Spring Coffees You're Going to Love
Downtown's coffee scene is bursting with creative baristas whipping up decadent lattes, brews, teas, and even lemonades. We've collected some spring drinks throughout the Downtown district we're excited about.
Start sipping and find your favorite.
Awaken is THE spot for seasonal drinks with a coffee and tea menu that's ever-changing and always creative. This spring, we're excited to try the Peep Latte (how cute) and chocolate covered strawberry latte! The peep latte features a peep chick on top of a smooth latte of your choice. And the chocolate covered strawberry latte is so decadent that it's basically dessert.
Pinky up when you order Café 4's delicious Iced Vanilla Latte topped with whipped cream. It's an after-lunch or dinner indulgence that's sweet, creamy, and bold. Whether you're dining inside, upstairs, or on the patio, you won't regret starting your spring with this iced coffee!
Tucked away in an alley of off Gay Street, you will think you've found yourself in the romantic city of Florence. Café Vicolo is an Italian-style eatery offering locally-sourced, fresh-baked goods with sweet little outdoor tables to enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Enjoy their most popular Iced Honey Lavender Latte or any of the seasonal drinks that pop up on the daily menu.
Coffee & Chocolate
This spring, Coffee & Chocolate is featuring a Lavender Vanilla Latte, served either hot or cold. It pairs well with one of their spring macaron flavors, including Strawberry Banana, Key Lime, Vanilla Blackberry, Blueberry Lemon, and Chocolate Cherry! Yes, please. They've also created a seasonal Blackberry Lemonade that's tart, sweet, and perfect!
Ice Cream or Coffee? Why not both! Order up Cruze Farm's Affogato, a shot of espresso poured over ice cream. The perfect pick-me-up, and really, we can't think of any better pair. They also carry iced lattes, bottled brown butter lattes, and coffee-flavored ice cream! We can feel the caffeine energy coming from here!
The French Market Creperie
We all know the French Market has perfect crepes, but did you know they also create seasonal drinks? This spring, try their Sparkling Strawberry Agave Lemonade or Lavender Blueberry Herbal Iced Tea! Both are such refreshing treats. They also have sparkling French sodas, iced macadamia white chocolate latte, and hard lemonades. Just don't leave without their "Champagne Champion" t-shirt!
K Brew Coffee & Bagels
K Brew has a huge selection of springtime drinks. And they're known to be creative, so you need to check them out! Their signature drinks are their famed Iced Cinnamon Vanilla and Iced Honey Lavender Lattes. They are also carrying Berry Patch iced tea, Coconut Madagascar White iced tea, and Mango Black iced tea. We want to try them all!
Mahalo Coffee Roasters
Even though Spring Break is past us, one sip of Mahalo Coffee Roasters' Iced Coconut Mocha will take you straight to the ocean! It's rich, decadent, fresh, and oh so yummy. Other seasonal drinks in the new Downtown coffee shop are iced honey lavender lattes, banana berry smoothies, and passion fruit lemonade refreshers. And treat yourself to their carrot cake with lemon glaze.
Matt Robb's Biscuits
Tucked away in a perfect little shop on Market Street, Matt Robb's is good on three things: brilliant biscuits like nowhere else (if he runs out he closes, so get there early), personal service (he's the barista who always knows your name), and great coffees. This spring, enjoy the Iced Brown Sugar Latte on their patio paired with a build-your-own-biscuit with unique toppings like peanut butter, bacon, cinnamon, and honey.
Old City Java
At Old City Java, you won’t find seasonal frills…just some of the best espresso, teas, and pastries in town made with exceptional attention to detail. You can't beat a spring day on their patio tucked away in the Old City with an Iced Coffee (brewed hot and flash chilled over ice to preserve and highlight the character of the coffee) with a shot of creme fraiche caramel. Or, enjoy their Hibiscus Rooibos, a rejuvenating and tropical tea blend with tart hibiscus and zesty lemongrass. Don't forget your morning bun or fresh croissant!
Jacks of Knoxville
Enjoy a spring coffee on Jacks of Knoxville's outdoor patio, which will whisk you away from urban life to a hidden shaded spot in the trees. Their seasonal Rose Matcha Latte is a twist on their traditional green tea matcha latte with locally made rose syrup. A must-try this season! Plus, they are featuring Coffee Soda (a sparkling citrus espresso seltzer), a Honey Nut Latte (with Tennessee honey and coconut milk), and the Summer Special (a fruity cereal milk latte that’s fun and bright)!
What goes together better than iced coffee and doughnuts? We'll wait. Swing by Status Dough's Gay Street location for a seasonal lemon poppy seed doughnut paired with one of their iced coffees! Another must-try on the spring menu is the Blueberry Paczki paired with Kilogram Earl Grey Tea. And a Honey Lavender Latte with their dark chocolate ganache covered old fashioned is always a top choice.
Ruby Sunshine hails from New Orleans, so it's no surprise that they celebrate Mardi Gras-inspired food and drink on their menu all spring long. Try their Carnival Cocktail, a boozy iced coffee topped with festive sanding sugar and a king cake baby. Or, their Creamy Vanilla Spiced Latte with bold espresso, vanilla syrup, milk and cream topped with whipped cream and nutmeg. Pair your iced drink with their perfect, and we mean perfect, all-day brunch.
We've Got Spring Cocktails Too.
Some are refreshing, some bright, others a little naughty, but all are nice. Sip easy on a rooftop, patio, or swanky lounge — there's a spring craft cocktail for everyone.