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Coffee Shop Tour: The Best of Nashville

Coffee Shop Tour: The Best of Nashville

Where to sit, relax, and drink amazing coffee

On top of a buzzing music scene, honky tonk scene, and cocktail scene remains one scene that keeps everyone in Nashville happy: the coffee scene. Just as the bar scene continues to grow in Nashville, these four coffee shops has everyone coming back for more:

Barista Parlor
Located in East Nashville, Barista Parlor is a coffee shop with unique décor and artwork and some of the best coffee products on the market. They have teamed up with Porter Road Butcher to prepare fresh and tasty breakfast sandwiches and casseroles, along with offering unique chocolates from around the world.
519 Gallatin Avenue; Nashville, Tenn. 37206

This funky coffeehouse is the heart and soul of Hillsboro Village. Fido draws a mix of Vandy students, Music Row execs, musicians and neighborhood locals. Coffee is the main attraction, but large sandwiches and all-day breakfasts are crowd pleasers.
1812 21st Ave. S.; Nashville, Tenn. 37212

A coffee brewtique at its finest, Crema focuses on the fundamental elements as the baristas use small-bath roasted beans, precise methods, and superior equipment to hand-craft the finest coffee and espresso.
15 Hermitage Ave.; Nashville, Tenn. 37204

Frothy Monkey
With a selection of coffees and teas from all over the world, as well as a delicious breakfast and lunch menu filled with local ingredients, the Frothy Monkey is a popular neighborhood spot.
2509 12th Ave. 37204

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623 7th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Third Man Records was launched by Jack White in Detroit, MI in 2001, and in 2009 opened its current Nashville, TN location, which houses a record store, novelties lounge (featuring the Third Man Record Booth), label offices and distribution center, photo studio, and the world’s only live venue with direct-to-acetate recording capabilities. Third Man is an innovator in the world of vinyl records and a boundary pusher in the world of recorded music, aiming to bring tangibility and spontaneity back into the record business and issue releases that leave no doubt in the minds of listeners that music is indeed sacred.


One of our knowledgeable and experienced staffers will make you privy to the inner workings of our direct-to-acetate recording facilities and expansive label offices during this exclusive and intimate 30 minute-to-an-hour experience.

Tickets are available first-come-first-served in the Nashville store on the day of the tour. 10 tickets will be made available for each tour at a price of $20 per person.

2pm - Fridays and Saturdays

Please contact [email protected] for any questions regarding the Third Man Records and Novelties Lounge, our Record Booth and other contraptions, or your purchases made from the storefront.

If you are interested in renting the Blue Room for private events, please see our facility rental page.

How One Business Owner's Love of Restoration Is Propelling Nashville's Coffee Scene

We see auto shops and drug stores, but Andy Mumma sees coffee shops.

You might find yourself in Nashville, Tennessee for any number of reasons–𠄺 bachelorette party, a country show at the Grand Ole Opry, or a food crawl through some of the city’s most exciting new restaurants, like Henrietta Red, Folk, and Café Roze. Any one of those activities requires a solid caffeine supply, and whether you’re in Germantown or downtown Nashville, chances are, you’ll stop into one of Andy Mumma’s coffee shops to get your fix.

When Mumma opened the first location of Barista Parlor in a sprawling old auto shop in East Nashville back in 2011, he says he was driven by the desire to carve out a niche for how he felt coffee should ideally taste and be presented. With exposed brick walls, chemex drips that look positively scientific, and vintage prints with anchors, race cars, and motorcycles to boot, Barista Parlor is less about creating another hipster coffee shop, and more about emphasizing a sense of place in a building with a former life. Since opening that location, Mumma says it has been especially rewarding to watch people come in and drink more high-quality black coffee, especially because many customers’ palates are more accustomed to sweeter, lighter roasts.

While palates have evolved, Barista Parlor has, too––in 2018, Mumma opened a new concept inside of the historic Noelle hotel in downtown Nashville. When the original hotel (called Noel Place) first opened its doors in 1930, it housed a number of retail spaces on its street level, including a barber shop, salon, diner, a drug store, and a coffee shop Mumma’s venture, fittingly called Drug Store Coffee, preserves the history of that space in an updated, modern way. “You drink with all your senses, so if you’re in a space that’s hitting all of those, you’ll come back, you’ll feel inspired, and hopefully have a better day because of it,” he says. “I’m able to create these huge experiences in 3,000-4000 square feet spaces, and it just wouldn’t be possible in cities where real estate is more expensive.”

For Drug Store Coffee, Mumma paired up with Nick Dryden, founder of local design and architecture firm D|AAD. “I love old buildings, and all my Barista Parlors are adaptive reuse projects,” Mumma says. “I’ve never been in a building downtown and I’ve never been in a hotel so with Nick Dryden as an architect and other local friends involved it just felt like the right project.”


Most people know them as Ryan McNeal (Young & The Restless) and Jennifer Horton (Days of Our Lives), but the locals of Franklin, Tennessee, have come to know and love them simply as Scott and Melissa Reeves, aspiring farmers, raisers of goats, and roasters of the area’s newest third wave coffee.

Over the past decade or so, the general Nashville area has become a hub for coffee connoisseurs. Coffee shop franchises, although convenient, are slowly becoming the minority amongst the "third-wavers," who claim to be introducing the city to genuinely quality coffee. This new wave is said to center around the appreciation of coffee, and the hard work put into it before a single sip is enjoyed. There is heart put into it that is founded on making every new cup of coffee the best cup of coffee the consumer has ever tasted.

Having established a deep love and emotional connection to coffee at the ripe young age of six, Scott Reeves was immediately intrigued and on board to contribute to this new age of the long-beloved beverage…

Pinewood Social

Photo Credit: Pinewood Social

Neighborhood: SoBro / Downtown

Pinewood Social is another great option for weekday breakfast in Nashville. With breakfast items like the Smoked Salmon Cakes, Croque Madame, and Smoked Pork Chop, you’ll leave with a full belly. Although they only serve breakfast from 7:00am until 11:00am on the weekdays, you should also check out the weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Breakfast Hours:


The bar inside Bastion’s 24-seat restaurant Eater Nashville/Sam Angel

The Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, just south of downtown Nashville, is characterized by railroad tracks, warehouses, and art galleries. Bastion is part bar, part fine-dining restaurant, with some of the best bar nachos in town snag one of the spots at the 24-seat restaurant for a multi-course fine dining experience. Gabby’s Burgers and Fries (493 Humphreys St.) serves a solid burger and has a secret menu full of unusual options. The freshly baked bread, pastries, and cookies draw crowds to Dozen Bakery, but its baguette sandwiches keep regulars coming back every week. Another weekday lunch spot, Clawson’s Pub & Deli (1205 4th Ave. S) has more than a dozen sandwich options and a lengthy list of beers. For spirits, tiki-style cocktails are at Flamingo Cocktail Club (509 Houston St.). Other options include taking a tour of the distillery and then sampling the product at Corsair or sipping a crisp cider at the Diskin Cider taproom (1235 Martin St.).

Nashville restaurants

1. Pelican & Pig

What is it: A small, husband-and-wife-owned cozy dinner spot with an amazing wood-fired oven, an appreciation of local ingredients, 80-year-old sourdough starter, and next-level desserts.

Why go: The team owns the adjacent Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop as well and you&rsquore allowed to sit in Pelican & Pig during the day when the bakery is crowded. At night, baked goods appear as desserts on the restaurant menu. Win-win. Vegetables like the grilled carrots with harissa are listed as &ldquoshareables,&rdquo but you are going to want to keep those for yourself. Plus, the small menu changes regularly, so you have a good excuse to go back over and over again.

Price: Pricey

2. Bastion

What is it: With just 24 seats and a nationwide reputation, Bastion remains possibly the most in-demand restaurant in Music City. Your online-only reservation requires a deposit by credit card, so it is a commitment, too.

Why go: Local chef Josh Habiger has worked at a number of lauded restaurants (including The Catbird Seat, also on this list). At Bastion, he creates an environment that is innovative but not intimidating&mdasha rare feat indeed. Here&rsquos how it works: you select your desired ingredients from a paper menu, you sit back and relax until the food is served alongside an explanation about the dish concocted just for you. At the bar, you can actually watch your food being prepared&mdashan experience worth the price of admission alone.