Tennessee has a way of recognizing the blistering cold and offering options to warm up. If you're one second away from freezing your phalanges off, here are some establishments in the state that will welcome you with a warm cup of coffee and even warmer atmosphere.
Sit next to the windows at Bluff City Coffee in Memphis to see trolleys and horse-drawn carriages rolling by as you sip an Americano or one of the many flavored, hot beverages available. Every coffee is espresso-based while other options include a variety of teas and smoothies. Curb your cravings with a pastry, donut or other sweet along with lunch and dinner choices.
Spend a while lounging in the overstuffed chairs and let your kids explore the indoor Jordan's Play Park at Sweet Jordans in downtown Paris, Tennessee. Caramel and vanilla lattes, Americano, drop coffee and cappuccinos will give you a decent caffeine boost. They also offer hot chocolate, smoothies and blended espresso beverages. Indulge in a treat-yourself moment with one of the to-die-for pastries.
Experience one of three locations of Barista Parlor in Nashville, celebrating local talent, farms, bakeries and businesses. Started in 2011, roasting coffee is an art form of its own. Sit back and enjoy the simplistic decor of the shop as daylight floods in, making it the perfect stop to wake up on a Monday (or any day of the week) morning.
Large pastries and gourmet coffee at Country Porch in Monterey, about an hour and 45 minutes east of Nashville, give you enough fuel for all the outdoor adventures you can do in Tennessee's Upper Cumberland region. Order a freshly glazed donut, lemon poppyseed bread, apple turnovers and more. Come back for lunch as they serve up soups and sandwiches.
A local coffee hangout in Columbia that serves locally-produced coffee, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Buckhead Coffeehouse also features local musicians, showing that music runs deep in Tennessee. Try the Hawaiian Hazelnut brew or the Yirgacheffe, coming all the way from Ethiopia. Slurp fiesta chicken soup or the veggie bisque and you'll be so warm, you'll forget it's winter. Buckhead Coffeehouse is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.
You'll get more than a cup of caffeine at The Coffeehouse at Second and Bridge in Franklin. Not only do they have delicious brewed coffee, The Coffeehouse specializes in delicious food and even has an art gallery. Get the moccachino and add a shot of caramel (your welcome) or sip tea from the variety of flavors they offer. If you don't want anything caffeinated, there's hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and iced coffees, teas, and chai lattes. The Coffeehouse is open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Feel like you're in France without leaving Tennessee as you step inside Rembrandt’s Coffee House, a European-style cafe filled with fresh coffees, breads, chocolates and pastries. Sip espresso straight up or have a little fun with the flavors the house offers like lavender, mint, coconut, Irish cream, vanilla and more.
Twenty minutes south of Johnson City is Steel Rails Coffee House in Erwin, serving up gourmet lattes, locally-roasted coffee and cozy atmosphere with plenty of seating and even outdoor fire pits. They serve breakfast, lunch and a variety of pastries, perfect to visit before exploring the rest of Erwin and the surrounding cities in Northeast Tennessee.
Coffee & Chocolate in Knoxville serves up exactly what their name says: coffee from local roasters and locally-made chocolate (along with a variety of other mouth-watering pastries). Local artwork adorns the walls, making this coffee hang out a true celebration of Knoxville and the creators who call it home. Whole-bean coffee is available for sale. They're steps away from Market Square, making your morning coffee run convenient and quick.
Tennessee makes it easy to warm up before or after a day of exploring. Check out these coffee shops and more on your next visit to the state.
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