Fuel Your Smoky Mountain Vacation with These Top 5 Gatlinburg Coffee Shops

Coffee & Company coffee shop sign

There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee to jump start your day. You need as much energy as possible to hit all the Smoky Mountain attractions in the area. Here’s a list of some of the best Gatlinburg coffee shops to fuel your Smoky Mountain vacation.

1. Gatlinburg Grind Coffee Shop and Bakery

If you make your way over to the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, stop by Gatlinburg Grind for a great cup of coffee. This Gatlinburg coffee shop uses fresh, locally roasted coffee beans that are ground to order. You’ll find coffees, espresso drinks, and cold brews in a variety of flavors to satisfy your coffee needs. If you’re not a huge coffee fan, they have energy boosting options for you, too. They serve Red Bull refreshers in an assortment of fruity flavors.

2. Painted Bear Coffee Co.

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community signFor a calm escape from the crowds of Gatlinburg, hop over to Painted Bear Coffee Co., also located in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. This local Gatlinburg coffee shop offers a unique coffee experience. Not only do they serve an assortment of hot and iced coffee drinks and tea options, but Painted Bear Coffee Co. also has art painted by the owner on display throughout the shop. You can sip on your drink while perusing the displays, and if one catches your eye, you can purchase the artwork to bring home with you.

3. Split Rail Eats

Split Rail Eats is not your average coffee shop. In fact, they’re actually a full-service restaurant that also serves a full espresso menu. That makes this the perfect one-stop-shop for lunch and an afternoon caffeine pick-me-up. You can also stop by on a Sunday morning and pair your coffee of choice with one of their unique Sunday brunch menu items. Split Rail Eats solely brews Mahalo Coffee, which is roasted locally in nearby Knoxville. You can get a latte, cold brew, affogato, or chai latte to fuel your day. 

4. Coffee & Company

White coffee cup with brown sleeve and black lidLocated in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg is Coffee & Company. This well-known Gatlinburg coffee shop sells signature blends and flavors of coffee and espresso beans that they roast themselves. They also have a large selection of flavored lattes and frappes that you can order hot or iced. Some of their most popular flavors include their Lavender White Mocha and Salted Campfire Latte. This coffee shop is located in The Village in Gatlinburg just two doors down from the famous Donut Friar. So, after you grab a donut you can walk over to Coffee & Company to wash it down with a cup of coffee.

5. Coffee Shack

Coffee Shack is so small that it’s easy to miss, but it’s definitely worth keeping your eye out for this one. This downtown Gatlinburg coffee shop has a walk-up window right on the main strip through which you place your order and pick it up. Located across the street from the Mountain Mall, Coffee Shack is less than a 15 minute walk from our Gatlinburg vacation rentals. You’ll enjoy their hot or iced coffee options including cold brews, lattes, frappes, and espresso. You can also get seasonal non-coffee drinks, such as chai tea lattes, ciders, hot chocolate, smoothies and more. Stop by for a drink as you explore downtown.

Pair a Donut with Your Coffee

We all know coffee and donuts are a match made in heaven. Now that you know some of the best Gatlinburg coffee shops, you also need to find out where you can get the best donuts so that you can pair them together for the ultimate combination. Here are some of the best donut shops in Gatlinburg that you have to try!