Georgia has a reputation for hospitality — and what better way to experience this than to stop by their many coffee shops and cafes to spend an afternoon relaxing? You’ll get to sample some excellent treats and beverages while soaking up the local ambience. Plus, each café has its own unique character, meaning you’re just as likely to encounter some amazing new ethnic cuisines as much as your usual favorites.
To start you off, we’ve prepared a list of six popular coffee shops, cafes, and bakeries that represent some of the best of what Georgia has to offer. So, kick back and get ready to discover where you can experience some great Southern hospitality!
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If you love organic coffee and baked goods made with unrefined sugar and freshly milled flour, then Garnet Gal’s Coffee Shop and Bakery has the right treats for you. Everything here is made to please your tastebuds with authentic, organic ingredients that enhance the natural taste and texture of their dishes.
Order their special Honey Lavender Latte or Ginger Honey Cinamon Latte, sweetened with house made ginger syrup and honey, along with espresso, milk, and cinnamon powder. Enjoy a light breakfast with their spinach, sundried tomato and feta quiche — or go for something a bit heavier with their Maple Chicken Sausage Breakfast Bomb.
Lunch items include a selection of meat and vegetable pies as well as some delectable sandwiches (with your choice of freshly milled breads). Those with gluten allergies or special diets will appreciate knowing that Garnet Gal’s Coffee Shop and Bakery includes both gluten-free and vegan options. Stop by for a healthy and refreshing breakfast or lunch!
“I had a ginger cinnamon latte – delicious. I don’t like it too sweet, so they lessened the sugar. Could not leave without grabbing a few bakery items. Vegan chocolate chip banana bread and a brownie… both also excellent. And the staff was very nice and helpful.” — Yelp Review
231 Peachtree Street | Downtown/ cariboucoffee.com
Located Downtown at The Hub at Peachtree Center, Caribou Coffee helps you start your day with a drink menu all their own. Order a delicious steaming cup of sweet Thai coffee which blends cardamom with sweetened condensed milk and espresso. Coffee lovers can try it one of five different ways — hot, iced, blended, nitro, or crafted press.
The drinks don’t end there. Chocolate lovers will want to order the Campfire Mocha with whipped cream, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Looking for a healthy drink with flavor? The Tumeric Ginger Tea Latte combines turmeric ginger tea with steamed milk and honey. And if you need a bit of a caffeine boost, Caribou’s “bousted” drinks mix in some caffeine with green teas, lemonade, black tea, strawberry juice and more.
If you’re lucky enough to visit during the spring, order a Honey Sriracha on Everything Bagel that lets you taste the aromatic blend of creamy honey sriracha cream cheese missed with jalapeno bacon, cage-free egg, cracked black pepper, and cheddar cheese. And that’s only the start to their creative sandwiches, which include gluten-free spinach, artichoke, egg and provolone cheese on an English muffin, along with a chicken chorizo burrito. There’s really no shortage of classic or creative dishes at Caribou Coffee.
“This particular Caribou Coffee is my go-to when I don’t feel like having breakfast at home. The staff are welcoming and professional. They definitely start to recognize you and remember your orders on repeat visits. They even make suggestions for new items based on what they know you like already.” — Yelp Review
1800 Peachtree St. NW Ste 103 | Buckhead/ iriemoncafe.com
This breakfast and brunch spot specializes in providing customers with authentic Jamaican cuisine. Order some of their famous jerk chicken along with a portion of curry goat (cooked with the best quality Halal meat). Breakfast items include Jamaica’s national dish of Ackee & Saltfish. You can also start your day with a bowl of cornmeal or plantain porridge.
Lunch and dinner entrees include Brown Stew Oxtail and Coconut Curry Shrimp. There are also plenty of seafood options, like the steamed red snapper, escovitch fish, marinated jerk salmon, and steamed fish (be advised — this dish is made to order and takes 30 minutes to prepare).
So, how do the drinks stack up at this café? Those who enjoy some alcoholic beverages can try the imported Kola Champagne or Ginger Beer. You’ll also be able to sample coconut water, pineapple soda, and ting (grapefruit juice with pulp and cane sugar). Not your everyday café, you’ll also be able to find Irie Mon at its food truck locations and catered events.
“The customer service was great, the food was good as well. Stumbled on this Caribbean place in the Buckhead area on a Sunday… The food was fresh and steaming hot.” — Yelp Review
8595 Roswell Rd. | Sandy Springs/ threedollarcafe.com
Come in to this family-friendly sports bar and try the chicken wings called “Atlanta’s best wings.” Located all over Georgia, this review focuses on the Three Dollar Café on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs where you can find plenty of sandwiches, wraps, burgers, and of course chicken wings. Orders come in multiple sizes, from single (10 piece) to Hungry! (40 pieces), letting you take care of parties of all sizes.
Be sure to check out Three Dollar Café’s signature dishes, including the Café “Bleu Chips,” Fish Tacos, and Nacho Mountain. You’ll also find your favorite beers, both in bottles and on tap.
Established in 1983 in Sandy Springs, Three Dollar Café has been a fixture in Atlanta for almost thirty years. Stop by to experience their friendly service, welcoming atmosphere, and great food while you watch the game with your friends.
“Best hot wings anywhere. I was literally raised on these wings and I’ve been coming to this location to get my wings for as long as I can remember. They also have an excellent beer selection in bottles and cans so start with whatever your go-to beer is but then look over the beer list before ordering a second.” — Yelp Review
5825 Mountain Creek Rd. NE Ste A | Sandy Springs/ thecafeiam.com
Brought to Atlanta by South African brother-sister team Vanda and Miguel Teixeira, Café I AM offers Portuguese and South African inspired food and drinks to the people of Georgia. Here, you can celebrate weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and other events while dining on one-of-a-kind dishes.
Start your meals with some Biltong, a serving of Lekker South African beef. Café I AM also offers French baguettes; Aubergine rolls stuffed with ricotta cheese, tomatoes, scallions and nutmeg; delicious organic spinach salads; and fresh tuna tataki. Beverages range from classic espressos and lattes to healing hemp teas and Sumol, a Portugues carbonated drink.
Truly a unique place, Café I AM’s farm-to-table menu changes every week based on the locally sourced food items the chef works with. Come on in and see what culinary delights await you today!
“Don’t even get me started on how amazing the customer service was! There are new faces but the service and quality has not changed at all.” — Yelp Review
1110 Hammond Dr. Ste 10 | Sandy Springs/ justlovecoffeecafe.com
Come in to Just Love to socialize, study, read, or just sit back and relax. Order a “Womelette” (eggs, sausage, cheddar cheese, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and tots with black pepper) from their breakfast menu. You’ll also find some one-of-a-kind waffles here, like the “Flyin’ Pig Waffle stuffed with bacon, sausage, and egg, and the “Fruity Pebbles and Cream Waffle,” stuffed with the popular breakfast cereal and vanilla ice cream for diners with a bit of a sweet tooth.
Naturally, you’ll find plenty of coffee drinks here, from old-fashioned drip coffee to classic cappuccinos to seasonal drinks like The Real Pumpkin Latte. Dedicated to making sure every guest who comes to this coffee shop walks away feeling better, Just Love Coffee Café is the perfect place to experience a welcoming oasis of community-minded folks.
“Welp, I came here for an iced coffee and ended up finding my new favorite coffee shop in the city! That is what I call an absolute win-win!” — Yelp Review