Mon: Closed | Tue - Fri: 7 - 3 | Sat - Sun: 8 - 4

(828) 488-5394

Mon: Closed | Tue - Fri: 7 - 3 | Sat - Sun: 8 - 4

(828) 488-5394


Our Story

Founded in 2018

Cardinal Coffee has been a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. Nestled just outside the Nantahala Gorge of the Great Smoky Mountains, you will find an early 1900’s farm home turned coffee bar. Funky atmosphere and eclectic design give way to a unique experience unmatched in this sleepy little town of Bryson City.


Espresso focused and quality driven

Our menu represents our passion for sustainable products sourced locally and organically. We source coffee exclusively from farmer owned cooperatives ensuring a fair trade and beneficial relationship to the farmer.

Small Town Hospitality

We believe that a small company can have a big impact on its community. And what would a community be without its artists? Inside the shop you will find local artists’ creations on our walls and on our shelves. Our retail selection specifically showcases products made locally and by women-owned businesses. You can feel confident that your purchase will directly impact the lives of the people in this small town.


Espresso, Art, and Community

Cardinal Coffee is a melting pot of our three loves : Espresso, Art, and Community. Whether you have just conquered the frigid waters of the Nantahala River, or may be taking a rest off the Appalachian Trail, or are just passing through, we look forward to sharing with you our southern hospitality over damn good coffee.