For richer or pour over, Austin’s coffee shops are what keep us going in the morning. Our City ranks among the top coffee cities in America thanks to factors like cafes per capita and the price of beans.
The Capital City has no shortage of masterful baristas, aromatic roasts, and foamy lattes. But if you’re having trouble deciding on a spot, gather some brews clues with our guide to some of the best coffee shops in ATX.
Pro tip: If you need to refine your order, review the different kinds of coffee before stepping up to the counter.
For latte art lovers
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.
Merit Coffee Co. | Multiple locations
In addition to its picturesque pastries, Merit’s attention to detail is what makes its drinks shine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Revival Coffee | 1405 E. 7th St.
At this shop, the drinks are just as tasty as the interior’s all-pink style. What to order: Matcha fruity pebbles or horchata.
Cenote | 1010 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Cenote’s expansive patio makes it a solid choice for any time of year, especially with a mocha and breakfast sandwich in hand.
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.
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.
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.
Plenty of outlets and internet connection
Epoch Coffee | Multiple locations
With plenty of seating, outlets, and knowledgable baristas, Epoch Coffee makes an excellent study or co-working space.
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.
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.
Where to write your novel
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.
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.
Radio Coffee + Beer | 4204 Menchaca Rd.
Grab a lemonade or locally-sourced brew and stay for awhile on Radio’s massive patio.
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.
Trendy and new
All Gimmicks Coffee | 10609 Metric Blvd., Ste. #106
Located inside Fairweather Cider, this young coffee shop slings Instagrammable concoctions with a smile. What to order: a taro latte or Froot Loops matcha.
Foxtrot Market | Multiple locations
Stop in one of these upscale bodegas for an elevated on-the-go experience.
Palomino Coffee | 4136 E. 12th St.
Tucked away in an adobe-inspired interior, this shop doubles as an apothecary and home goods store. What to order: anything from the seasonal menu.