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19 Excellent Coffee Shops in Austin

Where to find frothy espresso drinks, deep black cold brews, and big patios at these essential caffeinating destinations

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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.

For other morning needs, browse through Austin's best iced coffees, best breakfasts, baked goods spots, and all-day cafes.

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Barrett's Coffee

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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; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Epoch Coffee

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This North Loop institution has a good patio, coffee (including that sweet house-made mojo), pastries, snacks, and it’s open through the late night. There are two other locations: West Anderson Lane and Far West Boulevard. Takeout orders can be placed in person; all locations have indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Houndstooth Coffee

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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 (this in Rosedale and the others in downtown, East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Rock Rose, and 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). Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor areas.

Terrible Love

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This tiny coffee truck has a passionate fan base. Now found in Hyde Park, it still serves up a simple but mighty menu of coffee drinks, including pour-overs, cold brew, and matcha lattes. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Civil Goat Coffee

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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, and there’s a third in Cherrywood. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Trianon Coffee

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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. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor dine-in areas.

Caffé Medici

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This longtime Austin coffee shop has numerous branches around town. The original Clarksville branch has a warm and homey vibe; the West Campus cafe is huge; and the Springdale General one offers a peek into the roasting process. Then there are locations on South Lamar, the Domain, and within the Austin airport. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Try Hard Coffee Roasters

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The Central East Austin cafe offers expertly crafted coffees made with house-roasted beans, and there are fun seasonal drinks. Plus the 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.

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This small Central East Austin coffee shop serves up its own roasted beans, along with other craft roasters. There’s a second location in North Loop. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas; and there are shippable coffee beans.

Wright Bros. Brew and Brew

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The East Austin coffee shop underwent a revamp, and it’s still fantastic with its elegant menu of espresso, filter coffee, and cold brews from local roasters. 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. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person, and there are indoor and patio areas.

Desnudo Coffee

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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.

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Shake things up with this tiny East Austin cafe, where, along with coffee, espresso, and lattes, the specializes in creative caffeinated drinks. The Ritual is a drink that changes often and has recently been made with gingerbread--infused milk with a gingersnap 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. Takeout orders can be placed in person or online (only during weekdays though); there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Sa-Tén

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The Japanese-ish 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.

Cuvee Coffee Bar

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The East Austin cafe is the epicenter of one of Austin’s OG coffee roasters. Expect a streamlined coffee menu. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Flitch Coffee

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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.

Proud Mary Cafe [Austin]

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The Portland cafe and coffee roastery expanded into Austin’s Zilker neighborhood, bringing along its close love of all-things coffee with an Australian spin. Yes, there are flat whites as well as other espresso and brewed coffee options, plus a daytime food menu. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Come to the South Lamar cafe for the coffee, and stay for the wine, beer, house-made baked goods, and hearty breakfast/lunch/brunch dishes. There’s a second location in downtown. Takeout orders are placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Radio Coffee & Beer

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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). There’s a second location in McKinney. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person, and there are indoor and outdoor on-site services.

Spokesman

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The further South Austin mega-bike-friendly cafe is full of house-roasted coffee, draft beer, and pastries. There’s a second location in Highland. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are shippable beans; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Barrett's Coffee

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; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Epoch Coffee

This North Loop institution has a good patio, coffee (including that sweet house-made mojo), pastries, snacks, and it’s open through the late night. There are two other locations: West Anderson Lane and Far West Boulevard. Takeout orders can be placed in person; all locations have indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Houndstooth Coffee

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 (this in Rosedale and the others in downtown, East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Rock Rose, and 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). Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor areas.

Terrible Love

This tiny coffee truck has a passionate fan base. Now found in Hyde Park, it still serves up a simple but mighty menu of coffee drinks, including pour-overs, cold brew, and matcha lattes. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

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, and there’s a third in Cherrywood. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Trianon Coffee

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. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor dine-in areas.

Caffé Medici

This longtime Austin coffee shop has numerous branches around town. The original Clarksville branch has a warm and homey vibe; the West Campus cafe is huge; and the Springdale General one offers a peek into the roasting process. Then there are locations on South Lamar, the Domain, and within the Austin airport. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in 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 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. There’s a second location in North Loop. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas; and there are shippable coffee beans.

Wright Bros. Brew and Brew

The East Austin coffee shop underwent a revamp, and it’s still fantastic with its elegant menu of espresso, filter coffee, and cold brews from local roasters. 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. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person, and there are indoor and patio areas.

Desnudo Coffee

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 this tiny East Austin cafe, where, along with coffee, espresso, and lattes, the specializes in creative caffeinated drinks. The Ritual is a drink that changes often and has recently been made with gingerbread--infused milk with a gingersnap 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. Takeout orders can be placed in person or online (only during weekdays though); there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Sa-Tén

The Japanese-ish 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.

Cuvee Coffee Bar

The East Austin cafe is the epicenter of one of Austin’s OG coffee roasters. Expect a streamlined coffee menu. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Flitch Coffee

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.

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Proud Mary Cafe [Austin]

The Portland cafe and coffee roastery expanded into Austin’s Zilker neighborhood, bringing along its close love of all-things coffee with an Australian spin. Yes, there are flat whites as well as other espresso and brewed coffee options, plus a daytime food menu. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Patika

Come to the South Lamar cafe for the coffee, and stay for the wine, beer, house-made baked goods, and hearty breakfast/lunch/brunch dishes. There’s a second location in downtown. Takeout 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). There’s a second location in McKinney. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person, and there are indoor and outdoor on-site services.

Spokesman

The further South Austin mega-bike-friendly cafe is full of house-roasted coffee, draft beer, and pastries. There’s a second location in Highland. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are shippable beans; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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