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9 South Arkansas Coffee Shops to Visit


From meeting locals to discovering new areas of the state, there are plenty of reasons to visit local coffee shops. As I travel across Arkansas, stopping at local coffee shops has become one of my favorite things to do.

Coffee shops tend to be centrally located in the heart of towns and communities. Plus, their owners and staff are usually great sources of local information. Buying coffee, pastries, snacks and even souvenirs is a great way I can support local businesses. Coffee doesn’t cost me much, but my support probably means a whole lot to the owners.

In the past year, I’ve been intentional about stopping at coffee shops in various places I’ve visited in southern Arkansas for work and personal travel. Here are 9 South Arkansas coffee shops to visit.

1. HeBrews 11:1 – Hope

This shop in Hope, Arkansas, promises a great cup, salads, sandwiches and loaded spuds. Along with great coffee and food, HeBrews 11 & 1 is a place to connect with friends.
121 S Main Street
Hope, AR 71801

What makes it unique:
I am here for the coffee, but I love their salads, too! They have a Hebrews 11:1 chef salad with 11 ingredients – lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, turkey, ham, chicken, onions, bell peppers, cheese, cucumbers, bacon bits and its delicious. The atmosphere is also unique. You may walk in to worship music playing on the speakers or you may catch a live gospel performance from the shop owner, Arnetta Bradford.

My picks:
Sugar-Free Brown Sugar Cinnamon Latte and the Hebrews 11:1 Chef Salad

2. The Ouachitas – Mena

Derek Campbell dreamed of creating a space in his hometown to gather people in a welcoming place. He began roasting highly nuanced blends of coffee on a weekly basis. From there, The Ouachitas has grown into a favorite destination for patrons seeking coffee, food, beer, and even the occasional family event.
821 Mena Street
Mena, AR 71953

What makes it unique:
The Ouachitas specializes in both pizza and coffee, so if you’re thirsty or hungry – they’ve got you covered. You can also purchase your favorite iced latte by the half-gallon.

My picks:
Honey Cinnamon Latte and the Let’s Meat Up Pizza (mozzarella, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, pork, beef, Italian sausage and their house red sauce)

3. 12 Disciples Coffee & Treats – Nashville

Located inside Patacakes, 12 Disciples offers specialty lattes and teas that change each month, as well as traditional coffee shop favorites. They also specialize in Shamwich Cookies (sandwich cookies renamed after the owner).
121 N Main St Suite B
Nashville, AR 71852

What makes it unique:
To go along with coffee, the owner makes gourmet sandwich cookies with all sorts of flavors and toppings. Every season, they offer a menu of unique coffee and cookie options.

My picks:
Iced Chai Latte and King Cake Cookie (fluffy vanilla cookie, cream cheese and cinnamon filling topped with purple, gold and green sprinkles)

4. The Perfect Cup – Camden

Espresso, smoothies & specialty sandwiches. Fresh salads & service that will keep you going back!
1226 Country Club Road
Camden, AR 71701

What makes it unique:
Shop while you sip! The Perfect Cup is part of a little collection of shops and stores on the same property. You can grab a coffee and browse The Perfects Boutique.

My picks:
Cinnamon Cookie Latte (cookie dough, vanilla, cinnamon) and Pepperzini (ham, pepperoni, provolone with marinara on panini).

5. Samantha’s Bakery – Arkadelphia

A small batch, from-scratch bakery creating memorable food and drink experiences through the goodies they bake and coffee they brew.
507 S 7th Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71923

What makes it unique:
The bright teal exterior of the building is eye-catching. Inside, Samantha’s brews Onyx Coffee – roasted here in Arkansas.

My picks:
The Honey Bee – a double shot of espresso over DeGray Bees Honey and a sprinkle cookie.

6. Alley Cats Coffee Bar – Texarkana

A unique coffee shop set up inside a 1940s railcar located in the heart of historic downtown Texarkana.
305 E Front Street
Texarkana, AR 71854

What makes it unique:
Atmosphere – Alley Cats is located inside an old railroad dining car. The black and white tile floors make the colorful chairs and tables pop.

My picks:
Caramel Macchiato and a charcuterie box

7. Coffee Records – Malvern

A community coffeehouse that takes pride in its coffee and espresso drinks.
230 S Main Street
Malvern, AR 72104

What makes it unique:
Coffee Records has a music theme. You’ll find vinyl records, album covers and other music-related memorabilia.

My picks:
Apple Pie Latte (seasonal) and a cinnamon roll with cookies and cream frosting

8. Mug Shots Coffee- Malvern and Hot Springs

All of the products in their drinks — from the carefully selected and roasted coffee beans by Arsaga’s, to the syrup by Pink House Alchemy, distilled from fruits and botanicals and bottled in the University of Arkansas — have been locally and ethically sourced then handcrafted for your enjoyment.
7271 US-270, Malvern, AR 72104
1331 Airport Rd Suite A, Hot Springs, AR 71913

What makes it unique:
The Malvern location is a convenient drive-thru only with picnic tables outside for good weather days. Their house brew coffee has neat names, too. The dark brew option is called Death Row, and the light brew is called Clemency.

My picks:
Arkansas Honey Latte and Blueberry Muffin

9. SheBrews in Crossett

A delicious, wide array of coffees and delicious food options in Crossett!
208 Pine Street
Crossett, AR 71635

What makes it unique:
SheBrews offers their used coffee grinds to patrons for use as garden fertilizer. The grinds are in bags and ready to grab and go.
My coffee and food picks:  Iced Chai Latte and the Woooo Pig Sooie Breakfast Panini

No road trip is complete without a cup of coffee (or two or three, if we’re being honest). While you’re cruising through the southern part of The Natural State, stop for a much-needed refuel.

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14 responses to “9 South Arkansas Coffee Shops to Visit”

  1. Hannah says:

    You might also want to check out Jacob’s Well in Camden, AR. They also have homemade breads, cheesecake, amazing sausage rolls, etc and a great vibe. Located at 2005 Fairview Rd

  2. Justin Wise says:

    You were close to Sheridan and didn’t profile the (2) we have in Sheridan.

    If you’re ever close to Sheridan, stop in and visit our (2) local shops here in town. You won’t be disappointed when you visit. Check them out online: The Perfect Blend and the Milltown Cafe.

  3. LRT says:

    And in NORTH Arkansas, there’s Morningside, Busy Bean & Nova Joe’s in Batesville; Midnight Oil, Wild Sweet William’s bakery, Wolf Coffee & Stu’s Brew in Searcy. Neighbor’s Mill, Ranch House & Scooter’s in Harrison; Shadrach’s, Coffee Gallery, The Recovery Room & Fat City in Jonesboro. And more.

  4. Hi there! We have covered several of these over the years, but we will check out the others, for sure!

  5. Looks like a trip to Sheridan is in order! Thank you for the recommendations!

  6. This sounds amazing!

  7. Amber Barkley says:

    Texarkana also has a new place called Local Habit; although it is on the Texas side. They have great coffee and homemade treats provided by a local stay at home mom. They highlight local music artists each month and take pride in their ethically sourced coffee. They renovated an old craftsman style house and it is adorable inside and out! The owners are investing in other projects in the community so the name of the restaurant and their theme, “Make Something Good Happen,” is perfect. I recommend the Honey Lavender hot or cold and the pumpkin loaf for a nice snack.

  8. That sounds amazing!

  9. Jess says:

    Monticello has one of the best coffee shops in the state! You should check it out next time

  10. Thanks for the recommendation! What is the name of it?

  11. Tina says:

    Pine Bluff’s Indigo Blue is also another great location.

  12. […] of the most important parts of a weekend trip to me is finding a new, cool coffee shop and bookstore to explore. You need a place of peace while traveling, and to me, that is a coffee […]

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