The first thing I do when I visit a new city is scope out the coffee shops. I start by searching for the third-wave coffee shops with good baristas, and then sometimes I’ll fill out my list with a couple shops that just look cute. But I’ll never show up in a new city without a list of at least 5-10 coffee shops to try while I’m there.
And so for you, dear reader, I’ve compiled this list of 19 coffee shops in Austin. I’ve done my best to specify why they’re included here.
Some of them make the best cup of coffee you’ll find in Austin.
A few of them are notable because of their locations.
Two of them are local roasters.
And a couple of them are just freaking adorable places to hang out!
Read on, and drink a cup of coffee for me! And if you have any favorite coffee shops in Austin, or in another city, would you please leave a comment and let me know?
(For the coffee snob.)
You don’t have to ask around very long to hear a pretty unanimous murmur about Houndstooth: they’re just the best. Houndstooth is known for producing a great cup of coffee, whether you prefer an espresso, a milk-based drink, or a pour over. Even their drip coffee is great when you’re in a hurry and just need a big cup ‘o joe.
I’ve been to this coffee shop more than any other one in Austin, and it’s my very favorite in the city.
(For the workaholic.)
Stouthaus is fun because it’s a coffee shop AND beer pub in South Austin. There are lots of east side and downtown coffee shops, but it’s hard to find a good one as you go further south.
Stouthaus is open late, so you can plug in your laptop and work away….or grab a beer and hang out with a friend!
3. Brew & Brew
(Good espresso, craft beer, and a hipster place to work.)
This was one of the first coffee shops I visited in Austin, and I immediately though, “woah….Austin is cool.”
The folks at Brew & Brew do a great job of sourcing coffee beans from around the U.S. and abroad (I’ve seen 49th Parallel from Vancouver, and The Barn from Berlin.) They make lovely espresso drinks, and, as you can probably tell from the name, have a wall of craft beer on tap as well.
I love the feel of this place. It has a giant garage door at the front, and they’ll open that up on nice days to have an indoor/outdoor feel to the place. Rosen’s Bagels recently started a daily pop-up shop, and they’re the best bagels in the city!
(Best coffee…and don’t let the size of this shop fool you.)
Fleet is new(ish) in town, but co-owers Patrick and Lorenzo have already established themselves as two of the biggest coffee buffs in town. They know their stuff, and they’ll be sure to serve you one of the best cups of coffee in Austin.
This is a great place to buy beans! I always ask my barista lots of questions, and I learn something new every time I visit.
(For a great cup of coffee + the BEST breakfast.)
Patika has rows of small tables full of people chatting, reading, and typing away at their laptops. There’s a crowd of people who flock to this South Lamar hotspot.
They also have a breakfast trailer out back, and for too many months I ignored it. A few weeks ago, I finally indulged in one of their giant breakfast sandwiches, and friends: I’m never going back!!
6. Flat Track
(Most unique coffee shop in Austin.)
Flat Track is an Austin roaster. Up until recently, they had a store front tucked into the corner of Farewell Book Store. That store is now closed, and Flat Track has relocated down the road on E Cesar Chavez, sharing space with a bike shop.
Yep, you’ll walk in and smell a hint of tire rubber mingling with the roasted coffee beans. While the buzz of the coffee grinder is preparing your morning caffeine, you can watch the bike repair dudes tune up your bike for that weekend ride.
(It’s just really cute.)
Back in my online dating days, I had many a first date at Halcyon downtown. (None of those dates went anywhere, but at least it was a darling place to sit and chat awkwardly with a stranger.)
Halcyon’s second location in Mueller has now opened, and it’s one of the brightest, prettiest, cutest places I’ve ever seen. Giant windows fill the space with natural light, and colorful tiles provide the perfect backdrop for photos. It’s an instagramer’s paradise.
(A charitable coffee trailer.)
If you want to drink coffee and help others, My Name Is Joe is your place. This airstream trailer is located downtown inside a parking garage. I mean…that’s already a pretty cool place to start!
Chef Philip Speer, who started this trailer, has a background of drugs and alcohol. He decided to give 1.2% of all proceeds to Comfort Cafe, a restaurant which is run by residents of an addiction treatment center.
My Name is Joe is a trailer, not a brick-and-mortar, so you’ll be able to get drip coffee and espresso-based drinks, but not pour overs.
(Live music + beer, and the best taco trailer in Austin is parked out back!)
Radio is known for being a great place to meet up with a group….so this place is often packed! Even the overflow parking lots is often full. Don’t let that scare you away, though. This hot spot is known for being one of the biggest indoor/outdoor coffee shops in Austin, so there are plenty of tables for everyone.
Inside, you’ll find a small corner stage for singer/songwriter performances on select evenings. Veracruz All Natural has a permanent food truck parked outside, which is where you’ll be able to get some of the best tacos in the city.
9. Seventh Flag
(For meeting a friend for a coffee date.)
Seventh Flag is a tiny bungalow-turned-coffee-shop on South First street, and it is absolutely darling. This is my go-to place for setting up coffee meetings, because it’s intimate, pretty, and um…it’s across the street from Gourdough’s Big Fat Donuts. (*wink.)
(The prettiest coffee shop you’ve ever seen.)
It’s tucked underneath the iconic South Congress Hotel, which means this place isn’t lacking in design. Mañana is small, so you might not be able to get a table, but it’s still a lovely place for grabbing a drink and then doing some serious “people watching” on South Congress!
(Best cup of coffee in the city.)
Austin’s east side has it goin’ on in the coffee shop department… Figure 8 adds to the list of coffee shops that are dedicated to perfecting their craft. I like this place because it’s similar in quality to Fleet Coffee, but it’s a much larger space. You’ll (hopefully) be able to find space to work if you decided to camp out for a bit.
(Go for the picture!)
Jo’s is the home of the famous “I Love You So Much” sign. I’ve taken more pictures there than I can count…I’ve even accidentally filmed a marriage proposal! For everyone who is coming through Austin, you must stop by this iconic sign for a quick snap.
I’ve gotta say…the coffee isn’t spectacular. But if you choose to stay, you can grab a caffeinated beverage and a breakfast taco and enjoy the sights of South Congress from this coffee shop.
(Most unique: a Japanese coffee house.)
I wrote up this post all about Sa-Ten, so I’m not going in to too much depth here. But I will quickly mention that this coffee house and eatery has the best breakfast, lunch, and dinner bites than you’ll find at any other coffee shop. If you want coffee + food, go here!
14. Bougie’s Donuts
(Best donuts + coffee)
Although they do serve specialty donuts, Bougie’s is so much more than a donut shop… They source specialty coffee roasters and make a nice pour over, and the shop has tables and wifi. Whether you’re working alone or meeting up with a friend, this is a great place to enjoy a sweet treat with your caffeine!
Psst: I love all of their specialty donuts with fun toppings, but don’t forget about the “Homer” donut. That’s their basic yeast donut with frosting and sprinkles. It looks simple, but it’s THE BEST!
15. Cuvée Coffee Bar
(For no wifi distractions)
Sometimes, you don’t want wifi. If you’re trying to engage in conversation, read a book, or simply enjoy a few minutes of stillness at the beginning of your day, Cuvée’s East 6th coffee + beer bar is a great place to hang.
Cuvée is a local roaster in Austin, so you’ll be able to find their coffee at lots of other Austin coffee shops.
16. Café Medici
(Old school Austin coffee shop with multiple locations.)
Café Medici is now the biggest coffee chain in Austin, with 5 locations. Their first location opened in 2006 on West Lynn, and that’s still my favorite one. Everyone there is super nice, they care about the quality of the coffee and the happiness of their customers. Take a look at all of their locations and you’ll see that Café Medici puts a lot of thought and pride in their design.
(Coffee + Shopping!)
Tom’s, the company known for one for one shoe program, also has a few cafés around the country, and one of those is in Austin. There’s plenty of seating for those who want to hang out for a bit; or, you can grab some coffee and enjoy it while you shop for shoes + sunnies.
(Go for a view of the lake.)
(Source: Mozart’s Coffee Roasters)
I’ve been to Mozart’s many times for a solo coffee date with my earbuds and a journal. It’s a therapeutic thing, indeed, to sip a hot beverage at the edge of the lake and write out your feelings.
(Coffee, beer, gelato, wine, all in a historic building)
Stonehouse does a little bit of everything, so it’s an easy place to go if you’re in an indecisive mood. It’s located in the renovated historic Dawson Stone House.
This is (obviously) not a comprehensive list of every single coffee shop in Austin. Have any favorites that I left out? Leave a comment below!
As always, if you have any question for me, feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.