Unfussy, artsy, and damn good coffee. Those are the words that came to mind after spending a leisurely Saturday morning at Hodgepodge Coffeehouse. Located on the iconic Moreland Avenue, Hodgepodge is the type of coffee shop you go to enjoy a cuppa, build community, and support local artists.
The founding owner and current operator, Krystle Rodriguez, created Hodgepodge with the dream of cultivating a community space in Atlanta. Rodriguez’s dream has been realized and she has created a space where people can come as they are, create and connect over craft coffee and baked goods. According to its site, Hodgepodge stands as a place to “uplift women, minorities, trans and queer folx, the disabled, and other marginalized groups.”
With signature drinks like Mocha Caliente (Ghirardelli Chocolate, Cinnamon, and a hint of cayenne) or classic espresso-based drinks like cappuccinos or lattes, it’s no surprise that Hodgepodge is an Atlanta creative’s safe space.
Although we went on a Saturday morning, this spot is definitely a great place to get work done and meet up with friends or potential creative collaborators. If you’re feeling peckish, opt for one of Hodgepodge’s delicious Jamaican patties. There are choices to appeal to every type of eater including mixed vegetables, spinach, curried chicken, or beef. Other savory treats include Hodgepodge Popovers (eggs filled with seasonal flavors and baked into a puff pastry), bagels with cream cheese, butter, or hummus, and Bacon & Chive Biscuits (traditional southern drop biscuits with folded cheddar cheese, bacon, and chives). If you have a sweet tooth, opt for a chocolate chip or blueberry muffin, chocolate chip banana bread, cinnamon roll cake, or chocolate chip cookie.
Hodgepodge is also a great lunchtime spot. You can grab a light lunch like a tuna salad, hummus plate, or turkey sandwich to fuel you through your workday or studies. Not to mention there is ample space to work, with tables in the front of the coffee shop and large tables in a rear room perfect for co-working sessions. The outlets and great wi-fi make it an Atlanta creative’s oasis.
In addition to having great coffee and food options, Hodgepodge encourages you to support local makers, creatives, and entrepreneurs. There are vendors where you can purchase art pieces, prints, jewelry, and even books.
If you’re an Atlanta native, resident or simply visiting the A for a while, we hope you’ll venture to Hodgepodge Coffeehouse to get your creativity flowing, work, or relax on a leisurely Saturday morning like us.
Keep up with Hodgepodge Coffeehouse on Instagram here.
Photography by: Lebo Lukewarm