We like the idea of visiting unique-to-the-city coffee shops on our travels. It’s a simple way to get a taste of the city, literally and figuratively. If you’re new to Atlanta, traveling to Atlanta, or even if you’ve lived in Atlanta a while, these coffee shops are definitely worth a visit.
1. Condessa Coffee – 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE
Condessa Coffee is comfortably situated in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. The beverages are crafted with Counter Culture Coffee and Rishi Organic Tea – the kind of high-quality brands you can’t find at your local grocery store. They also serve beers from local breweries and mix up some of the finest cocktails around town.
2. Octane Coffee – 1009 Marietta St. NW
With two locations in Atlanta, and a satellite shop in Birmingham, Alabama, the word about Octane Coffee is starting to spread. That word being it’s the perfect communal location for “creatives, business folks, students and [people from] all other walks of life.” The original, flagship store is located in West Midtown and stays open late for all the night owls out there.
3. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar – 650 North Ave NE
With a name like that, the coffee’s got to be good! This coffee shop was not founded in Atlanta, but Atlanta does host the only locations outside of Washington State (its birthplace). The Pacific Northwest is usually credited for the coffeehouse boom, and Atlanta gets a piece of the pie… er,coffee cake (?). “The Dancing Goats® Coffee Bar @ Ponce City Market is the first business to open at the amazing restoration of the famous old Sears building on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown Atlanta.”
4. Java Vino – 579 N. Highland Ave.
If you’re a fan of coffee and wine, then a visit to Java Vino is a MUST. Specializing in sustainable coffees, grown by local coffee farmers, this spot really cares about the quality of your beverage. They also offer a full menu of breakfast and lunch items and host events in their wine lounge.
5. Land of a Thousand Hills – 6640 Akers Mill Rd. SE
This coffeehouse was founded by a gentleman who wanted to help the people of Rwanda recover from a horrible genocide. He started the company to make sure farmers in the republic were fairly paid for their work. Land of a Thousand Hills coffee is always fairly traded and freshly roasted, and you can truly tell a difference in the taste.
Feel free to share some of your favorite coffee shops from your travels in the comments!