Toast - 326 Vine St., (423) 756-9995, M - F, 7 am - 6 pm; Sat-Sun, 8 am - 2 pm
Stone Cup Coffee Bar
In the vibrant North Shore area of the city, Stone Cup is equal to its radiant surroundings. Whether you’re stopping in on your way to work, doing some last-minute studying before an exam or just coming to meet up with friends, Stone Cup fits the needs of many. Divided into two sections— one side features comfy (and I mean comfy) couches, tables and bookshelves, the other is more secluded, decorated with artwork for a quieter experience for crammers of caffeine and sloppy notes. The shop also offers pastries—and beer, for those looking to just hangout after work. With a great view of the river and Bluff View Art District, the outdoor balcony brings another relaxing feel to the already trendy North Shore area.
Stone Cup - 330 Frazier Ave., (423) 265-5010, stonecupcoffeebar.com, M - W, 7 am - 9 pm; Th-Sat, 7 am - 11 pm; Sun, 7 am - 9 pm
Camp House Espresso
If your tastes veer toward the creative and artsy, you’re going to love the Camp House, a laptop-lovers’ Wi-Fi paradise located on Williams Street in an old warehouse on the Southside that continues a popular urban theme. The relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere is ideal for studying students, quiet conversations or friendly rendezvous. Poetry, music and storytelling performances are no strangers here—the coffeehouse is a popular venue for many local artists who follow the open-mic circuit every Thursday and during other monthly events. And, oh yeah, the coffee. The Camp House seeks to creatively build a better coffee culture by employing Fair Trade practices and using exact methods in serving high-quality coffee. And who doesn’t love latté art? Camp House baristas design some of the city’s best (see video accompanying this story online at chattanoogapulse.com). Complete with a menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner this house does much more than coffee—one of The Pulse’s favorite hangouts.
Camp House Espresso - 1427 Williams St., (423) 702-8081, thecamphouse.com Mon - Sat, 7 am - 7 pm (later for live events)
The Hot Chocolatier
Another non-traditional entry, the HC’s native owners Wendy and Brandon Buckner mastered their craft through study in France and Belgium, bring the boutique-style trend of European chocolate shops to Chattanooga at The Hot Chocolatier—and that’s good enough for us. After all, what goes better with coffee than chocolate? That’s a crack-meets-crack combination that’s hard to beat. A newly opened space features a window allowing customers to see the production of truffles and cupcakes, ensuring everything is truly “made from scratch.” While specialties revolve around sweet treats like French macaroons, Whiskey Pecan Bread Pudding, squirrel cake and gourmet chocolates, The Hot Chocolatier offers an array of deliciously unique hot drinks. If you’re looking to add a little sugar and spice to the average morning drink, The Hot Chocolatier is for you. They offer the Original Dark Chocolate drink, along with the appropriately named Hottie. Like all good things, the Hottie includes chocolate with hints of ancho, cayenne and chipotle peppers mixed in. In addition to creating artisan drinks and tiny treats, The Hot Chocolatier can create one-of-a-kind chocolate sculptures for any occasion. After all, why have an ice swan at a wedding when there could be a chocolate swan? Parking available both on West Main Street and in the adjacent lot.
The Hot Chocolatier - 201 W. Main St. , (423) 266-3066, thehotchocolatier.com, Tues - Thur, 11 am - 7 pm; Fri - Sat, Noon - 9 pm