The Best Coffee Shops in Nashville, Tennessee

Coffee lovers will have no problem finding a cup of the good stuff in Nashville
Coffee lovers will have no problem finding a cup of the good stuff in Nashville | © Radharc Images / Alamy Stock Photo
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10 June 2020

Nashville may be known as Music City, but it has good coffee, too. And the two go so well together, right? Culture Trip’s local insiders have done the hard work for you, diving from cappuccino to cold brew, cookie to pastry, to find the best coffee shops in Nashville – just for you.

The Loveless Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Fast Food, Street Food, $$$
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The Loveless Cafe has been serving up its popular buttery biscuit dishes for over 65 years, and it’s as much part of the Nashville landscape as the people. From its famous neon sign out front to the gingham cloths adorning the tables, you don’t get much more Southern than this café. The hospitality here is full of charm, and people travel far and wide for the food, lawn games and shop. The menu is simple, family-friendly and traditional, making every visit reassuring and tasty. Dine on the family platters of fried chicken or catfish, or hunker down and feast on the biscuits and home-made preserves. Recommended by local insider Cristy Wicks

Just Love Coffee Cafe

Cafe, American
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Deep in Music Row, Just Love Coffee Cafe is the perfect spot for shoppers and music-heads to get their caffeine hit. Alongside its signature lattes, cold brew and classic drip coffees, it also offers the “womelette” – a fresh omelet with sausage, cheese and more made in a waffle maker (genius, right?). Exposed brick and cute decor mean you’ll feel at home here, any time of day. They say everyone deserves love and coffee, and they are right. Recommended by local insider Erica Commisso

Meal service:

Brunch, Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Takeaway

Atmosphere:

Casual, Cosy, Arty, Family Friendly, Quirky, Quiet

Bella Vista Coffee Shop

Cafe, American
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A little way from downtown Nashville, this well-regarded coffee shop is worth a stop in Smyrna. Owner Daniela Reina is popular among regulars for her dedication to Fairtrade products and her home-made baked goodies. Big kids will love the old-school video games as much as the Cookielicious Shake, which is as good as it sounds: cookie-and-cream ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate chip cookies and Oreo crumbles. Recommended by local insider Leena Kollar

Meal service:

Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea

Atmosphere:

Arty, Casual, Cosy, Family Friendly, Relaxed, Quirky, Quiet

Crema Coffee Roasters

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee, American, $$$
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Rachel and Ben love coffee – like really love coffee – and it certainly shows at this top-notch downtown coffee spot. The local pair have been roasting beans and serving up delicious brews for more than 10 years. The coffee hails from Colombia to Costa Rica, Burundi to Sumatra, and the staff will help you find something to suit your taste. Coffee nerds can take classes and tasting tours and learn how to replicate the barista’s secrets at home. The café’s delectable selection of pastries, toasts and breakfast eats will also keep the hungry ones satisfied. Recommended by local insider Juliette Lefaivre

Meal service:

Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Takeaway, Afternoon Tea

Atmosphere:

Arty, Cosy, Casual, Family Friendly, Relaxed, Quirky

Proper Bagel

Cafe, American, $$$
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This trendy, New York-style café serves authentic bagels and coffee from the kind of place you want to hang out all day. Proper Bagel’s pared-back, black-and-white decor allows the colors of the fresh ingredients in the deli to pop out – in a good way. The smoked fish comes straight from Acme Smoked Fish in Brooklyn. The cream cheese is gourmet and comes in flavors like lavender honey or jalapeño bacon, and the famous bagels are home-made and definitely proper. Its level of attention to detail is certainly worth shouting about. Recommended by local insider Chaney Curd

Cafe Roze

Cafe, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Roze, meaning pink in Croatian, is a fitting nod to owner Julia’s heritage, with the color softly splashed throughout the monochrome interiors. Here, the expert baristas have got you covered, serving everything from a cortado to a cold brew. Those looking for a bite to eat will find stout waffles, egg bowls, smoothies and a full late-night supper menu. This place is popular, so be prepared to stand in line during the weekend. The brunch is truly exceptional, too – try the egg sandwich with avocado. Recommended by local insider Chaney Curd

Meal service:

Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, All Day

Atmosphere:

Stylish, Arty, Quirky

Barista Parlor

Cafe, Coffee Shop, American, Tea , $$$
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This aptly named spot is where the creative world gets its coffee and is great for people-watching. With an open-plan layout, industrial decor and a vinyl music policy, this is one of the coolest places to grab a specialty coffee soda or bourbon-vanilla latte in the neighborhood. Barista Parlor’s finger is firmly on the pulse of coffee trends, so expect the newest fads to be well entrenched here by the time the rest of the world takes notice. If you want a nibble, try the biscuit sandwich with local jam – a total winner. Recommended by local insider Cristy Wicks

Stay Golden

Cafe, American
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If you’re in Berry Hill, Stay Golden is the top spot to grab a cup of joe, complete with friendly staff, superb coffee and a menu with lots of enticing options. Bright and crisp interiors mean you’ll want to stay all day – and you can if you want to. Breakfast is served right through until early-evening cocktails, and it takes its cocktails as seriously as its coffee. It’s not just about americanos here – if you like your coffee with a twist, try the Springtime Sandesh with rested espresso, rose-cardamom milk and pistachio. Check its website before you go, as it has daily offers, such as Taco Tuesdays. Recommended by local insider Chaney Curd

Humphreys Street Coffee Shop

Cafe, American
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Enjoy your coffee with a healthy dose of good feelings, as Humphreys Street isn’t your typical coffee shop. It hires young locals and trains them in everything from retail to production, providing them with new skills and confidence. Stock up on bags of coffee, soap and sugar while you’re here, as it’s all going to a great cause. It’s housed inside a refurbished church, complete with oodles of natural light and a calming tone, and the back patio is an excellent place to sip your freshly brewed coffee over a chat with friends. Recommended by local insider Cristy Wicks

This is an update of the article by Kate Harrington.

These recommendations were updated on June 10, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.