A Guide to Franklin Coffee Shops
Breathing new life into an old stove factory that was built in 1927, Honest is an aesthetically gifted hallmark among Franklin coffee shops, given its warm earthy tones set against exposed brick walls, distressed wooden furnishings, touches of greenery, and last but certainly not least, tantalizing aroma of delicious java that’s been diligently roasted on-site. The delightful balance of rustic charm and utility makes the space an easy go-to for daytime meetings with colleagues, long overdue coffee dates, or solo study sessions.
Near and dear to the heart of downtown, this adorable abode on the breezy corner of 2nd and Bridge treats visitors to a dreamy red, white, and blue facade graced with artisan patio furnishings, natural sunlight by day, glowing light bulbs strung together overhead by evening, plenty of vibrant plants, and occasionally, the soothing tunes of a local musician. Venturing through The Coffee House’s front door reveals a cozy ambiance accentuated by art-dappled walls, well-manicured reading nooks, wooden floorboards, and a private library room available for booking; on that note, the whole house is available for your private event during most nights.
If you truly love and appreciate the art of java, search no further than High Brow, which has been a center for coffee culture in Franklin since 2013 and is passionate about intentionally roasting the world’s finest beans in-house. Furthermore, they do have a comfy lounge area complete with cute mid-century vibes and accommodations for remote work. In addition to gourmet java, the friendly folks behind the counter here have on hand loose-leaf teas, avocado toast, organic smoothies, pop tarts, mouthwatering sandwiches, and biscuits.
Whether you’d like to settle into a cozy corner and appreciate the company of loved ones over a steamy cup of joe, groove to the tunes of a live performer, make your way through several flavorful craft beers, or peacefully study, whatever the case may be, Curio has got you covered.
A fixture of the Harpeth Hotel, McGavock’s is a European-style bar featuring a warm, welcoming atmosphere and meticulously roasted offerings from Franklin’s own Honest Coffee Roasters. Specialty breakfast items are served daily with pastries, breads, and savory options, plus, lunch features gourmet salads and artisanal sandwiches.
Beverages at McGavock’s include premium wines by the glass, local craft beers, and a refined selection of liquors with a strong focus on French and Italian vermouths, aperitifs, and craft cocktails. Peruse through the local and regional wares produced by small-scale artisans and take a little piece of Tennessee home with you.
What this efficient drive-through may lack in size, it certainly makes up for in wholesome hospitality, patriotic spirit, and thoughtfully crafted, rewardingly delicious specialty beverages like the white chocolate hinted Daydreamer and the Campfire, a blend of sea salt caramel toffee sauce and toasted marshmallow syrup topped with whipped cream. Moreover, 10% of all Southerner’s coffee bean sales go to Hard Bargain Association to help preserve the Hard Bargain, a historic African-American neighborhood founded over 130 years ago.
Conveniently nestled between Highway 431 and I-65, this recent addition to the ever-budding index of Franklin coffee shops is a relaxed hangout boasting a tempting selection of freshly roasted coffee drinks, nutritious smoothies, homemade soups, award-winning pies, and Belgian waffles shipped all the way from Belgium. Should you meander on in at the tail end of an exhaustive workweek, feel free to take a load off with a crisp craft beer or glass of fine wine.
Considering they operate two coffee shops in Franklin, each located on the grounds of a gas station, you’ve probably already spotted a White Bison near you, the stores provide guests a reliable place to grab a caffeinated beverage on the go. The coffee beans are direct-sourced from the farmer to your cup and will change seasonally for small-batch brews. They also offer cold brew, Nitro coffee, craft sodas, espresso, smoothies, pour-over, and other blended drinks.
Frothy Monkey is an independently owned all day cafe, specialty coffee roaster, and local favorite. The establishment serves breakfast (brunch every day until 5 pm), lunch, and dinner with beverage offerings including coffee as well as craft beer, wine, and cocktails. Food and drinks are made from scratch using original recipes and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients from regional farmers and producers whenever possible.
A locally owned restaurant and coffee shop, Just Love provides patrons a warm atmosphere paired with flavorfully adventurous signature beverages such as the dark chocolate and hazelnut hinted Cha Cha and cinnamon and Irish cream sweetened White Chocolate Tiramisu. When it comes to culinary indulgences, the team here maintains a diverse menu boasting the traditional early-morning dishes we all crave; from breakfast burritos to artisan waffles to sandwiches and salads, there’s something for everybody!
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