UPDATED OCT 31, 2019
It’s no secret Austin’s coffee shop scene is next-level. There are seriously so many trendy cafes and funky hideouts, it can be difficult to keep up. So, we did the hard work for you and scoured the city to bring you the definitive guide to all the best coffee shops in Austin.
Even though it opened fairly recently, Merit already has a loyal following — and for good reasons. Merit has a sweet location in the Seaholm District (right by Trader Joe’s) and a stunning interior design that beckons Instagram-worthy coffee shots. They use a coffee brand called Local, which is roasted in San Antonio, and can be appreciated by even the most sophisticated coffee-lovers.
This North Lamar staple is so good that it has expanded to downtown and Dallas locations. They serve only the finest in coffee, tea, wine, and other beverages. And you better believe they take their coffee creations seriously — it’s obvious in both the presentation and taste.
This South Lamar gem boasts flavorful coffee, great music, and an even better menu of freshly prepared healthy bites, like quinoa bowls and toasts. Just be prepared to test that will-power when you smell the in-house, freshly-baked goods upon entering. Take your pastry outside to their shaded outdoor patio where you can enjoy their full breakfast and lunch service. Fitt Tip: their chilaquiles and iced americano make the perfect post-run brunch.
Seventh Flag is a fun and relaxed S. 1st St. coffee favorite. Their high-quality blends, snacks, welcoming atmosphere, and huge patio attract every kind of city-goer. Head to Seventh Flag for a business meeting or to just people-watch with a delicious cup o’ joe.
Wright Bros. Brew & Brew gives equal attention to beer and coffee. This E. 5th gem has a full espresso bar with 39 rotating taps of craft beer and cider. They boast local vendors in both categories, but they also have fun stuff from around the country. Sip a beer or a delicious coffee, then head on over to their neighbor — funky Austin boutique Byron & Blue — for a little shopping.
Even though the east side location is the second for Greater Goods, it’s definitely what put them on the map. They roast their beans down the road in Dripping Springs and serve a quality cup at their cozy spot in Bee Caves. However, it's their newer east side location that serves as their training campus and offers public classes on coffee cupping, brewing methods, latte art, and more!
While Caffe Medici has various locations all over town, downtown’s 8th and Congress location is our personal favorite. It’s the perfect chill zone in the midst of the bustling city life. Grab a delicious coffee after an intense workout at SoulCycle or during a quick break from work. Their coffee is crafted to perfection, and the open work space always has a comfy spot to settle into.
Radio popped up on the corner of Manchaca and Ben White a couple years ago, and it’s hard to imagine what we did with ourselves before. Radio is your friendly neighborhood hang-out spot. With a Veracruz All Natural taco truck and newly-planted Paperboy food truck, you can grab yourself a delicious snack with your extra-strong cold brew coffee. Fitt Tip: Radio shuts off their WiFi at 5pm to transform into a more social spot with live music, trivia, movie nights, and tons of fun activities.
“Worth the drive on 35” is absolutely right. Off Chicon St., deep in the heart of Austin’s trendy East Side, Figure 8 features an assortment of rotating roasters that can only be described as coffee bliss. With tons of plants, a welcoming environment, wine nights, and record days, Figure 8 is that neighborhood spot that never disappoints.
Tucked away off Webberville, Fleet Coffee is the cutest cafe with classic and inventive coffee favorites, local tacos, and delicious pastries. While it’s a small shop, the drinks pack a big punch with a presentation like none other, making you feel like you’re drinking your favorite cocktail. Fitt Tip: make sure to try the After School Special — Oreo-infused milk, espresso, and Oreo cookie. YUM.
Flitch isn’t your average coffee shop. This small-scale coffee shop in a quiet neighborhood in East Austin is, in fact, a funky, retro camper. With tons of patio seating, it’s a great place to enjoy local tacos from Papa Joe’s Tex Mex, pastries from Luxe Sweets, and a delicious iced maple latte (our fave).
Fueling Canopy, East Austin’s creative community of art, coffee, and more creative office spaces, Sa-Tén certainly fits right in with its squirrel-themed wallpaper and quirky aesthetic. With full lunch and dinner menus centered around Japanese toast and other delicious bites, this cafe has it all. Try the Ohayo, their signature brown sugar cappuccino, and your life may just be changed forever.
This North Loop coffee shop is open 24 hours and is constantly buzzing with city dwellers. There’s always good music playing, comfy couches, delicious coffee drinks, and fun art displayed. It’s an artsy little shop that stays consistent with their vibe. While there are a couple other locations around town, the North Loop is the OG and the only one open 24/7.
Thunderbird has locations off Manor and W. Koenig Ln. that both serve up delicious grilled cheeses and other warm meals, paired alongside swoon-worthy cups of coffee. With tons of patio space, you’ll find plenty of students using this as their go-to study zone — and we don’t blame them. Need help choosing what to order? The Thai-inspired coffee drinks and honey nut lattes are to die for.
This delightful cafe is hidden on E. Cesar Chavez in the same building as Cycleast — a hipster bike shop with some of the best mechanics in town. Somehow, they manage to roast their beans in the back as well. Cool bikes, good vibes, and freshly roasted coffee… what more can you ask for?
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