Coffee Shop Series - Barista Parlor
It's been over a couple of months since Nashville and, yes, as I watched my instagram stories fill up with CMA Fest, the Preds in the Stanley Cup, and just about anything having to do with Nashville, I'm missing it more than I already did. One thing that nobody told us when we were planning our trip was how good the coffee in Nashville was. Everyone was so focused on making sure we tried the food and listened to the music, we didn't even think about the coffee of it all.
I come from San Diego and San Francisco - two places that have a coffee scene like nowhere else. Expectations are always a bit high because of that but believe me when I say that Nashville's coffee scene is on par with everything else that city has to offer which is nothing less than amazing. Which brings us to our next stop on the coffee shop series!
As someone who lives for the aesthetic of places, I would one hundred percent be in love with this place even if they didn't sell coffee. it's an intersection of commerce and art that you know would be hard to recreate anywhere else in the world. With motorcycles lining the perimeters, barstools and wooden tables filling the lobby and an all around warehouse type openness - it's hard not to feel like you should be wearing a leather jacket and ripped jeans - in the best way possible. Honestly, I felt like way more of a badass than I actually am once I left this place.
They've been open since 2011 and it seems to be a place locals love because they have three locations spread around the city which seems like just the right amount for this place. I wouldn't expect them to expand too much - not because they don't deserve it (I'd kill for them to somehow bring it over to the Bay Area.) but it would lose what they're about if you could find these everywhere. They are spread out enough to where no matter what part of Nashville you're in, you'll be close enough if you're craving a cup of coffee, but far enough to where it still feels like a luxury.
We went to two of their three locations - Germantown and the original in East Nashville. They do have one downtown which is their newest location and from what I've heard is a bit of a different vibe than the other two but we never made it down to that one. I LOVED their location on Gallatin. It was kind of hidden, and if it wasn't for the wall being painted, we would have missed it. They have a giant courtyard that actually is home to an event they have monthly that includes yoga and coffee - WHAT?? Just another thing to add to the pro list of moving to Nashville.
I can't talk about this place enough - honestly, I don't even know how to describe it because it's so different from any coffee shop I've been to. They do work with local artists, businesses, farms, and bakeries which you all know is super important to me which might be another reason why I am recommending this place to anyone who travels over to Music City. The menu was slightly confusing (we opted for an iced latte because when in doubt, go with what you know) but after some research, I found that they feature espresso from other coffee shops - including Sightglass which you can find here in San Francisco.
From simple to something any coffee connoisseur would dream of, you'll find it at Barista Parlor. So that's it for stop two on our Coffee Shop Series! Let me know in the comments below if you've ever stumbled upon a coffee shop while traveling that took you by surprise!