Where can you find the perfect cup of coffee in Atlanta? Well, that all depends on how you define perfect. Octane, for example, is famous for its traditional french-pressed coffees, while Chattahoochee Coffee Company in Vinings makes a mean latte spiked with almond milk. Taking a look at these and other options, it’s clear that Atlanta’s coffee scene is bustling. Each location has something different to offer, but here are four shops you definitely shouldn’t miss. Octane Coffee | Multiple Locations Althought it was recently recognized as one of America’s coolest coffeehouses by Travel + Leisure, Octane has long been considered one of Atlanta’s premier artisan coffee shops. The coffee bar serves up traditional espresso drinks along with french-pressed, single-origin coffees flavored with housemade syrups. The best part? At night, the barista turns into a bartender, whipping up specialty cocktails instead of steamy drinks. The Dancing Goats Coffee Bar | Decatur and Midtown Looking for that neighborhood coffee shop that makes you feel right at home? Try Dancing Goats, located in Decatur and Midtown. The original location makes for a perfect stop along Decatur’s historic square, while the newer location in the soon-to-be-open Ponce City Market is positioned alongside the BeltLine Trail. Both spots specialize in locally roasted coffees from a nearby Atlanta roaster, Batdorf & Bronson. Chattahoochee Coffee Company | Vinings Located in Vinings, Chattahoochee Coffee Company ranks among Atlanta’s best-kept secrets. You might think you’re lost when you first walk up because the inconspicuous shop is tucked away inside an apartment complex. But don’t let that throw you off—the shop sits right on the Chattahoochee River, meaning every almond-milk latte or breakfast croissant comes with a scenic view of the river and its surroundings. Condesa Coffee | Old Fourth Ward A popular pit stop in the Old Fourth Ward, Condesa is one of Atlanta’s hippest espresso shops. The baristas here are passionate about making the best espressos and teas, and they’re always up to date on the latest trends in the coffee world. Their lattes and macchiatos mix steamed milk with Intelligentsia's Black Cat espresso, a blend of single-origin beans, and even classic cups of joe get special attention thanks to a manual pour-over method that reaps the best flavors possible. Still need a caffeine fix? Check out Groupon’s deals on coffee and treats in Atlanta.Read More
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Every once in a while you might get a craving for something sweet. Maybe you’re craving a handmade croissant or a cupcake topped with mountains of frosting, but no matter what you’re craving the bakeries around Atlanta have got you covered. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this guide to the best bakeries in Atlanta. Highland Bakery With several locations in Atlanta, Highland Bakery has become a favorite bakery for locals for years because of their hand-crafted desserts. They are known for dedicant pastries, miniature red-velvet cakes, cinnamon rolls, pies, and sweet potato biscuits. While browsing through the pastry case, make an effort to stop in for a cup of coffee or enjoy brunch. If you decided to stay for a few hours of reading make sure to order a stack of their sweet potato pancakes or mile high peanut butter banana French toast from their brunch menu. Piece of Cake Piece of Cake has seven locations in the metro Atlanta area, including a bakery in Hartsfield Jackson airport. The bakery has been making delicious treats since 1985. Piece of Cake sells layered cakes, pound cakes, cupcakes and cookies for you to take home and enjoy with family or friends. All of their baked goods will remind you of a piece of home.They also offer gluten-free baked goods made by Pure Kneed and Frannies, two local companies. Café Intermezzo You won’t need your passport to visit this European café. Café Intermezzo has three locations in metro Atlanta, one in midtown, Dunwoody, and one at the Hartsfield Jackson airport. As soon as you walk into the café, head to the dessert case to view their extensive selection of pastries, cakes, cheesecakes, tarts and pies. Sit on the patio and relax while you enjoy one of their homemade coffee choices. Their drink menu has so many options that they have a booklet filled with dozens of options for you to choose from. Alon’s Bakery and Market This award-winning bakery and market is known for its gourmet artisan baked goods. Each pastry, dessert, and bread is handmade by in-house pastry chefs. You can enjoy hand-crafted rose macarons, miniature fruit tarts, an array of cheesecakes, or a salted caramel mousse. In addition to being a bakery, Alon’s also has a great breakfast and lunch menu filled with salads, sandwiches, and hot items like burgers and kebabs. Visit one of their locations in Virginia Highlands or Dunwoody. Rhodes Bakery Rhodes Bakery is one of Atlanta’s oldest bakeries and has been open since 1934. The family run business uses all original recipes from the original owner, Magdaline Rhodes. The Rhodes family has two locations in Atlanta: one located on Cheshire Bridge Road and another in Roswell. The bakery is known for its amazing wedding and special occasion cakes. In addition to cakes, they also sell ecliars, cookies, and brownies.Read More
If you’re anything like me, then coffee is a necessary part of your everyday life. In addition to the bold, rich flavor of my favorite beverage, I enjoy frequenting the various coffee shops in my city to do my daily work. When you live in a city like Atlanta—where locally owned coffee shops are aplenty—stopping by the fresh pressed brew houses is a must. Hodgepodge Coffee House and Gallery From the outside, Hodgepodge looks like a hip, urban coffee shop with its enormous graffiti-clad walls, but the interior of the coffee shop tells a whole different story. The huge, open spaces with sky-high ceilings are occupied with cozy minimalist décor, seating, and locally created art and goods. From two-seater bistro sets to comfy couches to large, expansive tables, Hodgepodge Coffee House goes above and beyond to accommodate its patron’s needs. And with coffee beans grown locally, this coffee shop brews some of the freshest cups in town. San Francisco Coffee San Francisco Coffee is that hole-in-the-wall coffee shop that is easily overlooked, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. The iced coffee at San Fran is unlike any other. The bold flavors make the incredible smoothness seem like an impossibility. But it is, in fact, a reality; San Francisco Coffee has perfected the iced coffee. Another cool plus? Every Tuesday night they feature local musicians at their open mic night. Aurora Coffee A Little Five Points staple, Aurora Coffee gives options every step of the way to create a personalized cup o’ joe for each customer. One of the unique menu categories—all named after different types of bears—includes variations of coffee and flavored milk. Not a big dairy person? Not to worry, Aurora also offers soy milk and almond milk at no extra charge. With ample seating both inside and out, Aurora also offers inspiring murals along its extensive wall space. Atlanta Coffee Roasters If you’re in North Atlanta, Atlanta Coffee Roasters is a great choice. With seemingly limitless flavor options (including Snickerdoodle, yum!) in addition to their standard house brew, there’s something for any coffee drinker. The indoor space is small, but very relaxing and quiet. The laid-back feel of Atlanta Coffee Roasters made me feel as though I was at a friend’s house who wanted to make me a special seasonal coffee: Cinnamon Bun. Even on ice, this flavorful coffee made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. If you’re looking for a place to get a pound or two of beans or fresh-ground coffee, this place is an easy choice. Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party Although the name suggests a teashop, the coffee options at Dr. Bombay’s are aplenty. But what really stands out about Dr. Bombay’s is the lovely décor and outdoor space. In the back porch area, whimsical birdcages and flowerpots surround wooden picnic tables, which sit beneath twinkling string lights. Plush, comfy couches and chairs, as well as several tables, occupy the indoor space of the shop. The walls are lined with bookshelves stacked full of books—all for sale for just $1. And what’s even better, a portion of the sales at Dr. Bombay’s goes to educate women in India. In fact, employees are given an incentive to sell their selection of Indian-made teas by being rewarded with a mission trip to India. All photos by Johnny Cheng PhotographyRead More