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11 Great Places To Grab Coffee In Atlanta

Where to go for coffee when you're sick and tired of your own home.

There are mornings when it’s hard to move one foot out from under the covers, much less drag our entire bodies out of bed. We’ve found that bribing ourselves with a good cup of coffee is the only thing that can get us up and out the door in minutes.

Whether you’re looking for an on-the-go morning boost, a place to work for the day where your commanding conference call voice doesn't drown out the music, or a meet-up spot to catch up with a friend, we’ve got you covered. These are our favorite places to grab a cup of coffee right now.

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Finca To Filter

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1010 White St SW, Atlanta
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Finca to Filter is right inside Wild Heaven just off the Westside BeltLine, so it’s usually busy with folks grabbing a quick coffee before their morning run. The coffee corner sits adjacent to the bar, so you can hang out all day and grab a beer after you finish your 10th Zoom meeting of the day. Finca's long cafeteria style tables, countertop seats, and couches provide plenty of space to relax with some friends or get some work done solo. There’s also outdoor seating if you’d prefer to sip your coffee and people-watch the BeltLine. They offer some light bites like bagels and pastries, but the real high point is the empanadas. They go fast so get here early to snag one.

You’re meeting up with someone and you’re really not sure whether it’s a date or not. Because Taproom serves both coffee and alcohol, you have plausible deniability if they really just want to hear about “how exactly you broke into your industry.” This Kirkwood spot makes coffee with beans from local roaster East Pole and serves cold brew, tea drinks, and beers with a heavy focus on local breweries. It’s also a great spot to eavesdrop on the mishaps of someone’s neighbor’s construction projects with a non-alcoholic nitro beerspresso (flash-brewed iced coffee, hops, and amber malt) or tap out your last hour of work while sipping a pilsner at one of their long, communal wooden tables.


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You’ve been doing some soul-searching lately and need a spot to meet up with your cousin’s designer friend who’s helping you choose the color palette for your next business card. Chrome Yellow Trading Co on Edgewood is your spot. The quality nitro cold brew, lattes, and natural lighting bring a consistent stream of artists and people discussing the proper care instructions for succulents through the doors. Between the caffeine, the clean white walls, and all the speedy conversations happening in the room, you’ll be debating pale pink colorways and monochromatic hunter green schemes before you even get halfway through that iced oat chai.

If you need a coffee fix on the Westside, hit up Buzz on Cascade. They have a fairly extensive menu with brewed coffee, espressos, nitro draft, and even wine if you swing by later in the day. It’s also a great place to grab a quick bite with pastry options and a breakfast croissant sandwich. If you have trouble waking up early and find yourself there later in the day, they do have a full lunch menu that includes sandwiches and salads. There’s one long leather couch and eight small tables, so you can sip your coffee and admire the artwork on the walls from Atlanta-based artist ED (@edtheartistgallery on IG). The vibrant colors and Simpsons-themed designs, coupled with the R&B music in the background, add a fun yet relaxing flair to the space. 

Walking into Coffeehouse and Cold Brew Bar at the Dairies in Reynoldstown, you’ll see Edison light bulbs, ferns, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a newsletter-length menu. But instead of feeling too trendy or cliche, it all makes for a really comfortable (and attractive) place to grab some caffeine. Choose from a variety of draft cold brews and teas, such as nitro cold brew with Captain Crunch-infused milk, or give a keto coffee a try. As a bonus, each table has USB ports, power outlets, and a small vase of fresh flowers so you can sit and see how your body responds to the beetroot powder in your latte before deciding between avocado toast or an acai bowl for lunch.


We’ve all had those mornings when you need a bit more of a pick-me-up than your regular cup of joe would allow. Spiller Park’s silky, creamy lattes and 4-inch-thick avocado toasts add a little extra persuasion that mornings maybe aren’t so bad. At their location in the Moores Mill shopping center on the Westside, the tiny coffee shop has a constant stream of serious coffee people who know what they want and want to go on about their day. But there are a few indoor tables and outdoor seating for the social caffeine drinkers and laptop people who want to stick around.


Few coffee spots in Midtown encourage you to hangout endlessly the way Momo Cafe, the coffee shop counterpart to Japanese restaurant Momonoki, does. Specifically, we like to plant ourselves in the quiet nook upstairs with a laptop, an espresso, and some matcha soft serve. This place has a pristine, white-box feel, not unlike an Apple Store, but instead of selling you things that’ll be obsolete in two years, they’re pushing pastries that’ll be eaten in under two minutes. And if you decide you need a more substantial meal, just head next door to Momonoki.


On the border of Inman Park and Virginia-Highlands, JavaVino is a North Highland staple that will caffeinate you by day and pour you a glass of wine at night. They have their own coffee farm in Nicaragua and roast the beans in Decatur, so if you’re someone who likes to pretend that you can smell the difference between beans, you’ll enjoy it here. This place is small and quiet, so we wouldn’t bring a first date unless you want an opportunity to test how good you are at sitting in awkward silence. It’s more of a third or fifth date spot—when you’ve gotten to the point where you actually care about the details of your date’s personal origin story.


If you’re looking for a bare bones coffee shop then Hodgepodge on Moreland is for you. The front room has a few tables and typical coffee shop music, but the back room is giant and surprisingly quiet (both in decibels and aesthetic). If you need somewhere to plop down your laptop and work in peace, this is your spot. Every table has an outlet nearby for easy charging, and the walls don’t have any loud decor to distract you as you tackle your long to-do list for work. They have all of the usual coffee options that are reliably good, but their pastries and popovers are the standouts on the menu. Hangout and work until you’re hungry and then try the blueberry crumb cake.


Perc has two Atlanta locations—one in the Highlands and one in East Lake. At the Highlands location, natural light bounces off of bright greens, blues, and pinks. It feels like a small-town coffee shop as you approach the curved counter and order one of their signature drinks, like My Morning Jacket, a latte with vanilla, black walnut bitters, and spices. Those aren't the only tempting flavors on the menu—Perc also has waffles that are basically desserts, like their Waffogato, a half waffle with vanilla ice cream and a shot of mild espresso. We always try to snag the table by the window for excellent people-watching off the main strip.


East Pole is located in Armour Yards surrounded by industrial buildings. There’s a small parking lot and street parking, which is great because it’s usually packed with people. Inside you’ll find a sleek, modern counter with 20-somethings discussing upcoming Atlanta events. The menu isn’t why people come here—they offer standard drip coffee, cappuccinos, and lattes—it’s for the workday change of pace. By mid-morning the tables are full of folks with headphones tapping away on laptops or chatting with friends. If the main room is full, you can head to the deck out front or to a large room adjacent to East Pole that features stadium seating to lounge on.

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