Here Are Our Favorite Atlanta Coffee Shops
House hunting is better with coffee, really good coffee. We often meet clients over coffee to talk about what they seek in their ideal home. A neighborhood with an excellent independent coffee shop nearby is usually high on their list. Over the years we’ve developed some favorites. You might enjoy them too.
First on the list of best Atlanta coffee shops is Joe’s in East Atlanta Village. Joes’ has been serving up great brews and sweet treats since the early days of a renaissance that has made the historic neighborhood the darling of developers and entrepreneurs of every kind.
Joe’s makes it’s home in an old commercial building with heavily worn wide plank floors, and exposed brick walls and ceiling trusses. The space is warm and cozy like an old flannel shirt, filled with over-size sofas, chairs and occasional tables of every description.
2. Urban Grind
Located on Marietta Street in the heart of Westside, Urban Grind is the total package. The space is warm and inviting, with lots of comfy seating, rotating displays of quality art, and community events like Wednesday open mike nights. They serve breakfast, paninis and deli sandwiches and of course, great coffee.
3. Chrome Yellow
Chrome Yellow in trendy Old Fourth Ward (“O4W”) is the kind of place you would expect to see Jerry Seinfeld, a cool car, and a buddy, having serious coffee. The all black exterior hints at the lean, clean, meticulously designed interior. This shop is so beautiful, that their Facebook page lists rules for photographers. They take coffee seriously and serve Quills Coffee which is a Guatemala dream.
Octane serves coffee then morphs into a bar in the evening. It opened in Westside before the area became a hotbed of developments and hot new restaurants. They pioneered the concept of serving coffee and morphing into a bar serving craft beer, wine and cocktails in the evening. The success of Octane and it’s many locations around town led them to be purchased by Birmingham based Revelator earlier this year.
5. Java Cats
Java Cats in Grant Park gives patrons a chance to satisfy their feline itch along with their caffeine. For $10 you can visit with the kitties, kept in a separate room, or adopt one. Open less than a year, they have already found homes for more than 200 cats.
6. Park Grounds
Atlanta’s most dog-friendly coffeehouse is Park Grounds. Let your dog play in the enclosed dog-park while you sip your favorite coffee drink. Perfect. It’s located in Reynoldstown, one of the best dog friendly Atlanta neighborhoods.
7. Brother Moto
8. Inman Perk
If you need a perk-me-up after a stroll on the Beltline, stop in at Inman Perk. It’s located in, you guessed it, Inman Park. This little European style shop offers sidewalk café tables for some of the best people watching in the city. Inside, it packs an amazing variety of specialty coffee drinks, baked goodies, breakfast and lunch all day long.
9. San Francisco Coffee
One of the first “third-wave” coffee shops in the city, San Francisco Coffee remains one of the best Atlanta coffee shops. This long-time favorite of many Intown Atlanta folks has locations in Virginia-Highland, Poncey-Highland and Candler Park. All are excellent places to meet friends over freshly roasted organic fair-trade coffee and a delightful something to nibble often with locally sourced seasonal ingredients.
10. Dancing Goats
Part of Batdorf & Bronson, Dancing Goats is one of Atlanta’s hippest coffee destinations. There are currently three locations: O4W, Midtown and Decatur. The O4W location in Ponce City Market has an amazing screened patio and fireplace. Their house blend is described as “bold and toasty with hints of chocolate and spice”. Who can resist?
12. Ebrik Coffee Room
13. Café & Velo
This shop uses the tag line “Coffee and bikes – what could be better!” We agree. This shop is for you if you enjoy cycling in Atlanta together with coffee, breakfast or lunch. A visit to Café & Velo in Sweet Auburn makes for a great day out in Atlanta. Rent an easy-to-ride Dutch style commuter bike and explore Downtown Atlanta then have a delicious bite to eat upon your return. This über hip cafe with bike rentals is just perfect. And they get extra points for a stunningly cool website.
We Hope You Enjoy Our Favorite Atlanta Coffee Shops!
We hope you’ve found reading about the best Atlanta coffee shops interesting and helpful. Maybe now you have at least one new coffee shop to try. Need help finding the best home near your favorite Atlanta coffee shop? Contact us, we’ll buy your coffee.