy espresso drinks brewed with its signature house roast and specialty pour-overs and alongside freshly baked pastries and sweet treats, and heartier options like gourmet breakfast sandwiches, avocado toast, homemade soups, and fresh salads.
1350 Concourse Ave #167, Memphis, TN 38104, Phone: 901-878-3383
9.Society Memphis Skatepark and Coffee
© Society Memphis Skatepark and Coffee
Located Binghampton, Society Memphis Skatepark and Coffee is a massive 10,000-square-foot indoor skatepark that provides locals with a skating venue, a skateboard shop, and a casual coffee shop. Established to serves as a haven for the community’s skaters, the one-of-a-kind indoor skatepark has a coffee lounge that serves pour-over regional craft coffee, espresso drinks, and an assortment of both freshly prepared food and other beverages. The café has complimentary wireless Internet and exhibits artworks by local artists, and the adjacent Contact Skateboard Shop run by Zac Roberts offers a variety of skateboard paraphernalia.
583 Scott St, Memphis, TN 38112, Phone: 901-218-1882
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© The Rev
Established in 2014, the Rev is a gathering place for the community to get together, shop for unique goods, grab a coffee or tea, explore mission opportunities in Kenya and Uganda, and make jewelry. The Rev sells a plethora of exclusive products such as handmade jewelry, eclectic clothing, inspirational books, local and international brands, and traditional food and coffee.
140 E Mulberry St, Collierville, TN 38017, Phone: 901-854-9578
© Belltower Artisans
Belltower Artisans is a coffeehouse with a pottery studio in the back of the store that offers a coffee subscription service. The community-centric coffee shop offers a unique concept of coffee subscription whereby regulars can pay a special fee to have up to 28 pre-paid drinks per month. The coffee menu boasts the usual suspects such as Americanos, macchiatos, lattes, and macchiatos made with a variety of Memphis roasters, including Dr. Bean's, JBrooks, and Vice & Virtue and served in handmade mugs. Signature drinks include iced matcha latte, bourbon butter pecan and brown sugar coconut affogatos.
549 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111, Phone: 901-417-2137
© Cafe Keough
Cafe Keough brings the elegant, European-inspired style of a Parisian café to the heart of Memphis with an impressive array of coffee beverages and other libations from the full-service bar and a menu of American café bites and traditional Sunday brunch. The bustling French-inspired café features high ceilings, expansive bar, and ample seating where visitors can relax over Americanos, macchiatos, lattes, and French Press coffee, along with blended frozen coffee drinks, fresh juices, casual French wines, and craft beers. The farm-to-table menu features freshly prepared cuisine such as homemade soups, salads, gourmet sandwiches, brunch items, and a selection of pastries, cakes, and sweet tarts.
12 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-509-2469
13.City & State
© City & State
Located in the trendy Broad Avenue Arts District, City & State is a unique combination of gift shop and coffeehouse, specializing in non-Memphis-made arts & crafts and pour-over method coffee. Owned by Lisa and Luis Toro, the artisan-centric store sells everything from home décor and skin-care products to specialty nut butter from makers across the country, each of which has its own character and story. The store also offers freshly brewed Intelligentsia coffee, seasonal iced drinks, organic teas, croissants and gourmet sandwiches that can be enjoyed at long community tables in the shop or on the outdoor patio.
2625 Broad Ave, Memphis, TN 38112, Phone: 901-249-2406
© Comeback Coffee
Comeback Coffee is a casual neighborhood hangout with industrial-style décor and an inviting atmosphere that serves high-quality coffee such as nitro coffee, nitro tea, and coffee soda on tap, along with the regular hot and cold coffee, mochas, and vanilla lattes, espresso-based drinks and tea. Comeback Coffee serves Methodical Roasters beans from South Carolina, along with a rotating variety of other coffee beans, and serves a variety of homemade pastries like Danishes, scones, pop-tarts, and turnovers made by local chef Cole Jeanes. Delicious breakfast tacos on served on some Saturdays, along with sweet and savory toasts, yogurt and granola, homemade soups and gourmet sandwiches. The well-lit coffee shop has lovely views from the front counter seats, while the back of the shop is quiet and cozy and a great place to catch up on work.
358 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-610-0906
© Avenue Coffee
Avenue Coffee is a no-frills coffeehouse with a bustling vibe that is popular among students at the University of Memphis. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood with plenty of outdoor seating, the small coffee shop serves the regular variety of coffee drinks made with locally roasted beans from Reverb Coffee, along with tea, fresh juices, and sodas. The food menu features gourmet sandwiches, salads, and desserts like orange cranberry muffins, pecan pie, and ice cream, and a portion of the coffee shop’s proceeds are donated to a different charity every month. Customers can also purchase bags of Reverb Coffee to take home.
786 Echles St, Memphis, TN 38111, Phone: 901-454-3348
16.Levee Coffee & Creamery
© Levee Coffee & Creamery
The Levee Coffee & Creamery is a local hangout with a full espresso bar and ice-cream counter that offers a delicious combination of fantastic coffee and homemade ice-cream. The café serves the usual favorites such as Americanos, cappuccinos, and flavored lattes, along with espresso-based drinks, mochas, and blended iced coffee drinks, all made with freshly roasted French Truck Coffee beans. Opening every weekday, Levee’s also serves homemade baked goodies, and homemade ice cream made from scratch in small batches with signature flavors like Grizz Berry Cobbler, Grit-N-Grind Cafe, B.B. Kiwi, Mud Island, and Mustang Madness.
431 S Highland St Suite 113, Memphis, TN 38111, Phone: 901-590-4282
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17.Mj Donuts & Coffee
© Mj Donuts & Coffee
Located in the Pineville Towne Market, Mj Donuts & Coffee is a small, unassuming coffee and donut shop with a working-class, no-frills vibe akin to those found in Philly or Detroit. Boasting a black and white checked floor, faux wood tables, and a cooler of drinks, the casual café serves standard coffee, sodas, and a variety of freshly made donuts with different fillings and toppings. Think double chocolate cake, buttermilk with sprinkles, cinnamon crumb, apple fritter, and donut holes.
325 S Polk St, Pineville, NC 28134, Phone: 704-889-5427
© Sweet Noshings
Located in Overton Square, Sweet Noshings is a unique combination of a candy shop, a coffee house, and a popcorn palace, offering something sweet for every palate. The mouthwatering store sells a wide variety of candy by the pound ranging from chocolate covered pretzels to humbugs, along with over 15 flavors of popcorn from caramel, smores, and honey butter to spicy white cheddar, cheesy jalapeno or dill. Pair your sweet treats with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, latte, cappuccino, or espresso from the café, which also offers an array of freshly baked pastries like Danishes.
2113 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, Phone: 901-288-4753
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19.Low Fi Coffee
© Low Fi Coffee
Low-Fi Coffee is an open and airy coffee shop with ample seating that shares a space with Stock & Belle and boasts a cool and contemporary vibe. The store is filled with handmade arts and crafts items, local artworks, candles, lotions, and clothing, and the coffee counter is operated by a friendly barista who creates delicious steaming cups of coffee from a variety of globally-sourced beans. The little café has several chairs and tables for relaxing over a cup of java, and visitors can purchase the coffee in bags to take home.
387 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-257-9778
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20.Muddy's Bake Shop and Coffee
© Muddy's Bake Shop + Coffee
Muddy's Bake Shop + Coffee is a local coffeehouse famous for its gourmet coffee drinks and mouthwatering cupcakes with are made with cage-free eggs and organic milk. Initially opened in East Memphis as a cupcake and pastry shop, the quaint little shop expanded to a historic building overlooking Cooper Street in Midtown as Muddy’s Grind House and boasts one of the largest coffeehouse patios in town. Visitors can enjoy espresso drinks, teas, and drip coffees, along with Prozac cupcakes filled with chocolate buttercream as they watch the world go by.
585 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104, Phone: 901-683-8844
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21.Tamp and Tap
© Tamp and Tap
Tamp and Tap is a third-wave coffee shop and café that serves a thoughtful and seasonal menu of made-to-order gourmet food. Boasting two locations in Downtown and East Memphis, Tamp and Tap exude a casual, quiet atmosphere that is popular for private events and meetings, such as weekly live music and trivia sessions that are open to the public. Open for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch, Tamp and Tap offers a deliciously light breakfast menu of favorites like bagels and lox, oatmeal with berries and fruit, Belgian waffles, English muffins, eggs done in several ways, bacon, sausage, and assorted fruit cups. Brunch offers more substantial fare such as eggs Benedict, omelets, fresh salads and soups, and gourmet sandwiches.
122 Gayoso, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-207-1053
22.The Hub Coffeehouse
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Tucked inside High Point Church in East Memphis, the Hub Coffeehouse is a newly opened coffee shop that serves as a gathering place for the community to come together and enjoy great coffee. The cozy spot has spacious tables, chairs, and plenty of couches for relaxing, and tends to be very busy on Wednesdays and Sundays with a warm and welcoming vibe. Hub Coffeehouse uses beans from several local roasters like Onyx coffee and source syrups from local companies like the pink house Alchemy, which is made in Northwest Arizona. Signature drinks include the Pumpkin Spice Butternut Latte and the Spanish Latte with sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon, and a variety of teas are also offered.
6000 Briarcrest Ave, Memphis, TN 38120, Phone: 901-762-0071
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© Ugly Mug
Local chain and coffee roaster Ugly Mug serve up delicious coffee made with ethically and sustainably sourced organic and fair-trade beans that are roasted in-house. Named for the range of ‘ugly mugs’ that the coffee is served in, the tiny flagship store in East Memphis has a few tables and a small patio and offers complimentary wireless Internet for those wanting to work. The café serves espressos, cappuccinos, mochas, and blended frappes, hot chocolate and tea drinks, as well as mouthwatering pastries made by Memphis’ La Baguette, including the exclusive Buttermoon Pound Cake, and a variety of breakfast and lunch items.
4610 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN, Phone: Phone: 901-552-3165
23 Best Memphis Coffee Shops
- Cafe Eclectic, Photo: Café Eclectic
- Java Cabana, Cooper - Young's Coffeehouse, Photo: Java Cabana, Cooper - Young's Coffeehouse
- Otherlands Coffee Bar, Photo: Otherlands Coffee Bar
- Bluff City Coffee & Bakery, Photo: sutichak/stock.adobe.com
- Casablanca Restaurant, Photo: Casablanca Restaurant
- Square Beans Coffee, Photo: Square Beans Coffee
- Qahwa, Photo: Qahwa
- French Truck Coffee, Photo: French Truck Coffee
- Society Memphis Skatepark and Coffee, Photo: Society Memphis Skatepark and Coffee
- The Rev, Photo: The Rev
- Belltower Artisans, Photo: Belltower Artisans
- Cafe Keough, Photo: Cafe Keough
- City & State, Photo: City & State
- Comeback Coffee, Photo: Comeback Coffee
- Avenue Coffee, Photo: Avenue Coffee
- Levee Coffee & Creamery, Photo: Levee Coffee & Creamery
- Mj Donuts & Coffee, Photo: Mj Donuts & Coffee
- Sweet Noshings, Photo: Sweet Noshings
- Low Fi Coffee, Photo: Low Fi Coffee
- Muddy's Bake Shop and Coffee, Photo: Muddy's Bake Shop + Coffee
- Tamp and Tap, Photo: Tamp and Tap
- The Hub Coffeehouse, Photo: Photocreo Bednarek/stock.adobe.com
- Ugly Mug, Photo: Ugly Mug
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