Nashville's Best Coffee Shops

We're slightly obsessed with our daily coffee and that's partially due to the many incredible local coffee shops in Nashville.  When we travel, we scour the internet for the best coffee stops in town, so we thought we'd share the ones in Nashville that top our list.  Whether you're a local or just passing through, you'll want to grab a coffee from one of these favorite spots.

1.     Crema

This unassuming coffee shop is located in a former diesel engine repair shop close the the heart of downtown Nashville.  Their commitment to ethically sourcing coffee from trusted farmers that are paid well and roasting in a way that honors the nuances of the coffee is unwavering.  You’ll find some of the finest espresso drinks in the city here along-side an assortment of pastries, muffins, macaroons, avocado toast, granola bowls, and more.  For a quick breakfast or an afternoon coffee, you’re sure to enjoy this local favorite.

2.     Barista Parlor

Nationally recognized for their commitment to the highest quality coffee, Barista Parlor has three locations in Nashville and while they each have their own personality, they are all equally worth a visit.  Each location pays homage to a restored building with updated garage doors, locally handcrafted furniture, and coffee sourced from around the world.  They also have the best biscuit sandwiches in the city, assorted donuts supplied from Five Daughter’s Bakery, and bagels supplied by Proper Bagel.  The lines can be lengthy on a Saturday morning, but you’ll get a true taste of the city and the caffeine fix you’ll need for a day of sightseeing or shopping.

3. dose. 

Open since 2009, dose. has been a go-to for a simple coffee, espresso drink, pastry, or made-in-house biscuit sandwich at their location just off West End past Centennial Park and they're now serving up the same delicious drinks and food at their new location in East Nashville.  This no-frills coffee shop takes their coffee making seriously and it shows.  

Photo Provided by Frothy Monkey 

Photo Provided by Frothy Monkey 

4.     Frothy Monkey

A long time staple in the 12th South neighborhood of Nashville, Frothy Monkey now has additional locations in Franklin and Downtown Nashville as well.  You’ll feel at home here with their friendly service, breakfast until 5pm, and fun espresso drinks like the Monkey Mocha or the Turtle Latte.  Their menu aims to please with pre-made or make-your-own options for omelets, waffles, pancakes, and more.  They even offer a special menu for Little Monkeys.

5.     Fido

As the oldest coffee shop in Nashville, Fido has quite the reputation in our city. Aside from the occasional Taylor Swift sighting, Fido is typically filled with a relaxed crowd of college students, young professionals, and families.  Nestled in the heart of Hillsboro Village, it’s a popular place to start before a Saturday morning of boutique shopping.  With one of the largest breakfast menus in town, there’s something for everyone.  With an emphasis on organic and locally sourced ingredients, you cannot go wrong.  Try the Sweet Potato French Toast or the Village Scramble with one of their signature espresso drinks like the Local Latte that contains local honey and a dash of cinnamon.

6.     Bongo Java

Bongo Java, across from Belmont University, is a popular spot for college students and recent graduates.  A casual vibe, low-cost food menu, and fun specialty drinks are par for the course here.  When the weather is nice, check out their spacious patio seating!

7. Three Brothers Coffee

Brought to us by the owners of Cumberland Transit, just next door to the coffee shop, Three Brothers Coffee is a hidden gem.  They locally source coffee from Bongo Java Roasting Co., pastries from Dozen Bakery, and cookies from Christy's Cookies.  With fast wifi and friendly service, this is a convenient stop for staying a while or grabbing a cup of joe to go. 

5 Must-Try Fall Inspired Foods in Nashville

It's finally starting to feel like Fall in Nashville.  That means it's the perfect weather for football games and backyard bonfires.  It means color changing leaves and festivals in the park.  But most of all, it means we get to experience the warm, comforting flavors of Fall.  Pumpkin spice, apple bourbon, salted caramel, coffee.....oh, my! Here are a few or our favorite Fall foods you'll find around Nashville to commemorate the season's best local flavors.

1. Sweet Potato French Toast

Nashville's original coffee shop, Fido, isn't just good with coffee.  They know how to cook too!  The Sweet Potato French Toast is drizzled with 100% Vermont maple syrup, lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar and pecans, and served with whipped cream.  It's a staple on their menu, but it just happens to be some of the best flavors of Fall on a plate.  Ordered with a cappuccino on a cool Saturday morning, this breakfast will sweep you off your feet.

Apple Oatmeal Barista Parlor

2. Apple Pie Oatmeal

Who says you can't have dessert for breakfast?  Barista Parlor's Fall menu offers warm Apple Pie oatmeal for crisp mornings that tastes just like is sounds. 

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3. S'mores

We'll admit that there's nothing like making your own s'mores over an open fire pit, surrounded by the laughter of good friends.  But, if you don't have the luxury of the real thing, a close second is the S'mores from Tavern in Midtown.  Toast marshmallows over a small flame, dip in chocolate, and consume immediately. 

Instagram: @dozenbakery 

Instagram: @dozenbakery 

4. Pumpkin Pie 

Pumpkin Pie is the true essence of Fall and Dozen Bakery makes one of the best in town.  Stop by for a single slice or take a whole pie on the go to Thanksgiving dinner.  If a classic Pumpkin pie isn't your thing, try the buttermilk/pear, butterscotch pecan, or chocolate cream.  

5. Harvest Goodies

Last, but certainly not least, we have to brag about our own Fall Harvest gift basket that brings all of our favorite Fall flavors together in one basket overflowing with local goodness.  This gift basket is everything you love from Nashville in the flavors of Fall.  You'll find Pumpkin Spice shortbread cookies from Willa's Shortbread, Caramel Corn, Bourbon Brittle from Olive & Sinclair, locally roasted Bongo Java Coffee, Pumpkin Spice Soberdough bread mix, Apple Bourbon jam from Nashville Jam Co., local honey straws from Williams Honey, a peanut butter GooGoo Cluster, and turtle chocolate from Colt's Chocolates. Order one for yourself, send one to a client, or to family you'll miss seeing at Thanksgiving this year. 

Happy Fall, y'all!


- HNG -  

It City.


We fell in love with Nashville before it was the “it” city of the South.  Don’t get us wrong - we swoon over celebrity chefs bringing their flare to the Nashville food scene just as much as the next foodie, but that’s just icing on the cake!  What we love most about Nashville are the people. 

I know, I know….you’re thinking “how cliché!”.   But it’s true. 

For the most part, Nashvillians are genuinely friendly, creative, and supportive.  It makes Nashville the place we are proud to call our home.  In fact, if you ask us about how much we like Nashville, you’ll find it’s hard to get us to stop gushing!

We love being a part of this city and we love getting to see and experience all of the amazing contributions people have brought to Nashville that make it what it is today. 

Our favorite things to do and our favorite foods to eat just so happen to be centered around local small businesses based right here in Music City.  Businesses that have grown through a whole lot of work, determination, and a lot of local love! 

We wanted to contribute something back to our community that supports the amazing work these artisans are doing.  We couldn’t think of a better way than to bundle them together in beautifully packed gift crates for you, for your family, your friends, employees, and clients.

At High Note Gifts, we’re getting to share the things that we love and it doesn’t get much better than that. 

I should mention that we’re also pretty obsessed with music, chocolate (but who isn’t?), encouraging other entrepreneurs, good food, new adventures, finding the perfect gift, serving our community, and spending quality time with family and friends.  

We’ve got a lot of amazing things to introduce you to and we can’t wait to share them with you here.  Feel free to post comments or reach out to us directly with questions, comments, suggestions……or if you simply want to chat about food, music, Nashville, or whatever else makes your heart happy!     

In a day and age where it seems like there is never enough time and always more to do, we’re honored that you would read our blog and we hope to hear from you soon!

- HNG -