Culinary guide names Rembrandt’s Coffee House in Chattanooga as best in Tennessee

Staff Photo by Jennifer McNally / Baristas Isabelle Courtad, left, and Riley DiDonato serve up a hot mocha with a chocolate chip biscotti.
Staff Photo by Jennifer McNally / Baristas Isabelle Courtad, left, and Riley DiDonato serve up a hot mocha with a chocolate chip biscotti.

If you're in Chattanooga and looking for the best coffee shop in the state, you don't have to look far.

Editors at, an online culinary website, recently published a list of their favorite coffee shops across the country, naming Rembrandt's Coffee House as the best in Tennessee.

According to the site, has a global audience of more than 18 million viewers monthly. Editors selected Rembrandt's for its European charm in combination with its fresh menu choices.

Twenty-four year old Maggie MacChesney says that news isn't surprising. MacChesney lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and happened upon the coffee shop during her first visit to the Scenic City.

"It's so cozy, so picturesque," she said while visiting Rembrandt's last week. "It's like a little getaway. If I lived here, this would definitely be a place I'd come to read a book or catch up with friends."

Rembrandt's is a one-of-a-kind shop, with its only location in Chattanooga's Bluff View Arts District. This August, the family-owned business will celebrate its 30-year anniversary.

  photo  Staff Photo by Jennifer McNally / Weekends are always bustling at Rembrandt's, and there are lots of decisions to be made while waiting to order.

"We've been serving the Chattanooga community for a long time now," Courtney Daugherty, Bluff View Inn's director of marketing, said in an interview. "We've seen lots of change over the years, and we're proud to be a part of it.

"There's a certain comfort here. People can hang out with friends, study, read a book, or just have a peaceful moment to themselves."

TastingTable writer Matt Melzer mentioned the Bluff View's Mediterranean architecture, detailed ironwork and narrow French doors along with the café's menu of specialty coffee drinks, sandwiches and salads, fresh breads and pastries, and house-made chocolates.

"You wouldn't think southeastern Tennessee would be the place to find a little slice of Europe. But tucked into Chattanooga's Bluff View Arts District, you just might think you've crossed an ocean when sipping an espresso in the courtyard outside Rembrandt's Coffee House," he wrote.

"You can spend a warm Tennessee afternoon tasting macarons and nursing a latte, like you're in a sidewalk café that happens to be filled with Southern accents."

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  photo  Staff Photo by Jennifer McNally / The shaded patio is a popular place for customers to soak in the European architecture and charm of the Bluff View Arts District.

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