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The best coffee shops in Atlanta, according to locals who know good coffee

Once upon a time, great coffee shops in Atlanta were all about the coffee.

Now, there are a lot of variables that go into making a good place: location, aesthetics, friendly and talented baristas who can pour a cappuccino with an Insta-worthy heart of foam, home-roasted coffee beans that are ethically sourced (bonus if there’s something good about it). there’s a reason) and of course good drinks made to perfection.

Based on these criteria, here are nine of Atlanta’s best coffee spots worth checking out, according to a local coffee lover.

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The Chastains

Address: 4320 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30342

Why should you go? Located on the edge of Chastain Park, near Chastain Horse Park and the amphitheater, this upscale restaurant conveys a quintessential Northern California vibe with its sophisticated design and interior, as well as the fact that it overlooks one of the most iconic. golf courses in atlanta.

In the mornings, the restaurant features a full-service coffee bar serving made-to-order specialty coffees, matcha lattes and fresh pastries, among other elegant à la carte breakfast options.

There is generous outdoor seating where you can take in some of the best people watching in town.

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Good Nosh

Address: 65 Irby Ave NW Suite 103, Atlanta, GA 30305

Why should you go? this full-service restaurant exudes an upscale European atmosphere with a French-inspired haute menu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options include savory dinners and the silkiest quiches ever, in addition to freshly baked gourmet French pastries.

Rich-looking floor-to-ceiling drapes, mirrored countertops, crystal chandeliers and gold chandeliers lend an ancient charm to this venue, where patrons dress to impress.

Le Bon Nosh is proud to partner with specialty coffee brand Intelligentsia and offers a coffee counter serving a variety of drip roasts, lattes and cappuccinos.

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The land of a thousand hills, the land of coffee

Address: 352 S. Atlanta St, Roswell, GA 30075

Why should you go? This small coffee chain serves specialty coffee in a community-centric environment with warm and friendly baristas.

Their Roswell location in a converted townhouse exudes all the warm feelings of a family living room, especially when sipping on a hot oat milk cinnamon latte.

Their location at Halcyon in Alpharetta includes a large community space and includes family game nights, live music, poetry readings and more.

The business, which has several locations mostly in the south, imports its beans from Rwandan coffee farmers and strives to improve farmers’ lives with wages, education, healthcare and clean water.

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Rev Coffee Roasters

Address: 1680 Spring Rd SE B, Smyrna, GA 30080

Why should you go? There’s coffee, sure, but it’s the Southern charm that keeps customers coming back to this friendly, independently owned coffee shop on the outskirts of Atlanta.

Rev Coffee Roasters serves specialty brews, house brews and sandwiches and more in a converted auto shop and manages to evoke an industrial feel while staying true to its small town roots.

The cafe displays (and sells) art by local artists. They also brew their coffee in-house and are proud to share that they maintain direct contact with their coffee suppliers. The best part of Rev. they’re open late, a rare find in most Atlanta suburbs.

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Refuge Coffee Co.

Address: 4170 E. Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Clarkston, GA 30021

Why should you go? it all started with a dream and a red food truck. Founder and CEO Kitty Murray started Refuge Coffee Co. as a literal refuge for the large community of refugees who have received asylum in Clarkston, just outside of Atlanta.

The Coffee Stop is a non-profit organization that focuses on job creation, training and community advocacy for refugees adjusting to their new environments.

The original Red Refuge Coffee Truck is still in operation in downtown Clarkston, and Murray recently expanded to open 2 additional metro-Atlanta locations. Their latest fall offerings include Caramel Apple Cider, Pumpkin Latte, and Honey Cinnamon Latte.

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B-Side Cafe at The Deer and The Dove

Address: 151 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030

Why should you go? this newly opened cafe is located next to The Deer and the Dove restaurant in the heart of Decatur, hence the name “B-Side”.

The store is located in Decatur Square, easily accessible from Marta Decatur Station. With its scrubbed exposed brick wall, forest green accents, and booth seating adorned with camel-colored leather belts, this place has a special vibe.

B-side is known for its fresh wood-fired pastries and features cortados, cold brews, lattes, batch-brewed coffees, and a generous menu of fresh schmear, sandwiches, and burgers.

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East Pole Coffee Co.

Address: 255 Ottley Dr. Ste. 105 Atlanta, GA 30324

Why should you go? Before the coffee culture in Atlanta even existed, there was East Pole Coffee Co. The store at Armor Yards has an understated and simple industrial feel with a very limited food menu.

Their practice is about transparency. behind glass is a roastery where customers can see how their coffee is made. Although East Pole’s original location is located near Atlanta’s popular Beltline, you can’t just stumble upon a coffee shop. However, there is a very dedicated following that continues to frequent the place. (Hint: it has to be the coffee!)

The company distributes its coffees to various restaurants and eateries around the city, and recently opened a second location in Poncey-Highlands.

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Chrome Yellow Trading Co.

Address: 501 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Why should you go? Their name comes from a novel by Aldous Huxley, and they pride themselves on being community-based and forward-thinking, providing a space that encourages artistic dialogue.

It’s one of the most Instagrammed spots in town, but the baristas here are as approachable as they are passionate about their coffee. Chrome Yellow Trading Co. offers amazing drip coffee infused with homemade syrups made from locally sourced ingredients. Their latest concoction, Orange Almond Syrup, beckons us to fall.

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Alchemist Trading Co.

Address: 9700 Medlock Bridge Rd Suite 138, Johns Creek, GA 30022

Why should you go? If Harry Potter were a barista, his cafe would probably look a lot like this place. Alchemist Trading Co. has a coffee bar with geodes, a brick wall painted like the solar system, and coffee brews poured from scientific mugs.

Located in the northern Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek, this coffee gem boasts an otherworldly atmosphere and seriously good coffee.

Their specialty is Dutch brew. a process that involves a 20-hour slow drip from a medieval-looking still. They also make specialty drinks like The Matcha-Spanner, a heavenly concoction of Dutch coffee, sweetened heavy cream and matcha extract.

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All research done in this article is by the author. Restaurants never pay to appear on Narcity’s “Best of” list. Furthermore, this list is a showcase of great places and is not a numbered ranking.

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