Gabby D - June 2022

My Local Favorites

Who doesn’t love the Scenic City? Maybe I’m biased, but I think Chattanooga, TN is one of the most unique and special cities in the U.S. Whether you’re visiting from out of town or you’re a local looking for some new places to try, I’ve got ya' covered with a list of some of the best places to eat, shop, and enjoy in Chattanooga! From authentic eats to yummy treats & exciting activities, you’ll love what ‘Nooga has to offer. Because let’s be honest…this city is so much more than just “scenic.” 

For Coffee

If there’s one thing Chattanooga has, it’s a wide range of delicious coffee shops. As someone who enjoys not only a warm cup of coffee in the A.M. but an iced latte pick-me-up in the afternoon, I’ve tried many (maybe too many) coffee shops in Chatt. Here are some favorites! 

Milk & Honey

newly remodeled + delicious pastries

Try their signature Milk & Honey Latte!

Be Caffeinated

drive thru service + so many options

Try a Dirty Chai!

Goodman Coffee Roasters

premium roasting + a unique story

Try their drip coffee!

Mean Mug Coffeehouse

multiple locations + yummy food

Try an iced mocha!

For Breakfast & Brunch

Brunch - the most important meal of the day! Chattanooga is also known for its brunch scene, featuring breakfast items to make any foodie swoon. Waffles, biscuits, pancakes, and more - it’s time to load up on the carbs and check out the best brunch spots.

The Daily Ration

outdoor seating + sweet mimosas

Try their breakfast biscuit!

Niedlov's Bakery & Cafe

the best pastries on earth + Italy vibes

Try the Chocolate Cruffin or Blackberry Lavender Lemon Scone!

Maple Street Biscuit Company

biscuits made fresh daily + friendly staff

Try the Sweet Potato Fries with your biscuit (trust me)!

For Lunch

From sandwiches to pizza to tacos and more, Chattanooga has a wide variety of lunch spots that are pleasing to both the eye and the stomach. If you want a quick, filling lunch to fuel your adventures until dinner, these are a few of my favs.

Public House

local ingredients + upscale feel

Try the Public House Fried Chicken!

River Street Deli

hole-in-the-wall shop + authentic NY style deli

Try a traditional Reuben!

Taco Mamacita

heavenly tacos + fun cocktails

Try their Street Corn in a's one of my favorite foods!

Community Pie

variety of pizza styles + outdoor seating

Try their Margherita Pizza, or build your own!

For Dinner

The dinner & nightlife scene in Chattanooga is so unique! From low-key eats to state-of-the-art cuisine, these restaurants offer a variety of different meals & atmospheres…not to mention, you won’t find a bad item on the menu!

Urban Stack

killer burgers + all-natural ingredients

Try the Fried Green Tomato Burger!

Taqueria Jalisco

traditional Mexican dishes + modern feel

Try one of their tortas!

Il Primo

authentic Italian + moody atmosphere

Try the ciabatta bread!


made from scratch dishes + lots of variety

Try their Truffle Fries!

For Drinks

Happy Hours are abundant in Chatt, and you can almost always find a good deal on delicious drinks. I don’t drink, but some gals on the team here at Sophie’s gave me some of their favorites to pass along! Known for their craft beers and yummy cocktails, these spots are sure to be a hit. 

Five Wits Brewery

locally brewed + wide variety of sips

Try the Alpine Highway brew!

The Bitter Alibi

unique atmosphere + lots of craft beer options

Try the Mojito Incognito or one of their specials!

Proof Bar

the coolest outdoor patio + gourmet eats

Try the Sleepy Hollow!

For Snacks + Sweets

Ah, yes, what you’ve all been on the edge of your seat for - let’s get to the snacks & sweets. First, let me clarify something ... Chattanooga doesn’t have a bad snack spot! That being said, these are just the best of the best when it comes to taste & vibes. We've got donuts, chocolates, to-go meals, and so many other yummy treats!


amazing bread & chocolates + feels like you're in France!

Try a Hazelnut Bliss!

Julie Darling Donuts

fresh donuts made daily + crazy flavors

Try the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Donut!

Vibrant Meals

handmade snacks + to-go meals

Try their Oatmeal Power Bites!

For Entertainment

While the food we have in Chatt will make you want to eat & enjoy 24/7, you’ll need some breaks between meals…good thing I’ve got activity suggestions! Whether you're looking for indoor or outdoor fun with your family or your girlfriends, these spots are guaranteed to be a hit. 

Paddleboard on the Tennessee River

active + perfect for a hot afternoon

Grab your suit and rent a paddleboard from L2 Outside!

Hiking Trails

so many options + beautiful views

Check out Rainbow Lake!

Walnut Street Bridge & Coolidge Park

walkable + perfect for a warm night

Take a walk, rent a bike, or bring an outdoor game to play in the park!

Sophie's Shoppe

stylish home decor + local art & gifts

Come see us at Sophie's! We would love to meet you!

The Chattanooga Market

fresh flowers/produce + goods from local artisans

Check their calendar to see the theme of the week (only open on Sundays)!

The Tennessee Aquarium

indoor fun + perfect for kiddos

The upstairs butterfly exhibit is my personal favorite!

There you have it…a pretty extensive list of what to eat & do in Chattanooga! For even more places to visit, check out this link that our Sophie's team also put together!

If you've got any suggestions or add-ons, leave a comment for future Chattanooga explorers…and me (I’m always looking to try something new)! Enjoy your time in the Scenic City, friends!

— GD

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