10Best shares Nashville’s top cafes. Trying to find the best Cafés in Nashville? 10Best has you covered. Our editors and locals search the city and suburbs for the top places. Then, we showcase popular restaurants like Fido, and we highlight eateries with great user reviews, like Couva Calypso Café. We also help you find areas where Cafés are prominent - the East Nashville area, for example - so that you not only get terrific dining recommendations, but you also have choices to boot. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of Nashville's best.
Southern buttermilk biscuits, cornbread, sweet tea, gravy from scratch and pastries so succulent they’ll have your mouth water even after the last bite. That’s what Music City brings to the table. Nashville’s cafes also showcase fresh and innovative roasts, cups of coffee that make your mouth sing, and infusions that promise to spice up your morning. If you’re a fan of pastries, we’ve got your covered - if you’re looking for a more vegetarian focused spot, we’ve got your back - and if you’re just after a might fine cup of java with a top-notch atmosphere, we’re right there with you. No matter what cafe you’re seeking, 10Best aims to deliver the right spot to you.
Sky Blue Cafe
A gem of a cafe, situated on the eastside of the city, Sky Blue Cafe is known for its superb breakfast options (like buckwheat pancakes), and offering a happy variety for vegetarians. This quaint cafe also caters to meat-lovers, and their breakfast menu is served all day. It includes breakfast burritos, omelets and unforgetable eggs benedict. Lunch items include a variety of sandwiches - like the delicious portobello mushroom, soups and salads. Sky Blue Cafe features a selection of beverages made with Drew's Brews Coffee, including espresso, cappuccino and frappe. Spice up your drink with a shot of your favorite Torani syrup flavor, and don't forget to have add a little sweet as a treat! (615-770-7097)
Couva Calypso Café
Calypso ushers in the spicy flavor and laid-back feel of the Caribbean to Music City. Don't let the over-the-top décor turn you off, this place is hardly a fast food joint and features some of the best chicken and pork in town. Generous portions, patrons are urged to couple their chicken with a side dish like black beans, mustard greens, or an exciting Caribbean-style salad. A multitude of yummy option promise diners a variety of meals for the ages. If spicy eats are your treat, be sure to try the jerk chicken, just make sure you have a tall glass of their specialty tea to help cool your taste buds down. (615-321-3878)
A staple for many Nashvillians, Fido's blurs the line between coffeehouse and cafe. This picturesquely located cafe is a unique treat for coffee lovers. A local hotspot, Fido's is situated in the charmingly hip Hillsboro Village and features themed drink selections such as Milkbone, Pink Poodle and Rolo(ver). Cafe goers can also enjoy a breakfast all day and delicious dishes from a seasonal menu which offers many natural and organic ingrediants. Menu options include breakfast burritos, raved-about fish tacos, roasted sweet potato fries and various sandwiches and salads. It's a go-to for a great meal, an ideal place to read or work, and one of the most talked about cups of coffee. (615-777-3436)
Provence Breads and Cafe
If you're a pastry lover or a fan of homemade, fresh and succulent breads, provence is calling our name. Known for their divine Heart flavor and farm-fresh breads, Provence offers a wide variety of specialty sandwiches, baked goods and pastries for the crowd that flocks to one of four locations. The original (and to many, the best) is in Hillsboro Village. Here the cafe itself reflects the funky, vibrant and colorful character of the Nashville neighborhood. Breakfast platters and boxes are popular for take-out, and they can include fresh-baked, hand-rolled chocolate croissants, fruit salad, various cheeses, muffins, danishes and scones. (615-386-0363)
Bread & Company
If you're big on southern flair, with a little light twist of ambiance and spice, Bread & Company is the place for you. With a commitment to all-natural, hand-crafted baked goods, Bread & Company has charmed taste buds all over Music City. They offer a wide array of fresh already made sandwiches, or diners can build their own. One of their specials is the Fruit tea, or fruit tea punch, which is a perfected mixture of tea, juices, sugar, and mint. It's served over Bread & Company's crushed ice and hailed as a perfect Southern summertime cooler. Half-gallons and gallons to go are available, but be warned, they go quickly. (615-771-6600, 615- 292-7323)
Grins Vegetarian Cafe
A vegan and vegetarian sanctuary, Grins is Nashville's only vegetarian (and kosher) café. It's ideally located on the posh Vanderbilt campus and offers a daily changing menu of internationally inspired foods like Indian-spiced lentils, spinach lasagna, and a variety of salads and sandwiches. A few celebrated and top-notch must-eats are their delicious house-made bread, vegetable Bourride and Handmade Gnocchi with Roasted Mushrooms. With their mission to leave a smile on your face, Grins offers some of the most spectacular vegan cookies and muffins. Just keep in mind that Grins is closed during university breaks, including summer (late April through August). (615-322-8571)
A coffee brewtique, CREMA takes its name from the rich foam topping of a shot of espresso. This creative cafe focuses on producing the highest quality beverages, paying special attention to the fundamental elements. Their elite baristas use only the highest beans, methods, and equipment - they're also some of the friendliest coffee snobs you'll ever meet. Drink options include espresso, macchiato, cappuccino and the most popular drink item, the Cuban. The cafe also offers an assortment of freshly baked treats, such as muffins, bagels and scones, many of which come from local vendors. As they say at CREMA, "Our love and respect for coffee means we never stop learning or experimenting and we're always eager to talk about it." (615-255-8311)
Marche Artisan Foods
Brie, brie, brie! Calling all cheese lovers. Located in the heart of historic East Nashville, Marche Artisan Foods is a cafe with European flair. Situated inside the Walnut Exchange, a former telephone switching building, this cafe boasts a rustic feel that ratchets up its unparalleled ambiance. In addition to the full coffee and espresso bar, diners can find house-made pastries, fresh fish, meats, cheeses and other decadent grocery items. Breakfast and lunch menus change seasonally, and the other dinner menu options are updated monthly.
With its Sunny windows & terrazzo floors, prepare to be transported to a quaint, picturesque café in France. (615-262-1111)
J&Js Market Cafe
Serving up delicious coffee and a decadent ambiance, J&J's market is a real Nashville treat. A landmark and celebrated spot, it's been winning locals over for years and charming tourists alike. Conveniently located near Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, J&Js has more to offer than just great espresso and location. Alongside their variety of java and tea, J&Js offers exotic beers, cigars and European groceries - unique fare in this fair Music City. They're also known for offering one of the best selections of chocolate in town. A funky feel, mouth-watering meals and southern hospitality make J&J's a perfect Nashville experience. (615-327-9055)
Nashvillians absolutely love Loveless Cafe. It's the perfect spot for a heavenly, home-cooked breakfast or dinner. Known for their Southern specialties made from scratch, including fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, pit-cooked pork, southern-fried catfish and pork chops, Loveless has been satisfying patrons for decades. If you're craving breakfast, any time of day, they serve up an incomparable all-day breakfast menu featuring favorites like country ham and red-eye gravy, homemade granola, buttermilk pancakes and steak biscuits, this local gem has been satisfying wearing travelers since the 1950's. A true music city gem, Loveless is proud to use all local and regional ingredients. (615-646-9700)
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