Sometimes you want a really different, cozy cafe to while away an afternoon either enjoying a good book or working on your own novel. We have found a few of Atlanta’s best cafes for your peaceful date with yourself. These spots combine excellent coffee with a comfortable neighborhood vibe.
Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party
1645 McLendon Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Dr. Bombay’s offers all of your standard coffee fare, from cappuccinos to mochas, as well as yummy treats and a high tea served daily between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Of course, it is also a cozy book shop, located in Atlanta’s charming Candler Park neighborhood. The comfortable sofas and chairs offer a great spot to relax with a new novel or an old favorite, or to meet friends for a relaxing afternoon. The whimsical decor makes it perfect for a meet-up with your best girlfriends.
The Green Room Actor’s Lounge
25 Bennett St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Don’t be intimidated – The Green Room isn’t only for actors. It is a fantastic little cafe on Bennett Street in Buckhead, located just up the block from Frank Ski’s Restaurant & Lounge and The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA GA). The bewilderingly attractive and friendly baristas will offer you treats like red velvet cupcakes to go along with your coffee treats. You can find cappuccinos in a wide variety of flavors, and there are several large, comfortable couches for you to relax and enjoy an afternoon or evening. There are also tables if you prefer for work and a wide selection of drama and theater-related books available for purchase.
180 Walker St. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
Located in the back of the popular No Mas! Cantina restaurant in Castleberry Hill, Adios Cafe offers excellent coffee and chocolate treats for late night as well as one of Atlanta’s most popular breakfasts. The colorful setting makes it a stimulating place to hang out, and the adjacent store offers everything from jewelry to ornate lighting fixtures to unusual knick-knacks. It is a great place to meet up before or after the neighborhood art stroll, or just to hang out with a book and people watch during the daytime. You might find it hard to concentrate on your book with all of the activity around, but you won’t regret the trip.
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Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee House
6640 Akers Mill Road S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30339
This cafe is all about the scenery, so grab a spot on the porch on a nice day and settle in to enjoy your joe. It has free wifi, views of the Chattahoochee, bookshelves full of titles to choose and comfortable couches. In cooler weather, there is a fire pit, and in warmer weather you can enjoy some time in a swing or a hammock. It’s really idyllic and a great way to spend an afternoon.
1680 Spring Road S.E.
Smyrna, GA 30080
If you’re looking for a hip spot to hang out and get a great cup of coffee, check out Smyrna’s REV Coffee. It attracts an artistic crowd, so you won’t be the only one writing or reading the Great American Novel. It might be a great spot to meet someone new, and you can check out interesting drinks on the menu. The scenery is eclectic; it’s definitely not your run-of-the-mill cafe.
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