Exploring Atlanta's Coffee Culture

Take in Atlanta's creative art scene and fantastic coffeehouses

While spending time in a city teeming with good things to eat, see, do and experience, you may want to seek out a quiet moment. Luckily, two ways to summon the serene—coffee and art—have popped up in abundance around Atlanta. Whether visitor or veteran, start your checklist here. 

Art on the Beltline (Courtesy John Becker, Atlanta Beltline Partnership)

BeltLine Brews and Beauty

Sunny days on the Atlanta BeltLine should start with an espresso from Spiller Park Coffee to fuel a trip through Ponce City Market—that is, if you can resist sitting down to indulge in its full menu of imported coffees, specialty sips and creatively topped toasts. Or, opt for a walk-up wake-me-up at Three Heart Roastery right on the BeltLine behind Paris on Ponce. This outpost serves “post third wave” coffee for the consumer wanting flavors on another level. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine showcases year-round, multidiscipline activations, like the eponymous seasonal exhibition packed with murals, sculptures and avant-garde performance art, as well as its Continuing and Foundational Collection.

Other notables? Peruse new Brickworks Gallery and its collection of storytelling art curated by artist Laura W. Adams. People watch from Parish’s rustic coffeehouse patio, host meetings inside Press and Grind’s bright, vibrant atmosphere or unwind with a single-origin coffee prepared at Dancing Goats Coffee Bar’s manual brew bar.

East Pole Coffee Co. (© Freddy Castro)

West Midtown Mainstays

Nuanced sophistication gets defined at Kai Lin Art. Kai Lin’s exhibitions showcase local and international artists pushing the boundaries of creative and contemporary art through a vast myriad of mediums. The owner’s vibrant energy matches his collection and inspires a sense of community. Art and people coming together. Check East Pole Coffee Co. off your beans bucket list on this side of town. Get a sampling of coffee that is so good, companies all over Atlanta are using it (Butter and Cream and Full Commission are our favorites).

Amelie's French Bakery (Courtesy Amelie's French Bakery)

Intown Interests

Whitespace Gallery offers three ways to experience art inside a renovated 1893 carriage house. Embracing both emerging and established, edgy artists, the gallery’s three spaces inspire regional outreach, cultural crossover and give audiences an intimate look into the individuals and their creative process. The next show begins May 10. Family-owned Grant Park Coffeehouse serves organic and fair-trade coffee and homemade sweet treats to complement a trip next door to Zoo Atlanta. Or, hang out with Atlanta’s best techies at the French-eccentric Amélie’s.