Live Like a Local: Travel Guide to Chattanooga, Tennessee

I'm definitely no local but five months living in Chattanooga has been just enough time to explore the ins and outs of the scenic city. From day hikes to happy hour, morning lattes and rooftop views – there's so much to see and do! I've put together a short guide to make the most of your time in town–whether you're enjoying a day trip, vacationing for the weekend or making the move to southeast Tennessee.

Sleepyhead Coffee


A cup of joe warms the soul and it's even better when you can enjoy it in a cozy cafe with the aroma of espresso filling the air.

  • Sleepyhead Coffee

  • Rembrandt's

  • Velo

  • Milk & Honey

  • Cadence Coffee Co

  • Mean Mug Coffeehouse (located in Southside and North Shore)

  • Goodman Coffee

  • Stone Cup Cafe

  • Provisions at the Edwin hotel

  • Together Cafe

Daily Ration


Very few things beat Sunday brunch with an extra spicy bloody Mary to cure the Sunday scaries. Here are my top 5 weekend brunch spots ALL featuring mimosa deals

1. The Daily Ration

2. Stir

3. Flying Squirrel

4. State of Confusion

5. FoodWorks


Reservation for 1, please. Oysters, ramen, truffle fries and fettuccini, the Chatt food scene has it all. Treat yourself to a dinner date at one of these and you'll be taking yourself back out for dessert!

  • Tony's Pasta Shop

  • Boathouse *treat yourself to a Lawton Rita or 4

  • Alleia

  • Two Ten Jack

  • Public House

OddStory Brewing Company


Sours, stouts, pilsners and pale ales, there's something about a craft beer and good company that washes every worry away.

  • OddStory Brewing Co.

  • Hutton & Smith Brewing Co.

  • Chattanooga Brewing Co.

  • Naked River Brewing

  • Heaven & Ale Brewing Co.

  • Five Wits Brewing Company

  • Mad Knight Brewing Company

Hifi Clyde's


Pub crawl anyone? Whether your vibe is $2 drafts at a sports bar or dirty martini in a dim light setting, you can have your cosmo and drink it too. Chatt's bar scene may beat their food scene with tons of options to get your booze on!

  • Mike's Hole in the Wall

  • Southside Social

  • Pickle Barrel

  • Clyde's

  • Jack Brown's

  • Parkway Pourhouse

High Bar/ Chattanoogan Hotel

If you're feeling a little more boujee, you may want to check out these options!

  • The Read House

  • Unknown Caller

  • The Social

  • The Moxy


I may be biased but the Chatt skyline is the best in the South. It's impossible to get sick of the view so why not enjoy it for a night out at one of these rooftop bars!

  • The Westin

  • Hotel Indigo

  • High Bar

  • Whiskey Thief



We're all about supporting our community by shopping local! It's important for me to know exactly where and who my money is going to and investing in the community is so rewarding!


  • The Refindery

  • Homegrown Adornments

  • Chattanooga Market

  • Element Tree Essentials

  • Dire Bloom Art

  • Blumenwagen

  • Rivercity Apparel

  • Domingo Bath Co.

  • Abby Stevenson Art

Bluff View Art District


From downtown Chattanooga to the top of Lookout Mountain the sights are worth the view. Here are a few of my favorite places to take in the remarkable scenery and architecture that Chatt beholds

  • Edwards Point About a 6-mile hike roundtrip but so worth the sight

  • Sunset Rock

  • Walnut Street Bridge Take a stroll across the iconic bridge

  • Bluff View Art District

  • Station Street If your looking for night life, you found it! Get your country on at Westbound or get a little classier with cocktails at Stir!

  • Coolidge Park

Southern Squeeze


Five months wasn't long enough to call myself a 'regular', but it was enough time to get in a groove of visiting the same places fairly often.

  • Southern Squeeze My go-to for a fresh meal! I can't leave without a Squeeze Latte, yum!

  • Mojo Burrito. Post-hike lunch at the bottom of Lookout

  • Mean Mug I think I may have gone to mean mug at least once a week, whenever I needed to work away from home!

  • Taqueria Jalisco Did someone say margarita? Hello!

My address may have changed but my love for the Scenic City stays the same! I'm so happy to say that Chattanooga has a little piece of my heart and I can guarantee I'll be back soon.

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