Grab a cup and stay awhile: a guide to Decatur cafes

Now that you’ve driven down to Decatur, you can’t leave without having a cup of Joe and a treat. Café’s are tucked away in the streets of downtown Decatur and missing one would be unfortunate. So, here are a few different cafés to check out whenever you find yourself in Decatur.

New Orleans Snowball Café: This café brings the lively vibes of New Orleans to Decatur. Not only does this shop sell tasty snowballs (shaved ice), but you can’t leave without grabbing yourself a bag of flavored popcorn for the road. And if the delicious flavors don’t send you off with a smile, then the friendly staff will.

Items to Try:

  1.      Lady Marmalade Popcorn
  2.      French Quarter Popcorn
  3.      Peach Snowball topped with Strawberry Ice cream
  4.      Wedding cake Snowball topped with Marshmallow Fluff and Hershey
  5.      Trinity Popcorn

Location:  340 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Decatur, GA 30030

New Orleans Snoball Café brings some Louisiana charm to Georgia with their classic shaved ice treats and popcorn selection Photo by Justin Clay | The Signal

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Revolution Donuts: Have you ever eaten a donut that made you feel sick in the best way? Revolution Donuts does nothing less. This perfectly cozy donut shop sells an assortment of donuts that makes your mouth water the second you walk into the shop. If the treats aren’t reason enough to go then the Instagrammable décor and feel should be the icing on the cake. Donut miss out.

Items to try:

  1.      Cinnamon Sugar (Yeast Style)
  2.      Raspberry Sprinkle (Yeast Style)
  3.      Caramel Bacon (Yeast Style)
  4.      Salted Caramel (Baked Cake Style)
  5.      True Blueberry (Yeast Style)

Location: 908 West College Ave Decatur, GA  30030

Decatur sweet spot, Revolution Doughnuts, satisfies a variety of customers with doughnut flavors such as caramel bacon, raspberry sprinkle, and cinnamon sugar Photo by Justin Clay | The Signal

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Java Monkey: This bohemian shop offers more than just a good cup of joe. The Walkers in Downtown Decatur are able to get wine, sandwiches and even a little entertainment. This shop offers different forms of entertainment for coffee drinkers, from live music to spoken word. This is the true hipster paradise.

Items to try:

  1.      The Bat (panini sandwich)
  2.      Brie Plate
  3.      Mango Iced Tea
  4.      Hot Chocolate
  5.      Java Chef (salad)

Location: 425 Church St. Decatur, GA, 30030

Upcoming Events at Java Monkey

          Nov. 14: Joe Smith

          Nov. 18: Funky Monkey, Standup Comedy

          Nov. 22: Open Mic, Spoken Word

          Nov. 27: Ian Gilbert

          Nov. 28: Jeff Ruby

More events can be found on javamonkeymusic.com

If interested in booking a gig at Java Monkey contact Garrett at Javamonkeybooking@gmail.com.

With live poetry readings and an assortment of tasty pastries, Java Monkey caters to those seeking a trendy and artistic café to unwind at. Photo by Justin Clay | The Signal

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Kavarna Bistro Café: If the difficulty of pronouncing the name doesn’t give off “cool” vibes then the beautiful corner side location will. This bistro café mix if the perfect spot for locally roasted coffee and entertainment.  Kavarna offers customers beer and wine options along with soups, sandwiches and obviously coffee.

Items to try:

  1.      Chicken sausage bruschetta sandwich
  2.      Ajvar hummus
  3.      Frozen chi
  4.      Iced Zack (coffee and espresso)
  5.      The Aegean

(Beer and wine choices are up to you)

Location: 707B East Lake Dr. Decatur, GA 30030

Upcoming events at Kaarna Bistro Café:

          Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m.: Harrison Brown and Caroline Culver

          Nov. 21 at 8:30 p.m.: AM Gold and The Scragglers

          Nov. 22 at 5:30 p.m.: Poetry

          Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m.: Crops of Canaan

More can be found on kavarnadecatur.com

Kavarna welcomes you to the neighborhood of historic Oakhurst through the shop’s versatility of foods, beverages, and events. Photo by Justin Clay | The Signal

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Dancing Goats: Although, there is a lack of actual goats, this café does not disappoint the taste buds. Several caffeinated beverage options are offered that can be paired with different pastries they have.  Go and enjoy their laid back vibe and awesomely named drink a Chilly Goat (So cool).

Items to Try:

  1.      Mocha Chilly Goat
  2.      Hot Chocolate
  3.      Chi Chilly Goat
  4.      Iced Chi
  5.      Italian Soda

Location: 419 W. Ponce De Leon Decatur, GA 30030

Dancing Goats Dancing Goats will prepare a latte with a beautiful image for customers to enjoy. Photo by Jade Johnson | The Signal
Dancing Goats
Dancing Goats will prepare a latte with a beautiful image for customers to enjoy.
Photo by Jade Johnson | The Signal

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ChocoLaté Coffee: Nothing less than a perfect indie café.  This café offers desirous pastries and tops beverages with art work, you know, the ones that are worth taking a picture of?  Not only can you sip their coffee in store but you can also buy a bag of beans for your home.

Items to Try:

  1.   California ‘Cop’ made with soy
  2.   Turtle Track Latte
  3.   Peanut Butter Cup Frappe
  4.   Mudslice Shaker Frappe
  5.   Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Location: 2094 N Decatur Rd Decatur, GA 30303

ChocoLate Coffee is a comfortable place with interesting chalk art written café. Photo by Jade Johnson| The Signal
ChocoLate Coffee is a comfortable place with interesting chalk art written café.
Photo by Jade Johnson| The Signal

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Café Checklist: How to know if a café is worth your time and money

  •  Staff: Nice, friendly and willing to explain something that you’re confused about. Unless you like rude service then that says a lot about what you’re like in the bedroom.
  •  Menu: Must have a variety of choices and/ or combinations.
  •  Food off of menu: Better than what you’d get at a Golden Coral brunch and not stale.
  •  Bathrooms: Clean.
  •  Sitting: Cool, comfortable and plenty of it.
  •  Atmosphere: Welcoming and doesn’t make you feel like you need a beanie and wide rim glasses to fit in.
  •  Music: Not some forced corporate playlist, we want the staff’s choice.

Decatur is full of delicious, and photographable, café options. So sit back, relax and take a sip.

About Nichole Place 55 Articles
Nichole Place is constantly crafting and is an avid re-decorator. Not only does she have a love of bright colors and patterns but she also is a pug fanatic. Nichole is the writer of the Lifestyle column and the creator of Sunshine-Somedays, a lifestyle blog. *Opinions on personal websites are of the author and not The Signal*

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