You need energy, but Java the Pup needs to release some. Head to ParkGrounds and sip an expertly crafted cappuccino while he roams the spacious, fenced-in yard with his playmates.
ParkGrounds, 142 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast, Reynoldstown (678-528-9901 or parkgrounds.com).
You’ll go for the fresh sweets (cinnamon rolls, s’mores cupcakes, giant oatmeal cream whoopie pies), but stick around for farm-to-mug Counter Culture coffee with flavored syrups in the Euro-bakery-meets-country-cafe.
Mae’s Bakery, 2770 Lenox Road, suite b4, Buckhead (404-565-0938 or maesbakeryatl.com).
Lunching and brunching at Souper Jenny’s sister spot is divine, but we have a premonition you’ll also want to pick up a colorful mug, fill it with a Batdorf & Bronson brew, and relax in the attic among spiritual books, candles, and a psychic or two.
Cafe Jonah and the Magical Attic, 3188 Paces Ferry Place, Buckhead (404-343-4107 or cafejonah.com).
The neighborhood coffeehouse could easily be called Inman Work, as the crowd is a productive bunch; though the recent addition of a full bar takes the edge off a bit.
Inman Perk Coffee, 240 North Highland Avenue, suite h, Inman Park (678-705-4545 or inmanperkcoffee.com).
Work or relax in the charming downstairs market with a self-serve mug (the Parish regular is our preferred blend). Cozy up in an armchair, gather round the massive communal table, or soak up the sun on the patio. Good luck resisting the baked goods.
Parish Foods & Goods, 240 North Highland Avenue, Inman Park (404-681-4434 or parishatl.com).
An air of sophistication permeates the industrial cafe (concrete floor, metal chairs, reclaimed pine tables) serving Counter Culture coffee, Holeman & Finch pastries, and scrumptious sandwiches. Or maybe that’s just the sleek espresso bar.
Condesa Coffee, 480 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue Northeast, suite 100, Old Fourth Ward (404-524-5054 or condesacoffee.com).
Escape to the Candler Park hideaway for coffee and a scone or afternoon tea (daily, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.) while surrounded by books, antiquey paintings, and colorful characters. No breath-holding required.
Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party, 1645 McLendon Avenue Northeast, Candler Park (404-474-1402 or drbombays.com).
Take the city’s coolest creatives and eager entrepreneurs, add some hipster baristas and wicked French presses, a full bar, and artsy events on the regular, and you get much more than a coffee shop in the heart of the Westside.
Octane Coffee, 1009b Marietta Street Northwest, Westside (404-815-9886 or octanecoffee.com).
Get your Octane fix on the other side of town in a bright, beautiful space at The Jane shared with The Little Tart Bakeshop, purveyors of local fruit galettes, salted caramel nut tarts, baked-fresh-daily ham and cheese croissants, and more enticing eats.
The Little Tart Bakeshop with Octane Coffee, 437 Memorial Drive, suite a6, Grant Park (404-348-4797 or littletartatl.com).
East Atlanta Villagers (and those who share the same easygoing M.O.) flock to the java joint for fresh brews and local pastries, a cool place to study/work, and a friendly chat with neighbors.
Joe’s East Atlanta Coffee Shop, 510 Flat Shoals Avenue, East Atlanta Village (404-521-1122 or facebook.com).
When you can’t decide between wine and cheese or coffee and dessert, JavaVino offers it all (and won’t judge if you order everything at once). The house coffee is from Nicaragua (like co-owner Heddy Kuhl); espresso drinks and teas spice up the experience even more.
JavaVino, 579 North Highland Avenue, Poncey-Highland (404-577-8673 or javavino.com).
The best things come in small packages — namely, impeccable cafe au laits served in bowls, Counter Culture coffee, Valhrona hot chocolate, savory snacks, and indulgences like banana s’mores nut bars in a compact (read: cozy) space.
Caffeine enthusiasts have long loved the wide selection of local Batdorf & Bronson beans in the sunny, spacious Decatur location (the fresh baked goods are a sweet bonus). But the new Ponce City Market spot brings a vacationy vibe thanks to a rocking deck (literally — there are rocking Adirondack chairs).
Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, 419 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur (404-687-1100 or facebook.com); 650 North Avenue Northeast, Old Fourth Ward (404-874-0370 or facebook.com).
Catch a buzz with a cup of Costa Rican or Colombian coffee at the relaxed hangout created by two anti 9-to-5ers. Will find: badass baristas. Won’t find: corporate attitudes.
Aurora Coffee, 468 Moreland Avenue, Little Five Points (404-523-6856 or auroracoffee.com); 992 North Highland Avenue, Virginia Highland (404-607-1300 or auroracoffee.com).