Your Five, Our Five: 10 Best Coffee Shops in Atlanta

There are lots of good coffee shops in Atlanta. Here are your favorites. (And ours!)
  • Atlanta has no shortage of great coffee shop options.
    Atlanta has no shortage of great coffee shop options.
  • Ah, the smells of freshly baked treats at Highland Bakery. (photo © 2014, James Duckworth)
    Ah, the smells of freshly baked treats at Highland Bakery. (photo © 2014, James Duckworth)
  • Psst--our local bakeries have great coffee, too.
    Psst--our local bakeries have great coffee, too.

Rise and shine, Atlanta – it's National Coffee Day. There are plenty of options when it comes to good coffee shops in the city. But we asked you where the best coffee in Atlanta could be found, and here are five of your suggestions. And, as always, five of ours!

Your Five

  1. Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee Company
    This Atlantic Station coffee shop will brighten your morning with fairly traded, 100-percent Arabica coffee beans. 

  2. Cakes and Ale
    The café & wine shop sells excellent Counter Culture Coffee and Rishi Tea drinks in Decatur. They also have homemade pastries and snacks on some days of the week. 

  3. Hodgepodge Coffee House and Gallery
    Wouldn't some shade-grown, locally roasted beans treat you right on your way to work? Or at lunch? Or in the evening? (Is there really a bad time for good coffee?) Then head over to Hodgepodge on the Eastside.

  4. Revolution Doughnuts and Coffee
    This Decatur shop began serving hand-crafted doughnuts and organic coffee on National Doughnut Day in 2012. I don't know about you, but I like where their priorities are.

  5. Taproom Coffee
    Located in the Kirkwood neighborhood, Taproom Coffee will keep you well-stocked with your caffeinated beverage of choice as well as local craft beers. According to their website, "If cheers had a coffee shop, this would be it."


Our Five

  1. Amélie's French Bakery
    You can't beat good coffee, baked treats that are nothing short of amazing and a cool atmosphere. That's why Amélie's is a must-visit Midtown stop for those of the caffeination persuasion.

  2. Corso Coffee
    This Italian-style Buckhead coffee bar offers handcrafted espresso beverages like the wood-roasted Anèri Tricaffè. I'll be honest: This blog writer could go for some artisanal, American-drip coffee right about now.

  3. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
    Coffee shop trivia: Which establishment was the first to open at the highly anticipated Ponce City Market? Why, Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, of course! Grab a friend and enjoy a strong espresso drink on their screened porch as the fall weather takes over.

  4. Inman Perk
    Sustainable, fair trade coffee and a sense of community is just a hop, skip and a jump (or is that a jitter?) away in the Inman Park neighborhood. If it's not on your morning route to work, then plan for an after-dinner visit for dessert with friends. 

  5. Octane Coffee and The Little Tart Bakeshop
    While local coffee favorite Octane has a few locations in Atlanta, it's the Grant Park branch that shares a space with The Little Tart Bakeshop. I'm a big fan of a good pairing, and these two go hand-in-hand.

Need an extra shot? There are some great coffee spots that aren't technically coffee shops. (Gasp! I know. But stay with me.)

  • Anis Café and Bistro
    For more than 20 years, Anis has been a little slice of French bistros right here in Atlanta. Come for the coffee, stay for the wine. (Maybe not in the same sitting.)

  • Highland Bakery (Midtown, Old Fourth Ward)
    It began its life in the form of coffee carts and developed into five locations around the city. Find the one near you and have a big breakfast (shrimp and grits, anyone?) or a sweet pancake plate. (Ricotta pancakes? Yes, please.)

  • West Egg
    Chances are you've seen the look on someone's face as they talk about West Egg. Voted the "Best Breakfast in Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, they offer a variety of whole bean Batdorf & Bronson coffee choices.

If you were looking for the best coffee in Atlanta, or hoping to find a great coffee shop where you could celebrate National Coffee Day, we hope this points you in the right direction. 

Tommy Stubblefield writes, edits and percolates professionally for Atlanta.net.

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