Thistle Stop Cafe | a story in every cup

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Our Story...

Our guiding principles are hospitality, healing, chado, and story. The Thistle Stop Café welcomes you as a part of the community of Thistle Farms and Magdalene, and everything we do is offered with that intention. Chado means the way of tea that creates harmony, tranquility, and demonstrates the simple truth that love heals. The Café is a tangible sign of the deeper meaning of healing and the honor of serving.

The old teacups you see were party of a year-long project to collect tea cups and stories from around the world. The 150-year-old floor is from Al Gore Sr’s tobacco warehouse. More than 100 volunteers supplied all the walls, deck, furnishings, and cabinetry. We hope that when you leave, you feel inspired to share this story of generosity.

The story of the women who have survived lives of trafficking, addiction, prostitution, and life on the streets is powerful. It reminds us that the universal truths of violence against women, born on individual backs, is still a story of hope and the truth that in the end love is the most powerful force for social change. The Thistle Stop Café honors that story.

It can be a hard and lonely world. Come to the café whenever you are thirsty for tea, coffee, and a good story. This is a space for all who thirst for justice.

For information on booking Thistle Stop Cafe for your bridal or baby shower, Afternoon Tea or private event, contact

For information on performing at a Thistle Thursday, contact (Please include a link, not attachments, to your music).

Events & Thistle Thursdays

September 25 ----------- Josh Rouse & Friends ------------------------ BUY TICKETS

October 23 ---------------Coming Soon

November 20 ------------ Coming Soon

December 4 -------------- Stephen Kellogg & Friends ------------------ BUY TICKETS

More Events

Our Menu

In addition to our fresh menu, Thistle Stop Cafe is proud to offer a variety of items from our locally sourced partners.

  • Espresso and brew bar featuring roasts from Just Love Coffee, along with a daily feature from Humphrey's Street Coffee Company
  • Healing and fair-trade teas from Positiffitea, including a detoxifying Thistle Stop Cafe custom blend.
  • Quiche, sweets, croissants and pastries from Flour. Sugar. Eggs.
  • Fresh baked scones and muffins from Dozen Bakery.
  • Gluten-free and vegan treats from Vegan Vee
  • Handmade oatmeal from Haulin' Oats

Book An Event

For information on booking Thistle Stop Cafe for your Afternoon Tea, bridal shower, or baby shower contact

To book a showcase or submit for Thistle Thursdays contact

Click on the PDF below for event ideas and information on rates.

Come Visit Us...

We're now open on Saturdays too!  

5128 Charlotte Ave, Nashville TN 37209615-953-6440

Open M-F 8am-3pmand Saturdays 8am-4pm

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Thistle Stop Cafe is a venture of Thistle Farms & Magdalene.