24 Coffee Shops in Austin You Should Try

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There are so many fantastic coffee shops in Austin, and visiting your local barista is a great way to support our Austin economy! Here are 24 of the best coffee shops in Austin, sorted by neighborhood.

I love scoping out new Austin coffee shops. I care about the quality of the coffee they’re serving, the skill and training of the baristas, and (of course) the cute coffee shop vibes! 

And so for you, dear reader, I’ve compiled this epic list of 24 coffee shops in Austin that you should visit. I’ve done my best to specify why they’re included here.

24 Coffee Shops In Austin You Should Try

South Austin Coffee Shops

1. Patika 

Exceptional coffee and breakfast, great place to bring a laptop and work. 

*COVID UPDATE: Walk-up window open for to-go orders, indoor seating closed.*

Patika is where you need to go for exceptional drinks prepared by skilled baristas, a cozy place to hunker down and work on a laptop, and THE best scones in town! 

They also have a breakfast trailer out back, and for too many months I ignored it. However, I finally indulged in one of their giant breakfast sandwiches, and friends: why didn’t I try it sooner?

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Patika

1905 S FIRST ST, AUSTIN TX 78704

512-448-3732 

2. Hot L Coffee 

Gorgeous and cozy hotel coffee shop; great for solo date with a book. 

*COVID UPDATE: Walk-up window open for to-go orders, indoor seating closed.*

Hot L Coffee is located in the lobby of the boutique Carpenter Hotel, and it’s so charming. Stop in for a latte and house-made pastry (those chocolate chip cookies are one of the best cookies in Austin.) 

24 best coffee shops in Austin Texas

HOT L COFFEE

400 JOSEPHINE ST, AUSTIN TX

512-448-3732 

3. MAñANA 

Pretty and trendy on SOCO + the best pastries.

*COVID UPDATE: Open for takeaway; indoor closed, patio open. 

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!

The pastries here are from the award-winning pastry chef at Café no Se, and dang she can create some delicious goodies! Manana is actually home to my very favorite cinnamon roll in Austin.

24 Best coffee shops in Austin: Mañana

Mañana

1603 S CONGRESS AVE, AUSTIN TX 

512-448-3732 

4. RADIO COFFEE AND BEER

Live music + beer, and get the best migas taco in Austin at the truck parked out back

*COVID UPDATE: Outside seating is available; indoor closed.

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 hotspot 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.

Veracruz tacos at Radio Coffee

RADIO COFFEE and beer

1905 S FIRST ST, AUSTIN TX 78704

512-448-3732 

5. The Meteor 

For a great cappuccino and a lively place to meet a friend.

*COVID UPDATE: The cafe is open for socially distanced dine-in. 

This super cute coffee/wine shop on South Congress has its own parking lot (amazing for this location!), a bunch of tasty things to eat for breakfast (tacos, pastries) and a beautiful, bright, invigorating space to bring your laptop or meet a friend. Intelligentsia beans are used to make the drinks here.

 

 

24 Best Coffee Shops in Austin

The Meteor

2110 S. CONGRESS AVE, AUSTIN TX 78704

 

6. Jo’s Coffee 

Go for a picture by the mural

*COVID UPDATE: open for to-go orders

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 lots of Austinites of pretty crazy about Jo’s Iced Turbo, a very sweet/chocolatey iced drink). 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.

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Jo's Coffee

1905 S FIRST ST, AUSTIN TX 78704

512-448-3732 

East Austin Coffee Shops

7. FIGURE 8 COFFEE PURVEYORS 

For one of the best cups of coffee in the city.

*COVID UPDATE: Walk up window open for to-go orders only. 

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.

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FIGURE 8 COFFEE PURVEYORS

1111 CHICON ST, AUSTIN TX 78702

 

8. Wright Bros Brew & Brew 

Good espresso, craft beer, and a hipster place to work

The folks at Brew & Brew do a great job of sourcing coffee beans from around the U.S. and abroad . They make lovely espresso drinks, and, as you can probably tell from the name, have a wall of craft beer on tap and a killer wine selection.

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. They also sell some of those amazing bagels.

Wright Bros Brew and Brew

Wright Bros. Brew and Brew

500 SAN MARCOS ST SUITE 1105, AUSTIN TX 78702

 

9. Fleet Coffee 

Best coffee…and don’t let the size of this teeny-tiny shop fool you

*COVID UPDATE: Walk up window open for to-go orders only.

Co-owers Patrick and Lorenzo have 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.

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Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

2427 WEBBERVILLE RD, AUSTIN TX 78702

 

10. Flat Track 

Unique place to visit, and great place to buy a bag of coffee beans.

*COVID UPDATE: Shop currently closed; online ordering available. 

Flat Track is a well-known Austin roaster that shares a coffee space with…a bike shop? Yep! This is one of the most unique coffee shops in Austin. 

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.

Flat Track Coffee

1619 E CESAR CHAVEZ ST, AUSTIN TX 78702

 

11. Cuvee Coffee Bar

Lively space for cold brew, beer, work sessions.

*COVID UPDATE: Cafe is open.

Cuvee has been roasting coffee in Austin for a long time, so you’ll find these beans in several shops around town. Cuvee Coffee in East Austin is a good transition space to go from work to play. Head there in the afternoon for some caffeine and a work sesh, and then stay with friends for a round of beers in the evening. 

Cuvee Coffee Bar

2000 E 6TH ST, AUSTIN TX 78702

 

Downtown Austin coffee shops

12. Intelligentsia 

For a world-renowned coffee roaster in Downtown Austin

*COVID UPDATE: open for takeout.

Intelligentsia (a Chicago coffee roaster) rose to fame by being one of the original “Big Three” third-wave coffee roasters from the 90s. They finally opened a coffee shop in Downtown Austin, and it’s a gorgeous place to stop in to grab a cappuccino. 

Pair your drink with a treat from the pastry case. Sour Duck Market and Easy Tiger, two local bakeries, provide all the goodies. 

24 best coffee shops in Austin Texas

Intelligentsia

1905 S FIRST ST, AUSTIN TX 78704

512-448-3732 

13. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails 

An all-day coffee shop and restaurant.

*COVID UPDATE: To-go orders and carhop service available, patio open by reservation only.

The all-day restaurant thing is such a trend right now. It totally makes sense for restaurants to be able to open as a coffee shop in the morning, then transition to a restaurant for lunch/dinner and be able to be profitable all day long. And I how these places, like Better Half Bar, are often bigger spaces to allow plenty of space to meet up with some friends or work on a laptop for a couple hours.

Better Half has an adorable interior, a giant back patio, and lots of parking…quite the luxury considering its downtown location! You can show up for breakfast and pastries, a lunch date, or dinner + cocktails!

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Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

406 WALSH ST, AUSTIN TX 78703

 

14. Alfred Coffee

For a lively hotel coffee shop; stop here for coffee before you walk around the lake

*COVID UPDATE: open for to-go orders.

Alfred Coffee is a California roaster that’s famous for coining the phrase “But First, Coffee…” (Instagram alert!) But they also have high-quality coffee drinks and some good pastries to grab to-go before you kick off your day in Downtown Austin.

Alfred Coffee at the Line Hotel in Austin Texas

Alfred Coffee

111 E CESAR CHAVEZ, AUSTIN TX 78701

 

15. Little Brother Bar

The tiniest coffee shop in Austin.

*COVID UPDATE: walk-up window open for to-go orders only.

Looking for a solid coffee bev on Rainey Street? Little Brother bar is a teeny space that has some seriously good coffee. It’s the tiniest coffee bar in Austin, but seriously adorable. 

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Little brother bar

89 RAINEY ST, AUSTIN TX 78701

 

16. JUAN PELOTA 

Stop here for a coffee after your morning bike ride.

*COVID UPDATE: to-go orders and outdoor seating available.

Juan Pelota is a downtown coffee shop that’s connected to Mellow Johny’s bike shop. It’s typically crowded on a Saturday morning with cyclists who are caffeinated before or after their workout. Fun place to get some work done! 

Juan Pelota Cafe

400 NUECES ST, AUSTIN TX 78701

 

West Austin Coffee Shops

17. Stouthaus

For the workaholic who needs a place to go straight from a coffee + laptop to a beer happy hour w/ friends. 

*COVID UPDATE: 

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!

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24 Best Coffee Shops In Austin

Stouthaus

4715 S LAMAR BLVD, AUSTIN TX 78745

 

18. Summer Moon 

For a gorgeous cafe!

*COVID UPDATE:

Summer Moon is alllll over Austin; folks are obsessed with their moon milk lattes! They offer “wood fired coffee” (to be honest, still not quite sure what that is…) Each cafe is a little bit different, but they all have the same consistent menu and offer a really lovely place to sit and work. 

Summer Moon

3201 BEE CAVES, AUSTIN TX 78746

 

19. Greater Goods 

Drink coffee for a good cause

*COVID UPDATE: open for takeaway orders only, or order retail online. 

Greater Goods roasts their own bean, and they offer a great selection of retail items (great place to stock up on coffee and equipment! With each bag purchased, they donate to a Texas charity.  

Greater Goods

12005 BEE CAVE RD, AUSTIN TX 78738

 

20. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters 

Coffee with a view of the lake

*COVID UPDATE: outdoor dining available.

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.

 

Mozart's Coffee

3825 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD, AUSTIN TX 78703

North Austin Coffee Shops

21. Hank’s 

Maybe the prettiest coffee shop you’ve ever been in. 

*COVID UPDATE: Dine in and takeaway open

The details are EVERYTHING here. The whicker chairs, terra-cotta planters, and gorgeous light fixtures make it a fun place to just sit and be and enjoy the moment.

It’s an all-day coffee shop/restaurant/bar, so go in the morning if you want the coffee shop experience. (It transitions to dinner service later in the day.)

Hank's

2811 BERKMAN DR, AUSTIN TX 78723

 

22. Houndstooth 

For the coffee snob who wants a lovely environment to enjoy a pour over.

*COVID UPDATE: downtown location is currently closed, 3 other Austin location are open for walk-up orders. All indoor seating closed.

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. They have multiple locations around Austin, and even a few locations in Dallas!

Houndstooth Coffee

Houndstooth

4200 N LAMAR BLVD, AUSTIN TX 78756

 

23. Merit Coffee 

For a beautiful place to work + drink coffee

*COVID UPDATE: cafe open for dining in or carryout. 

San Antonio’s Local Coffee rebranded as Merit Coffee, and they now have several locations around Austin.  They use their own excellent coffee roast, and the pastries from San Antonio’s Bakery Lorraine are ah-mazing. I have to get one of their chocolate donuts to enjoy with my coffee every time I’m there!

24 best coffee shops in Austin Texas

Merit Coffee

1905 S FIRST ST, AUSTIN TX 78704

512-448-3732 

24. Sa-Ten  

Most unique: a Japanese coffee house

*COVID UPDATE: open for carry-out, including family meals

Such a stunning and unique Japanese coffee house; go read this post to see all the beautiful details about Sa-Ten! 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!

Sa-Ten

Sa-Ten

4917 AIRPORT BLVD, AUSTIN TX 78751

 

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terra @ terragoes.com
3 years ago

Very jealous of the coffee + craft beer combo Austin has going on. We need that in Richmond, for sure. I’d never leave.

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