Happy National Coffee Day! I am definitely a coffee lover and Nashville coffee shops are just about as bountiful as bachelorette parties and boots.
Here are seven of my favorites in the Nashville area. There are many more, but these are the Nashville coffee shops I frequent the most!
This is one my family’s favorite independent Nashville area coffee shops and Nashville’s oldest running coffeehouse. We usually meet my sister and her family there when they are in from Tampa or New York. Located in one of Nashville’s oldest shopping districts, Hillsboro Village (opened in the 1970s), Fido is within walking distance of the Vanderbilt campus as well as Vanderbilt University Medical Center (as well as the children’s hospital). Fido is in the former Jones Pet Shop building (you can still see the original retro sign on the building front) and has a laid back college coffee house vibe. The menu is great and emphasizes organic and local foods. Fido is open until 10 p.m. as any coffee shop within walking distance to a college campus should be! You can easily spend a morning or afternoon here checking out the area, which also includes the Belcourt independent movie theatre.
Another great small coffee shop, Frothy Monkey’s original location is in the hip and trendy 12 South district (where Reese Witherspoon’s store Draper James is located). They serve food through dinner. A second location is in my favorite downtown Franklin historic district area, which is filled with great little shops and restaurants. They’ve also expanded to The Nations, the 5th Avenue arts area downtown and east to Chattanooga. Frothy Monkey is open until 9.
Coffee and Coconuts
Coffee and Coconuts is technically south of Nashville in Williamson County but it is definitely worth the drive. This beach theme cheerful coffee shop is located in Berry Farms, a planned community just off I-65 south of Franklin. When I saw their pictures on Instagram, I knew I had to take my older teenage daughter when we were in the neighborhood for her college prep sessions. It’s just cute, ya’ll, for lack of a better word. If you are in the Franklin area, it’s worth the drive. They close at 4, though, so it’s more of a breakfast and lunch place. They partner with local coffeemakers Revelator and Muletown Roasted Coffee out of Columbia, Tennessee.
City Limits is more of a bakery/cafe but it’s a great place to grab breakfast (love the banini sandwiches and you can’t go wrong with the bagels) or lunch if you’re in the Bellevue area west of Nashville. We’ve been going here for years. It’s a neighborhood staple and the food is always consistently delicious (I love the lobster bisque served every Friday!) My favorite salad of just about all time is their Santa Fe Salad.
Just Love launched in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and now has several locations in Middle Tennessee, including one on Music Row and one in Brentwood. They have a give back culture (they feature different benefit coffee blends each month on their retail site) and strive to be a community coffee shop, supporting local musicians and songwriters with music nights and creating a comfortable environment to work and study. Plus they cook all their warm sandwiches on a waffle iron, which is pretty fun! (and delicious)
The Well also has a philanthropic focus, with a portion of profits going toward their mission of providing clean water those in need in countries like Togo and Kenya. It’s also a great place to work. I’ve had many a work meeting at the Brentwood location, especially. Their breakfast and lunch menus are not as extensive and they close a bit early at 7, but it’s still a great place for coffee.
Located a little west of downtown off West End on Murphy Road going toward the Sylvan Park historic neighborhood district is Dose. Dose has coffee, tea and also offers a pretty extensive menu. Dose is open until 7 p.m. and is a great place to work.