Coffee 101: Top 5 Coffee Shops in Gatlinburg

Exploring all of what Gatlinburg has to offer can be quite a journey. Fuel up with a cup of joe that will have you trekking all day long. Why settle for hotel or gas station coffee when you have plenty of local shops to choose from? 

Take the opportunity to experience some genuinely fantastic coffee shops that locals know and love. 

Now buckle up and check out the 4 best shops to get a cup of joe;

Gatlinburg Grind

If you are looking for more than just a cup of coffee, Gatlinburg Grind is worth a visit. Their ultimate goal is to satisfy and pour up the freshest roasted beans available. What Gatlinburg Grind does differently is, instead of pouring over, they use the drip method. Implementing the drip method ensures a truly blissful experience. Overall this creates quality, consistency, and flavor that is priceless.

This coffeehouse also offers more than just coffee including a hot chocolate bar, with a variety of additions and toppings. Also available are fresh baked goods, and even cakes for special occasions like birthdays, weddings or anniversaries. Whatever you have in mind they will make a reality. 

Coffee & Company

A cup of joe that delivers peace, hope, and love is an experience worth wanting. This hidden gem brings tasty pastries and delicious coffee to the Village Shoppes. 

This welcoming atmosphere serves up fresh-roasted coffee along with a list of specialty drinks worth sampling. If you are interested in a companion for your coffee you are in luck, Coffee & Company offers a decadent selection of muffins and cookies. Before you leave, make sure to grab yourself a bag of their specialty coffee beans. You can continue this delightful journey even after you are back home. 

The Donut Friar

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A traditional favorite in The Village is Donut Friar. Aside from their delicious coffee, we think the best part is the smell that lures you in before you even see their sign. The aroma of freshly made donuts, cinnamon rolls, coffee, and of course their world-famous cinnamon bread calls you from miles. Donut Friar is an affordable stop and has been faithfully serving locals and tourists since 1969. To accompany your cup of joe, espresso, cappuccino, or latte, make sure to choose from their wide variety of donuts. Ranging from $0.97 to $1.14 each, these donuts go fast. 

Maddie Mae’s Cafe & Creamery 

Serving up a robust cup of coffee and locally roasted in Maryville, TN Maddie Mae’s Cafe & Creamery is everything you’d look for in a small town shop. 

With a fully-equipped coffee bar and an assortment of ice cream, specialty sodas, and small to-go food items Maddie Mae’s is a one-stop-shop for all your needs. Our favorite way to put some pep in our step is ordering the latte. Offered hot or cold and an exciting array of flavors, with all the Torani syrups you can think of, your drink will be nothing but flavorful. Of course, this cafe also serves other favorites like cappuccinos, macchiatos, and other espresso drinks, but their lattes are bestsellers for a good reason. 

Lastly, if you are really wanting to spice up your usual coffee intake, definitely try the Affogato. This consists of a creamy scoop of ice cream with a shot of espresso poured over the top. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed. 

Ski Mountain Grind Haus

You may not be blown away by the selection Ski Mountain Grind Haus has to offer. Although, you will always find high-quality, comforting drinks and mouthwatering pastries that hit the spot every time. 

Conveniently located in the heart of Ober Gatlinburg’s Tramway Mall, this is a delightful stop on the way to the lift. Offering well-known favorites such as chai lattes, hot chocolate, and other espresso drinks this little shop has a rustic cozy feel to it. With hand-lettered menu offerings on a chalkboard-style menu, Ski Mountain Grind Haus is the perfect place to stop. Whether you are going up to carve up some fresh snow or just exploring what Ober Gatlinburg has to offer. 

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. With that said, there’s no better way to start your day of adventures than with an inviting cup of coffee. On the other hand, if you’re looking to properly start off on the right foot, check out the top 5 breakfast spots in Gatlinburg