Cafes in Atlanta: 4 Incredible Spots to Sip Coffee
Check out these four great coffee shops the next time you need a pick-me-up in Atlanta. Read on to learn more!
Atlanta is a hip, exciting city full of an eclectic mix of cultures and backgrounds. The people in this thriving metropolis are always on the go, so of course, they need fuel! Coffee shops and cafes are very prevalent in Atlanta and its surrounding subdivisions, and no matter where you might be in the city, there is probably a place to grab a nice cup of coffee somewhere close by to you. If you are a visitor looking for a place to get a wake-up call before beginning your sightseeing for the day, or if you are a local wondering where to grab a cup without having to resort to big-name chain cafes, check out this list of 4 incredible spots to sip coffee in Atlanta!
Octane Coffee has been a staple of Atlanta proper for over a decade. Originally just a coffee shop, Octane has recently expanded its horizons a bit to include roasting its own beans as well. There are a few Octane Coffee locations in Atlanta, but the original store is the Grant Park location. No matter which one you drop in, you’ll be met with a menu of delicious coffees and coffee concoctions, light snacks and meals, and cocktails in the evening.
Since Octane has begun roasting its own beans, the quality of every available coffee drink has skyrocketed (although it was quite good before, too). I recommend enjoying a Long Black for a kick of energy. This is a drink made of two shots of espresso and cut with boiling water. If you like something a little more flavorful, grab a Dirty Chai, which is a regular chai tea with two shots of added espresso.
Octane Coffee is located at 437 Memorial Drive, Suite A5, in Atlanta.
It is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 10:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am to 10:00pm.
Head out to Kirkwood, one of Atlanta’s many historic neighborhoods, for the next coffee shop on the list. Taproom Coffee is exactly what it sounds like: a combination beer and coffee shop serving excellent coffees and intriguing craft beers. Most of the offerings here are local, but not all. The pastries served at Taproom Coffee are all supplied by a local Atlanta-area bakery, meaning that they are freshly baked, and not shipped in on a truck from some far-off warehouse.
Since Taproom specializes in both coffee and beer, the coffee menu is a little bit smaller than the ones you might find in café-only shops. But don’t let that deter you! Taproom is on this list for a reason: because it serves excellent coffee that just can’t be beat. Order a Cortado for a smooth and rich start to your day. This drink is made of a given number of espresso shots and warm, steamed milk. It is similar to a macchiato, but layered differently for a slightly different experience.
Taproom Coffee is located at 1963 Hosea L Williams Drive in Atlanta.
It is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 10:00pm, Saturday from 8:00am to 10:00pm , and Sunday from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
Condesa Coffee is a nice, classy, high-quality coffee shop featuring two locations in the Atlanta area. The original shop is located near the Freedom Parkway Bike Trail in the Tribute Lofts, and the newer one is in downtown Atlanta. Both locations feature the same menu and incredible coffees and teas. Condesa Coffee is all about crafting the perfect handmade beverages from start to finish, and about giving back to its community, too.
Condesa Coffee has a lot of great food as well as delicious drinks. I have never tried anything here I haven’t liked! If you have a chance, stop in for a light lunch. The Phat Beets Toast is a unique sandwich with a perfect flavor combination, including beets, arugula, and goat cheese. Pair your lunch with a Latte flavored with Condesa’s homemade, from-scratch syrups and blended with fresh local milk. Or, if you prefer tea, try the Ginger Lime hot tea that is also available here. Any choice is sure to be a great one.
Condesa Coffee is located at 480 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue Northeast in Atlanta.
It is open weekdays from 7:00am to 10:00pm, and weekends from 8:00am to 9:00pm.
Last but not last, we have Hodgepodge. Hodgepodge utilizes locally-roasted beans to keep costs low and flavor and quality high. For anyone who is concerned about environmental friendliness, the coffees served at Hodgepodge are bird friendly and one hundred percent organic. A visit to Hodgepodge is more than just a stop in at a coffee shop, though, as the walls are constantly lined with some of the finest local art in the city.
On the second Saturday of the month, stop in Hodgepodge for open mic night, to listen and maybe even to get on stage yourself. While you’re there, try a Mocha Caliente, which is two shots of espresso with steamed milk, cinnamon, and melted Ghiradelli chocolate. Or, for a lighter coffee drink, try the Oh Honey, which is a double espresso shot with milk, honey, and vanilla.
Hodgepodge is located at 720 Moreland Avenue in Atlanta.
It is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 9:00pm, and Sunday from 9:00am to 9:00pm.
The next time you are in Atlanta—or just on your way to work!—don’t forget to stop by one or more of these incredible coffee shops. Whatever you choose to sip or snack on, you’re sure to be pleased with the results!
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