Memphis, Tennessee. The home of blues, rock ‘n roll, and jazz. You can expect to have plenty in the way of great bars and diners, but what about coffee shops? Well, luckily there are plenty to choose from.
Coffee shops can serve many different purposes, whether it is hanging out with your friends, taking a break from shopping or sitting back and relaxing to watch some live music. It’s also a place where you can drink amazing coffee!
So what are the best coffee shops in Memphis? Well, we can answer that question by giving you a list of the best 15 coffee shops in the Memphis area.
After you’ve read this, you’ll have a good idea of what Memphis has to offer in terms of coffee houses.
If you are looking for a place that comes with coffee and sweet treats from a slightly different angle, then you can’t go wrong with Cafe Eclectic.
This comes with a selection of baked goods that is made on-site that morning.
One of the best coffee desserts that this place does is the affogato, which is a blend of coffee and ice cream.
So why not sit on the porch and enjoy some of this cool ice cream on a hot summer day?
Address: 603 N McLean Blvd, Memphis, TN 38107 (click for map)
If you like your coffee done in the classic Italian style, then you can’t go far wrong with Bluff City.
This joint places a particular emphasis on their espressos, which are insanely delicious and you should be able to pound them down in one.
This cafe really goes above and beyond when it comes to creativity in beverage making. A lot of people really praise the way the milk is frothed with the coffee at Bluff’s.
This is why the place has earned a considerable reputation.
Address: 505 S. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103 (click for map)
3. Ugly Mug
This place has a very unique spin, they serve all their coffees in what they term ‘ugly mugs’ (although we happen to find them very charming).
This is a coffee shop with a sense of humor when it comes to service but a seriousness when it comes to making good coffee.
This place sources its beans ethically, making sure they are from local growers and that nobody is exploited during the purchase.
You can pick up a bag of these beans for yourself so that you can brew your own coffee at home.
Address: 3588 Old Getwell Rd, Memphis, TN 38118 (click for map)
4. City & State
This place is great when it comes to new and novel ways of packaging its coffee. This includes drinks such as summer coconut cold brew, which is a coffee that is infused with delicious summer fruits.
This comes with wonderful decor that will make anyone feel at home. The staff are also very welcoming and accommodating, happy to peruse through the menu with you and find a drink that will surprise and comfort your tastebuds.
Address: 2625 Broad Ave, Memphis, TN 38112 (click for map)
Now we all know that Memphis is famous for its live music and now we have a coffee shop that really fuses that tradition with its coffee.
If you want somewhere you can kick back and watch a great band, then Otherlands is the place for you.
This comes with a great food menu also, which is great if you are looking for somewhere to satisfy that hole in your belly.
If you want to soak up some local musical talent, then head on down to Otherlands which showcases the cream of the local crop.
Address: 641 South Cooper St Memphis 38104 (click for map)
If you want a coffee shop that you can commit to for the near future, then we would certainly nudge you in the direction of Belltower, which really makes an effort to reward loyal customers.
You can subscribe to a monthly fee in order to get around 28 pre-paid drinks per month.
This is great if you just want to stroll in and impress your friends by ordering a round of drinks from your tab. This also comes with a cool pottery wheel out the back.
Address: 525 S Highland St Memphis, TN, 38111 (click for map)
Hustle & Dough is a vibrant cafe that offers a delightful blend of flavors and experiences.
Indulge in their enticing menu, featuring a delectable assortment of freshly baked goods and specialty coffees. Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere as you savor every bite and sip.
With weekly specials and engaging activities, Hustle & Dough creates a captivating space where guests and neighbors can come together to enjoy an exceptional culinary journey.
Address: 477 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 (click for map)
8. Cafe Keough
This cafe is situated near decent parking, so you can always pile the kids in the Volkwagon and take a trip to a coffee shop that prioritizes good service and even better coffee.
This comes with a great selection of hot and cold food on the menu.
This also comes with breakfast dishes that you can be sure will give you everything that you need for a solid stomach filler.
A lot of people like to leave the house early before work so that they can get a table for a decent breakfast.
Address: 12 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 (click for map)
If you need somewhere to go in Memphis for a little pick me up halfway through the day, then we would point you towards Comeback coffee.
This place has a great selection of coffees that are creatively wrangled into tasty beverages.
This place is packed with talented young baristas who all bring their own little flare to this boutique coffee establishment.
We would recommend that you get down there to try the raspberry-filled donut.
Address: 358 North Main, Memphis, TN 38103 (click for map)
Now we have a coffee company that has put a lot of effort into its marketing, but is the coffee worth the hype? We’re happy to report that yes it certainly is.
This comes with a range of amazingly hot and cold drinks, which are perfect for the changing seasons.
This place boasts having one of the best breakfast sandwiches in Memphis, with plenty of reviewers on their website inclining to agree.
This also comes with a wide selection of pastries that change with the seasons too.
Address: 150 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 (click for map)
11. Edge Alley
Next up, we have a coffee bar that not only does amazing espressos but also does a nice range of loose-leaf teas.
These guys have a list of seasonal special drinks that will quite frankly blow your mind.
We would recommend that you gate the cinnamon and vanilla-infused latte, especially during the Autumn.
These come served in the company’s very own pewter cups that you can actually buy from behind the counter.
Address: 600 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 (click for map)
12. Java Cabana
If you are looking for a place that has really curated its food menu to match its drinks, then Java Cabana is a great place for you to visit.
This place has wonderful pastries that are all prepared freshly on-site.
This also comes with a range of sumptuous hot foods like French toast (which is a great breakfast option), along with bagels and sandwiches.
If you want something to keep you full until lunchtime, then head on down to Java.
Address: 2170 Young Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 (click for map)
That’s right, we have listed a coffee shop where you can play chess. However, you don’t have to play if you don’t want to, you can simply relax with a hand-made latte and watch others do the checkmating.
There are also plenty of tasty menu options, with pizza and hot sandwiches in abundance.
As the day draws into the night, you can also help yourself to a range of wines, beers and spritzers.
Address: 195 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103 (click for map)
14. Sweet Noshings
This next coffee shop is located in Midtown, which is a great location if you want a coffee shop to take a break from shopping or you just fancy a meeting spot for you and your friends.
This coffee shop doesn’t just do caffeine, you can also get gourmet-style popcorn, ice cream and fudge made on-site and plenty of candies that you can take home with you.
If you like it sweet, Sweet Noshings will have something for you.
Address: 2113 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 (click for map)
15. Tamp And Tap
If you like to mix up the beverages that you drink, then we would certainly recommend that you go to Tamp and Tap, where they not only provide a great range of hot caffeinated drinks, but they also do a delightful selection of craft ales.
You can cruise on down to this joint at the beginning or the end of the day. Whatever time you go down, you’ll always be greeted by welcoming and engaging staff that will be happy to peruse the menu with you and help you get what you are looking for.
Address: 122 Gayoso Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 (click for map)
We hope that our list of some of the best coffee shops and cafes in Memphis has helped you to decide which one you’re going to visit first (we would recommend that you hit more than one of these coffee houses).
This list proves that Memphis is still the king when it comes to offering a diverse, vivid, and eccentric range of coffee shops and services.
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My name is Dana Dupree and I am an avid coffee lover. Since I began college and realized what a heavy load writing majors took on, I have been a fan of the bean juice.
My job has taken me all over the US on book tours and press conferences, and my favorite part about the trip is exploring the best places to grab my cup of Joe.