Coffee and Beignets at Caffé Bela in the Westside Neighborhood of Atlanta

There aren’t too many places in Atlanta where you can get authentic New Orleans beignets. Luckily, you can get your coffee fix and try out delicious, made-to-order beignets at Caffé Bella, located in the Blandtown neighborhood in the Westside/West Midtown of Atlanta (within the Apex West Midtown apartment complex).

I visited this unassuming place in 2018, and had a wonderful experience chatting with the owner, Stephanie Thomas. Stephanie spent eight years studying the art of coffee sourcing and preparation (including time spent in Nicaragua) before opening up Caffé Bella. Stephanie’s training was at the Bellissimo Coffee School in Portland, OR and Counter Culture Coffee in Atlanta, GA.

While coffee, tea, and beignets are the focus of Caffé Bella, there is also a lunch menu as well as a wine and beer bar. You can peruse the entire menu here.

Photos from a visit to Caffé Bella are below.

Exterior of Caffé Bella in the Westside neighborhood of Atlanta. There is free parking inside the Apex Apartment complex.

It is hard to be at $5 beignets!

Interior of Caffé Bella. There is plenty of light inside the space.

Interior of Caffé Bella.

Details from inside Caffé Bella.

Of course, you have to order the beignets if you come to Caffé Bella. The beignets are prepared in less than ten minutes from your order. The beignets were beautifully presented and were delicious. No need to travel to New Orleans to try authentic beignets!

The beignets at Caffé Bella. Warm and delicious!

Another view of the beignets prepared at Caffé Bella.

Caffé Bella has a rotating coffee menu every week.

One can also order roasted coffee beans to go.

A sample of beer and wine available at Caffé Bella.

Front counter of Caffé Bella.

After chatting with Stephanie during my visit, it was evident that Caffé Bella aims to serve as a community spot for locals who enjoy great coffee and conversations. Stephanie is a woman on a mission, as her coffee cup reiterates. The shop is spacious and the people working at Caffé Bella are so friendly.

If you are looking to taste some authentic beignets, check out Caffé Bella in the Westside district. Don’t forget to use the #CoffeeTeaBeignets hashtag if you are posting any of your photos on social media.

Caffé Bella
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1133 Huff Rd NW Suite F
Atlanta, GA 30318
Google Maps link
ph: 404-549-9116

Hours of operation:
Monday-Wednesday: 7AM to 7PM
Thursday-Saturday: 7AM to 9PM
Sunday: 9AM to 4PM

Coffee and Elixirs at Gilly Brew Bar in the Historic Mayor's House in Stone Mountain, GA

Gilly Brew Bar is located in the historic Mayor’s House in Stone Mountain, GA. Husband and wife team Daniel and Shellane Brown have worked together over the last three years to convert this vintage white home into a collection of businesses; the first completed phase was Gilly Brew Bar, a coffee shop with an eclectic coffee and tea menu. Future expansions call for a restaurant under the same roof at The Mayor’s House.

A brief profile of Stone Mountain, The Mayor’s House, and the opening of Gilly Brew Company is featured in the video below.

Here is how Daniel Brown, founder of Gilly Brew Bar, described the project and its purpose to bring community to Stone Mountain, GA:

As we dug deeper into this project, we quickly realized that we are positioned between a rock (Stone Mountain Park) and a hard place (City Hall Municipality). The largest stone mass in the world sits in our backyard, and it draws millions of visitors year round, making it Georgia’s top tourist destination. However, Stone Mountain Village is arguably one of the most negatively branded cities in America. Ironically and unfortunately, this mountain has also been the canvas of the largest confederate monument in the United States. This message has been very difficult to ignore, and for many, nearly impossible to forget. The racial divide and questionable history here have resulted in an under-developed downtown area, and dying sense of community. This is where our vision steps in: We believe that this property and dream will become the catalyst for transformation in Stone Mountain, GA.

In a true sense of community, Daniel Brown also envisions The Mayor’s House to serve as a collaborative work environment for local area entrepreneurs and business owners.

I had the chance to visit The Mayor’s House and Gilly Brew Bar a couple of weeks after it held its grand opening in June 2018. Photos from my visit to Gilly Brew Bar are below.

Daniel Brown, owner of Gilly Brew Bar, prepares my order. The Jamaican flag and the Union Jack are a reminder of Daniel’s family/relatives who have called Jamaica and the U.K. home.

The drinks at Gilly Brew Bar are based on a cocktail approach (they are called elixirs). The elixirs are rotated seasonally (a selection of the fall and winter elixirs appear on Gilly Brew Company’s YouTube channel).

The summer elixir menu at Gilly Brewing Company.

At the counter at Gilly Brew Bar.

During my visit, I decided to order “The Bey” per recommendation from Daniel. It was half lemonade, half cold brew coffee. Here is how Gilly Brew Bar describes “The Bey” from its summer collection:

The Bey is our most aesthetic beverage and is inspired by the Arnold Palmer and Yonce herself. Not only is this drink drop dead gorgeous, but it’s equally as delicious. The mellow mix of lemonade, basil, and cold brew leave you feeling chic and lively. In honor of Queen Bee we’ve even sweetened this one with a bit of honey. A big shoutout to all the ladies on this one. Take some swigs of the Bey and be reminded who runs the world…

The Bey, named after (and inspired by) Beyoncé.

The coffee and lemonade combination of The Bey was sublime and so very refreshing. I had never thought that lemonade and coffee could go so well together!

Naturally, I took the Bey to Gilly’s outdoor patio to enjoy it there:

The Bey at the outdoor patio at Gilly Brew Company.

The outdoor patio at Gilly Brew Bar is dog-friendly :-).

Looking toward the main entrance of Gilly Brew Bar.

The Mayor’s House in Stone Mountain Village was built in the 1800’s and was the residence of Mayor Andrew Johnson during the time of the Civil War. After renovations were completed, Gilly Brew Bar has an upstairs area which visitors can explore and/or drink their beverages.

View of Gilly Brew Bar from the stairs leading up to the second floor of The Mayor’s House.

Summer Elixirs were profiled in the second floor of Gilly Brew Bar.

The upstairs space at The Mayor’s House has ample sunlight.

A natural look—note the moss—adorns the walls of Gilly Brewing Company.

Gilly Brew Bar interior.

Gilly Brew Bar is located outside the perimeter in Atlanta, but it is definitely worth a trip to try their unique take on coffee concoctions with such seasonal elixirs as the Bey, the Hippie, Americoco, and the Gilbert. The beautiful historical setting and the very friendly owner(s) at Gilly only add to the amazing experience there. I highly recommend checking out Gilly Brew Bar if you’re in the Atlanta area.

Also, keep an eye out on the expansion of The Mayor’s House, as there are plans for a restaurant to arrive in the space in early 2019.

Gilly Brew Bar
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5329 Mimosa Dr.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Google Maps link

Hours of operation:
Monday-Thursday: 8AM to 8PM
Friday: 9AM to 6PM
Saturday: 9AM to 9PM
Sunday: closed

Taproom Coffee & Beer in the Historic Kirkwood Neighborhood of Atlanta

It’s mid-afternoon on the weekend: do you go for a cup of coffee or a craft beer? At Taproom Coffee & Beer in the historic Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta, the choice is yours: the menu consists of a nice selection of coffee plus seven to ten craft beers on tap (during my visit, I decided to try out one of the draft beers on tap).

Taproom Coffee is a great local spot in Atlanta tightly integrated into the Kirkwood community. The coffee is from a local roaster (and coffee shop) East Pole Coffee Company, many of the draft beers are from local Atlanta/Georgia breweries, and the pastries and other food items are fresh from another Atlanta-based vendor, H&F Bread Co. 

A few photos from Taproom Coffee are below.

The exterior of Taproom Coffee & Beer.

Interior of Taproom Coffee. The coffee for sale is from East Pole Coffee Company, a local Atlanta coffee roaster and coffee shop.

Lights on! The blues add a nice contrast against the golden glow.

Taproom Coffee is proud of its Kirkwood location and community.

A draft beer I ordered.

As of 10/1/2018, the following beers are available on draft at Taproom Coffee:

  • Wrecking Bar Breaking Bob

  • Brewery Ommegang Rosetta Kriek

  • Second Self Triforce

  • Wild Heaven Wise Blood

  • Reformation Cadence

  • Orpheus Sykophantes

  • Gate City Terminus

  • Southern Tier Pumking

  • Dogfish Head Bitches Brew

Artwork inside Taproom Coffee.

At the front counter of Taproom Coffee.

The coffee/tea menu is straightforward.

If beer/coffee/tea is not your style, you could always go for wine…

Coffee for sale from East Pole Coffee Co.

A selection of fresh pastries, cookies, and muffins are available.

If you prefer to have your coffee/beer at the bar, Taproom Coffee does not disappoint.

Interior of Taproom Coffee.

One interesting item of note: Taproom Coffee owner Jonathan Pascual advertises his consulting services to help individuals/businesses in starting a coffee business.

You can follow Taproom Coffee on Instagram, Facebook, or their blog. Also, there are a number of events happening at Taproom Coffee every month. For example, on 10/23/2018, Taproom Coffee held a free Home Coffee Brewing Class. Check the event page for details on upcoming events.

Taproom Coffee
1963 Hosea L Williams Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30317
Google Maps link
ph: 404-464-5435

Operating hours:
Monday-Thursday: 6:30AM to 10PM
Friday: 6:30AM to 9PM
Saturday: 7:30AM to 9PM
Sunday: 7:30AM to 8PM

Coffee with a View at Chattahoochee Coffee Company in Vinings, GA

Coffee with a view...

This is what you may expect when you visit Chattahoochee Coffee Company (Vikings location), which offers amazing views of the Chattahoochee River and surrounding forested well as a delicious selection of coffee.

However, to get here is not simply a matter of finding a parking space. The coffee house is located at the back of a residential apartment complex (The Walton on Chattahoochee). There is a gated entry and to get inside the complex you must dial 101 (alternatively, using the arrows on the visitor entry touchpad, scroll down to “Coffee Shop” in the directory). Then say “Coffee” or “Coffee Shop” and you should be granted entrance. It took me about five minutes to figure out the dial pad (never mind that I missed the turn into the complex on my first drive), but it was worth it!

If you want a unique coffee experience in a nature setting in Atlanta, definitely make the trek to Chattahoochee Coffee Company in Vinings. The only downside is that the Chattahoochee Coffee Company by the Chattahoochee River is not open on Saturday or Sunday! Otherwise, it’s definitely worth the visit during the work week.

Photos from Chattahoochee Coffee Company (Vinings/riverside location) are below.

Chattahoochee Coffee Company building.

Another angle of the picturesque setting.

The main coffee ordering area of Chattahoochee Coffee Company. Espresso drinks, brewed coffee, and tea are on the menu.

Chattahoochee Coffee Company serves Counter Culture coffee.

Looking around the coffee shop.

I ❤️ Coffee.

Coffee on the extensive outdoor patio/deck of Chattahoochee Coffee Company.

Outdoor views. Wouldn’t it be nice to lounge in one of those chairs?

Another outdoor view from Chattahoochee Coffee Company’s patio.

It was a misty/rainy evening, so not a lot outside activity.

Inside Chattahoochee Coffee Company.

Some friends chatting over coffee.

Exit, stage left.

The Vinings (riverside) location of Chattahoochee Coffee Company sits on one of the most picturesque plots of land in Atlanta. It is absolutely worth a visit to taste some amazing coffee and immerse yourself with the surrounding nature.

Take a stroll on the verdant grass, lounge on the long porch, or relax on one of the chairs next to the Chattahoochee River. Read a book. Meditate. You cannot go wrong at Chattahoochee Coffee Company, perhaps one of Atlanta’s best kept secrets!

Chattahoochee Coffee Company (Vinings / Riverside location)
6640 Akers Mill Rd. SE 
Atlanta, GA 30339
Google Maps link
ph: 770-955-0788

Hours of operation:

Monday-Friday: 7AM to 8PM
Saturday-Sunday: closed