If you’re anything like us, you like to start your day with a nice, warm cup of coffee – even on vacation! Nothing helps you prepare for a fun day of exploring the Great Smoky Mountains or walking around downtown Gatlinburg like a little boost of caffeine. Fortunately, the Smokies are home to a number of spectacular cafes that serve a mean cup o’ joe. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a handy guide to the top six coffee shops in Gatlinburg TN and Pigeon Forge TN.
1. Burg Coffees
Located in the Reagan Terrace Mall, Burg Coffees is considered something of a hidden gem in Gatlinburg. This charming little cafe offers a variety of delicious specialty coffees, lattes, espresso, frappes, and smoothies. Burg Coffees has built a devoted following for using the very best ingredients, including locally roasted beans for their coffee and fresh fruit for their smoothies. Some of the most popular drinks at Burg Coffees include the Pumpkin Pie Latte, Death by Chocolate Frappe, Caramel Macchiato, and the Mango Madness Smoothie. Visitors to Burg Coffees will also find a great selection of homemade pastries and desserts to indulge in.
Coffee and Company has been a fixture of downtown Gatlinburg for nearly 25 years! Tucked away among The Village Shops, this excellent cafe is a coffee lover’s dream. Guests at Coffee and Company can enjoy gourmet coffee flavors like Kentucky Bourbon, Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Truffle, Creme Brulee, and Southern Pecan. If you’re not sure which variety to order, the shop’s super friendly barista will be happy to make a recommendation. Coffee and Company also sells bags of beans and K-Cups that you can use at home
3. The Village Cafe & Creamery
Just steps away from Coffee and Company, you’ll find another one of the very best coffee shops in Gatlinburg TN, The Village Cafe & Creamery. This beloved shop gets all of its beans from a roaster in nearby Maryville, TN. Highlights of The Village Cafe’s menu include the Cuban Espresso (an espresso shot that is sweetened with natural brown sugar), Cafe au lait (a New Orleans favorite made with scalded milk and roasted chicory root), and Affogato (a blend of espresso, ice cream, and chocolate sauce). In addition to its many beverages, The Village Cafe also serves fantastic house-made ice cream and sandwiches.
Believe it or not, The Village features yet another wonderful place for coffee! Open at 5 a.m. each morning, The Donut Friar serves spectacular coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, and espresso. Of course, no trip to the Friar would be complete without sampling one of their legendary melt-in-your-mouth pastries. You simply can’t go wrong with their donuts, eclairs, or cinnamon bread. Be sure to have cash on hand when you visit The Donut Friar because they do not accept cards.
5. Stillwater Cold Brew Coffee
Stillwater Cold Brew Coffee may be the most unique coffee shop in Gatlinburg. This company uses fresh mountain spring water to cold brew high-quality coffee, which is extra smooth and has 67% less acidity than traditionally brewed coffee. All of the coffee at Stillwater can be served iced or hot and the Coffee Bar’s friendly staff will let you sample a variety of flavors so you can find one that you love.
Located just a short walk from The Old Mill, Espresso Yourself is a can’t-miss stop for any visit to Pigeon Forge. This welcoming cafe offers wonderful coffee, tea, frappes, and, of course, espresso. Some of the most-buzzed-about drinks at Espresso Yourself include the Peanut Butter Cup Latte, Banana Cream Pie Frappe, and the Cookies-N-Cream Frappe. Anyone with a sweet tooth will also love Espresso Yourself’s fantastic baked goods.
Where to Stay in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
When you stay with Hearthside Cabin Rentals, you will be near all of these superb coffee shops in Gatlinburg TN and Pigeon Forge TN. Our cabins come with your choice of amenities, including fully furnished kitchens, decks with beautiful views, theater rooms, game rooms, and swimming pools. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 18 bedroom lodges, we are guaranteed to have the perfect accommodations for your escape. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!