A Guide to Gatlinburg Coffee Shops
Near and dear to the heart of town and snuggled amidst the fairy-tale-worthy storefronts lining the Village, Coffee & Company is a hallmark among Gatlinburg coffee shops, given its cozy interior, neat merch section, cute gifts, heavenly cookies (gluten-free and vegan options available), and last but certainly not least, gourmet java that’s been diligently roasted in-house. Get that much-needed burst of energy before traversing through scenic mountain hiking trails or settle into a bench next to the fountain just outside.
Backed up to West Prong Bird Creek, this adorable little abode offers guests freshly roasted coffee that’s been intimately sourced from the world’s premier growing regions, unique Fizzers like the signature Shark Bite, and seasonal soups made from scratch. Besides the artsy table on the porch, Gatlinburg Grind doesn’t really have many places to sit, so perhaps plan on grabbing and enjoying elsewhere.
Nestled in the Smoky Mountain’s Arts & Crafts Community on Buckhorn Road, this recent addition to the ever-budding index of Gatlinburg coffee shops treats travelers and locals to an intimately sized log cabin atmosphere accentuated by an artisan gallery and gift shop. The charming decor serves as an accomplice to thoughtfully crafted, rewardingly delicious seasonal beverages such as the Maple Spice Toffee Latte and Caramel Apple Chai Latte. Feel free to peruse through the cool artifacts their neighbors sell too!
Located a short walk from Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze and Anakeesta – a big outdoor adventure hub with zip lining, gondola rides, a treetop play area, and other fun – Coffee Shack is a beloved walk-up window providing patrons high-quality beverages enriched with flavor profiles ranging from chocolate to spiced brown sugar to toasted marshmallow.
Another petite Village gem, the friendly folks behind the counter here have on hand ice cream, handcrafted milkshakes, malts, soda floats, slushies, hot and iced coffee and tea, frappe, espresso, smoothies, spiced cider, and hot chocolate. Maddi Mae’s Cafe & Creamery donates a portion of all sales to Appalachian Bear Rescue, a non-profit organization helping orphaned cubs get back to the wild by managing a non-contact rehabilitation center that allows the cubs to grow and mature with no human contact.
Located in the Tramway Mall of Ober Gatlinburg, Ski Mountain Grind Haus has been serving artisanal coffee drinks since they opened their doors last fall. They have all the favorites available to perk you up for a fun day of exploring the Smoky Mountains, as well as pastries and cookies baked fresh on-site.
Conveniently located on East Pkwy, Green Eye is a hemp shop and cafe with relaxed vibes, green accents, comfy seating arrangements, potted plants, and light bulbs strung overhead. The staff maintains a tantalizing selection of herbal teas, scrumptious baked goods, and coffee drinks made with locally roasted, fair trade, organic beans. That’s not to mention, they’re uniquely capable of infusing drinks and pastries with CBD, which has been said to have health benefits such as anxiety relief, pain management, and sleep aid.
In addition to delectable donuts and other sweet delicacies, The Donut Friar features a coffee bar with coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, and other common espresso-based drinks.
Whether you’d like to sink into a corner seat and appreciate the company of loved ones over a soul-stirring cup of joe, savor a masterfully prepared half-pound burger, or snag a homemade dessert for that special somebody while on the way back to your lodging, whatever the case may be, Morning Mist has got you covered.
Walking distance from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park – an open-air chairlift ride to the top of an 1,800-ft. overlook with views of the surrounding terrain – Smoky Mountains Creperie serves a wide variety of sweet and savory freshly made crepes, along with exceptional coffee, tea, lemonade, and soft drinks amidst unpretentious hole-in-the-wall digs.
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