In a city with dozens of great coffee shops, Three Brothers does well to stand out above many of the rest. Great coffee, local pastries, and quirky speciality drinks top the list as most important, followed closely by a relaxed vibe that’s incredibly inviting and inspiring all at once. Get some work done, do some studying, or simply meet a friend for conversation in this lovely West End retreat.
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Not every coffeeshop’s mission is to “seek the betterment of coffee for all mankind,” but not every coffeeshop is Barista Parlor. The expert baristas scrutinize clarity and brew with sweetness in their drinks, including their fun seasonal beverages. The environment alone is worth going for, with an industrial aesthetic full of art.
Crema has a story as adorable as its name; two friends converted an old engine repair business into an artisanal coffeehouse, even carving the bar out of old lumber. The owners place a great amount of care into the roasting of their coffee, working directly with farmers to make each cup of coffee a knockout. We recommend grabbing a slice of avocado toast and a Cuban coffee.
The ground floor of the sleek and luxurious Thompson Nashville Hotel is the ideal spot for this bright 14-seat cafe named for J.B. Killebrew - first Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture (hmmm?). Within the chic white/black/grey space highlighted by abundant natural light and cool geometric-patterned tile, friendly baristas cheerfully make recommendations from the solid beverage program, house-made pastries, and sandwiches for breakfast or for lunch on the go.
Head around back and up the steps to this far-beyond-average coffee spot in the heart of Germantown. In this simple yet modern setting, you’ll find what some might call oxymoronic: knowledgeable and friendly baristas who are happy to explain just what the hell an augmented coffee is. Fresh baked pastries and a light lunch menu are available, as well as a full bar.
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This local favorite has been serving up strong and flavorful coffee for three decades. Over the years Bongo has grown to five locations in Nashville, serving breakfast all day with some lunch options. This spot is great for people watching or working out of the office. In warmer months be sure to grab a seat on the expansive patio.
Charming coffee shop and crêperie slightly off the beaten path, serving high-quality coffee, tea, smoothies, and sweet and savory crêpes the size of your head. Keep in mind: good things take time, and french pancakes are no exception to this rule.
If you’re going to name yourself after a coffee mecca, you’d better back it up—and Portland Brew does. The urban-modern feel and smell of freshly brewed coffee makes this one of the best places in Nashville to set up a workspace for the day.
A comfortable cafe setting with homemade pastries and breakfast sandwiches that are among the best you’ll eat in all of Nashville. You also get the chance to look at great local art while enjoying your coffee. Many varieties are offered, ranging from light and medium roasts along with what’s “hot” for the time of the year.