Houston is a big city, and it’s growing bigger every day. Whether you’re a coffee snob looking for that perfect roast, an insomniac who needs a caffeine fix, a student looking for a place to write that paper, or a group of friends who need a place to hang out, Houston’s vibrant and various neighborhoods are full of unique coffee shops and cafes. Some serve food, some are known for their delicious pastries, some have award-winning baristas, and some are full of art, but all of them have something great to offer. On top of this, Houston’s local roasters shine in the Houston coffee scene, and names like Amaya Roasting Company, Boomtown Coffee, Cleo Roasting, and more are commonly found all over the city.
1.Retrospect Coffee Bar
One of the first things customers will notice when they enter Retrospect Coffee Bar is the bright orange custom espresso machine, a pop of color that sets the scene in this bright and airy space, located in a building that was once one of Houston’s first gas stations. When Retrospect renovated the space, they worked hard to stay true to the building’s origins, and the result is one hundred percent unique, with a beautiful outdoor seating area under the covered shelter where cars used to fill up their tanks. Retrospect Coffee Bar serves amazing coffee from local roasters and teas from local blenders, as well as a small menu of delicious sweet and savory crepes.
3709 La Branch St, Houston, TX 77004, Phone: 713-993-6600
Quality ingredients are the name of the game at SIphone Coffee, where they use local Houston roasters like Amaya Roasting and Xela Coffee as the base of their creations, as well as a rotating menu of guest roasters for seasonal blends. The eggs used in their breakfast dishes and pastries come from Vital Farms, located right in Texas, and their house-made chorizo is made from pork sourced from family farms. With such thought and care in every bite and every sip of every menu item at Siphon Coffee, it’s no surprise that their food and drink are delicious. On top of that, Siphon Coffee uses a unique siphoning method for some of their coffee beverages, using halogen burners to slow brew coffee a lot like you’d do with a cup of tea. The method brings out flavors in a perfect and one-of-a-kind way.
701 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006, Phone: 281-974-4426
Step aside, craft beer, because Boomtown Coffee is bringing craft coffee into the game. This Houston classic roasts all its own beans in small batches, ensuring that every cup of coffee is a good one, with a distinct taste that is exactly as the roasters envisioned, if not more. Boomtown Coffee can be purchased wholesale for you to bring home and enjoy whenever you want, but there’s no experience like trying it in the cafe itself. Boomtown has several locations around Houston, including one in the Heights, one in the heart of downtown on Main Street, and a new location in Understory, an underground food hall in central Houston.
242 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008, Phone: 713-862-7018
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Cavo Coffee serves siphon-style coffee, brewed over a halogen lamp in a glass vacuum chamber. It’s an experience like no other, and everyone from coffee aficionados to caffeine newbies will love the experience, which was invented in the 19th century and has remained almost completely unchanged since then. Cavo has two locations, one in Greenway and one in West U, and both are equally committed to serving amazing drinks as well as some great pastries and a small breakfast menu. Cavo Coffee roasts their own beans under the name Cleo Roasting, named for the owners’ Frnech Bulldog of the same name.
3773 Richmond Ave #1F, Houston, TX 77046, Phone: 346-320-4195
Catalina Coffee is a cozy spot for a lovely hot beverage and conversation with friends, or for a quick drink on the way to work or while running errands. Prominent among the young, hipster crowd of Houston, Catalina Coffee is generally pretty bustling even despite its somewhat isolated location, which should tell you something about the quality of their coffee. Local Houston roaster Amaya Roasting Company supplies their beans, and they also have an excellent selection of loose leaf teas, which change seasonally, as well as a rotating menu of pastries which are delivered fresh daily from local bakeries.
2201 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007, Phone: 713-861-8448
6.Giant Leap Coffee
“One small sip for man…” is the slogan at Giant Leap Coffee, a cafe in Houston’s East End that does everything in its power to help customers “launch” their day the right way. This space-themed coffee shop has an adorable logo, and the cafe is filled with cute themed touches, like astronaut mugs and other space coffee souvenirs, space-themed latte art, and out-of-this-world coffee from Amaya Roasting. If coffee’s not what you’re after, Giant Leap also serves a wide selection of tea, kombucha, and even beer and wine, and their food and snack list includes everything from cookies to tacos.
3302 Canal St, Houston, TX 77003, Phone: 281-786-0471
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There are three Minuti Coffee locations in Houston, which means there is a lot of opportunity to stop in and find out what makes them great. Minuti Coffee has a warm and inviting atmosphere, decorated in stylish reds and blacks, and they like to boast that their coffee is made using the “Ferrari of coffee machines.” One of the most impressive things about minuti as a company is that all of their coffee is unique to them—their roasts are specially blended and made for them by a coffee expert “roastmaster” in Italy, who sends fresh beans to Minuti for them to sell in their cafes.
2700 W.W. Thorne Dr, Houston, TX 77073-3499, Phone: 281-765-7871
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Throughgood Coffee is more than just a name, it’s a mission. The cafe aims to change people’s lives and make them better, “through good coffee.” At Throughgood, the emphasis in their coffee is on quality ingredients and pure artistry at every step, from the beans to the presentation. Throughgood is an artistic space staffed by artistic people, and it’s the perfect spot to sit and work on that unfinished novel in the corner or enjoy a long chat with a friend you haven’t seen in awhile over a cup of tea or an expertly made latte. Food is made on site or sourced from local favorites like Hugs and Donuts or Bleu Catering, and there is a taco truck on site for more substantial fare.
732 W 27th St, Houston, TX 77008, Phone: 281-501-3976
9.Beans Cafe Coffeehouse
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Nestled in the hubbub of the Energy Corridor district of Houston, Beans Cafe Coffeehouse makes an excellent cup of joe from locally roasted beans. With cozy seating options including a shaded outdoor patio, and a knowledgeable, friendly staff that can help recommend options for discerning tastes, Beans Cafe Coffeehouse is warm and welcoming, with a menu that includes a rotating selection of baked goods as well as some delicious hot and cold sandwiches. Their drink options range from traditional pour-overs and espresso drinks to tea lattes, healthy and delicious smoothies, and many iced or frozen options.
1127 Eldridge Pkwy #100, Houston, TX 77077, Phone: 281-920-9620
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10.A 2nd Cup
What’s better than a cup of coffee, you ask? A cup of coffee for a great cause. A 2nd Cup is a casual cafe in houston that operates as a nonprofit. This cafe dedicates themselves to raising awareness and ending human trafficking. Since 2012, A 2nd Cup has been selling ethically-sourced, fair trade coffee and serving as a place where people can gather and organize for social justice and human rights. Every cent of profit made from their sales goes toward the fight against human trafficking, and the cafe is fully staffed by both employees and volunteers who believe in this important cause.
1111 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77009, Phone: 832-962-7656
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In ancient Greece, an agora served as a central gathering place, where the public could meet for assemblies, set up markets, and otherwise spend time with one another. Similarly, Houston’s own Agora is a coffee shop that aims to be a public gathering space as well, with a Greek-inspired decor scheme and many European treats on the menu. Drinks at Agora range from the standard coffee-and-espresso cafe fare to also include tea, beer (mostly European beers), wine (with an emphasis on Greek wine), and soft drinks. Their dessert menu has an expansive selection of cookies and baked goods, and one of the most eclectic features of Agora are the live performances of belly dancers customers might just find during their visit.
1712 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098, Phone: 713-526-7212
The exposed brick walls, industrial ceilings, and black barista bar at Blacksmith lends a hip, modern air of warehouse-chic to the cafe. At Blacksmith, the staff lives up to the name by making as many of the menu items, from drinks to sandwiches, by hand as possible. Their emphasis on this personal touch means that all their beans are roasted in house by their head roastmaster, John Letoto, who also bears the distinction of being nationally recognized in the field of latte art. Everything at Blacksmith is lovingly made, and that comes across in both the taste and presentation of the food and drink.
1018 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, Phone: 832-360-7470
Cafeza is inspired by the cafe culture in places like Barcelona or Buenos Aires, where art, community, atmosphere, and great food and drink combine to create more than just a quick stop for a hot drink, but a complete experience that itself is a destination. Cafeza calls itself a “Cafeceria,” and aims to emulate the traditional neighborhood culture of local Hispanic communities in its artisan drinks, tapas dishes, street tacos, churros y chocolate, sangria, bocadillos, and so much more. Regular schedules of live music, open mic nights, and other events round out the community-friendly vibes.
1720 Houston Ave, Houston, TX 77007, Phone: 832-203-8016
14.Campesino Coffee House
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Cafes can make themselves at home anywhere these days—converted industrial spaces, commercial storefronts on Main Street, or even food trucks—but there’s something so cozy about a coffee shop located in a building that was once a house. At Campesino Coffee House, Houston coffee lovers are treated to a Latin-inspired experience, right in the heart of the Montrose neighborhood. The cafe serves all the standard coffee drinks as well as specialty Latin American drinks, and a full food menu that includes offerings like empanadas and fantastic sandwiches, all in a cozy, improvised dining space that contains many unique rooms and a patio where customers can read a book, play games with friends, or enjoy a lively conversation.
2602 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77006, Phone: 832-831-6486
15.The Doshi House
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Doshi House is the place to be for customers who want their dollars to reflect their social awareness. This vegan cafe uses locally roasted coffee beans and makes them into fantastic drinks using plant-based alternative dairy products like almond, oat, and soy milk. Their food menu is vegan as well, with amazing breakfast tacos, internationally-inspired paninis, and daily soups. An extensive list of teas and herbal infusions rounds out the menu. The Doshi House has a cozy, eclectic interior with mismatched chairs, irregular spaces, and hip, antiquey decor that sets a trendy and relaxed vibe.
3419 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77004, Phone: 713-814-5085
Since 2009, Greenway Coffee has been singularly focused on quality—quality sources for their coffee, a quality roasting technique, quality relationships with suppliers, employees, and customers, and a quality end product. Greenway is not only a great cafe to go to for a cup of java, with its bright, modern space, it’s also a great place to buy coffee; each blend tells the history of the region where it was grown and the people who sourced it, and the process it underwent to reach your morning cup. Customers can even sign up for a three-month coffee subscription service, where delicious Greenway Coffee will be shipped right to your door as often as you want it.
5 Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046, Phone: 832-382-3466
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Great coffee, artisan donuts, and brunch—is there anything else that so perfectly describes the trendy Millennial experience? At Morningstar, all three of these things are on full offer. Early birds can enjoy Morningstar’s daily $1 coffee happy hour each day from 6:30 to 7:30am, but all throughout the day, this hip cafe serves amazing breakfast dishes, incredibly artistic donuts in creative flavors and with beautiful seasonal decorating, and of course, a kickass cup of coffee. Morningstar is tucked away into a strip mall in the heights, and while it’s easy to miss, you should make an effort not to miss it.
4721 N Main St m, Houston, TX 77009, Phone: 832-806-1115
18.Paper Co. Cafe
Paper Co. Cafe roasts their own beans right in house, making sure that every cup they serve is the highest possible quality. The loftlike cafe has high ceilings, long tables, and a bright, airy atmosphere. Located just north of downtown Houston, Paper Co. Cafe is conveniently located and well situated as a conversation space. Every day, they even offer one meal from their menu on a sliding price scale, and they encourage customers to pay what they can afford. This unique practice ensures that all their customers can afford to enjoy Paper Co. Cafe and everything it has to offer.
1100 Elder St, Houston, TX 77007, Phone: 713-522-3533
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This classic, hip cafe is located in the Memorial and Spring Branch neighborhoods of Houston, and is also convenient for people driving on I-10 to hop off and grab a cup of coffee before continuing on their commute or drive. Pura Coffee is a bright, trendy space decked out in black and white, and customers who stop in for a visit can treat themselves to fresh pastries every day, including colorful French macarons, muffins, scones, coffee cakes, and other baked goods. The coffee is also excellent, made by expert baristas who pour their care and knowledge into every shot of espresso, and show off their artistry with every foam heart and design in the cup.
7925 Katy Fwy C, Houston, TX 77024, Phone: 832-940-0822
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Southside Espresso only has a few seating options, including some small tables with bench seating which are usually occupied by people working on their laptops, a couple of high stools and chairs at the bar, and a few patio chairs under some umbrellas outside. That being said, for such a tiny space, Southside Espresso certainly packs a big punch. Their espresso drinks feature amazingly detailed latte art that should certainly merit a place on anyone’s Instagram, and their menu also includes things like beer, wine, a selection of flatbread pizzas, and delicious sweet and savory baked goods.
904 Westheimer Rd Suite C, Houston, TX 77006, Phone: 713-942-9990
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The colorful, airy patio at Antidote coffee is usually packed with people engaged in lively conversation, reading books, or simply enjoying a cup of delicious coffee. There’s plenty of space for seating at Antidote, but on weekends it’s still busy enough to fill up. Like many coffee shops these days, Antidote also has a selection of craft beers on its menu, as well as some great wines which can be bought by the glass or by the bottle. Food ranges from delectable pastries to comfort-food sandwiches and sides, and Antidote also has a small retail section with adorable gift items and goods from local artists.
729 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77007, Phone: 713-861-7400
22.Black Hole Coffee House
With its eclectic, mismatched furniture ranging from cozy couches and well-loved armchairs to modern-looking chrome and leather bar stools, and an airy, warehouse-like atmosphere with exposed ventilation and a whole wall of front windows, Black Hole Coffee House is a favorite among locals, who make full use of the space for days when they’re working remotely, meeting with friends or for a casual date, or are just swinging by for a good cup of coffee. Amazing drinks, a full pastry case full of sweet and savory treats, and even a food truck parked outside fill out the vibe, which is relaxed, fun, and overall, delicious.
4504 Graustark St, Houston, TX 77006, Phone: 713-528-0653
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Tout Suite’s unique layout, with two layers of open community seating, full of long tables, bar stools, and bench seats lined with pillows, makes it a comfy and casual place. Tout Suite is known for their baked goods, especially their amazing French macarons, which are handmade right there in the cafe, and come in a wide variety of colorful, creative flavors, including creme brulee, rose, honey lavender, salted caramel, earl grey, and more traditional varieties like vanilla, strawberries and cream, and chocolate. Tout Suite also has a full coffee menu, as well as a huge food menu that includes breakfast, soups, sandwiches, and light snacks.
2379, 2001 Commerce St, Houston, TX 77002, Phone: 713-227-8688
With locally roasted beans from Boomtown Coffee, and a mission statement that reflects the vibrant culture of Houston’s EaDo neighborhood, AHH, Coffee! Is a fun, industrial hangout space, with plenty of room for students or workers on laptops and groups of people catching up and spending time with one another alike. At AHH, Coffee!, local pastries are brought in each day from Kraftmen Baking, and amazing sandwiches and food are made right in house. The coffee and espresso drinks, of course, are made with love, and designed for customers to taste and feel the relief of that steaming beverage. “Ahh, coffee…”
2018 Rusk St A, Houston, TX 77003, Phone: 832-968-3433
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25.Inversion Coffee & Art
What’s better than an art gallery? Why, an art gallery that doubles as a coffee shop, of course!At Inversion Coffee House, everything, from the decor to the very structure of the place, was built and curated with an artistic eye. The design features unique tiled floors, huge windows, and tall ceilings with walls that are plastered with art. Funky furniture and modern tables provide a great gathering space, and there are some outdoor tables as well for those lovely Texas days. Food and drink includes standard cafe fare as well as smoothies, a rotating brew of the day, a ‘tea for two’ option, creative iced and frozen beverages, and a variety of sweet drinks for kids or adults with a sweet tooth.
1953 Montrose Blvd A, Houston, TX 77006, Phone: 713-523-4866
25 Best Houston Coffee Shops
- Retrospect Coffee Bar, Photo: ange1011/stock.adobe.com
- Siphon Coffee, Photo: bookybuggy/stock.adobe.com
- Boomtown Coffee, Photo: Sanborr/stock.adobe.com
- Cavo Coffee, Photo: Cavo Coffee
- Catalina Coffee, Photo: eshana_blue/stock.adobe.com
- Giant Leap Coffee, Photo: franz12/stock.adobe.com
- Minuti Coffee, Photo: Minuti Coffee
- Throughgood Coffee, Photo: Throughgood Coffee
- Beans Cafe Coffeehouse, Photo: Farknot Architect/stock.adobe.com
- A 2nd Cup, Photo: SizeSquare's/stock.adobe.com
- Agora, Photo: Krister Rafn/stock.adobe.com
- Blacksmith, Photo: bookybuggy/stock.adobe.com
- Cafeza, Photo: zasabe/stock.adobe.com
- Campesino Coffee House, Photo: Campesino Coffee House
- The Doshi House, Photo: The Doshi House
- Greenway Coffee, Photo: tanapipat/stock.adobe.com
- Morningstar, Photo: Morningstar
- Paper Co. Cafe, Photo: Jakkapant/stock.adobe.com
- Pura Coffee, Photo: pressmaster/stock.adobe.com
- Southside Espresso, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Antidote, Photo: New Africa/stock.adobe.com
- Black Hole Coffee House, Photo: KanitChurem/stock.adobe.com
- Tout Suite, Photo: tippapatt/stock.adobe.com
- AHH, Coffee, Photo: photobyphotoboy/stock.adobe.com
- Inversion Coffee & Art, Photo: zasabe/stock.adobe.com
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