Bongo Java is Nashville’s oldest and most celebrated coffeehouse. Located in the hip Belmont/Hillsboro Village neighborhood across the street from Belmont University, the café is a gathering place for residents, students, musicians, artists and a few employed people as well.
The cafe opened Sunday, March 28, 1993 at 4pm and became world famous in December 1996 for the discovery of The Nun Bun, a cinnamon bun that many believe looks remarkably like Mother Teresa. This café or its sister store, Fido, have been named “Best Coffeehouse” by the Nashville Scene every year from 1994 to 2012.
Upstairs at Bongo is Nashville’s most intimate theater and music venue, the separately run Bongo After Hours Theatre.