Who doesn’t love a hot, fresh cup of coffee on a cold winter day? As Chattanooga continues to grow and gain a reputation for one of the most desirable cities in the South, more and more independent coffee shops are popping up all over. You never have to set foot in a Starbucks or Dunkin again thanks to the Scenic City’s growing coffee scene.
Here is a list of area coffee house recommendations from a perfect team of experts: moms!
North Shore/Southside (Downtown for newbies!)
The Spot: 1800 E. Main Street
Chattanooga Mom’s favorite coffee shop! This quiet neighborhood joint serves up delicious sandwiches, cold beers, milkshakes and most importantly, coffee! The outdoor patio is a great place for restless children and the indoor atmosphere boosts little niches of private space with cozy couches, lamps and board games for a day date or post school coffee run with kids. Their space is rentable for baby and bridal showers, or other private events.
Rembrandt’s: 204 High Street
With indoor/outdoor seating, it feels like you are in Italy when you visit, except it is Tennessee and the weather could change while you order your coffee! They offer a full menu, handcrafted desserts and chocolatier, and locally roasted coffee.
Milk and Honey: 135 North Market Street
Across from the riverfront, indoor and with a few outdoor seats, this coffee house boasts a hipster diner atmosphere with a full menu, GELATO, and quirky and delicious coffee inventions.
Stone Cup Cafe: 208 Frazier Avenue
Practically on the riverfront area, longtime haunt of college and high school kids alike, live music evenings, breakfast and lunch menu, and locally roasted coffee.
Goodman Coffee Roasters: Warehouse Row, 3913 St. Elmo Avenue, Camp House
With three convenient locations in the downtown area, Goodman Coffee Roasters has a large menu and wide range of hours at all locations to meet every Chattanoogan’s needs.
Mean Mug: 114 W. Main St. & 205 Manufacturers Rd Suite 109
Locations on both sides of the river now! Homemade bakery items, vegan and paleo options on their breakfast and lunch menu, coffee in just about every way imaginable, featuring local roasting companies.
Green Bean Coffee Company: 806 East 12th Street and 2265 Gunbarrel Rd. Suite 105
With two locations to serve you, this plant based company has delicious coffee along with house plants for sale!
Mad Priest: 719 Cherry St. Suite 100
An all day and into-the-night coffee house which also features cocktails, wine and beer. Committed to a zero-waste lifestyle, providing the area with delicious and healthy (vegan and gluten free options) breakfast and lunch menus, Mad Priest is quintessential Chattanooga.
Frothy Monkey: 1400 Market Street
A chain brought down from Nashville, but too good to not include! Located in the Chattanooga Choo Choo, perfect for bringing kids to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or just dessert, crazily concocted yet delightfully delicious caffeinated drinks with house made syrups.
Peet’s: 819 Chestnut St. and 802 Pine St.
Recently opened in the new West Village area of Chattanooga, it is a welcome addition to an area close to many family destinations, such as the Lookouts, Creative Discovery Museum and High Point. It also has a drive-thru location in the West Village located on Pine St.
Velo: 509 E. Main St.
If you are into the true coffee taste and not the fancy add-ins, Velo is well known (outside of Chattanooga as well!) for having the best. Its discreet location and industrial atmosphere may not be your typical coffee shop style, but it will satisfy a true addict’s needs for a quality cup.
ToGetHer Cafe: 801 S. Orchard Knob Ave.
A coffee house with a mission to fight human trafficking, this shop on the upper Southside is a beautiful two-story cafe with homemade baked goods and originally crafted lattes. It’s a great meeting place that keeps away from the traffic and bustle of the downtown scene but feels upscale and personal at the same time.
Sleepyhead Coffee: 735 Broad St.
A newcomer on the Chattanooga coffee scene, this bright little shop full of plants and fresh smells is located in the heart of downtown. Check out their vegan offerings and great space on a visit through the business district!
Cadence Coffee Company: 11 East 7th Street
From their website: We seek to be part of positive change in our city. We want to do our part to help end homelessness, poverty, human trafficking, joblessness. We look for opportunities to employ people who are serious about success, who have experienced hardship and even crisis in their lives. We aren’t their destination, but we certainly want to be a key stop on their pathway to success. We also want to partner with non-profit organizations in our city that are addressing these issues, to encourage and empower them to continue bringing change.
Culture Coffee Company: 610 Georgia Ave.
Located close to Erlanger Hospital and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, this coffee spot stays busy!
Provisions: Inside the Edwin Hotel – 102 Walnut Street
Located inside the famous Edwin Hotel, this coffee shop serves locally made coffee daily from 7am – 2pm.
Canopy Coffee and Wine Bar: 820 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350
This coffee and wine bar sits atop Lookout Mountain on the Tennessee side. This is a great spot to stop if you’re visiting Rock City, Mountain Maze, Ruby Falls, Point Park, or the Incline Railway.
Chattanooga Coffee Company: 2627 Broad St.
This Broad Street favorite has been a Chattanooga staple for years. It closed for a bit, but now it’s back in business and ready to serve you!
Wired Coffee Bar: 5707 Main St. Ooltewah
Coffee, internet and outlets is what Wired Coffee is known for. A great place to meet up with business partners, groups, or school project teams, or to get out of the house and let someone else make your coffee!
The 4 Corners Cafe: 9408 Apison Pike Suite 102
Enjoy a coffee, panini, and gelato shop that offers a wonderful breakfast/lunch menu to choose from.
Oaks Coffee House: 2916 Silverdale Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421
Lola Beans Coffee: 1105 McDonald Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37421
This drive-thru coffee spot is located just off of East Brainerd Road. It’s a great spot to visit when you’re out shopping.
Signal Mountain/Red Bank
Mayfly Coffee: 708 Mississippi Ave.
On top of beautiful Signal Mountain, Mayfly Coffee is a locally owned roasting company which provides many area coffee shops with fresh beans. Passion for their craft, the outdoor and fair-trade coffee has built a successful business that ships across the United States. If you decide to take a trip up to the Pumpkin Patch (unquestionably the best park in town), make sure you stop in here!
BeCaffeinated: 3601 Dayton Blvd, 14 West Kent Street, 1263 East 3rd Street, and soon to be in their new Georgia location in Rossville.
Sourdough Cuppa Joe: 6707 Hixson Pike
Plenty of in-house baked goods, decadent custard and great espresso, the only thing that gets better about this local place is that it has a drive-thru. “AMEN!” from the mamas!
Coffee Community Collective: 10161 Dayton Pike
This new place in Soddy Daisy is an extension of the Northside Neighborhood House, and is a public meeting place for many agencies to meet with families and clients, as well as a coffee house for locals. A welcome addition to an area of town which doesn’t have many personal places to meet up with friends!
The Grind: 104 Crittenden Ave. Chickamauga
The downtown area of Chickamauga is a beautiful spot to visit and this coffee shop which offers freshly baked goods is a welcome addition!
Caffeine Addicts: 7819 Nashville St. Ringgold
Stop in at the beautifully preserved old style Main Street of this small town and enjoy breakfast or lunch with your coffee in a cozy atmosphere.
Kingdom Coffee: 12802 Highway 27
This Chickamauga hotspot offers coffee, pastries, and breakfast and lunch options to enjoy.
Mean Mug: 2711 Battlefield Parkway
Drive Thru Options Around the City
Let’s be honest, sometimes it is the speed, not the vibes, that we are looking for as moms! Here are a few of the local drive-thru options that aren’t chains!
BeCaffeinated: 3601 Dayton Blvd.
Higher Grounds Coffee Co.: 717 Signal Mountain Rd.
Sunnyside Cup: 3008 S. Broad St. and 617 Signal Mountain Rd.
Lola Beans Coffee: 1105 McDonald Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37421