What makes a coffee shop the “best” is pretty subjective, but Chattanooga’s Best Coffee Shops is a much more compelling title than “a bunch of coffee places I like in Chattanooga,” so you get what you get.
Baby Bounce and Brunch is my Saturday ritual, but sometimes you just don’t need a full brunch. Then what? Then, I believe, it’s time to visit a coffee shop. It’s all the fun parts of brunch: socializing and caffeine. It’s none of the difficult parts of brunch, like eating a meal before noon.
I’ve compiled a quick list of my favorite, must-visit coffee shops in Chattanooga for your drinking pleasure. Let’s dive right in:
- Mad Priest Coffee Roasters
I’ve already written a post about The Mad Priest recently. This coffee roaster focuses on wholesale coffee sales, but also has a small storefront located at 1900 Broad Street. Mad Priest Coffee is coffee with a mission, and it doesn’t hurt that it tastes great, too.
Good for: a quick cup of coffee, take home coffee, shopping with a cause
Located at 801 S. Orchard Knob Avenue, this Highland Park coffee shop is hidden from the hordes of tourists and business people that visit the downtown coffee purveyors. That doesn’t mean that you’ll be drinking sketchy diner coffee, though. Sacra offers Mad Priest Roasters coffee, brewed just about any way you like it, along with a limited food menu. The space inside Sacra is never packed, and the yellow upholstery brightens up the dark wood interior. It’s a cute, cozy space.
Good for: Dates, studying, hanging out with friends.
3. Mean Mug Coffeehouse
Located at 114 W. Main Street in the popular Southside district, Mean Mug is always bustling. This is the place to go to see and be seen, and they have a variety of non-coffee offerings for people who don’t love a cup of joe. Treat yourself or your kid to the steamer, which is steamed milk with honey in it. It’s perfect for making little kids feel like grown-ups, or for anyone trying to cut down on their caffeine intake. Mean Mug offers pastries and a small food menu, plus patio seating in nice weather.
Good for: a quick cup of coffee, meeting friends
4. Milk & Honey
Hopping over to Northshore at 135 N. Market Street, you’ll find the popular coffee and gelato spot Milk & Honey. Milk & Honey offers unique coffee drinks, like the signature Milk & Honey latte or a classic affogato. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, Milk & Honey offers other treats like fresh juices, house made ginger ale, tea, and gelato. In the mornings, Milk & Honey has a small menu, but pastries, gelato, and candies are offered all day.
Good for: the whole family, meeting friends, a sweet treat
This is by no means a comprehensive list of coffee shops in Chattanooga, or even the best coffee in Chattanooga. (I mean, Velo didn’t even make my list, right?) However, these are my favorite coffee shops in Chattanooga, for one reason or another. Whether it’s the ambience, their cause, or just because they make a mean cup of joe, these are the Chattanooga coffee shops I return to again and again.
Which coffee shop is your favorite?