Coffee, croissants, and Wi-Fi, oh my! Whether you call them coffee shops or cafes, the bottom line is that there are plenty of one-stop shops in Austin where you can grab a drink and light bite with the option to hang around for a bit or bolt out in a hurry.
When it’s time to get your daily dose of java (or matcha green latte and bagel) in the capital city of Texas, here are some of the best cafes in Austin you’ll want to check out.
Cup & Leaf
1700 E. 2nd St, Suite A, Austin, TX 78702
This newcomer to Austin’s East Side is all about tea. Black tea, green tea, white tea, chai tea, tisanes … you name it, they’ve got it. Owned by husband-and-wife team Nat and Cosette (and their dog Pepper), Cup & Leaf sources loose-leaf tea from all over the world. With a modern look and mellow vibe, this is the ideal spot to grab a cup of organic tea and sip while you take advantage of the outdoor seating (for you and your pooch) and the free Wi-Fi.
Radio Coffee & Beer
4204 Manchaca Rd., Austin, TX 78704
Where else can you go for a killer espresso and craft beer? Radio Coffee & Beer, of course. This South Austin joint quickly became one of the favorite coffee shops in Austin with a fun scene and no shortage of drinking options. It’s not only home to cold brews (in more ways than one), but it’s where you can get tacos from Veracruz, Thai street food from Dee Dee Northern Thai, and wash it all down with your choice of cappuccino, beer, or a cocktail. Oh, and don’t forget the weekly live music.
4200 N Lamar Blvd. Ste. 120, Austin, TX 78756
Believing that being a barista isn’t simply a job, but a title that must be earned and requires continual education, Houndstooth Coffee takes its coffee seriously. Along with well-educated baristas, you can expect coffee from roasters like locals Little City and Wild Gift as well as Stumptown Coffee Roasters from Portland, Oregon. There’s also tea, pastries, beer, and wine. Because, you know, this is Austin.
3307 Oak Springs Dr
Owner Eric opened up Levercraft in an airstream trailer he built himself. An espresso aficionado, Eric has restored vintage espresso machines for years and many of these delightful tools are displayed around the coffee shop. Try the Freddo, which is a nitro cold brew with whipped milk dolloped on top. For something more refreshing, try the espresso lemonade, which is two shots of espresso, soda water, and fresh lemon juice concentrate.
This East Austin cafe has two locations — one on Cesar Chavez and one on Cameron Road — and both are hella good coffee spots. Along with delicious coffee, Cenote offers a full menu featuring meat and produce from local farms. There’s also a solid selection of beer and wine. (Are you sensing a trend here?)
Sa-Ten Coffee and Eats
Jonesing for some coffee but also can’t shake your craving for Japanese fare? Well then, Sa-Ten Coffee and Eats is your new favorite cafe in Austin. (In fact, there are two locations, so even better.) Serving up fresh coffee with treats like crispy tofu teriyaki, chicken katsu, and curry bowls, Sa-Ten offers a daily menu as well as catering options.
2427 Webberville Rd., Austin, TX 78702
A cute little spot when you need to get caffeinated, Fleet Coffee offers plenty of creative drinks whether you want it dripped, iced, or hot. You can get breakfast tacos from Veracruz (this is Austin — nobody can survive without breakfast tacos) and a variety of pastries made from local bakeries. As Fleet says, “We make coffee, sometimes people like it.”
3307 Oak Springs Dr., Austin, TX 78721
Understanding that good espresso is hard to come by, LeverCraft is all about using the right machinery to get the job done. Spurred by owner Eric’s love affair with vintage espresso machines, LeverCraft opened in a vintage trailer on Austin’s East Side and it’s been a match made in heaven ever since. Speaking of, can you say coffee and vegan Belgian waffles?
159 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
The name means “footpath” or “alley” in Turkish, but Patika is less an alley and more cozy home (a 1940s building, to be exact) that will make all your coffee dreams come true. With locally sourced coffee and espresso drinks, plenty of food options (breakfast, lunch, and brunch) and a minimalist, modern vibe, it’s no wonder this is one of the best cafes in Austin.
1400 E. 38th 1/2 St., Austin, TX 78722
Tacos, muffalettas, and free yoga? Oh, Dorothy, you’re definitely not in Kansas anymore. But you’re most certainly in Austin. Contrary to its name, Cherrywood Coffeehouse offers more than just fair-trade espresso and cappuccinos. It’s a full-on restaurant (and local institution) with a fun scene, approachable prices, and, as they proudly proclaim, “some of the best burgers in Austin.” Oh, and there’s tons of beer on tap.
1603 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
Located inside the South Congress Hotel, Mañana might mean “tomorrow” in Spanish, but this is the kind of place you’re going to want to visit right now. Coffee and tea, grab-and-go eats (think yogurt, granola, salads, quinoa bowls and, of course, breakfast tacos) and pastries are all on offer. There are even snacks for your pup.
Whether you need your coffee fix at 2 o’clock in the morning or afternoon, Bennu Coffee has got your back. (In fact, they’ve got your back in two different locations — East Austin and Central Austin.) This 24-hour coffee shop has hot drinks, cold drinks, breakfast, mochas, pastries, and even lunch and dinner. In other words, you can pretty much you spend your entire day and night here. And with the free Wi-Fi and indoor/outdoor seating, why wouldn’t you?
Better Half Coffee & Cocktails
406 Walsh St., Austin, TX 78703
For cold brews (of both the hoppy and caffeinated variety), Better Half Coffee & Cocktails is an all-day restaurant and coffee bar that won’t let you down. The same folks who brought Flat Track and Wright Bros. Brew & Brew has something for grown-ups, kids, and dogs. (Hello, outdoor patio.)
Seventh Flag Coffee
1506 S. 1st St., Austin, TX 78704
Housed in a cozy converted home, Seventh Flag Coffee isn’t one of the best cafes in Austin because of its envious Instagram account (they don’t have one — and they also don’t have a website). It’s an Austinite favorite because it’s welcoming, it’s good, and it’s where you can actually get work done while sipping on coffee and noshing on pastries and breakfast treats. Plus, the patio is so cute.
Featuring their own espresso made from La Famiglia blend by Medici Roasting, Caffe Medici is all about producing the perfect cup of coffee. Along with a variety of coffee, guests are invited to participate in regular events, including cuppings at the store. This local indie chain of coffee houses has locations on Guadalupe, West Lynn, South Lamar, and 8th and Congress, among others.
The Best Cafes in Austin Have Tea, Tacos, Booze, and Oh Yeah, Coffee
While every Austinite has their favorite spot, it’s safe to say that this list highlights some of the best cafes in Austin. From eclectic and vibrant spots serving alcohol alongside coffee, to low-key spots dedicated solely to the craft of roasting, there’s a little something for everyone. The only question that remains is, where will you get your next cup?