11 of Atlanta's Go-To Coffee Shops

Keep it local with one of these beloved stops for your morning cup or afternoon pick-me-up.

Java. Joe. Octane. Whatever you call that cuppa caffeinated goodness that gets you through your day, Atlanta has a coffee shop to fuel your needs.

Chattahoochee Coffee Company

Tucked away inside the Walton apartment complex along its namesake Chattahoochee River, this shop’s original outpost serves up Counter Culture coffee with a side of stunning riverside views for non-residents during the week. Just dial 101 at the entrance or scroll to “coffee shop” in the directory for entry into this urban oasis. Need your weekend fix? Try the Westside location at 790 Huff Road.

Spiller Park Coffee Shop

With locations in popular mixed-use shopping development Ponce City Market as well as in Toco Hills, Spiller Park brews popular blends from Intelligentsia (roasted here in the city) and Canadian cult favorites Phil & Sebastian. Don’t miss the signature toasts like Nutella or the Instagram-able avocado toast with the option of a fried egg.

Chrome Yellow Trading Company

Part coffee shop, part hipster boutique, this Old 4th Ward hotspot has ample seating for those working remotely or sitting down to enjoy seasonal fare from local pop-up Eat Me Speak Me chef Jarrett Stieber.

Taproom Coffee

Taproom Coffee

Why choose between coffee and beer when you can have both? This Kirkwood spot offers coffee from local roaster East Pole Coffee Co. as well as a selection of craft beer from Atlanta breweries like Three Taverns Brewery and Wild Heaven Beer, plus fresh baked goods from local favorites H&F Bread Co. and Ratio Bakeshop.

Rev Coffee

“Proudly brewing in the ‘burbs,” this tiny Smyrna shop makes its own blends, which it serves alongside a healthy variety of smoothies, breakfast and traditional sandwiches, pastries and quiches. Try the “Almost Famous Chicken Salad” with the Silver Comet blend, named for a popular nearby trail.

BRASH Coffee Westside location

BRASH Coffee

This shipping container-turned-coffee shop is a welcome respite for shoppers at Westside Provisions District. The brand, which sources directly from farmers in El Salvador, also has a larger location on the Atlanta History Center campus in Buckhead.

BRASH Coffee's outpost at the Atlanta History Center (Courtesy BRASH Coffee Westside location

Dancing Goats

Sit and swing a spell at the Ponce City Market location of the Batdorf & Bronson roaster, which named its shop after its signature blend. If you can’t snag one of the two outdoor swings, there’s still plenty of patio seating for people watching and sipping on an espresso or one of their single origin coffees, also served at the brand’s Decatur outpost.

Java Monkey

This Decatur mainstay is more than just a coffee shop—it’s a community gathering place featuring everything from poetry readings to live music performances to art shows and more. While the coffee is not to be missed, Java Monkey also has a stellar wine bar and regular wine tasting events.

East Pole Coffee Co.

East Pole Coffee Co.

This sleek and airy new brick-and-mortar location from the local roasters who supply some of Atlanta’s top restaurants is tucked away in the industrial Armour Yards that’s also home to SweetWater Brewing Company. Free wifi, ample seating and lots of light make this an ideal spot for slowly savoring your morning java or powering through your “to do” list.

Octane Coffee

While this pioneering brand recently was sold to Atlanta-based Revelator Coffee, the Octane name remains. The original Westside location is still a popular gathering place for Georgia Tech students and tech start-ups, while the Grant Park location has the added bonus of croissants and other treats from Little Tart Bakeshop (just note, you’ll have to pay for coffee and food separately). Octane also has locations at the Woodruff Arts Center and Atlanta Tech Village (Buckhead) as well.

Hodgepodge

With an extensive selection of drip coffees, cold brews and seasonal pour overs from local roasters Batdorf & Bronson, Hodgepodge is also known for its cleverly named signature drinks like the “Bless Your Heart,” made with espresso, steamed milk, Ghiradelli caramel and vanilla and the “Slap Yo’ Pappy,” with ice coffee concentrate, half and half and Ghirardelli chocolate. The eclectic space also hosts open mic nights, art exhibits and a rotating selection of local artisanal goods curated by local pop-up event coordinators Root City Market.

Laura Scholz
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