Whether you’re a frozen latte-loving casual coffee drinker or a hardcore daily double espresso devotee, there are plenty of great local Nashville spots where you can refuel. Next time you’re looking for a pick-me-up, a place to meet friends, or a change of scenery while you work, here are seven new coffee shops to check out … and two coming soon!
Dawn Coffee Shop & Market
More info: bode.co
Dawn is the newest addition to Downtown’s Bode Hotel, a vibrant, modern space where an all-day café and a market collide. A one-stop for snacks, a caffeine boost, cocktails, curated local goods, travel necessities, and a spot to camp out while you get some work done, Dawn offers up brunch and lunch selections like a seasonal parfait with housemade granola or hummus and cheese toast with bacon and arugula. The bright, retro decor is cozy yet fun, with lots of greenery and ample seating — whether you opt for a lounge chair, a sofa, or a spot at the remote working station. As for your coffee intake, you can order classics like a cold brew or cortado, but don’t sleep on the unique seasonal selections! When you’ve had your fill of coffee (is that possible?), segue into cocktails with a margarita or Aperol spritz.
Dose Coffee & Tea: Old Hickory
Neighborhood: Old Hickory
More info: dosenashville.com
Beloved by many, Dose Coffee & Tea has expanded its repertoire to include a third location in Old Hickory Village. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Old Hickory locale is another opportunity for coffee devotees to grab a pick-me-up and super tasty food. Aside from the fantastic roster of pour-over coffees and perfectly brewed espresso drinks (not to mention the milk tea, which we highly recommend having iced!), we’re partial to menu items like the Breakfast Avo Toast, Curried Chickpea Sandwich, and Breakfast Poutine — home fries smothered in cheese curds, vegan gravy, a Sunnyside egg, and parsley.
More info: elegycoffee.com
Germantown can’t get much cooler, but the addition of Elegy Coffee is another notch in the belt. Located in the Griff building, adjacent to The Optimist, the third installment of this local favorite (the others are in East Nashville and Downtown) is open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aside from the caffeinated classics, you can snag fun specials like an iced Monkey Business, a cold brew with banana, banana cinnamon whip, nilla wafer crumble, and your choice of milk. You can also grab a tasty breakfast burrito or build-your-own breakfast sandwich, available until 1 p.m. Seasonal outdoor seating allows you to bring your furry friends along to hang out for a while, made even better by free pup cups!
Honest Coffee Roasters: Downtown
More info: honest.coffee
Opening its fourth Middle Tennessee location, Honest Coffee Roasters can now be found Downtown. Occupying a space on the lower floor of an apartment complex, the Franklin-born coffee purveyor is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you can order from an extensive menu of ethically sourced brews, açai bowls, pastries, and brunch dishes — from a croissant, bacon, egg, and cheddar casserole to a triple-decker club sandwich. Whether you quench your thirst with a coffee soda or satisfy your sweet tooth with The Bootlegger (espresso, milk, and homemade bourbon-caramel syrup), Honest Coffee covers all the bases!
Just Love Coffee: Melrose
More info: justlovecoffeecafe.com
Melrose is the most recent neighborhood to host a Just Love Coffee franchise, giving us yet another opportunity to recharge and refuel. As with its sister locations (including Brentwood, Franklin, Mt. Juliet, and Music Row), the menu features savory favorites like breakfast burritos or the Bacon Tater (a hash brown waffle with cheddar cheese and bacon), along with sweet selections like the Berry Bo Berry waffle and Nanna’s Cinn Rolls. You can also indulge in decadent drinks like the Cha Cha, featuring dark chocolate with hazelnut and amaretto. Open since February, the coffee shop is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
More info: pricklypearcoffee.com
What began as a mobile coffee cart now boasts a brick-and-mortar location in the lobby of the iconic “Batman Building.” Prickly Pear Coffee is an espresso bar serving everything from Americanos, pour-overs, and Nitro cold brews to fun lattes like the Iced Honey Lavender. And the backstory of how it was named is pretty darn cute, too. “The prickly pear is what my parents used to call me in my ‘grouchy’ middle school days,” owner Annika Van Nest says on her website. And while she admits she still has those days now and then, it’s clear this young entrepreneur is destined for big things!
Surefire Coffee Co.
More info: surefirecoffee.co
Open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., this sweet little spot is Germantown’s newest walk-up window coffee shop. First things first, the umbrella-shaded patio is where you’ll want to sit for a spell as you sip. Grab a cup of something hot or cold — from a standard drip coffee to an espresso tonic infused with housemade orange simple syrup. Of course, you can also opt for summery iced teas like tropical green tea or Poolside Punch. Talk about refreshing! Oh, and pups are welcome on the patio, too.
Crema Coffee Roasters: Brentwood
More info: crema-coffee.com
One of our favorite roasters in town, Crema is slated to open a new location (its third) in Brentwood later this summer. Construction is underway for what is being touted as the largest location yet! The details are still mostly under wraps, but it doesn’t sound like we have long to wait. Plus, we’re pretty dang excited to be able to hit up Crema for some much-needed caffeine before browsing Home Goods or stopping by Fleet Feet. For real-time updates, insider information, giveaways, and more, you can sign up via the website or follow the Crema Instagram page!
Neighborhood: The Gulch
More info: joliescafe.com
The Gulch’s Albion, a residential tower, is preparing to host the grand opening of Jolie’s Café later this summer. Featuring European-style coffee and baked goods, the neighborhood café will also serve as a convenience store stocked with necessities, food items, and even Music City-inspired giftables. Of course, you’ll also be able to snag tasty caffeinated beverages and breakfast bites such as bagels or pastries. You can follow the coffee shop on Instagram for updates.
Here’s to staying caffeinated!
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