Truthfully, no other non-alcoholic drink soothes, satisfies and sends an adrenaline-filled energy boost like a good cup of coffee. There are so many different types and variations to achieve your perfect cup of warm (or iced) goodness. With today’s culture wanting everything quick and the allure of to- go service more popular and appealing than ever, the welcoming comfort of a classic coffee shop has gone rather unappreciated in recent years. However, if you are a true java fan you know the importance of finding that one great coffee shop that caters to all of your needs: a place to sip the strong stuff, a place to work (or play in some cases) and more importantly, a place that you will return to daily for a dose of caffeine-induced euphoria. Here in Atlanta there are several places where coffee is the star of the show. Take a peak at the list for the best coffee shops in the city.
1 Adios Café
Located directly across the patio from neighboring No Mas Cantina in the trendy section of Castleberry Hill, Adios Café is a delightful addition to the coffee shop circuit as it combines innovation, comfort and familiarity with its products and customer service. The décor and atmosphere is also a very welcomed surprise to first time patrons because you get a sense of ease and relaxation upon entry, which is ideal when deciding to frequent a coffee shop on regular basis. There is chocolate & espresso bar, sinfully delicious desserts like artisan truffles and breakfast served daily beginning at 8 a.m. Helpful tip: try any one of their creative java potions that feature such components as dark chocolate, chili de arbol and cinnamon.
180 Walker St. SW
2 Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge
The media darling of the bunch, Octane is also a world renowned crowd pleaser that boasts some of the best java and complimentary goodies in the southeast. With two convenient locations on Atlanta’s Westside and in Emory Village, this is a coffee shop that honestly feels like home. It’s mellow, quiet and a great place to get work done, mingle and meet new friends or to just people watch Atlanta residents. You’ll find college students, entrepreneurs and the business-minded all holed up here for their favorite java jolt recipe. From the traditional to the more elaborate, practically any caffeine variation you can think of is represented here, and very well I might add. Menu musts: carmelatto, fuel injection (coffee with a double shot of espresso) and the neighborhood-named Cabbagetown chai.
1009-B Marietta St.
3 Urban Grind
For a coffee house known for more than just delicious java, you must check out Urban Grind which has so much to offer in the form of product, entertainment, atmosphere, décor and service. Located just off of Marietta Street, this is a multi-purpose haven for the city’s artistic set. With open mic night for musicians, spoken word showcases for established and emerging poets and an artist showcase that displays beautiful art pieces from some of Atlanta most talented artists, Urban Grind is a lot more than just a place to grab a cup of coffee. It evokes a throwback sense of indie artist spirit and appreciation that Atlanta certainly needs and seems to be greatly responding to. The interior is set up like a cozy living room and there is definitely a sense of comfort as soon as you step inside. However, this is about the coffee and it is sinfully delicious. Be sure to try the Turtle mocha, white raspberry truffle, mint condition and the American cappuccino.
962 Marietta St. NW
4 Café Intermezzo
Right in the heart of Peachtree lies one of the best places in Atlanta for not only conversation, romantic lighting and mouthwatering desserts, but also a killer cup of coffee. Upon entry, Café Intermezzo feels as if you’ve been transported to an authentic Parisian café, complete with vast coffee selections and small, intimate tables. The picturesque view of the busy Midtown Atlanta streets is both a welcomed companion and interesting distraction as you sip some of their java goodness that has been known to require multiple cups. They specialize in late hours, so when ever the insatiable need for coffee hits you, feel free to stop in.
1845 Peachtree Rd. NE
5 Inman Perk
Housed in the trendy Old Fourth Ward section of Atlanta, Inman Perk has remained a critical and crowd favorite for quite some time. It’s quaint, cozy, and friendly and most importantly makes an amazing cup of java. Not to stuffy or uptight, but more like your neighborhood coffee shop where regulars are welcomed and catered to on a regular basis. At times it can get pretty busy, so the best thing to do would be to get a table and stick to it for as long as you need it because vacating a seat is not recommended. Must-have java concoctions include: Southern Comfort, breakfast blend, Emilia espresso, Kenya AA and the Tanzania Peaberry.
240 North Highland Ave. Suite H