15 of the Best Cafes, Bakeries, and Coffee Shops in Nashville

After a night out on the town in the Music City, there’s nothing better than a warm (or iced!) cup of coffee for that early morning pick-me-up. And as caffeine advocates ourselves, we want to share our vast knowledge of some of the best coffee shops in Nashville, Tennessee.

Below you can find our list of the 15 best cafes and coffee shops in the city, as well as some of the surrounding neighborhoods!

1. Elegy Coffee

With three locations in Germantown, East Nashville, and in the heart of downtown, Elegy Coffee is the perfect place to grab a classic cup of coffee or a specialty drink, such as the baklava latte, the sugar plum matcha, and the zest latte, all hot or iced.

Whether you are popping in to pick up an order or looking to sit in the café, know that there are plenty of options to choose from, with some additional favorites including the gingerbread au lait and the Elegy breakfast burrito!

2. Drug Store Coffee

Conveniently named after the store that used to occupy its space, Drug Store Coffee’s cafe has since been restored to include a warm, ambient atmosphere. So along with enjoying your caffeine fix, spending time with friends and family in their space is highly encouraged.

Drug Store Coffee is also best known for playing a custom vinyl collection on a one-of-a-kind system created by Hazelwood Laboratories. Overall, the cafe is the perfect place to hang out, sip on your delicious drink, and listen to the music.

3. Crema Coffee Roasters

Located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, Crema Coffee Roasters wants to inspire learning through both their zero-waste cafe and their roasting practices from seed to cup. This also includes a variety of easy-to-follow guides and brewing classes so you can brew your coffee like a pro.

Ultimately, Crema is the optimal location for those in Nashville, or the surrounding area, who are looking for a premium coffee roaster that is clear with the sourcing and only partners mindfully.

4. 8th and Roast

Whether you are in Nashville and want to stop by one of the physical locations or need to get your coffee shipped directly to you, 8th and Roast is guaranteed to have some of the freshest and most ethically traded blends around. This includes extensive details of their sourcing practices so people can learn more about the processes.

Stopping into one of their cafes in Nashville? If so, we highly recommend trying their drip coffee, a banana muffin, or even asking about their seasonal offerings!

5. Dose Coffee

Starting in 2009, Dose has made it their mission to provide coffee that emphasizes the origin of the product and the art of preparation and presentation, all for the enjoyment of their consumer base. As of today, they are proud to serve a wide and rotating selection of Counter Culture Coffee, as well as over two dozen U.S. roasters through the featured roasters program.

Whether you want to dine in or order online, you can’t go wrong with a Moka or Barcelona to drink, and a delicious rosemary biscuit sandwich, veggie bagel, and some home fries!

6. Barista Parlor

Barista Parlor blends both art and commerce to support local artisan products. This includes the highest quality coffee crafted from environmentally responsible farms to incorporate bold flavors into each blend.

First established in 2011, they have since grown their presence in the Nashville area to include six one-of-a-kind locations to visit, relax, and enjoy one of their fresh brews, such as a matcha or a Belsnickel!

7. The Well

When purchasing a coffee from The Well, you are making a difference in both local and global communities through their commitment to finding sustainable solutions to poverty. That’s why we love nothing more than supporting a good cause while also enjoying a warm cup of coffee.

The Well is also a great place to engage in a fun activity with friends or family! If you’re a coffee lover looking for something new and exciting to do in the city, check out one of their coffee classes in the Nashville area today!

8. Prickly Pear Coffee

At Prickly Pear Coffee, this small business is dedicated to keeping Nashville caffeinated. With two shops and a coffee cart located in the city itself, this espresso bar provides an elevated dining experience to share with your closest girlfriends!

On top of that, this woman-owned company’s coffee cart is the perfect addition to an upcoming event of your choosing! Whether you’re looking for a cart for a celebration or a pop-up, know that Prickly Pear is the perfect choice to make your next special occasion that much better!

9. The Loveless Cafe

The Loveless Café has had the distinct pleasure of providing the traditional, sophisticated Southern experience. That means if you’re looking for a meal filled with some of the best soul food that you could think of, or even looking for food truck catering or to rent out one of the unique venues, this establishment has it all!

In a rush? If so, the Loveless Biscuit Kitchen is the perfect place to stop, as it offers some of the favorites from the café’s menu, like the biscuits and preserves or the banana pudding, all while providing a swift and efficient drive-thru!

10. Proper Bagel

With over 40 years of experience in the art of baking, Proper Bagel is one of the only places to visit for exceptional bagels in the city. These kettle-boiled bagels and bialys are made from scratch every day, meaning that each bite is guaranteed to be fresh and delicious!

So if you’re looking for a modern breakfast destination with endless bagel options to choose from, as well as a great cup of coffee from Crema Coffee Roasters, swing by Proper Bagel for an unforgettable meal!

11. Puffy Muffin

Nestled in the heart of Brentwood, Tennessee, Puffy Muffin is the optimal gathering spot for those looking for an intimate breakfast or lunch just outside the city of Nashville. Along with their warm and inviting atmosphere, they also offer a private dining option at their establishment, as well as custom cakes for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and beyond.

Stopping in for a quick brunch? If so, our team highly recommends trying out the quiche special or the sticky bun, as well as a coffee or ginger tea to wash it down!

12. Hanna Bee Coffee

As a woman- and family-owned coffee company based in Nashville, Tennessee, Hanna Bee Coffee’s mission is to serve coffee that embodies only natural and lively ingredients. With that is a tranquil, yet inviting cafe that encourages relaxation with each sip.

Along with the coffee shop, they also have a mobile coffee and tea cart that you can rent out for any wedding, launch, event, and more. This includes an assortment of coffees and teas, as well as specialty treats like cotton candy!

13. Café Ma’kai

With ingredients and meals that are locally and sustainably sourced, Café Ma’kai is your high-quality neighborhood establishment. This includes premium breakfast and lunch items, as well as a selection of coffee and cocktails.

If you’ve been searching for a space to host private events in the neighborhood as well, you’ll be pleased to know that Café Ma’kai is happy to offer you a private event rental for up to 50 people! This includes food and drinks for the event of your choosing, whether that is a corporate event, wedding reception, or more!

14. Frothy Monkey

For those searching for the perfect place to eat, drink, and connect, Frothy Monkey is your all-day café of choice. With coffee freshly brewed in the city itself, the coffee shop includes wholesale bags you can purchase either online or in-store.

Additionally, the café is known for its weekly specials, coffee cuppings, and even a happy hour and wine down Wednesdays to enjoy with either family or friends. Stop by for a delicious pick-me-up today!

15. D’Andrews Bakery

Looking for a modern bakery with a Southern sensibility? Luckily for you, D’Andrews Bakery is the place to visit.

After spending years training in New York City to perfect his craft, owner and executive chef, David Andrews, has since returned to the city of Nashville to share his passion for delicious pastries with the community. With personal favorites like the blueberry corn muffin, the oatmeal chocolate cookie, and the Jack Daniels honey brownie, we recommend stopping in for some of the best pastries in the city!

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