I am not a very good adult and consume coffee about four times as much as I do water. I love that Austin enables my addiction. For my coffee guide, I focused on places where you may not expect to find coffee, places that also serve alcohol, places great on sunny days, places to work, and of course places to flirt.
Flat Track keeping things hip in East Austin
Flat Track is a specialty coffee roaster and moto cafe in East Austin. One side of the shop slings coffee and the other half serves as a bike repair shop.
Flat Track Coffee
913 E Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702
Have a Ball at Juan Pelota
Find this cheekily named coffee shop inside Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop. They use Stumptown beans and serve sandwiches and breakfast tacos.
400 Nueces St. Austin, TX 78701
1401 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
Shoe and eyeglasses store with a charity donation stop and coffee bar inside. Feel good and good about yourself when you enjoy a cup here.
Hank’s Austin, a great place to work and socialize
Light & bright coffee shop during the day, trendy cafe restaurant in the evening. I love hanging out here in the afternoon for work and caffeine and then staying for happy hour.
218 W 4th St., Austin, TX 78701
A long-standing downtown Austin establishment. Serving alcohol, coffee, desserts, comforting bites and sometimes alongside live music entertainment. Great date spot!
Patika started as a coffee cart and now has two brick and mortars!
Patika has such a relaxing zen vibe. They started off as a cart and now have two locations! The space is beautiful and the atmosphere is quiet.
Patika Coffee and Wine
2159 S Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
Don’t wait to til mañana to try Mañana
One of my favorite spots for pastries and caffeine on South Congress is Mañana. It’s a small and quiet little nook of a shop connected to the South Congress Hotel. On a pretty day, there are some tables outside to enjoy the fresh air while you sip your coffee.
1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Cuvée Coffee Bar
2000 E 6th St., Austin, TX 78702
Radio Coffee and Beer
4204 Manchaca Rd., Austin, TX 78704
I’m a softie for repurposed houses. I like coming here after a long work week to just drink a half pour of a milk stout and then follow it up with a latte. The patio lounge chairs are inviting. No wifi after 5 pm. I learned this the hard way! Come here to socialize in groups or enjoy the chill vibes with a date.
Stouthaus for craft beers, coffee, and reliable wifi
Craft beers and coffee in one laidback location. If you get hungry after putting in a couple of hours working, walk next door and get a slice of Cane Rosso pizza. I’ve hunkered down here a few times to work during my short trips to Austin.
4715 S Lamar Blvd., Ste 102, Sunset Valley, TX 78745
Wright Bros Brew & Brew
500 San Marcos St., Ste 105, Austin, TX 78702
38 craft brews and beans from Austin’s Flat Track Coffee, San Francisco’s Sightglass Coffee, and Annapolis’s Ceremony Coffee. Tea from Austin’s Zhi.
Cherrywood Coffeehouse has food and entertainment for people of all ages.
Outdoor seating with live music on weekends, including kid-friendly entertainment on Sundays. Very much a cool neighborhood coffee shop.
Cherrywood Coffee House
1400 E 38th 1/2 St., Austin, TX 78722
1101 W Lynn St., Austin, TX 78703
Caffe Medici has multiple locations but I’m spotlighting the West Lynn location for their rock benches and tables outside. Well respected coffee here in Austin.
Bennu gives students and workaholics a place to work and socialize 24 hours a day.
I used to study here often in college. I recently went back and it’s still a quiet and cozy establishment filled with people highlighting textbooks or typing away on their laptops. There are plenty of outlets, lots of seating, and fun drinks with literary names.
2001 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Austin, TX 78702
5011 Duval St., Austin, TX 78751
Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery is an Austin Coffee Shop Classic
Oh, how I missed living down the street from Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery. Like Bennu and Flightpath, Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery has been in my life since my early college days now over 10 years ago. This coffee shop staple in Austin has baked goods, paninis, and an easygoing vibe.
Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery
411 E 43rd St, Austin, TX 78751
221 W North Loop Blvd., Austin, TX 78751
Open 24 hours. Plenty of outlets. Very popular place to get work done so seating can be limited unless you go in the afternoons, in between school sessions, or after midnight.
I love their specialty signature lattes Summermoon and Wintermoon (half-moon). I get a quarter moon because even the half-moon is too sweet for me. Delicious!
Seventh Flag Coffee Co
1506 S 1st St. Austin, TX 78704
I enjoy sitting outside with company here but a peek inside tells me it’s a great place to work. Really clean and has a rustic feel. Has good wifi.
1010 E Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702
I came here to work once and sat by two people who met on Tinder on their first date. Which tells me Cenote caters to those who want to eat, to those who want to work, to those who want to mingle, to those who met on Tinder.
3826 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
Another Austin icon and must-visit. Great for dates and socializing. There is often live music and Amy’s Ice Cream and desserts. My coworker just told me he met his wife at Mozart’s. Consider that anecdotal evidence for Mozart’s being a good date spot.
Spider House Cafe
2908 Fruth St., Austin, TX 78705
An Austin icon and must-visit, a reflection of Austin’s weird culture.
What are your favorites? Any unexpected cups of coffee?
For a list of best coffee shops in the Triangle of North Carolina, check out this post of mine.
If you want to explore other date spots in Austin, check out this post: Best Date Spots in Austin, Texas.
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