the best coffee shops in austin
find your daily caffeine fix on your next trip to Austin!
Published Sep 10, 2015 5:00 AM
74 Trinity St. Austin, TX
Named after Lady Bird Johnson, whose middle name was ‘Alta,’ ALTA’s Café is located in downtown Austin, right on the Hike & Bike Trail in the Waller Creek Boathouse, offering a patio that overlooks Lady Bird Lake. ALTA’s Café appeals to the health and wellness crowd with its offering of smoothies, a variety of healthy and nutritional foods, and coffee items including delicious espressos, batch brew, and single roast pour over coffees, all made with milk produced by the local Mill-King Creamery.
Radio Coffee & Beer
4204 Manchaca Rd. Austin, TX
South Austin’s newest coffee shop, Radio Coffee & Beer, brings locals great coffee from Stumptown’s nitro cold brew, delicious pizza from East Side Pies, along with serving craft beers on tap, with a Veracruz Tacos truck parked outside the coffee shop. This is a great spot for group gatherings as it offers indoor seating with plenty of tables and available outdoor seating for those who want to soak up the sun.
4200 N Lamar Blvd Ste 12 Austin, TX
This espresso-focused coffee bar is heaven on earth for coffee fanatics with its wide selection of coffee from multiple roasters across the country, including Tweed Coffee Roasters from Dallas, Supersonic from Berkeley, CA., PT’s Coffee from Topeka, Kansas, and Counter Culture Coffee from Durham, N.C. Try Houndstooth’s Twofer Espressos, which are a great way to compare two different espresso roasts and appreciate how complex and variable the flavors can be. Pair these delicious coffee drinks with pastries from Luxe Sweets or vegan donuts from Red Rabbit Bakery.
1101 W Lynn St Nashville, TN
This longtime Austin coffee shop has three branches around town, including a two-story elegant downtown location, which includes a stand-alone barista bar and an upstairs lounge with plenty of tables, making it the perfect spot to get some work done. Caffe Medici serves Austin-based Cuvee Coffee, as well as Ruby Coffee Roasters and Temple Coffee. Pair one of their delicious cappuccinos with pastries from Texas French Bread or Blackbird Bakery, or vegan donuts from Red Rabbit Bakery.
1111 Chicon Street, Austin, TX
Located at 11th and Chicon, Figure 8 is a warm and inviting coffee shop that serves up Tweed, Four Barrel, Coava and Wild Gift Coffee roasters and occasionally hosts their own in-house DJ.
400 Nueces St, Austin, TX
The slogan at Austin’s Juan Pelota coffee shop is “Kick Ass and Have Fun.” Situated inside Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, Juan Pelota’s staff has a great time serving its customers excellent coffee from Stumptown roasters along with a variety of baked goods including Rock Star Bagels, breads from Quack’s Bakery, and croissants from Elizabeth Street Cafe.
2009 S 1st St Austin, TX
This South First eclectic coffee shop offers a great back porch with a pleasant outdoor view, brewing Cuvee and Wild Gift coffee. Pair a delicious cup of joe with a tasty breakfast taco from the El Primo taco truck, located just out front.
2159 South Lamar Austin, TX
This dog-friendly coffee shop located on South Lamar offers a fresh, contemporary, and modern design with a comfortable atmosphere. Patika serves Cuvee and Wild Gift coffee and all of the sweet and savory pastries are homemade, except for the tasty items from Rock Star Bagels.
Seventh Flag Coffee Co.
1506 South First Street, Austin, TX
This converted house-turned-coffee shop offers a modern and clean design with minimal elements. A large communal table and a couple of smaller tables sit inside with additional outdoor seating on the front porch, and picnic tables on the front lawn. Seventh Flag Coffee offers coffee drinks with Cuvee beans and serves cold brew from a kegerator, along with tasty food items such as Taco Deli tacos and Thunderbird Energetica bars.
Wright Bros. Brew and Brew
500 San Marcos St. #105, Austin, TX
Located in the heart of Austin, Wright Bros. Brew and Brew is equal parts coffee shop and pub, offering a simple menu of Aeropress, drip, and espresso. This friendly coffee shop brews their coffee from the local roasters, Flat Track, Sightglass and De La Paz, and offers 38 taps of craft beer.
2200 Manor Rd Austin, TX
Thunderbird provides East Austin with delicious coffee and a great, quiet space to work without being interrupted. Cuvee coffee is Thunderbird’s primary roaster, along with Intelligenstia and Counter Culture. The coffee shop’s food menu includes, Tacodeli breakfast tacos, Rockstar Bagels, Quack’s pastries, vegan options from Celeste’s Best, and fresh sandwiches and salads.
1010 E Cesar Chavez St. Austin, TX
Located in a small refurbished house on the corner of Cesar Chavez, Cenote offers a warm and inviting atmosphere and serves pour-overs of a rotating series of Cuvee and Handsome beans, on-tap beers and an incredible food menu with plenty of vegan food options and an in-house gluten free bakery.