Coffee: It’s not just a drink. In Chattanooga, we take it pretty seriously. From quaint coffee shops on the Southside to trendy coffee hubs on the Northshore, here are the six best ways to savor your morning coffee and explore the Scenic City.
Sleepyhead Coffee is dedicated to providing quality coffee, housemade vegan pastries, and excellent service to sleepyheads in and around the Chattanooga area. They are a multi-roaster shop so our coffee offerings are ever changing. The plants that adorn their shop are for sale which is one of the many things that make Sleepyhead unique. It's an experience.
Set in a European-style café in the Bluff View Art District, Rembrandt’s is buzzing with friendly people. Their coffee is freshly roasted on site and their culinary experts fill the shelves with hand-made chocolates, pastries, and breads. Grab your coffee and head out to explore the District’s sculpture garden, views of the Tennessee River, and even enjoy a free sample from the bakery.
Mad Priest believes in producing the best coffee and equally believing in creating a business that educates and empowers. They source the highest quality coffee beans through the best specialty importers (Caravela, Keffa, Olam), from some of the most responsible farms around the world. And as they like to say, "Good drink is our religion."
Mean Mug Coffeehouse
For a mean cup of coffee, don’t miss Mean Mug. This coffee shop in the Southside serves locally roasted Velo coffee, which is delivered via bicycle. With its small size and friendly feel, Mean Mug is the perfect place to relax. Explore the public art along Main Street and stroll through the Main Terrain Art Park just down the street.
Milk and Honey
Whether you’re looking for a simple latte or a specialty drink, Milk & Honey has a variety of pick-me-ups to get your day going. This cozy shop brews Stumptown coffee and offers a full breakfast menu, a variety of pastries, and a rotating selection of house made gelato. Grab a seat at the bar or hang out at a high top table on the patio before walking through Renaissance Park or exploring the Northshore.
Located in the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo complex, the Frothy Monkey is a delicious spot to get your day started. Grab a Rosemary Honey Latte made with their own roasted coffee and a Breakfast Bun before you wander through the Choo Choo’s rose gardens and stroll down Station Street.
If you’re looking for the perfect pairing, a hot cup of coffee and a freshly baked pastry should do the trick. Niedlov’s specializes in hand-crafted breads and pastries, but they also offer a full espresso bar and a variety of drinks made from locally roasted Velo coffee. After the caffeine kicks in, shop around the vibrant Southside or check out the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park.
Bonus: Ice Cream Show
Although some might overlook an ice cream shop in their search for great coffee, they aren’t to be missed. The Ice Cream show is located at the South end of the Walnut Street Bridge and is a great place to sip your coffee before walking across the bridge or exploring the public art scattered down First Street.
Next time you’re in Chattanooga and looking for a great place for your morning ritual, explore these hot spots – brew in hand.