Nashville Coffee Houses
2007 Belmont Blvd.
Bonga Java sits in a renovated old house across the street from Belmont University and the International Market. Great coffee and an inviting place to hang, although sometimes it is a bit tight finding a table. No wonder--the coffee is good, as is the food. The breakfasts (especially the hash browns) are some of the best in town. Bongo lunches are available as well and baskets of muffins tempt you at the counter. A computer work station with Internet connection can be used free (users are asked to keep their sessions to 15 minutes each). Outdoor seating on a generous terrace. Can't find parking on Belmont? There's a parking lot in back, accessible for those who know to look for it (that's you now) via a back alley that comes out across from the Athlete's House.
Cafe Coco in Elliston Place
210 Louise Avenue
Enconsced in another comfortable, old house, Cafe Coco offers food and good coffee. Outdoor cafe area to sit and enjoy the weather. Parking's on the street, but beware: don't park in the lot next door unless you pay--it doesn't belong to Cafe Coco.
1812 21st Avenue South
615-385-7959. Located in the heart of Hillsboro Village, this trendy coffee shop (housed in a former pet store--hence the name) has a sidewalk cafe in addition to its inside space. Parking in back lot and on the street--if you can find it. The Village is a busy place, so parking may be a challenge.
2605 12th Ave. South
In the summer 0f 2003, the NY Times ran a piece in its Sunday Travel section on the emerging hip urban scene on 12th Ave. South. Poartland Brew is smack dab in the center of this growth of restaurants, shops, and international flavor. Comfortable sofas, along with table and chairs and small side rooms for study and meetings. Parking in front and along the side.
Sam & Zoe
525 Heather Place
615-385-2676. The BlueShoe editor has yet to visit this coffee house that's located in the Berry Hill area, near 100 Oaks. Perhaps I'll get a personal invite and check it out in the near future.
402 21st Avenue South
Across from Vanderbilt, this large, ample coffee shop has a fireplace that is kept lit in the winter. Great coffee and a relaxing place to read the paper. Bagels, croissants, and other food stuff. Parking is tight, although there are spaces available along the side and in the back.
Krispy Kreme Donuts
2103 Elliston Place, Nashville, 37203 615-329-1100
When the doughnut neon is lit in the window, the krispy kremes are hot. The cups of joe to go are pretty tasty--and you'll need something steaming to uncoagulate the sugar you'll be downing with these southern delicacies. Parking in the Kreme's very own lot.