Caffeine, tasty pastries at coffeehouses

Caffeine, tasty pastries at coffeehouses

March 28th, 2010 by Holly Leber in Chattanooganow2010

Staff File Photo by Angela Lewis Jeni Sellers works on her laptop in Greyfriar's Coffee Shop.

Staff File Photo by Angela Lewis Jeni Sellers works...

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Historic St. Elmo features spots such as Pasha Coffee & Tea, an organic and fair trade espresso bar.

Call it java, joe or jitter juice, who doesn't need a cup of coffee once in awhile? Fortunately, Chattanooga is chock full of places to get that caffeine fix and much more.

Rembrandt's, 204 High St.: Rembrandt's has something for everyone.

"It's definitely casual and comfortable, but certain times of night, you can find little enclaves to be romantic," said Michele Kephart, director of marketing and sales for the Bluff View Art District.

The shop's pastries include delicacies such as Italian cream cake, coconut macaroons and Sonata cake. Breakfast and lunch options, featuring bread baked daily at the Bluff View Bakery, are available as well. All the coffee - fair trade - is roasted on site.

Greyfriar's, 406 Broad St.: Greyfriar's attracts the working crowd and college students to its Broad Street locale. In the heart of downtown, it's a great meeting spot for a friendly java, a study session, a work breakfast or a first date.

Greyfriar's breakfast menu includes waffles, oatmeal and eggs.

Stone Cup, 330 Frazier Ave.: After being closed a few months, Stone Cup on Frazier Avenue reopened its doors in September.

The renovations added space, a bar and bookshelves.

"The owner is really big on reading," said manager Adrianne Allen, "and he really wanted to open a shop that had a cool atmosphere to read."

Featuring books that had been placed on banned lists, Stone Cup provides reading material for customers to enjoy while relaxing on roomy leather sofas or lounging on the balcony with a coffee.

Joe Friday's, 825 Houston St.: In the fall of 2009, the Lord family, which has moved between Fort Yukon, Alaska, and Chattanooga, opened Joe Friday's Alaskan Coffeehouse.

"We have a very homey, comforting feeling," said Jessica Lord, 22. "It feels like a ski lodge."

The establishment is family run and features a cozy upstairs sitting area with couches and low tables.

Some of the food is Alaskan themed as well, including a smoked salmon bagel and a coffee drink called a Klondike - a double-shot, white chocolate mocha.

Chattz, 1010 Market St.: For the busy business men and women of downtown Chattanooga, there's no better place to stop in for a morning latte than Chattz.

Featuring a full-scale espresso bar, bagels, biscotti and various pastries, Chattz on Market Street is the perfect place to pick up breakfast before the morning meeting.

Chattz also sells chocolates from local business The Hot Chocolatier.