10 ATL Coffee Shops for Getting Work Done or Just Taking a Break

By Michelle Fletcher Global Health

Coffee has probably been the one thing to truly get me through graduate school. For me, coffee helps me stay alert and motivated to get work done. While in Atlanta I have done some exploring to try and find some coffee shops that are both study and leisure friendly. I reached out to my friend, a coffee and tea connoisseur, to ask her about what some of her favorite places are. Together, we put together a list of our top 10 coffee shops in Atlanta:

Chrome Yellow Trading Co. (501 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312)

Great coffee, locally made artisanal goods for sale, and tons of study space. Not to mention they serve beer for when you need a reward after a day of studying. Get in early on the weekends! Open late!

Little Tart – the best pastries in Atlanta (Grant Park: 437 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312; Summerhill: 68 Georgia Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312)

Summerhill: great coffee, cute décor. Homemade soft-serve (including vegan options!) is right next door at Big Softie to treat yourself after a day of hard work!

Grant Park: minimalist décor, lots of space and natural light, and the best pastries in Atlanta. Order a croissant (or anything, really)!

Brash at The Box (1168 Howell Mill Rd #0516, Atlanta, GA 30318)

A storage unit converted into a coffee shop. Very cool! Great coffee and a couple spaces to set up studying.

Octane Westside (1009 West Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318)
A vestige of when Octane was Atlanta’s very own coffee roaster, Octane West has punk vibes, local art on the walls, and lots of space to get to work. Oh, and they have a full bar that opens in the afternoons for when you need a reward after a day of studying. Open late!

Spiller Park (Ponce City Market: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308; Toco Hill Shopping Center: 2929 North Druid Hills Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30329)

Ponce City Market: The market offers free WiFi so you can grab your coffee downstairs and head to the second level for less noise and lots of outlets.

Toco Hills: great coffee and more of a traditional café. Also, really close to Rollins!

East Pole Coffee Co. (255 Ottley Dr NE #105, Atlanta, GA 30324)

Modern café near Peachtree Hills.

Joe’s East Atlanta Coffee Shop (510 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316)

Super cozy! Lots of armchairs and nooks. Open late!

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar (Ponce City Market: 650 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308; Decatur: 419 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030)

Ponce City Market: Can be pretty busy on weekends, especially when the weather is nice. Lots of covered outdoor seating with a huge comfy swing. They also offer free WiFi. Dog friendly too!

Decatur: Really great for early morning work – not as crowded. Has outdoor searing and free WiFi. (This is my personal favorite coffee shop)

Ebrik Coffee Room (309 E College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030)

Has an older rustic feel which is super cozy.

The Poncey Highland (640 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306)

Has somewhat dim lighting inside with comfy chairs. Could be good for a coffee date or to just relax and read a book.