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Java Monkey

Coffee Shop, Wine Bar, and Dessert Shop$$$$
Downtown Decatur, Decatur
  • Ranked #2 for coffee shops in Decatur
  • This place is famous for their coffee. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Orientation S.
    "With Poetry slams and great coffee this place is great to..."(2 Tips)
    Christine B.
    "The espresso is good and the sandwiches are very tasty,..."(10 Tips)
    Mara M.
    "Best wifi: outside right in front of stage."(11 Tips)
    Jennifer X.
    "The tasty breakfast sandwiches are the best deal in town!"(8 Tips)
79 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • sandwiches
  • poetry slam
  • good service
  • hot chocolate
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  • Orientation S.
    Orientation ScottJune 26, 2013
    With Poetry slams and great coffee this place is great to hangout with friends and it's also a short walk from campus you'll enjoy this great coffee shop!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SnortonApril 7, 2013
    A very good character spot which has a good blend of the arts and indie crowd, good coffees, and an underrated beer and wine list.
  • ChloeCupcakes L.
    ChloeCupcakes LeeAugust 5, 2013
    I used to come here every Sunday for their poetry reading night. Do they still do that? I love that they have both a coffee and beer/wine bar. And of course free wi-fi.
  • Jihyun O.
    Jihyun OhMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Loose leaf teas are great, especially because you can control the brewing time. If you have trouble accessing the wifi, being in the wine bar area can help (stronger signal).
  • Jennifer X.
    Jennifer XMay 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The tasty breakfast sandwiches are the best deal in town! Not to mention the great mood and people and JAVA
  • Julie
    JulieSeptember 9, 2014
    Best hot chocolate in Decatur! Delicious cake and pie from Southern Sweets. Great atmosphere and live music.
  • alex b.
    alex brownOctober 19, 2016
    I really want to like java monkey, but I can't find any drinks on the menu I like, and the tables are artfully painted but wobbly -- I find it hard to get work done.
  • Dana Lisa Y.
    Dana Lisa YoungJanuary 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    WiFi can be wonky at times, but I love coming here in the morning to get work done. Baristas are friendly and the coffee is great (fair trade too!)
  • Zev H.
    Zev HNovember 6, 2014
    Everything was awesome. Delicious sandwich. Excellent latte. And comfy seating.
  • Krish D.
    Krish DhokiaMay 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The best service at any coffee shop i've ever been to... I love this place.. And they play thw best music ever.
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley ClineOctober 21, 2012
    Great atmosphere, yummy chai with very good service. Variety of seating options available and comfy too!
  • Jake
    JakeDecember 2, 2015
    I go here every Wednesday for the free comedy and gourmet coffee. Best show and coffee in the city!
  • Etan H.
    Etan HorowitzApril 29, 2012
    Frozen mint lemonade is great on a hot day. They also have a nice selection of vegan desserts!
  • Jason B.
    Jason BeairdApril 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best place for a late night dessert in Decatur w/ cakes & cheesecakes from Southern Sweets Bakery.
  • Kristin D.
    Kristin DunkleFebruary 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Just once in you life, ask them to make you "dirty chai" (it's not on the menu) -- chai with a shot of espresso. You won't sleep, but you will think it's delicious.
  • Krish D.
    Krish DhokiaAugust 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I had my first date with my ex-fiance here.. She's long gone but Java Monkey is still here for my caffine great spot
  • Simon & Schuster
    Simon & SchusterJanuary 10, 2011
    This indie coffee house bakes author Terra Elan McVoy's very favorite croissants, is an important setting in her novel PURE, and was the inspiration for the coffeehouse in her novel AFTER THE KISS. Read more
  • Tj T.
    Tj ThomassonMay 27, 2014
    Best coffee and atmosphere I have found in the Atlanta area!! Love it
  • Naomi H.
    Naomi HarrisSeptember 25, 2013
    Wifi connection isn't always the best, but definitely love the vibe. Lots of comfy chairs!
  • Jessica E.
    Jessica ESeptember 1, 2014
    Had to wait a while to get my order in, but my iced hazelnut latte was awesome
  • Robert M.
    Robert McGregorMarch 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Wireless is crap, but other than that, Java Monkey is my favorite coffee house in Decatur.
  • Walter G.
    Walter GrainOctober 30, 2016
    I absolutely love this place! Great coffee, food, and atmosphere!
  • Robert M.
    Robert McGregorApril 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The coffee is all organic, and have excellent sandwiches: Turkey Club, Roasted Porkloin, and Bello Prosciutto. Also has a wine bar
  • Diego G.
    Diego GAugust 10, 2014
    Cozy neighborhood spot. House coffee isn't great, but it's well priced.
  • Anitra S.
    Anitra SmithOctober 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Hot Chocolate Ever!! Music changes from black Sabbath to James Brown!! I love this place!
  • Emily N.
    Emily N.November 10, 2015
    Great food, good service. Love this place. Support your local coffee shop!
  • Deborah B.
    Deborah BatesOctober 28, 2016
    I can't say enough good about this place. It's Edgy, full of open expression, and the staff and food are Fantastic!
  • Mara M.
    Mara MalikSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best wifi: outside right in front of stage. For here coffee refills are $.50.
  • Lon Q.
    Lon QuixoteJuly 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Be wary of hipsters... This is Decatur. There's a lot of them here. Prepare to see a lot of moustaches.
  • Ashish T.
    Ashish ThakurNovember 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The solo table near the entrance is a nice spot if you don't mind the occasional Decatur local.
  • Birdie
    BirdieJune 14, 2014
    The hot chocolate good with double vanilla!
  • Jack K.
    Jack KennardMay 19, 2012
    Someone says theres free parking at the church other wize bring some quarters for parking.
  • Katherine H.
    Great coffee and wine. Love the outdoor patio
  • Karl R.
    Karl RundlesOctober 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Room to chill and feels like home indoor and outdoor....
  • MJEG
    MJEGSeptember 26, 2011
    The wifi here sucks, the coffee is ok, music sucks. All in all I would rather visit the Starbucks down the street where I am guaranteed better seating, better music, and excellent wifi.
  • Sonia H.
    Sonia HNovember 21, 2009
    Laid back environment with great food and coffee. Treat yourself to Chocolate chip muffin and relax in the outdoor seating area.
  • Nicole
    NicoleJune 7, 2010
    I enjoy their soy lattes with a flavor shot. Love the atmosphere. Free music during the week to boot.
  • Kamisha M.
    Kamisha MorrisonApril 29, 2010
    I like the atmosphere, love that they have a wine bar, and just yet another reason I would move to Decatur
  • Alexandria C.
    Two words: Peppermint tea. Do it.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BJune 10, 2015
    The espresso is good and the sandwiches are very tasty, but the people are so rude.
  • Art V.
    Art VandelayJune 8, 2011
    they're good people...who make good coffee (and other assorted treats) Read more
  • Katie M.
    Katie McCannonDecember 19, 2009
    Catch live music in the outdoor seating area. Try a frosted mint latte to warm you up as you listen.
  • Carl B.
    Carl BlackNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Have them swipe your frequent drink card BEFORE paying or you get no credit. Seriously.
  • Kristen K.
    Kristen KetchamJune 16, 2012
    Quite possibly the best breakfast sandwich I've ever had.
  • Monica A.
    Monica AntohiMarch 20, 2015
    Wife's ok. But go for the apple cider!
  • Kit L.
    Kit Le FouJune 7, 2012
    welcome to the black hole of productivity. don't plan on leaving any time soon
  • Ravi B.
    Ravi BatraAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a glass of wine later in the evening!
  • Adam A.
    Adam Annis-BrownSeptember 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best mochas ever! Period (.)!
  • Johannes B.
    Johannes BrahmsNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    peach blossom white tea + a cup of ice. so good.
  • J T.
    J TMay 26, 2015
    It's a cool place to chill for a date.
  • Rachel F.
    Rachel FeitAugust 9, 2013
    Sit at the bar for better wifi
  • Maureen H.
    Maureen HJuly 30, 2015
    Chocolate canache is to die for...
  • Chris H.
    Chris HintonApril 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit at the bar and drink a Chimay
  • Donovan X. R.
    Donovan X. RamseyMarch 14, 2010
    They have fair trade coffee, poetry slams, and dope carrot cake.
  • Jiwan P.
    Jiwan ParkJanuary 7, 2014
    Cappucino tastes good. :)
  • Elizabeth A.
    Elizabeth ArriagaMarch 29, 2013
    Delicious lemon cake
  • Emily C.
    Emily ChapmanDecember 21, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the hot chocolate with a shot of mint. Cheap and delicious!
  • Daphne S.
    Daphne SashinJune 9, 2010
    Check out the patio. There are some outlets so you can work outside.
  • Steven H.
    Steven HarmanApril 29, 2010
    the veggie sandwich, salad, and iced coffee make for a fantastic lunch!
  • Anthony E.
    Anthony EstesSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You'll be right at home if you're a tea drinker.
  • Luis G.
    Luis GDecember 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the seasonal egg nog latte. It's not on the menu! 
  • AKI S.
    AKI ShimadaJuly 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Hrs posted are wrong! They are open earlier.
  • Aaditya
    AadityaSeptember 27, 2015
    Oreo Cheesecake !!
  • FitCities
    FitCitiesJanuary 31, 2012
    Save some calories with non-fat milk!
  • Brad B.
    Brad BrewerJune 30, 2009
    order an iced vanilla latte, you won't be sorry. It's a very hipster place, so wear an ironic t-shirt.
  • vaughan d.
    vaughan dennyFebruary 13, 2010
    The staff are a bit too tattooed for my liking but good coffee.
  • ATLFinn
    ATLFinnMay 11, 2010
    the sandwiches are awesome... any of them!
  • Ashish T.
    Ashish ThakurNovember 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Service is always pleasant but how much longer till a bartender.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LeeOctober 14, 2014
    Hummus plate!
  • David F.
    David FelfoldiFebruary 25, 2012
    You don't come here to work — terrible wifi, dirty, & uncomfortable. Try the Bella Prosciutto.
  • Krystylynn M.
    Krystylynn MarieDecember 6, 2012
    Wifi is slowwwwww
  • David W.
    David WhiteNovember 23, 2009
    free wifi, funky atmosphere Read more
  • John J.
    John JacobusFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    drink coffee.
  • Dana Lisa Y.
    Dana Lisa YoungJanuary 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Why is Java Monkey not showing up on my Foursquare places listing on my phone?
  • S Chezon J.
    S Chezon JacksonApril 15, 2011
    Don't order the mango iced tea. It's gross.
  • Tara D.
    Tara DaviesFebruary 9, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    $15 Wine tastings every other Thursday!
  • Janine F.
    Janine FloydFebruary 26, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Always a great cup of coffee!
  • Latiesha C.
    Latiesha CastonDecember 8, 2011
    Wifi sucks
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GoddardFebruary 10, 2010
    Why is it so stinky here?
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