We drank one too many cups of McDonald’s coffee on the way down to Nashville from Chicago, so the first thing we had on our list when we arrived was to hunt down a decent cup of coffee. We had no idea what kind of treat we were in for when we turned into the parking lot at the Nashville coffee house, Barista Parlor.
The building is actually tucked back from the road, and it didn’t have a big flashing marquee along the main road letting you know you had arrived.
The marquee in this photo is actually inside the Barista Parlor gates.
In coffee heaven, these would be the pearly gates because this Nashville coffee house has one of the best cups of coffee I have ever had.
They use organic coffee beans and offer a variety of blends with flavor descriptions to help you figure out which blend may be to your liking. We enjoyed the coffee so much, we went back for more the next day and would have kept going back, had we not left for home the following day.
Although the ambiance completed the whole experience, quite honestly I would drink this coffee while sitting in a damp and dingy basement, (as in my very own scary basement) if required.
The building must have been a garage at one time, hence the abundance of garage doors. Everywhere I looked I saw salvage, chippy, vintage or industrial. Hanging light fixtures with Edison bulbs kept the atmosphere low key. Clever use of salvage all around and they even had a collection of vinyl records in alphabetical order, no less.
Not only is Barista Parlor a coffee heaven, it’s a hipster haven, as well. Coffee houses and hipsters just kind of go together, so there was really no surprise to see “the cool people” hanging out. They were friendly, unobtrusive and didn’t seem to mind us dorky, middle-aged (except for my niece) women crashing their scene…if you know what I mean;}
Barista Parlor is located on the east side of Nashville near the 5 Points district which unlike the bright lights and honky tonks of downtown Nashville, you will find an eclectic scene full of alternative music venues, bars, restaurants, thrift stores and plenty of unique and trendy shops.
When your reach your destination on a trip, do you like to head straight for the main attraction, or do you like to venture off the trail a bit and see what you can find?
Hope your week is hip! ~ Amy
For more on our Nashville trip:
Have you ever tried Nashville hot chicken?
Have you been to the Nashville honky tonks?