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The 10 Best Coffee Shops Near SXSW

For those much-needed cups of caffeine

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South by Southwest (SXSW) is a lengthy Austin festival, taking place over ten days with nonstop panels, happy hours, late night parties and concerts. This means festival-goers will need to fuel up, and what better way to do this than with coffee?

Eater put together a handy guide to the best coffee shops near the SXSW center, from coffee nerd-haven Houndstooth Coffee to easygoing cups from Easy Tiger to Caffe Medici’s plentiful locations. Always keep in mind that some cafes might be closed due to last-minute buyouts and events.

For more dining and drinking ideas, check out the rest of Eater’s SXSW coverage. Require more coffee? Check out Eater’s picks for the best coffee shops in Austin, cafes with Wi-Fi, tea, and matcha.

With updated by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703

Just west of downtown Austin is all-day cafe Better Half, from the team behind Wright Bros. Brew & Brew, which means coffee is of utmost importance, with beans from Heart Roasters and Flat Track Coffee.

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Coffee from Better Half
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2. Intelligentsia Coffee

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607 W 3rd St Suite 0110
Austin, TX 78701
(737) 414-6696
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The Chicago-based coffee chain made its way into Austin for its first-ever Texas cafe right in the downtown area.

Coffee at Intelligenstia
Coffee at Intelligenstia
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3. Houndstooth Coffee

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401 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 531-9417
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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 locations (the others on North Lamar and MLK) feature clean and welcoming designs.

4. Easy Tiger

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709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 614-4972
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The downtown bake shop, coffee shop, and beer garden offers up excellent coffee and pastries right in the middle of Dirty Sixth.

5. Caffé Medici

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200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 827-2770
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This longtime Austin coffee shop has two branches near SXSW proper and another right near Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar. The elegant 200 Congress Avenue space boasts a massive espresso bar.

6. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

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500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 493-0963
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Located in the epicenter of SXSW chaos, Wright Bros. Brew & Brew has a simple, elegant menu of Aeropress, drip and espresso, featuring local roaster Flat Track. The light, warm space and friendly baristas will seduce even those who don't care about the latest and greatest trends in the coffee world. Plus, it serves some of the best East Coast-style bagels in Austin, courtesy of Rosen's.

7. Alfred

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111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-9611 ext. 6105
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Los Angeles’s hip Alfred coffee chain arrived in the lobby of the Line Hotel. It offers Stumptown coffee drinks and matcha, as well as a nice case of baked goods.

Alfred’s matcha latte
Alfred’s matcha latte
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8. Hot L Coffee

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400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 682-5300
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The very hip and breezy Carpenter Hotel has a craft coffee option, great for festival-goers staying in the Zilker or South Lamar areas. In addition to coffee from Merit Roasting, there’s a small menu of tacos, kolaches, baked goods, and cookies. A retro lounge for sipping and socializing rounds out the experience. 

Hot L Coffee and Amanda Farris
Hot L Coffee
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9. Cuvée Coffee

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2000 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 264-1479
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One of Austin’s favorite coffee roasters has its flagship cafe in East Austin, complete with beer, pastries, and, of course, coffee, with its own nitro cold brew right on tap. The coffee shop is located in the center of the still rapidly growing neighborhood of East Sixth and Chicon, meaning its an ideal spot to recharge before checking out nearby favorites like Whisler's, Tamale House East, and Yellow Jacket Social Club, which are sure to be welcome hideaways from the madness of downtown during South By, while still being close enough to be accessible.

Cuvee Coffee
Cuvee Coffee
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10. Merit Coffee

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1105 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 906-0010
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The San Antonio-import has several cafes across Austin, focuses on well-made espresso and coffee, plus pastries.

Espresso is being made into a cardboard coffee cup.
Making coffee at Merit Coffee
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1. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703
Coffee from Better Half
Coffee from Better Half
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Just west of downtown Austin is all-day cafe Better Half, from the team behind Wright Bros. Brew & Brew, which means coffee is of utmost importance, with beans from Heart Roasters and Flat Track Coffee.

406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703

2. Intelligentsia Coffee

607 W 3rd St Suite 0110, Austin, TX 78701
Coffee at Intelligenstia
Coffee at Intelligenstia
Taylor Morabito

The Chicago-based coffee chain made its way into Austin for its first-ever Texas cafe right in the downtown area.

607 W 3rd St Suite 0110
Austin, TX 78701

3. Houndstooth Coffee

401 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

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 locations (the others on North Lamar and MLK) feature clean and welcoming designs.

401 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

4. Easy Tiger

709 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

The downtown bake shop, coffee shop, and beer garden offers up excellent coffee and pastries right in the middle of Dirty Sixth.

709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

5. Caffé Medici

200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

This longtime Austin coffee shop has two branches near SXSW proper and another right near Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar. The elegant 200 Congress Avenue space boasts a massive espresso bar.

200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

6. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702

Located in the epicenter of SXSW chaos, Wright Bros. Brew & Brew has a simple, elegant menu of Aeropress, drip and espresso, featuring local roaster Flat Track. The light, warm space and friendly baristas will seduce even those who don't care about the latest and greatest trends in the coffee world. Plus, it serves some of the best East Coast-style bagels in Austin, courtesy of Rosen's.

500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702

7. Alfred

111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
Alfred’s matcha latte
Alfred’s matcha latte
Alfred/Facebook

Los Angeles’s hip Alfred coffee chain arrived in the lobby of the Line Hotel. It offers Stumptown coffee drinks and matcha, as well as a nice case of baked goods.

111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Hot L Coffee

400 Josephine St, Austin, TX 78704
Hot L Coffee and Amanda Farris
Hot L Coffee
Alex Lau

The very hip and breezy Carpenter Hotel has a craft coffee option, great for festival-goers staying in the Zilker or South Lamar areas. In addition to coffee from Merit Roasting, there’s a small menu of tacos, kolaches, baked goods, and cookies. A retro lounge for sipping and socializing rounds out the experience. 

400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704

9. Cuvée Coffee

2000 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Cuvee Coffee
Cuvee Coffee
Cuvee [Official]

One of Austin’s favorite coffee roasters has its flagship cafe in East Austin, complete with beer, pastries, and, of course, coffee, with its own nitro cold brew right on tap. The coffee shop is located in the center of the still rapidly growing neighborhood of East Sixth and Chicon, meaning its an ideal spot to recharge before checking out nearby favorites like Whisler's, Tamale House East, and Yellow Jacket Social Club, which are sure to be welcome hideaways from the madness of downtown during South By, while still being close enough to be accessible.

2000 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Merit Coffee

1105 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Espresso is being made into a cardboard coffee cup.
Making coffee at Merit Coffee
Merit Coffee/Facebook

The San Antonio-import has several cafes across Austin, focuses on well-made espresso and coffee, plus pastries.

1105 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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