Austin 's burgeoning beverage scene is also renowned for its ingenuity, with its coffee scene gaining national attention following the creation of Cuvee Coffee's popular Chameleon Cold Brew line. Live music performances from the city's thriving music scene anchor many cafes' event calendars throughout the month.
© Houndstooth Coffee
Houndstooth Coffee is a popular chain of Texas espresso bars, offering two locations in Austin's North Lamar and downtown neighborhoods. The chain, which was founded in 2013 by owner Sean Henry, follows a multi-roaster program bringing blends from top regional and national microroasters, ranging from favorites such as Counter Culture Coffee and Roseline to local brews from Dallas-based affiliate Tweed. Coffee is available brewed in siphons or mixed in popular beverages such as cortados, cappuccinos, and macchiatos. A selection of fine looseleaf teas is available for non-coffee drinkers, including yerba mate, oolong, and fruit and herbal variants. Beer and wine are also available alongside a selection of delicious pastries prepared by Bakerman's Bakery.
401 Congress Ave. Ste 100C, Austin, TX 78701, Phone 512-394-6051
© Cafe Nenai
Cafe Nenai is a Cuban and South American-influenced bakery and cafe in Austin's East Riverside neighborhood, opened in February of 2017 by Paraguay native and New York transplant Elena Sanguinetti. The cafe, which Sanguinetti co-owns with her daughter, specializes in authentic Cuban-style coffee beverages, including cortaditos, cafecitos, and cocido con leches, which blend milk and yerba mate tea in the style of a cafe con leche. Non-coffee beverages include herbal alojas, peach smoothies, and Mexican mineral waters, along with authentic Brazilian-style guarana sodas. A wide variety of South American regional fare is served up alongside beverages, including empanadas, arepas, and Paraguayan chipa cheese bread.
1700 Montopolis Dr, Austin, TX 78741, Phone: 512-840-9066
© Caffe Medici
Caffe Medici is a longtime staple in Austin, offering five locations throughout the city, including its original flagship location in Clarksville and a walk-up coffee bar window on Congress Avenue. The company, which was founded by Michael Vaclav and opened its first location in September of 2006, serves up signature espresso beverages crafted with Minneapolis-based Spyhouse Coffee Roasters' Orion blend, which highlights chocolate and fruit notes. Daily house coffee is sourced by Wild Gift, with up to three single-origin coffees also available at any given time. A variety of public special events are offered at all of the coffee shop's locations throughout the month, including live music performances. Private special event rental space is also offered.
1101 West Lynn. Austin, TX 78703, Phone: 512-524-5049
© Epoch Coffee
Epoch Coffee is an Austin-based coffee chain offering five locations throughout the city, including its flagship North Loop location, which was originally opened to the public in 2006. The coffee shop's original location is open to the public 24 hours a day, serving everyone from early morning risers to late-night explorers looking for a refuel. Cafe beverages are available hot or iced, ranging from simple favorites such as cubanos and cafe au lait to blended flavored lattes and espressos. Smoothies are also served up, along with draft sodas, iced teas, and a variety of juices. Food options range from pizza slices and sandwiches to croissants, scones, danishes, and other pastries.
221 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, Phone: 512-454-3762
5.Machine Head Coffee
© Machine Head Coffee
Machine Head Coffee is the new permanent cafe location for Austin's popular coffee trailer of the same name, opened to the public in 2016 by Nolan Green. The North Burnet cafe is located within the second location of popular restaurant Veracruz All Natural, which serves up delicious Mexican fare such as breakfast tacos, picadas, and chilaquiles. Delicious hot and cold beverages include cortados, Americanos, lattes, and flash-brewed iced coffee, with specialty drinks playing on the cafe's Mexican-fare association, including iced espresso horchatas. KTONIC kombucha is also served up, along with a variety of hot and cold teas. Milk substitutes include oat, almond, and coconut.
9003 Waterford Centre Blvd Suite #180, Austin, TX 78758, Phone: 512-537-4221
Hank's is a casual American-style restaurant, cafe, and bar in Austin's Windsor Park neighborhood, originally opened to the public in 2018 by Jessie Katz and Andy Means. The cafe, which is named in honor of Means' grandfather, serves up a wide variety of clever coffee shop beverages, including mint cold brews, seasonally-flavored iced mochas, dirty chai lattes, and pours of the shop's house blend whole-bean coffee, brewed by Texas Coffee Traders. Non-coffee beverages include Arnold Palmers, Buddha's Brew kombucha, Maine root sodas, and turmeric, lemon, or ginger-flavored Glow Juice. Diners can enjoy a wide range of Californian-influenced comfort fare at brunch, lunch, and dinner, paired with fine wines or national-favorite craft brews on draft.
5811 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX 78723, Phone: 512-609-8077
© Jo's Coffee
Jo's Coffee is a beloved coffee shop in Austin's South Congress district, opened to the public in 1999 within the parking lot of the Hotel San José. The cafe, which has become known nationally for its iconic "I Love You So Much" exterior graffiti, is a popular community hub for its neighborhood, hosting live music performances, film showings, and fundraiser events throughout the month. Coffee drinks are served up daily beginning at 7:00am, including the cafe's signature iced turbo, which blends coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, and cream over crushed ice. A full menu of light cafe fare is served up each day, including a variety of breakfast taco options. Hot and cold deli sandwiches, oatmeal, granola, and baked goods are also available.
1300 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, Phone: 512-444-3800
© Patika Coffee
Patika Coffee is a bustling cafe and restaurant in Austin's South Lamar district, originally opened in 2010 as a coffee cart in the city's downtown region. The cafe, which was named as 2017's reader's choice best coffee shop by Austin Monthly, is named in honor of the Turkish word for "footpath," a nod to the creation of the modern coffee shop in the city of Istanbul. At its permanent location, housed within a revitalized 1940s-era historic building remodeled by architect Elizabeth Baird and interior design company Ayala Design, diners can enjoy brews sourced from the cafe's multi-roaster program, including single-cup and espresso options. Breakfast and lunch are served daily, highlighting options such as quinoa bowls, no-dough quiches, and Mexican-inspired chilaquiles.
2159 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, Phone: 512-535-3955
9.Lucky Lab Coffee
© Lucky Lab Coffee
Lucky Lab Coffee is a coffee trailer housed within the Urban Outfitters-operated Space 24Twenty clothing store in Austin's West Campus district, owned and operated by Courtney and Ron Hutton in 2014. The coffee shop, which also offers a brick-and-mortar location within the Perry Brooks Building, brews up handcrafted coffee beverages made from brews by local roasters Third Coast Coffee, including macchiatos, Americanos, cappuccinos, and flavored lattes. House-made chai lattes are also available, along with a selection of hot and iced teas and house-made lemonades. An assortment of pastries and sweets are also available to go. Custom coffee catering services are offered for private special events, including corporate functions.
720 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701, Phone: 512-420-6950
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© Bennu Coffee
Bennu Coffee is one of Austin's favorite 24-hour coffee shops, originally opened by Stephanie and Steve Williams in 2009. Today, the independently-operated coffee shop offers two locations throughout the city, including a South Congress location occupying the former Dominican Joe's space. It is best known for its Chameleon Cold Brew line, which is nationally distributed and was awarded BevNET's Best Coffee award in 2014. Double-shot espressos and Americanos are also served up daily, along with Ladybird Provisions coffee bombs in delicious flavors such as Vanilla Thunder, Holy Cacao, and Peace Love and Hempyness. Grab-and-go food options are sourced from a variety of Austin-area vendors, including Fricano's Deli, Russell's Bakery, Taco Mex, and the Hoboken Pie Company.
2001 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702, Phone: 512-478-4700
11.Cherrywood Coffee House
© Cherrywood Coffee House
Cherrywood Coffee House is a community space and cafe in Austin's French Place neighborhood, opened in 2009 by owners and New Orleans natives Ryan and Jennifer Marks. The casual real-food joint serves up an extensive menu of coffee shop beverage options, including lattes and mochas available with unique flavor infusions such as lavender, gingerbread, and macadamia nut. Cuban con leches are also served, along with housemade iced teas, chai lattes, and popular Naked Juice smoothies. An extensive food menu offers up everything from creative breakfast tacos to New Orleans-style seafood po'boy sandwiches, complemented by design-your-own smoothie variants. On the weekends, diners can enjoy brunch options such as sweet potato hash, shrimp and grits, and artisanal omelettes.
1400 E 38th 1/2 St, Austin, TX 78722, Phone: 512-538-1991
12.Better Half Coffee
© Better Half Coffee
Better Half Coffee is a charming new addition to Austin's coffee scene, opened in February of 2018 by Matthew Bolick and brothers Matt and Grady Wright, the team behind popular cafes Flat Track Coffee and Wright Bros Brew and Brew. The restaurant and cafe serves up espresso beverages prepared with beans roasted by Flat Track Coffee and Portland's Heart Roasters, including seasonal mochas and flavored lattes. Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus highlight Southern-influenced casual fare, including chicken biscuit sandwiches with jalapeno honey butter and waffle-iron hashbrowns with coffee and cream gravy. Elegant entrees options include Texas redfish with curried sweet potato puree or steak and quail eggs smothered in kimchi butter. Draft and mixed cocktails are served up, along with beers and ciders on draft and wines available by the glass or bottle.
406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703, Phone: 512-645-0786
© Merit Coffee
Merit Coffee is a popular San Antonio-based coffee shop chain, originally opened in 2008 as Local Coffee by owners Bill Ellis and Robby Grubbs. The coffee shop, which is located on West Avenue, serves up private-label coffees roasted by its Merit Roasting Company, along with a variety of blends by some of the United States' best roasters. Delicious coffee shop beverages include pourovers, lattes, and iced coffees, complemented by a selection of pastries by San Antonio-based bakers Bakery Lorraine. Breakfast tacos by TacoDeli are served up during the morning hours, along with doughnuts from Maybelle's Donuts. Six locations of the coffee shop are also offered throughout the San Antonio region.
222 West Ave #120, Austin, TX 7870, Phone: 512-906-0266
14.Figure 8 Coffee
Figure 8 Coffee is a quaint neighborhood coffee shop originally opened in 2015 by longtime Austin baristas Kathleen Carmichael and Ryan Hall, named in honor of the final studio album recorded by singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. In addition to the shop's own blends, a multi-roaster program highlights beans by local favorites such as Wild Gift and Tweed Coffee Roasters alongside top roasters from renowned coffee scenes in cities such as San Francisco and Portland. Artisanal coffee shop beverages are complemented by a selection of delicious pastries, with alcoholic beverages also available at brunch and during evening hours. Industrial-chic decor gives the coffee shop a hip vibe, with a seasonal patio offering outdoor seating.
1111 Chicon St, Austin, TX 78702, Phone: 512-953-1061
© Fleet Coffee
Fleet Coffee is a charming cafe opened in 2016 by co-owners Lorenzo Perkins and Patrick Pierce, located in Austin's Blackshear-Prospect Hill neighborhood. The coffee shop serves up a variety of inventive espresso beverages, including its signature Ritual, a strawberry-infused cortado, and its refreshing E.T., prepared with grapefruit juice, espresso, tonic water, and simple syrup. Roasters are rotated seasonally, featuring renowned regional and national favorites such as Michigan's Madcap Coffee. Non-coffee beverages include hot and iced teas, chai lattes, and strawberry rose sodas, with delicious pastries, cookies, and croissants sourced from local favorite Sour Duck Market. Breakfast tacos from Veracruz All Natural are also served up during the morning hours.
2427 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702, Phone: 512-212-7174
Sa-Tén is a Japanese-inspired cafe in East Austin's Canopy complex, originally opened to the public in 2014 by co-owners Motoyasu Utsunomiya and Kayo Asazu. Artisanal coffees and espresso drinks use roasts from Casa Brasil, including the company's signature Onyx latte, which highlights honey and activated charcoal infusions, and the brown-sugar-infused Ohayo cappuccino. Matcha beverages are also served up alongside a full menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, including Asian-inspired toasts topped with ingredients such as sriracha mayo and dried seaweed. Diners can create their own plates or salads, choosing from ingredients such as cilantro tofu, chicken teriyaki kara-age, and panko-fried chicken katsu. Other menu options include tofu bowls, Asian-fusion sandwiches, and Japanese-style curry.
916 Springdale, Bldg 3, Ste 101, Austin, TX 78702, Phone: 512-524-1544
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© Cuvee Coffee
Cuvee Coffee is one of Austin's most popular coffee roasters, originally founded in 1998 by Mike McKim as a direct trade network. The company is best known as one of the pioneers of nitro cold brew beverages, credited alongside Portland's Stumptown Coffee Roasters as one of the first American cafes to offer nitrogen-infused coffee in 2013. Today, the company offers a flagship cafe location on Austin's East 6th Street, serving up delicious cold brew flavors on tap, including horchata-spiced variants and hemp-infused brews. Other specialty beverages include classic cortados, cappuccinos, and lattes, along with a variety of gourmet hot and iced teas. Delicious pastries and baked goods are available for purchase, along with a selection of fine wines and regional craft beers.
2000 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, Phone: 512-368-5636
© Flitch Coffee
Flitch Coffee is one of Austin's best-kept caffeinated secrets, operated out of a trailer in the city's Tillery neighborhood near Hatch Workshop. The company, which was founded in 2015 by Erica Foster, serves up a multi-roaster roster of artisanal coffees, including Austin-based roasters Wild Gift, Amarillo company Evocation Coffee Roasters, and regional favorites Onyx Lab Coffee Roasters and Kickapoo Coffee Roasters. Favorite beverages offered on the cafe's menu range from simple and smooth cappuccinos to refreshing iced maple lattes. Pastries and sweets from local bakers Luxe Sweets are served up alongside beverages, along with breakfast tacos from local taqueria Pueblo Viejo. Ample outdoor seating is available on the trailer's retro-style patio.
641 Tillery St, Austin, TX 7870
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19.Flat Track Coffee
© Flat Track Coffee
Flat Track Coffee is one of Austin's favorite coffee shops, originally founded in 2012 as a coffee catering company for private special events. The following year, the company opened a permanent public location in a shared space with progressive bookstore Farewell Books. Today, it shares its space with bicycle repair shop Cycleast, serving up its own beans alongside delicious single-origin roasts and blends sourced from roasters such as Olam Coffee, Coffee Shrub, and Royal Coffee. Espresso-based beverages are also available, along with gourmet pastries sourced from local bakeries. Industrial-chic decor complements the cafe's spacious interior, which offers ample room for work space and complimentary wifi for all customers.
1619 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, Phone: 512-540-6040
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20.Greater Good Roasting
© Greater Good Roasting
Greater Good Roasting is a coffee roasting company based out of Dripping Springs, Texas, offering two public cafe locations, including a flagship location in East Austin. The coffee company, which was founded by married duo Khanh Trang and Trey Cobb, is dedicated to ethical business practices and community-minded principles, donating a portion of all proceeds from coffee roasts to local nonprofit organizations such as the Central Texas Food Bank and Austin Pets Alive. A smoke-free roasting process reduces standard roasting energy consumption by over 80%, producing much cleaner emissions than the average roasting company. In addition to delicious espresso beverages, visitors to the East Austin location can enjoy roasting demonstrations and a cupping lab offering public tastings and coffee classes.
2501 East 5th at Pedernales, Austin, TX 78702, Phone: 512-382-9857
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21.Seventh Flag Coffee
© Seventh Flag Coffee
Seventh Flag Coffee is a modern coffee shop in South Austin, opened in 2014 by Zach Biderman and Tyler Cutbirth. The shop, which is housed within a renovated century-old home, strives to create a modern, welcoming environment for all guests and serve up the highest-quality possible coffees and espresso beverages. Drinks are presented with modern flair, served on wooden trays and accompanied by Topo Chico mineral water and Tibetan Tiger black tea from New York City's T Salon for palate cleansing. A multi-roaster program is anchored by beans from popular Austin roaster Cuvee Coffee, though guest roasters are frequently highlighted. Clever toasts are also served up, along with cold-pressed juices from Austin company Juice Society.
1506 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, Phone: 512-596-4477
22.Bouldin Creek Cafe
© Bouldin Creek Cafe
Bouldin Creek Cafe is an eclectic coffee shop and restaurant in South Austin, originally opened in 2000 by owner Leslie Martin. The cafe strives to craft delicious vegetarian and vegan fare to be enjoyed by guests with and without dietary restrictions alike, available at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A wide variety of tofu-based breakfast tacos are served up during the morning hours, along with vegan breakfast plates, egg or tofu-based omelettes, and breakfast sandwiches with gluten-free bread substitutes. At lunch and dinner, selections range from hummus platters to globally-influenced fare such as curry bowls and Italian-style fajitas. Fair-trade organic coffee is served up in a variety of espresso-based beverages, with alternative milk options such as soy and almond milk available. Local draft beers and fine wines are also served, along with coffee-infused cocktails such as The Leveler, which blends Guinness beer with espresso and chocolate.
1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, Phone: 512-416-1601
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23.Radio Coffee and Beer
© Radio Coffee and Beer
Radio Coffee and Beer is a hip South Austin hangout that has been voted as the city's best coffee shop twice since its 2014 opening by The Austin Chronicle. The laid-back cafe, which is housed within a converted 1940s home, is owned and operated by Austin-area singer-songwriter Jack Wilson, who aspired to recreate the vibe of some of his favorite national coffee shops he visited while on the road touring. Portland favorite roaster Stumptown supplies beans for a variety of delicious java options and espresso-based beverages, including mochas and lattes. An extensive list of regional and national craft microbrews is also available on tap or for to-go growler fills. Austin favorite food trucks such as Veracruz All Natural and Cazamance are parked on site regularly, with breakfast sandwiches and toasts provided by Paperboy. An extensive event calendar keeps the shop lively throughout the week, including live music performances, trivia nights, and outdoor film screenings.
4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704, Phone: 512-394-7844
© Stouthaus Coffee
Stouthaus Coffee is a charming Sunset Valley cafe opened in 2014 by Sandy and James Hughes, located within the same building as popular Austin pizza joint St. Philip. The cafe serves up a variety of delicious coffee shop beverages using beans provided by Austin favorite roasters Cuvee Coffee, ranging from pourover and Chemex brews to cleverly-flavored lattes and mochas. Tap kombucha is also available, along with a variety of hot and iced teas and chai lattes. A light selection of cafe fare highlights breakfast tacos, free-range chicken and beef wraps, and morning starters such as granola and yogurt. Local craft beers are also served up, along with pastries supplied by several regional bakeries.
4715 S Lamar Blvd #102, Sunset Valley, TX 78745, Phone: 512-721-0030
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25.Cosmic Coffee and Beer
© Cosmic Coffee and Beer
Cosmic Coffee and Beer is one of Austin's newest coffee offerings, opened in January of 2018 by Patrick Dean and Paul Oveisi, the former owner of local music venue Momo's. The coffee shop serves as a permanent outpost for popular barbecue trailer LeRoy and Lewis, who serve up barbecue-infused breakfast bagel and sandwich concoctions at the shop throughout the morning hours. Coffee beverages use beans from Texas Coffee Traders and Third Coast Coffee, including boozy brunch coffee cocktails such as the Back In Black, which blends 512 Brewing Company's pecan-flavored porter with nitro cold brew. A selection of craft beers and fine wines are also available, along with rotating delicacies from local food trucks parked on site throughout the week. Unique permaculture-inspired garden decor includes a rainwater-fed pond, which is home to a number of native flora and fauna species.
121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704, Phone: 512-481-0694
25 Best Coffee Shops in Austin
- Houndstooth Coffee, Photo: Houndstooth Coffee
- Cafe Nenai, Photo: Cafe Nenai
- Caffe Medici, Photo: Caffe Medici
- Epoch Coffee, Photo: Epoch Coffee
- Machine Head Coffee, Photo: Machine Head Coffee
- Hank's, Photo: Hank's
- Jo's Coffee, Photo: Jo's Coffee
- Patika Coffee, Photo: Patika Coffee
- Lucky Lab Coffee, Photo: Lucky Lab Coffee
- Bennu Coffee, Photo: Bennu Coffee
- Cherrywood Coffee House, Photo: Cherrywood Coffee House
- Better Half Coffee, Photo: Better Half Coffee
- Merit Coffee, Photo: Merit Coffee
- Figure 8 Coffee, Photo: Rawpixel.com/stock.adobe.com
- Fleet Coffee, Photo: Fleet Coffee
- Sa-Ten, Photo: Sa-Tén
- Cuvee Coffee, Photo: Cuvee Coffee
- Flitch Coffee, Photo: Flitch Coffee
- Flat Track Coffee, Photo: Flat Track Coffee
- Greater Good Roasting, Photo: Greater Good Roasting
- Seventh Flag Coffee, Photo: Seventh Flag Coffee
- Bouldin Creek Cafe, Photo: Bouldin Creek Cafe
- Radio Coffee and Beer, Photo: Radio Coffee and Beer
- Stouthaus Coffee, Photo: Stouthaus Coffee
- Cosmic Coffee and Beer, Photo: Cosmic Coffee and Beer
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