It's smart to get drinks at home as much as you can. But it's also easy to get in a rut, where you rely on the same ingredients and recipes over and over again. Going out to smoothie shops, juice bars and soda shops in Nashville, TN gives you a chance to break out of the rut and taste new flavor combinations you might not have considered. Not only that, but you'll get to sip your concoction alongside fellow aficionados. That makes it a real treat. Here are some of the best smoothie shops, soda shops, tea parlors, and more to try.
The Urban Juicer
The Urban Juicer has five locations in Nashville, so there's certainly one within your travel range. Their philosophy is that food can be functional, so they offer a tasty range of juice cleanses from a one-day cleanse to a three-day cleanse. The way the cleanses work is that you come in with your gallon jug, then it gets filled with five different juices, cashew milk and three superfood add-ins, with a booster if you get the three-day cleanse. You also have the option of alkaline water. Refills are free in-house. You can also pop in for a regular juice, with 10 different choices available.
Crema is one of the hottest coffeehouses in the city and provides a variety of delicious coffee beverages. They roast their own beans and actually call themselves a "coffee brewtique." They placed at the Roasters Choice and Brewers Cup competitions in the past and have received many other awards. Crema is actually the first Nashville coffeehouse to ever place in either competition.
Juice Bar operates five locations dotted throughout Nashville. Their selection of juices include pineapple greens, ginger greens, super greens, and root smoothies. Expect to taste ingredients such as kale, ginger, wheatgrass, cucumber, apple, beet, and even garlic. One of the reasons why this place is so awesome is they actually offer catering. So the next time you need beverages for a power meeting, go green with Juice Bar.
This coffeehouse could easily be listed at the top choice in the city, but they don't roast their own beans, yet. Owner Andy Mumma has started rumors that a roasting operation is in the works for Barista Parlor, as well. They serve a delicious cup of coffee and they provide many excellent hot beverages.
Elliston Place Soda Shop
Did you know that Elliston Place Soda Shop is the oldest restaurant that has continued to operate in the same location in Nashville? It is safe to assume that there is a lot of stories to tell about this ancient restaurant.
Whether you're just in town for the day or you live in Nashville, you must visit Elliston Place Soda Shop. This cool retro soda shop has been around for almost 80 years, since 1939. It's actually the oldest continuously operating restaurant still in its original location at 2111 Elliston Place, Nashville. This is an awesome place to bring a date, your family or just to come and sit down to get a break from the current era. Once you walk through the doors, you'll feel as if you've been transported back to yesteryear. Enjoy a good old-fashioned malt, milkshake, egg cream or ice cream float. Plus, everything is served in those old-timey soda glasses. There's everything to love about this soda shop in Nashville!
One of the most popular smoothie destinations in Nashville is Smoothie King. Their smoothie blends are so off the charts that they're able to successfully operate 12 locations throughout the city. Their menu offerings include fitness blends, slim blends, wellness blends and take a break blends as well as children's blends to suit the less-discerning palate. Ingredients include the usual fruits and vegetables, but Smoothie King smoothies also can include added protein powder and nuts.
High Garden Tea
If you prefer tea, you can get it at any of the coffeehouses, but the best place in the city for tea is High Garden Tea. This is a teashop with a massive variety available for purchase. It's found in the Shoppes on Fatherland and you will notice immediately, its floor-to-ceiling shelves of tea.
Whether you're searching for a unique blend or just something more mainstream, you will find it here. The homemade blends are amazing and some of the best you will find in the entire state.
The Soda Parlor
Visiting The Soda Parlor on Woodland Street in Nashville isn't just a chance to enjoy something tantalizingly called a "moon shake." It's also a chance to shop for Nashville souvenirs and apparel in their eclectic gift shop. It's also an opportunity to play old-time arcade games like Pac-Man, Asteroids and Donkey Kong on vintage consoles. Interestingly, this sole proprietorship's owner, Olan, is a YouTube veteran, racking up over 85 million views on his comedic videos.
Considered to be Nashville's oldest coffee company, Bongo Java is also the first Nashville roaster to offer organic, fair trade coffees in retail stores throughout the city. Bongo is a true Nashville staple: visit the original location on Belmont and enjoy the patio and people watching, their second establishment in East Nashville, or stop by the kiosks at the Johnny Cash Museum and the Omni Hotel. It's claim to fame is the Nun Bun, and there's always an assortment of single origin coffees, blends, and decaf to try. Stay and enjoy the all-day breakfast menu, or stop in for salads, wraps, sandwiches and more served during lunch and dinner.
This list of the best smoothie shops, juice bars, and soda shops in Nashville, TN will give you options when you're looking for the cream of the crop in Nashville. All of them are worth at least one visit, and we're certain you'll have a difficult time choosing just one as your favorite!
All of these establishments provide a great product for everybody to enjoy in the city of Nashville.
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