The 11 Best Coffee Shops In Atlanta

Get your java fix at one of these Atlanta coffee shops.
  • With four locations inside the city, Octane Coffee roasts its beans right next to the cafe.
    With four locations inside the city, Octane Coffee roasts its beans right next to the cafe.
  • JavaVino, in Poncey-Highland, roasts all its own coffee.
    JavaVino, in Poncey-Highland, roasts all its own coffee.
  • San Francisco Coffee House, with three in-town locations,  offers a true coffee shop experience.
    San Francisco Coffee House, with three in-town locations, offers a true coffee shop experience.
  • Press & Grind in Virginia-Highland is the neighborhood's go-to coffee spot.
    Press & Grind in Virginia-Highland is the neighborhood's go-to coffee spot.
  • A stone’s throw from Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park Coffeehouse offers organic and Fair Trade coffee.
    A stone’s throw from Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park Coffeehouse offers organic and Fair Trade coffee.

Coffee is as Atlanta as sweet tea. Atlanta’s coffee shops (find them all here) serve as offices, meeting places and escapes from the hustle and bustle of life. So, if you need a moment to relax – or work – enjoy it with an amazing cup of coffee (and maybe a pastry). Here are several of our favorite coffee shops.

  1. Amélie’s goal is to provide a “feast for the senses and a unique experience" for every customer. Not only is the coffee great in this West Midtown location, but its menu features a create-your-own breakfast, a quiche du jour and delights such as twice-baked croissants, turnovers and tea cakes.

  2. Since 1971 Café Intermezzo has offered Atlantans the feel and atmosphere of a European coffee house with a wide variety of delectable pastries and desserts. Located in Midtown next to the Lowe’s Hotel (among other locations), Café Intermezzo has a full menu that will satisfy anyone seeking anything from breakfast to a late night snack – and the coffee that goes with everything.

  3. With two in-town locations, Condesa Coffee's proprietors are passionate about offering a perfect shot of espresso – and more. The coffee comes from Counter Culture Coffee and the tea from Rishi Tea. Condesa offers a variety of coffee options, including the cortado, a double espresso with 3-ounces of steamed milk, and the Americano, which is a double espresso with 6-ounces of water.

  4. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar was started in Olympia, Wash., and the founders also became the owners of Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, one of the most highly regarded specialty coffee companies in the United States. The company opened its Atlanta roaster in 1994 and locals have flocked to its Atlanta locations ever since for its single origin coffees prepared at a manual brew bar.

  5. A stone’s throw from Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park Coffeehouse offers organic and fair trade coffee as well as pastries made from scratch. Owner Rahel Belfield opened this local favorite because he wanted a place to take his daughter, Salomae, for a great cup of coffee and sweets. The coffee is perfect, and children of all ages will also like the caramel apple cider, cookie dough latte and s’mores latte.

  6. Hodgepodge Coffee in Little Five Points has a variety of signature drinks in addition to coffee, chai, hot chocolate and espresso. Try the Bless Your Heart, which consists of espresso, steamed milk, Ghirardelli caramel and vanilla, or the Slap Yo’ Pappy with iced coffee concentrate, half and half and Ghirardelli chocolate. There is also an eclectic menu including baked goods, vegetarian scones, Jamaican patties and Miss Vickie’s potato chips.

  7. Located in the bustling Inman Park/Old Fourth Ward district, Inman Perk is a family-owned business that serves only sustainable coffee and Fair Trade products. To go with your coffee, order paninis, wraps, salads, and meats and cheeses that are sliced daily in-house.

  8. To say the owners of JavaVino Coffee & Wine House in Poncey-Highland are obsessed with outstanding coffee is an understatement. JavoVino roasts all its own coffee, and many of the brands come from the owners’ coffee farm, Selva Negra Coffee Estate in Nicaragua. For six generations the Kuhl family has been farming coffee, and, in Atlanta, the tradition continues with a mother-daughter collaboration that roasts the family’s coffee beans locally. Not in the mood for coffee? Don’t worry, as the name states, there is plenty of wine available as well.

  9. Octane Coffee roasts its beans right next to the cafe and uses milk from a nearby dairy so the baristas can craft a personalized cup of java. With four locations around Atlanta, Octane focuses on seasonality with a changing menu of single origins or blends that are fresh off the harvest. Octane is part of the Revelator Coffee Company that has coffee shops in six states.

  10. From the folks that brought you the wonderful Highland Bakery (which serves an awesome cup of coffee as well), Press & Grind is the go-to place for coffee in Virginia-Highland. Located in a small house, Press & Grind has a “coffee first” attitude, but the pastries, including several Paleo and gluten-free ones, will bring an extra smile to your face. 

  11. San Francisco Coffee was started more than 20 years ago and its coffee is roasted daily. Among its signature blends are the Capt. Richardson Old Whalers Blend, the Highland Blend and Sumatra Gayo. With three in-town locations, San Francisco offers a true coffee shop experience with fresh roasted coffee served by a friendly staff where people feel free to work online, read newspapers, talk with friends or meet new ones.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications.

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