Do you love finding good coffee shops for a laptop work session? Or maybe adorable Austin coffee shops for a caffeinated meetup with a friend? Perhaps you’re just a coffee aficionado and you love scoping out the very best coffee in each city you visit? Whatever brought you here, I’m confident that my guide to the 50 best coffee shops in Austin will direct you to the perfect shop. Here’s the funny thing: I was actually just creating a spreadsheet for myself with all of my favorite coffee shops in each neighborhood in Austin. (Major dork over here..) That way, I could reference it easily every time I wanted to choose a coffee shop. But I realized that this list is actually golden and needs to be shared, so here ya go!
About me: I’m an Austin local who loves exploring the coffee shops in this town. I’ve probably spent way too much money on coffee drinks. I have two babies under two, so I’m FOR SURE over caffeinated these days to compensate for the lack of sleep. And while I love the process of making my morning pour over at home (measuring and grinding the beans, gently pouring the gooseneck kettle and watching the coffee bloom, smelling that first whiff of hot, black coffee…it’s my morning therapy), the afternoon cup is typically out at a fun Austin coffee shop. There are so many great ones to explore, so let’s dive in.
About this guide: I’ve organized this list of the best Austin coffee shops by neighborhood. Click on the part of Austin you’re in, and you can see several options in that part of town. Or, scroll through and browse the photos for general coffee shop ideas. I’ll also include the coffee shop address and a link to their website. Leave me a comment at the bottom with any specific questions!
50 Best Austin Coffee Shops You Should Try
South Austin Coffee Shops
1. Hot L Coffee
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.)
Exceptional coffee and pastries, great place to bring a laptop and work.
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 menu, 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?
3. RADIO COFFE AND BEER
Live music + beer, and get the best migas taco in Austin at the truck 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 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.
4. Spokesman Coffee Pub
Located at The Yard in South Austin, Spokesman is a spacious coffee shops that roasts their own beans. You’ll also find a bar with lots of local craft beer on tap, so it’s a great place for a day/night transition.
Free parking, lots of indoor tables, and very rarely crowded (unlike some of the SOCO or downtown Austin coffee shops…ugh!). This one is a great place to get some work done.
5. Stouthaus Coffee
Go for coffee + beer in far south Austin
Stouthaus is fun because it’s a coffee shop AND beer pub in South Austin. There are tons of coffee shops in eat Austin and east and downtown coffee shops, but it’s hard to find a good one as you go far 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!
6. The Hive
For a safe place to let kids run around while you drink your coffee
Ok mamas, this one is for you. The Hive is very far south, but it’s worth the drive if you have little ones and you want a safe space for them to run around. There’s a fenced-in area where toddlers can run while you sip on an iced latte and chat with a friend. Or, bring your laptop and get a few hours of work done at the indoor tables. There’s a full coffee program + food options for breakfast and lunch.
7. Once Over Coffee Bar
For an OG south Austin coffee shop
One upon a time, this used to be one of the only places to get a great cup of coffee in south Austin. Times have changed and there are now many great coffee shops in the area, but Once Over is still a staple for an indoor/outdoor coffee shop for coffee dates and solo laptop work.
South Congress Coffee Shops
8. Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
The best outdoor coffee shop space + food trucks
For the ultimate Austin foodie experience, go to Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden. Go inside to order your coffee or craft beer, and then bring it outside and order food at one of the popular food trucks parked on site. (LeRoy and Lewis is my personal favorite – it’s one of the best bbq places in Austin.)
Cosmic is popular on the weekends both families and dog-owners. It’s a really large space, so it’s great for anyone who needs to run around.
9. Jo's Coffee
Go for an iced turbo latte and a famous mural photo
Jo’s is the home of the famous “I Love You So Much” sign. I’ve taken more pictures here 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. (Here are 34 of the coolest murals in Austin.)
I’ve gotta say…if you’re kind of a snob about your coffee, this isn’t necessarily the best. 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.
Beautiful SOCO coffee shop + the best pastries.
It’s tucked underneath the iconic South Congress Hotel, which means this is one of the most beautiful coffee shops in Austin. 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! There’s some outdoor seating in the hotel courtyard, too.
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 one of my very favorite cinnamon rolls in Austin.
11. The Meteor
For a great cappuccino and a lively place to meet a friend.
A lot of people don’t know that this is one of the best patios in Austin for drinking coffee! 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.
Step inside to order your drink, and then go through the back door to a large, private patio with picnic tables.
12. Teal House Coffee and Bakery
For a coffee shop in Austin that’s not too crowded + amaaaazing cinnamon rolls.
If you’re hunting for Austin coffee shops that aren’t crowded, bring your laptop to Teal House! It’s a bakery on SOCO that’s known for its hot, fresh cinnamon rolls. But what lots of people don’t know is they have a great coffee program, free wifi, and plenty of seating inside.
For coffee + shoe shopping at the same time
Tom’s, the shoe and sunglasses brand that’s known for giving away $1 for every $3 they make, has a beautiful shop on South Congress with a coffee shop inside. Even though the coffee bar is located inside the store, you could definitely just go for the sole purpose of getting a cup of coffee and settling down with your laptop. The back patio is a really great Austin coffee shop for getting solo work done.
Downtown Austin coffee shops
For a lively hotel coffee shop; stop here for coffee before you walk around the lake
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.
15. Better Half Coffee + Cocktails
An all-day coffee shop and restaurant.
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 love 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! (Psst: they have one of the best burgers in Austin.)
16. Medici Roasting
For a walkup coffee window in downtown Austin
Medici is one of the OG Austin coffee shops in Austin. They have several locations, but the downtown one is a nice option for a fast cup of coffee. They have a walk-up coffee window for a quick caffeine hit while you’re on your commute.
17. Codependent Coffee + Cocktails
For a trendy workspace inside a skyscraper
Look up at the Austin skyline and your eyes will be drawn to the “jenga” building; it’s a zig-zag skyscraper that’s a truly recognizable engineering feat. At the base of it is a coffee shop + cocktail lounge called the Codependent, and it’s lovely. Very pretty inside, trendy, full of pretty and polished people and some tables and couches for enjoying your beverage.
For a world-renowned coffee roaster in Downtown Austin
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.
19. Juan Pelota Cafe
Stop here for a coffee after your morning bike ride.
Juan Pelota is a downtown coffee shop that’s connected to Mellow Johnny’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!
20. Little Brother
The tiniest coffee shop in Austin.
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.
For an exceptional coffee experience, every time.
One of the most well-known Austin coffee shops for serious coffee drinkers, Houndstooth is the place to go if you’re picky about the quality of yoru drink. From freshly made pour-overs to espresso-based drinks, you’ll find some of the best coffee in Austin at any one of the Houndstoth locations.
Their downtown location has some tables if you choose to stay for a coffee meetup. Or, go to the east Austin or Domain location for a quieter coffee shop experience.
East Austin Coffee Shops
22. Ani's Day and Night
For an outdoor experience in a beautiful setting.
Ani’s Day and Night is a sweet house-turned-coffee-shop that is open, yep, you guessed it..) both day and night. It’s absolutely beautiful adn has fun indoor/outdoor vibes. Indoors is a bit small, but there are lots of tables outside.
23. Brew & Brew
This is a fun coffee shop located in east downtown (just on the east side of I35) with an industrial vibe. They have a great coffee program, some bites of food, and lots of beer on tap for the evening hours.
24. Cartel Coffee Lab
A hip coffee chain with some seriously good coffee, Cartel Coffee Lab is located in east Austin at the first floor of Arrive East Austin. I went here for a good cup of joe during my stay at the hotel for a solo staycation. They roast their own coffee and offer a subscription shipping program, but they also have a really cute shop that’s worth a visit.
For a historic home-turned-coffee shop
This is an old-school Austin coffee shop on the east side. It’s located in a renovated house and has all the Austin vibes. Go for a breakfast taco + a house made chai and meet up with a friend for a little coffee shop date.
26. Cuvee Coffee Bar
Industrial vibes + lots of space
Cuvee is one of the most well-known roasters in Austin, and they have a storefront in east Austin. It’s a big industrial space with a giant sliding garage door that they open all the way up on pretty days. If you’re visiting in the evening, they have lots of taps of craft beer. Or, visit earlier in the day with yoru laptop. Free fast wifi, quite a few tables + outlets, and really good coffee.
27. Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors
This darling coffee shop in east Austin has a really great coffee program and a loyal fan base. It’s a fun spot to go solo if you need a coffee shop for getting some work done. It’s quirky and Austin-y and has lots of good vibes.
28. Flat Track
Shares a space with a bike shop!
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.
29. Fleet Coffee Co
Best coffee…and don’t let the size of this teeny-tiny shop fool you
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.
For an outdoor coffee experience
Flitch is a walk-up retro coffee trailer with outdoor seating only. Great coffee, super nice people, and a fun place to grab a cup to-go!
31. Lazarus Brewing Co
For a spacious, non-crowded morning coffee experience
Lazaurus Brewing Co. is mostly known for beer (duh…), but did you know they also roast their own beans and have a robust coffee program? Lots of people aren’t aware of this, and since it’s such a large space, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a nice place to sit and work a while in the morning. Bonus: if you decide you’re ready for a 10 am beer, no one is going to judge you..
32. Palomino Coffee
For the most photogenic coffee shop
This east Austin coffee shop is a vibe. It doesn’t look like much front eh outside, but the interior is so beautifully designed with all of the boho feels. There’s not a ton of indoor seating, but if it’s a nice day, there’s a pretty good-sized patio outside.
33. Revival Coffee
For the PINK coffee shop in Austin
You’ve definitely seen pictures of this one! Revival is from the team behind Gabriella’s Downtown adn Taquero Mucho, and it’s the cutest and brightest pink pink pink coffee shop around. Try the Fruity Pebbles Latte (matcha, lavender, and oat milk) or the Abuelita Latte (Mexican hot cocoa + espresso)
34. Thunderbird Coffee
One of th oldest coffee shops in Austin, Thunderbird was my go-to back in my University of Texas days. It’s in east Austin but near UT campus, and has a great food program, plenty of seats for cramming for exams, and CAFFEINE.
35. Try Hard Coffee Roasters
Walk-up window coffee in East Austin
They have DJs spinning vinyl, a dog-friendly and smoke-friendly back patio, and a family-friendly front patio. Try Hard is “east Austin” AF and a must-visit if you want to go to some of the best Austin coffee shops. It’s pretty small inside, so this isn’t necessarily a place where you’ll stay for hours with your laptop, but it’s a really cute Austin coffee shop to visit.
37. Native Hostel Bar & Cafe
For a quiet, empty*ish place to work
I don’t consider this an actual coffee shop, but this hostel in east Austin has a full bar and a coffee program and plenty of seats and free wifi. It’s not typically listed on guides to Austin coffee shops, so it’s rarely crowded. If you’re hoping to find a quiet place to hunker down and focus, try going to Native Hostel.
West Austin Coffee Shops
36. Civil Goat Coffee
This is a small, modern coffee shop in central Austin. Why the name “Civil Goat?” Because the original location is west Austin has an actual goat that lives on the property! The new location on Guadalupe is typically quite crowded, but it’s a great place to work if you can snag a seat.
38. Epoch Coffee
Go here for a late night study sesh
This is another one of the OG Autin coffee shops. There are now several locations, but the original location opened in 2006. The North Loop coffee shop is known for their late hours (currently open until midnight). Much like Bennu Coffee, Epoch is an Austin coffee shop that most UT students are familiar with.
39. Greater Goods Coffee Roasters
Drink coffee for a good cause
Greater Goods roasts their own beans, 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.
Each time I visit this Austin coffee shop I’m really pleased with the quality of their baristas and coffee. I love that they have a coffee shop presence in west Austin where there aren’t very many local Austin coffee shops.
40. Littlefield's Tacos + Coffee
A place to let the toddler run around while you drink coffee
This large, shady outdoor area is great if you have little kids who need to run around in a safe environment! Grab a coffee from Medici and a breakfast taco from Veracruz, and enjoy a coffee date with a girlfriend while your little ones burn some energy. It’s a beautiful, casual, fun outdoor coffee shop in Austin.
41. Mozart's Coffee
Coffee with a view of the lake
I’ve been to Mozart’s many times for a solo coffee date with my headphones 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. This is definitely one of the prettiest coffee shops in Austin. I’ve seen so many people take photos here, and I don’t blame them – Mozart’s coffee has the best view!
42. Summer Moon Coffee
For sweet lattes and drive-thru options
Summer Moon locations are super popular and located all over the Austin area! If you love your coffee drinks very sweet, this is the place for you. They offer “moon milk” lattes, and you can choose your percentage of coffee to moon milk. 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.
If you’re looking for a drive thru option, check their website. Some of the locations offer this, and some don’t.
North Austin Coffee Shops
For a beautiful place to work + drink coffee
Merit Coffee now has several locations around Austin, and each one of their shops is typically crowded. (That’s a testament to their excellent coffee program, IMO.) They use their own 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!
Unique Japanese coffee house experience
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!
45. Barrett's Coffee
A chill coffee shop + roaster, good for getting a cup to go
Barrett’s is a local Austin roaster and coffee shop in north/central Austin. It’s a casual, quiet, chill place to bring your laptop and crank out a few hours of work. Be sure to pick up a bag of their coffee beans or a gallon of their double-filtered cold brew while you’re there.
For a high-energy coffee shop
I’m positive that every UT student has had at least one late night study session at this Austin coffee shop. Bennu was originally a 24-hour coffee shop. They’ve adjusted their hours in the last few interesting years, but we’ll see if they get that 24-hour thing open again. Bennu doesn’t rank super high on my list of superior coffee programs in Austin, but if you’re looking for a place to get caffeinated and stay up late, this is it.
47. Brentwood Social House
For English pastries and a good place to meet a friend
This sweet neighborhood cafe serves English pastries, high tea, and all sort of other scrumptious items. Pair your coffee with one of their scones (heaven!) and enjoy a quiet afternoon at this lovely Austin coffee shop.
48. Craftwork Coffee Co.
A great cup of coffee and workplace at The Domain
Craftwork is a coworking space/coffee shop that’s open to the public. If you’re a member you can enjoy the private workspace.
Maybe the prettiest coffee shop you’ve ever been in.
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.)
50. Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.
For my Cedar Park people!
Located way up in Cedar Park, Red Horn is a coffee house + brewery, much like Lazarus Brewing in east Austin. They roast their own coffee and brew beer at both locations, but go to the original Cedar Park location for more of the coffee shop vibes, and go to the Leander location for an industrial, brewery vibe.
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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