Featured photo: Josh Owens
Memphis offers a wide range of options for every type of coffee lover looking for a caffeine fix. Many new places have opened in the past year, and more places are coming soon. Check out our list below, in no particular order:
- Otherlands – (641 S Cooper St, Midtown) – Mon – Sat 7am-8pm, Sun 7am-6pm
Otherlands is a great place to go to get out of your home or office and get some work done, meet with a friend, or just relax. There are plenty of tables, chairs, and a few couches. Their menu offers brewed coffee, espresso drinks, frozen drinks, teas, smoothies, muffins, bagels, breakfast burritos, soup, sandwiches, and more. They also host live local music often, and you can keep up with their updates here. Free wifi available.
- Java Cabana – (2170 Young Ave, Midtown) – Tues – Thurs 9am-10pm, Fri & Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 12pm-9pm
Java Cabana is one of Memphis’ oldest and most celebrated coffeehouses. The cafe was opened in 1992 by Tommy Foster. Thanks to Foster’s love for the King, the early years of the Java was all about Elvis. In the back room of the shop, dubbed Viva! Memphis Wedding Chapel, many wedding ceremonies were presided over by Foster accompanied by an Elvis impersonator and musical accompaniment. In the Java’s first three years, Mary Burns, worked behind the counter and ran the evening poetry readings, and in 1998 she bought it. Java Cabana serves Ugly Mug Coffee and offers a menu of brewed coffee, espresso drinks, frappes, tea, and a food menu of muffins, sandwiches, omeletes and more. They host open mic nights every Thursday night, and live music often. Keep up with their updates here. Free wifi available.
- 7609 Poplar Pike (Germantown)
- 1707 Madison Avenue (Midtown)
- 5030 Poplar Avenue (East Memphis)
- Hours are 11am-10pm every day
Casablanca serves authentic Middle Eastern food, Turkish coffee, baklava, and is well known for having the best tea in Memphis.
- Cafe Eclectic
- 603 N McLean, Midtown, Mon – Sat 7am-10pm, Sun 9am-3pm
- 510 S Highland, University District, Mon – Fri 6:30am-8pm, Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 9am-3pm
- 111 Harbortown Sq, Mud Island, Mon – Sat 6:30am-8pm, Sun 7am-3pm
Café Eclectic opened their doors in 2008 as a small neighborhood coffee shop and breakfast cafe. A constantly evolving dream of her owner, Cathy Boulden; Eclectic has expanded and grown with her community. In 2009 Eclectic added their own bread bakery expanding on their desire for “from scratch everything.” In 2010 she expanded into the family-friendly walking community of Harbortown on Mud Island with Little Cafe Eclectic, creating an artisan coffee and local eats meeting hub. Most recently, in 2013 Cathy and her family-run Eclectic added a new location to the University of Memphis area with their soda fountain treats, coffees and study eats taking center stage. All locations offer a full coffee and food menu (although the McLean location offers more food options than the other two). The Highland location is perfect for students and nonstudents who want to get work done while enjoying a hand-crafted espresso drink or brewed Illy coffee. Free wifi available.
- Muddy’s –
- 5101 Sanderlin #114 (East Memphis) – Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Closed Sundays
- 585 South Cooper (Midtown)- Mon – Fri 6:30am-9pm, Sat 7am-9pm, Closed Sundays
- 5101 Sanderlin #114 (East Memphis) – Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Closed Sundays
Muddy’s serves a menu of drip coffee, espresso drinks, teas, and baked goods (including some of their signature cupcakes, pies, and cookies). They brew J. Brooks Coffee along with other roasts, and their Midtown locations partners with Lisa’s Lunchbox to bring you fresh sandwiches and salads made daily. The Midtown location is a great place to meet friends or get some work done in their “work room” that also hosts classes and private parties. We suggest trying their Mocha Latte and London Fog. Free wifi available.
- Avenue Coffee – (786 Echles St, 38111, University District) – Mon – Sat 8am-midnight, closed Sundays
Avenue Coffee is a coffee shop with a cause. The non-profit cafe focuses on a different social justice cause every month, and they donate a portion of their proceeds to a related organization. Avenue Coffee is a great meeting place to study, an art gallery for local artists, and an environment that promotes open conversation. They offer a full menu of espresso drinks and brewed coffee thanks to local roaster Reverb Coffee, as well as freshly-made cupcakes, muffins, cookies and a few sandwich options. Avenue is one of the few local coffee shops that stays open until midnight during the week. We suggest trying their pour-over coffee and loose-leaf teas. Free wifi available.
- Ugly Mug Coffee – (4610 Poplar Ave, East Memphis) – Mon – Thurs 6am-9pm, Sat 7am-7pm
Ugly Mug Coffee can be found on grocery store shelves, in restaurants and coffee shops around the Mid-South, and their newest cafe has opened at Poplar and Perkins Extended (in the old Poplar Perk’n spot). The cafe features brewed coffee, espresso, and frappés along with some breakfast and lunch items. This cafe is the only local shop with a drive-through window for those mornings when you’re forced to enjoy your breakfast on the run. The cafe has collaborated with La Baguette, the specialty bakery and sandwich shop off Poplar, to offer a cake you can only find at Ugly Mug featuring their exclusive buttermoon flavor. Free wifi available.
- Sweet Noshings – (2113 Madison Ave, Midtown) – Mon – Sun 11am-7pm
Sweet Noshings is located in Overton Square and offers a coffee bar (along with their gourmet popcorn, candy, and ice cream selections). They brew J Brooks Coffee and sell bags for you to take home. There is bar seating at the windows, which gives you the perfect spot to sit and people-watch on your coffee break.
- Porcellino’s – (711 W Brookhaven Circle, East Memphis) -Sun-Mon 7a-4p, Tues – Thur 7a-9p, Fri- Sat 7a – 10p
Porcellino’s is the latest brainchild of Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman (Hog & Hominy, Andrew Michael’s Italian Kitchen), and is described as a community butcher shop and sundry store. They offer several different coffee drink options and roasters (one of which is the locally operated Relevant Roasters). They also offer a Breakfast Sandwich special from 6am-11am daily. We suggest trying the pour-over coffee and the nitro coffee.
- Bluff City Coffee
- 505 S. Main Street – Downtown – Mon – Sat 6:30am to 6pm, Sun 8am to 6pm
- 945 South Cooper – Midtown
Bluff City Coffee provides high quality Italian style espresso beverages, along with a variety of teas and smoothies. Their menu also offers fresh pastries, breads, and sandwiches. We suggest trying their caramel latte or americano. Free wifi available.
- Tamp and Tap
Tamp & Tap brings something unique to the table: artisan coffee and local craft beers. This is the perfect place to unwind with friends after a long day of work or just a cool spot to grab breakfast or lunch. Tamp and Tap has two happy hours every week day, one from 10am-11am and one from 5pm-6pm. During both happy hours, all drinks (beer, coffee, whatever) are $1 off. On Thursday nights (Pint Night), drafts are $3 from 5pm-close. We suggest trying the chai latte or roasted marshmallow hot chocolate with a shot of espresso. Free wifi available.
- Square Beans – (103 N Center St, Collierville) – Mon – Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Closed Sun
Square Beans Coffee is Collierville’s only independent coffee house. They offer espresso drinks, frappes, smoothies, gelato, salads and sandwiches.There are plenty of comfy chairs, tables, couches, and wall outlets as well as live music from time to time. We suggest trying their french press coffee, and gelato with coffee poured over. Free wifi available.
- Qahwa Coffee Bar – (109 N Main St, Downtown) – Mon – Sat 7am – 6pm
Qahwa Coffee Bar (pronounced KAH-HWAH) is located on the ground floor of the Claridge House condos. Qahwa offers a full coffee bar with hot and cold espresso drinks, teas, fruit smoothies, pastries and sandwiches. Check out the room in the back (a bank safe turned into a private dining space). We suggest trying their chai latte with a shot of espresso and homemade granola bars. Free wifi available.
- Cafe Keough – (12 S Main, Downtown) – Mon – Thurs 8am-10pm, Fri – Sat 8am-11pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Cafe Keough is great for a lunch meeting, an after-dinner coffee stop, or as a place to get some work done. The space is comfortable, mostly quiet and spacious. They offer a nice outdoor seating area, full coffee and food menu, cocktails, local beer, and free wifi. We suggest trying their green tea latte.
- City & State (2625 Broad Ave, Midtown) – M-F 7am-6pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-2pm
Focusing on high quality roasts and thoughtful preparation, they offer pour-over coffees, lattes, teas, and more. They offer a variety of brew methods such as V60, Eva Solo and Chemex so customers can experience a spectrum of flavor clarity and body. This is a great place to meet friends, catch up on emails, and grab gifts for yourself or others in their curated shop. They also offer a small menu of breakfast and lunch food items homemade by Porcellino’s.
- French Truck Roastery & Espresso Bar
French Truck offers rotating single-origin pour overs, espresso drinks, breakfast sandwiches, and other fun food options.
- Stak’s Pancake Kitchen (4615 Poplar Avenue, Suite 102)
- Mon – Fri: 6:30am-2pm
A restaurant that specializes in pancakes, this spot also offers a full coffee menu with drip coffee, espresso drinks, and nitro coffee.
- Lo Fi Coffee (387 South Main)
- Mon – Sat: 10am-7pm
Lo FI Coffee is located inside Stock & Belle which offers locals goods and wares as well as the opportunity to grab a cup of Lo Fi Coffee.
- Catherine & Mary’s – 272 S Main St. (in the Chisca building)
Catherine & Mary’s is the latest culinary endeavor by chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman who have also brought us Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Hog & Hominy, and Porcellino’s Craft Butcher. Catherine & Mary’s carries French Truck Coffee and is a great spot for a romantic dessert and coffee before or after a show at the Orpheum.
- The Rev – 771 E Brookhaven Circle
The Rev offers local and foreign coffee and tea options, free wifi, a community space for events, jewelry parties, and more.
- Edge Alley – 600 Monroe Avenue
- Monday through Friday 7am-8pm
- Saturday: 7am-9pm
- Sunday: 10am-7pm
Edge Alley offers a full espresso bar, coffee roasting, breakfast sandwiches, lunch options, snacks, and wifi.
- The Office at Uptown – 594 North Second Street
- Monday – Friday: 7am-4pm
The Office at Uptown offers breakfast sandwiches, soups, salads, lunch options, drip coffee, and wifi.
- Cafe Brooks – 1934 Poplar Ave (inside the Brooks Museum)
- Closed Monday/Tuesday, Wed: 10am-8pm, Thurs: 10am-4pm, Fri: 10am-4pm, Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 11am-5pm
Café Brooks by City & State, located off the museum’s rotunda, offers coffee, tea, pastries, bagels, sandwiches and pasta salads. Members of the Brooks Museum receive a 10% discount. Just show your membership card when ordering.
- Belltower Artisans – 549 S. Highland
- Mon – Sat: 8am to 9pm, Sun: 10am to 8pm
The Belltower Coffeehouse is a local coffee shop and pottery studio on the Highland Strip. Stop by for a fresh cup of JBrooks coffee and a cool handmade mug. You can also sign up for their pottery classes.