New Highland Strip Coffee Shop: French Truck Coffee

A new coffee shop in East Memphis opened a few weeks ago, and it’s a brand some Memphians know already. 

A New East Memphis / University District Coffee Shop!

I think we need about seven more working-friendly coffee shops/cafes in town.* RIP Republic. Luckily, we got one new one in the past few weeks!

French Truck Coffee, which is based in Louisiana but has had a presence in Memphis for several years, recently opened in the former Casual Pint location on Highland. 

I stopped in today for a meeting and loved the vibe. The baristas were super friendly and everything was bright, chill, and clean. I appreciated the natural light and plentiful seating. 

Someone was studying, a couple appeared to be on a date, I was there having a training meeting, and a group of folks cooled off with iced coffees by the window. It feels like I could comfortably sit here and get some work done. There’s also a spacious, dog-friendly patio. 

four story tall mixed use building, bottom floor coffee shop has yellow walls and white rimmed doorway
Holly Whitfield

I wouldn’t sit on a patio right now for a million bucks, but come fall I know we’ll all flock there for our New Orleans Iced Coffees—French Truck’s signature cold drink made with a blend of coffee, chicory, and milk.

*And if the coffee shop goddesses are listening, please give us a few that are open late!

French Truck Coffee Highland Row Menu

For now, they only offer baked goods like bagels, croissants, and pastries. They are currently training kitchen staff and hope to have a larger menu with sandwiches, avocado toasts and such (similar to the Crosstown location) in the coming weeks.

patio of coffee shop, exterior walls are bright yellow, a blue sign says French Truck Coffee
Holly Whitfield
dark pink colored iced tea in a plastic cup in the foreground, background is coffee shop interior with white chairs and lots of windows
Holly Whitfield

The drink menu features plenty of hot and cold coffees, espresso-based drinks, and teas. I tried the “Blue Eyes” which is a refresher-esque iced tea. You can have it made with sparkling water or lemonade for a bit more. 

About French Truck Coffee

French Truck Highland Row is the second location in Memphis, currently. French Truck coffee shop is also inside Crosstown Concourse. 

French Truck Coffee shop in the Concourse's Central Atrium.
For all you Memphis food/coffee scene history buffs:

Technically the French Truck brand originally took over the Relevant Roasters location at 584 Tillman Street (where Hampline Brewing is now) back in 2016. It was a part of the “merger” between French Truck, which now has nine locations mostly in the New Orleans area, and Relevant Roasters, a Memphis coffee roastery and cafe. The Tillman location closed when the Concourse location opened.

French Truck Coffee Highland Row Hours

French Truck Coffee Highland Row is open daily. Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Hours are subject to change, of course.

Go there: 

395 S. Highland St. 
Memphis, Tenn. 

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