A minimalist spot housed in a mid-century era garage in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, Chrome Yellow Trading Co. is all about a perfectly crafted cup of coffee, delicious food, and staying true to Atlanta. Come for the espresso, crack open your copy of “The Sun Also Rises,” and soak up the vibes.
The first thing you notice when you walk into Chrome Yellow Trading Co. will probably be the vintage Ducati. It’s the 1970s 125 Scrambler in Yellow (obviously), and it tells you in a not-so-subtle way that you’re in exactly the right place.
Situated directly above a busy stretch of Edgewood in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, a stone’s throw from both Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood home and some of the best bars and restaurants in the city, Chrome Yellow offers a simple dedication to craft, both in their coffees and pastries. They brew their own blend from Greenville micro-roaster Methodical Coffee, as well as a monthly featured roaster’s single-origin beans. Their expertly-crafted espresso drinks pair perfectly with the streams of light that come from the shop’s windows— illuminating the structure’s minimal, industrial look and creating a vibe that energizes the room.
The building that houses Chrome Yellow was built in the 1950s as a garage, and while it’s been updated and outfitted for a new purpose, the industrial vibe still reverberates throughout Chrome’s open space. The floors are dotted with perfectly worn vintage oriental rugs, and the industrial furnishings are offset by a collection of greenery and a few worn but rugged vintage couches. At any moment, you’ll find a crowd of Atlanta’s creatives gathered around the tables sipping on a batch brew and munching on an almond croissant.
These days, hip coffee shops are a dime a dozen, but not all of them are as committed to doing everything the right way as Chrome Yellow Trading Co. From a perfectly crafted cappuccino to the best-looking t-shirt you’ll ever own, Chrome has planted its flag as Atlanta’s high water mark for craft. Make this your first stop in the ATL.