Coffee is the fundamental fuel that Austinites run on. It's necessary for work, study, and play. Plus, cafes offer the perfect places to procrastinate, putter around, and people-watch with caffeine and great food in hand while dining outdoors. To help guide you to your desired caffeine destination, Eater Austin put together this handy map highlighting the best of the best area cafes offering great coffee, fun lattes, reinvigorating cold brews, and great patios.Read More
19 Excellent Coffee Shops in Austin
Find frothy espresso drinks, deep black cold brews, and big patios at these essential caffeinating destinations
All Gimmicks Coffee
The little daytime cafe within North Austin cidery Fairweather serves up a fantastic array of caffeinated drinks. There are classic espresso and espresso-based drinks, as well as fun house creations like the Dirty Taro latte. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.
The Crestview coffee shop and roastery serves up an array of espresso drinks, including a chocolate-orange blossom latte, iced coffees, matcha, and chai. Takeout orders can be placed in person; coffee bean/cold-brew growler deliveries can be ordered online; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.
This North Loop institution has a good patio, coffee (including that sweet house-made mojo), pastries, snacks, and it’s open 24/7. There are two other locations: West Anderson Lane and Far West Boulevard (though these don’t have all-day hours). Pickup orders can be placed in person; and all locations have indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.
This espresso-focused coffee bar is heaven for hardcore coffee nerds around town. The rotating selections of beans are highlighted by simple and well-executed preparation. All four locations (the others in downtown, East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Rock Rose, and a newer one in far east Austin) feature clean and welcoming designs, as well as a great selection of tools to take home-brewing to the next level. Along with espresso drinks, there are beans, gallon cold brews, iced coffees, and hot coffees, and alternative milks (almond, oat, soy). Pickup orders can be placed online or in person, and there are indoor and outdoor areas.
This tiny coffee truck has a passionate fan base. Relocated from Oddwood Brewing into Hyde Park, it still serves up a simple but mighty menu of coffee drinks, including pour-overs, cold brew, and matcha lattes. It has takeout services and outdoor seating.
Civil Goat Coffee
The Drag location of the coffee shop features coffee, espresso, and house cold brew, alongside a daytime menu with toasts and doughnuts. Head to the original location out in the far west Austin to catch a glimpse of mascot goat Butters. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.
The classic Westlake coffee shop offers all sorts of coffees from single-origin to microlots, and bites from Rosen’s Bagels, Tacodeli, and Quack’s. Pickup orders can be placed in person; there are indoor dine-in areas.
This longtime Austin coffee shop has numerous branches around town, all of which are open for takeout and on-site services (with patios). The original Clarksville branch has a warm and homey vibe; the downtown pickup window is handy for quick-service coffee and an outdoor seating area. Pickup orders can be placed in person; many include outdoor and indoor areas.
Try Hard Coffee Roasters
The Central East Austin cafe offers expertly crafted coffees made with house-roasted beans, and there are fun seasonal drinks. Plus the expanded food menu means there are all sorts of tacos, and more. Takeout orders can be placed in person or online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.
Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors
This small Central East Austin coffee shop serves up its own roasted beans, along with other craft roasters. To-go orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas; and there are shippable coffee beans available through its website.
Wright Bros. Brew and Brew
The East Austin coffee shop underwent a revamp, but it’s still fantastic with its elegant menu of espresso, filter coffee, and cold brews from local roasteries like El Tigre, Figure 8, and Spokesman. It still remains light and warm, and friendly baristas will guide even the uninitiated through the latest and greatest trends in the coffee world. Food-wise, there are sandwiches and bagels for the daytime and nighttime bar foods like burgers, fries, and chicken sandwiches. Plus there’s a full bar and loads of beers and wines. The team also runs Better Half and Little Brother, all of which offer similarly excellent coffee menus. Pickup orders can be placed online or in person, and there are indoor and patio areas.
The East Austin coffee trailer has worked up a frenzy for its coffee beans sourced directly from local farmers, used in espresso drinks and nice lattes like the shoyu butterscotch or the brown sugar miso. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are outdoor dine-in areas.
Fleet Coffee Co.
Shake things up with espresso at Fleet, where, along with coffee, espresso, and lattes, the tiny coffee shop specializes in creative caffeinated drinks. The Ritual is a drink that changes often and has recently been made with Fruit Pebbles cereal-infused milk with usually a garnish. Even better: there are tacos from Veracruz All Natural and pastries from Sour Duck Market. The cafe has a second location on Manor Road. To-go orders can be placed in person or online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.
The Japanese-inspired Govalle cafe is serving up espresso drinks alongside the saifa (its take on Vietnamese coffee), plus cold brew. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.
The east side coffee shop is set up in a vintage trailer with plenty of outdoor seating. Beans come from Houston-based Greenway Coffee, among others, along with bites from Pueblo Viejo and Sour Duck. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are outdoor dine-in areas.
Come to Patika's South Lamar cafe for the coffee, and stay for the wine, beer, house-made baked goods, and hearty breakfast/lunch/brunch dishes. To-go orders are placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.
Radio Coffee & Beer
South Austin’s cafe and bar features good coffee, lots of outdoor space, and a whole lot of parking. For food, there are famed food trucks: Veracruz All Natural (tacos), Dee Dee (Thai), and Briscuits (barbecue and biscuits). To-go orders can be placed online or in person, and there are indoor and outdoor on-site services.
Ani's Day & Night
The East Riverside cafe is an easy place for well-made coffee, espresso drinks, matchas, and cold brew, and there are fun house drinks. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.
The further South Austin mega-bike-friendly cafe is full of house-roasted coffee, draft beer, and pastries. To-go orders can be placed in person (two additional locations in Highland and North Austin), there are shippable beans, and all cafes have on-site services with indoor and outdoor areas.