Atlanta >Food Stores > Aurora Coffee
468 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030733.767317 -84.349038
Mon - Thu, 6:30am - 8pm; Fri, 6:30am - 9pm; Sat, 7am - 9pm; Sun, 7am - 7pm
Neighborhoods: Eastside, Inman Park, Eastside
Indie coffeehouse mixes hip urban design with serious java moxie. – The Scene
This likeable coffeehouse offers a mix of new-age industrial design, basic coffeehouse comforts (newspapers, enough space to camp out) and consistently excellent coffees and coffee beverages. Service can be on the grumpy side, especially early in the morning.
Don't come to Aurora expecting to find coffee gadgets, sportswear or even consistent baked goods. Do come for the coffee: Shot for shot, cup for cup and pound for pound, Aurora's three Atlanta locations run rings around the national chain representatives. Unaffected by the coffee-drink-as-milk-shake trend, they're one of the few places locally that really knows how to make a latte, a shot of espresso or even a simple drip brew. Lattes (try one on ice come summertime) are the strong suit, but a pre-work cup of one of the daily specials will still be giving you heart palpitations well past lunch.
A crime not to come here. – This wonderful store has music that you just can't find anywhere else, plus a very knowledgable staff. A fun place to browse.
Why go anywhere else? – Criminal Records is a great record store. They seem to have everything, especially the cd you've looked everywhere for. Now, Criminal Records is the first place I shop.
Smooth Criminals – In 10 years of coming here the staff has always known the CD, book, DVD or comic I was looking for. If they don't have what I wanted then they probably know something else I will like just as much, if not better.
Free concerts, CDs, newsletters, etc. show they are serious about getting the word out about cool music.
Great selection, good prices – I love CD shopping at Criminal for several reasons. 1. They always have what I'm looking for--you can count on them having the more obscure stuff you can't find at Tower. 2. Their prices are cheaper than the big chain record stores (don't know how they stay in business, but it works for me). They always have an interesting assortment of new albums on display on the counter, which is always good for an idea or two. Also, you can listen to a sample of pretty much everything they have in stock. They also have an amazing selection of magazines. The people who work there are obviously music snobs, but who cares? So are the people who shop there.
Thankfully, not a Starbucks – Though a Starbucks is encroaching close on Aurora's territory, the coffee shop need not worry. Its coffee and espresso drinks are top-notch and the in-store attitude laid-back and relaxed. What makes Aurora worth the trip is the friendly non-corporate people who work at the place. If you need a caffeine hit while in Little Five Points, stop here.
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