The coffee you get at Aurora is the kind you only drink black. It’s so good, it’ll make a purist out of the most habitual ‘latte two sugars’ coffee drinker. The walls are plastered in gig posters and flyers, showcasing the ‘next best thing’. At the back of Aurora is a balcony overlooking the parking lot. Whilst this doesn’t sound particularly scenic on paper, the parking lot boasts such great graffiti that it is a piece of artistry in itself. Come here for good coffee, friendly staff and interesting things to look at.
Aurora Coffee, 468 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404523 6856
Village Coffee House serves excellent coffee and food at great value prices. The decor is basic and whilst no comfy armchairs are dotted around to tempt you to spend the day idling with a paper and cup of coffee, it’s a great place to recharge in between shopping at Junkman’s Daughter and Criminal Records. If the weather is nice, there are tables and chairs outside.
Village Coffee House, 420 Seminole Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404688 3176
At Baba’s Turkish and Mediterranean Delight, Turkish coffee is served just as it should be – thick, grainy and bitter. Paired with some honey-sweet baklava, the result is a wonderful combination of two extremes. If you finish this treat still wanting more, their gyros are just as tasty and hit the spot. This makes Baba’s one of the few places you’ll end up having your coffee and desert before your main course.
Not even an area so independently minded can avoid the mighty shadow cast by the giant that is Starbucks. Including Starbucks in this list provides a contrast to all the coffee shops listed above. This branch of Starbucks is comfortable, plays calming music and serves consistent coffee. It appears just like the other 78 Starbucks in Atlanta. There are no risks in enjoying a coffee here, but there are also no surprises.
Starbucks, 506 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404230 9085