Good coffee is a favorite subject of mine. It’s not directly related to urbanism, though quality “third places” for coffee can definitely make city life more pleasant.
I was recently asked for recommendations by someone visiting Atlanta for a conference downtown. For any visitor looking for good coffee either here or in nearby neighborhoods, these are some of my favorites, in order. (View in a large map)
1009 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Just north of Downtown, Octane Westside brews and sells locally-roasted coffee. Judging from the crowds, it’s probably the most popular coffee place in Atlanta (apart from the other location on the eastside).
Cafe Campesino at the Curb Market
209 Edgewood Ave SE
Cafe Campesino coffee is roasted in Americus, Georgia; it’s available at a barrista stand in the Sweet Auburn Bakery, in Downtown’s wonderful Curb Market.
Ebrik Coffee Room
16 Park Place, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Only open M-F. It’s in the heart of Downtown, surrounded by GSU buildings and offices; a great place with a really nice interior and some of the friendliest counter service you’ll find.
480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30312
In the Old Fourth Ward, east of Downtown. They have a nice, small menu of breakfast and lunch plates and a view of Freedom Path out the window for people watching, as cyclists and joggers pass by.
180 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
In Castleberry Hill, south of Downtown; also a great breakfast spot.
EDITED: honorable mention goes to One Caffe, at the bottom of the Flatiron Building on Broad Street. They make a mean Dutch Coffee, cold brewed overnight.
(Above photo: Ebrik Coffee Room)