UPDATED OCT 31, 2019
There's nothing like a homegrown, local coffee shop, and Houston's got its pick. Whether you’re craving an iced coffee or a piping hot flat white, here are all the places to hit up when you need a pick-me-up.
Working or studying at this coffeeshop on Houston Ave. is no prob at Cafeza. With strong coffee and charging outlets at every table, both you and your laptop will have enough juice to keep going like the Energizer bunny. And, with an option to get refillable coffee for a minimal fee, we really might just stay all day.
This spot in The Heights and on Main St. doesn’t just serve coffee, they roast it, too. Featuring small batches with plenty of “boom”, you can also bring a bag of Boomtown coffee home with you. We love the cozy atmosphere of the cafe, but what keeps us coming back are the decadent house lattes with homemade syrups — Milk & Honey, The Spectre, and Mayan Mocha are just a few of our faves.
Tucked behind some of Montrose’s most renowned culinary institutions, you’ll find Southside Espresso. This understated coffee bar offers an intimate setting that perfectly compliments its strong coffee and rotating menu of seasonal dishes. Stick around for happy hour, or pop in for a post-dinner espresso after date night at Uchi.
Great food and local coffee, featuring Amaya and Boomtown beans, isn’t the only thing we love about Siphon. It’s the unique Siphon method that makes this Montrose spot a must-visit. What’s the Siphon method? Think Breaking Bad, but with coffee. Using halogen burners and scientific-looking beakers, your coffee is brewed to order. And while it may take a little longer than your typical caffeinated drink, it’s delicious and worth the wait!
This diamond in the rough is in a strip mall near Memorial Park along the I-10 corridor. And just like some of Houston’s best finds, Pura Coffee is completely unexpected. With amazing coffee as its foundation, everything else here (free Wi-Fi, loose-leaf teas, and vegan pastries) is just icing on the cake. And speaking of cake, we love the selection of European candy bars and treats (like Kinder Chocolate bars — yum!).
You’ll get a whole lot more than just coffee at this spot in The Heights. A 2nd Cup also doubles as a non-profit with a mission to fight human trafficking. Each coffee sale helps fund the cause in Houston through its partnership with other non-profits and local law enforcement. If stopping by this communal space doesn’t fit into your schedule, you can still give back by donating online.
Ciao bella. Get a taste of Italia at this authentic Italian cafe in Rice Village. With strong espresso (it’s their thing) and cannolis so good you’ll want to order a dozen, Fellini is the perfect place to fuel your caffeine addiction.
Washington Corridor may be known for its bars and pub crawls, but Catalina Coffee can get you a different kind of buzzed during the day, too. All the coffee is sourced from its sister company, Amaya Roasting Company. And for those who prefer a little less caffeine, this cozy cafe also boasts a seasonally rotating list of loose-leaf teas and pastries.
Get your coffee fix at this Westheimer coffee shop. Whether you’re looking for a quick cuppa or prefer to slow it down and stay awhile, FIX can accommodate. If you’re on the go, grab a daily drip or espresso drink, but if you have a little more time, try the Slow Bar. Featuring French press, Chemex pour overs, or AeroPress coffee, the Slow Bar will help you experience your coffee in a new way.
Another Montrose staple (yes, we’re pretty sure the neighborhood runs on coffee), Blacksmith combines a pleasant atmosphere with locally-sourced food and locally-roasted Greenway Coffee. If you’re looking for a filling breakfast or lunch, do yourself a favor and try the Vietnamese Steak & Eggs — sourced from 44 Farms. You won’t regret it!
Hidden away in the North end of The Heights, this coffee shop is the perfect spot to grab a cup of joe and get some work done. You can try to ward off your sugar cravings, but their unique donut flavors like “Matcha Frosted” are hard to resist. For a heartier meal, try their monkey cat potatoes, and add the egg!
Slowpokes. is what happens when a coffee shop meets wine and beer garden. Featuring great coffee, a work space, and a dog friendly, fenced in yard, Slowpokes. has something for just about everyone.
Jet set to Greece without leaving the loop. Life just slows down at this European-style Montrose coffee shop. Sip a mid-morning espresso while reading a newspaper (choose your favorite from their selection), or pop in for an afternoon glass of Greek vino on the patio overlooking Westheimer.
If you’re a fan of flavorful beans, latte art, and creations from local artists, then you’ll want to make Inversion Coffee in Montrose your new go-to. It’s the perfect place to settle in to get some work done or just sip and savor your surroundings. And if you realize you’ve been there all afternoon and are in need of a snack, they’ve got Morningstar cookies and brownies that will hit the spot.
The aroma of roasting beans from Paper Co.'s in-house roaster, Mueva Coffee, practically begs you to come in. Stop by for a Vietnamese iced coffee and stick around for the all-day brunch. No matter what you order, profits go towards the Houston homeless community— that alone is something worth stopping in for.