Hey y’all, City Editor Figi here. 👋 Now that the weather is reliably chilly, it’s time to show your local coffee shop some love.
I’ve been to 50+ local coffee shops in town, so I guess you could say I know my stuff when it comes to recommending cafes. I’ve searched far and wide to curate coffee shops so you don’t have to, and I think there’s a little something for everyone here.
These 18 locales have been taste-tested and approved by yours truly — click here to find them on a map.
Café Crème | 1834 E. Oltorf St. | This French-Vietnamese cafe not only offers super creamy lattes, homemade breakfast tacos, and seasonal bites — it’s also a marketplace for local artists. What to order: Café Crème Brûlée or chai tea latte.
Cenote | 1010 E. Cesar Chavez St. | Cenote’s heated patio makes it a solid choice for the colder months, especially with a hot mocha and breakfast sandwich in hand.
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden | 121 Pickle Rd. | An urban oasis, Cosmic easily transitions from work to play with equal emphasis on coffee, cocktails, and the great outdoors. What to order: Molé mocha or black cherry limeade.
Epoch Coffee | Multiple locations | With plenty of seating, outlets, and knowledgable baristas, Epoch Coffee makes an excellent study or co-working space.
Greater Goods Coffee Co. | Multiple locations | Good luck finding a table inside this shop — it’s usually packed — but the drinks and atmosphere are worth the trip. What to order: Bourbon latte or the McGregor.
The Hive | 10542 Menchaca Rd. | This newly-refurbished coffee shop sits on an expansive garden, has several rooms of indoor seating to choose from, and offers a full menu. What to order: Lavender lemonade or hot chocolate.
Irie Bean Coffee Bar | 2310 S. Lamar Blvd. | If you blink, you’ll miss this tiny shop. Irie Bean’s cold brew is worth a trip, plus it shares a back patio with East Side King if you get hungry.
Kick Butt Coffee | 5775 Airport Blvd. | Kick Butt Coffee might be the only coffee shop/open mic/dojo combo in Austin, and it has a full kitchen and plenty of space for co-working.
Mañana | Multiple locations | With newly-opened location in the Seaholm District, Mañana is a tranquil shop with a fully rounded-out coffee and tea menu. What to order: Golden milk or matcha latte.
Merit Coffee Co. | Multiple locations | In addition to its picturesque pastries, Merit’s attention to detail is what makes its drinks shine.
The Meteor | 2110 S. Congress Ave. | A bike shop-wine bar-coffee shop hybrid, The Meteor has a full menu to enjoy, a sunny patio, and fancy wines to peruse.
Monkey Nest Coffee | 5353 Burnet Rd. | A popular study destination for UT students, Monkey Nest has a great sandwich and drink selection, from drip coffee to Thai iced coffee and smoothies.
Nate’s Baked Goods + Coffee | 401 Orchard St. | This teeny tiny coffee shop only has a few tables, but tons of flavor, so don’t leave without something from the kitchen.
Patika Coffee | Multiple locations | Patika will make you feel fancy, even if you just order a pot of tea. Its natural lighting and breezy patio make it an ideal place for meeting, working, or even brunch on the weekend.
Plaza Colombian Coffee Bar | 3842 S. Congress Ave. | This South Austin coffee shop has it all: Colombian coffee, gourmet teas, guava pastries, pataconcitos, cocktails, and an outdoor patio. What to order: El Houston Bogota or London Fog.
Radio Coffee + Beer | 4204 Menchaca Rd. | Grab a lemonade or locally-sourced brew and stay for awhile on Radio’s massive patio. Bonus: Veracruz All Natural, Briscuits, and Dee Dee Thai have food trucks on the property.
Revival Coffee | 1405 E. 7th St. | At this shop, the drinks as just as tasty as the interior’sall-pink style, plus there’s always room to sit. What to order: Matcha fruity pebbles or horchata.
Simona’s Coffee + Cocktails | 2510 S. Congress Ave. | Got an important meeting or need to impress someone? Take them to Simona’s upscale shop, which converts to a bar in the evening and has a welcoming library upstairs.