By Kiki Whartenby and Emmaline Rogers
Emmaline Rogers (10) and Kiki Whartenby (10) spend the day in coffee shops, giving reviews on various cafes scattered throughout Memphis.
Looking for new places to explore? Memphis has a plethora of coffee shops that are perfect for late night study sessions or a relaxing moment with a friend. We went to four of the coffee shops/cafes in Memphis to see what each has to offer.
Ugly Mug is a small coffee shop on Poplar ave. The idea behind the name is exhibited through their large collection of funky or “ugly” mugs inside of the shop. Although the inside is quite small and not the best place to hold a private conversation, I recommend going inside to check out their cool mugs. If you are in a rush, the drive-through is perfect; it’s efficient and they’re very good about getting your order right the first time.
Java Cabana can be best described as a hidden treasure. On Cooper Young, close to Goner Records, Imagine Vegan Cafe, Burke's Books, and many other great places, the location is perfect. Java Cabana offers board games for anyone to use, a vintage clothing rack, weekly mic nights, and many other fantastic quirks. Not only is the atmosphere cozy, welcoming, and aesthetically pleasing, but the vast array of different coffee drinks and homemade treats make it feel like home. If you seek a sanctuary, an escape from your hectic day-to-day life, Java will never fail to provide.
Cafe Eclectic is a hip cafe with three locations: Highland, McLean, and Harbor Town Square. Cafe Eclectic has, without a doubt, the best coffee in Memphis. Not only do they offer incredible coffee, but they also offer many great food options since they are open for all three meals. We tried their vegan pancakes, and they were possibly the best pancakes we’ve have ever eaten. Topped with homemade granola and fresh blueberries and strawberries, they were flavorful, light, and rendered a very colorful and pleasing appearance. A trip to Cafe Eclectic is guaranteed to be memorable.
Otherlands, on Cooper, is made up of three rooms filled with painted tables, couches, and big squishy armchairs. The walls are painted bright colors to match the various patterns of the furniture and local artists’ displays that change monthly. With soft music playing in the background and a rather calm atmosphere, Otherlands is the perfect place to write, read, or just sit and think. They offer a wide variety of coffees, teas, smoothies, cookies, muffins, fizzy drinks, and various other foods. The cinnamon toast, with more butter and sugar than anything else, is to die for, especially after a stressful school day. You can melt right into a chair with a hot cup of coffee and a plate of that toast to warm the heart.
Overall, coffee shops are a great place to be. No matter which one you choose or which one chooses you, they all offer a relaxing feeling and yummy food. Whether you’re just starting the day with a fresh cup of coffee to prepare you for what’s to come, or you’re reaching the end of your day and biting into a freshly baked muffin to finish the evening peacefully, at least one of these shops will be exactly what need. What more could a St. Mary’s girl wish for?