We know that our ballooning city is killing it on the restaurant and booze front (just check out our guides to the best restaurants in Austin and best bars in Austin for evidence), but what about all the phenomenal coffee shops in Austin? It’s obscene—and obscenely delicious. First up, they’re sourcing the best beans from boutique roasters across the country (and the world). Then they’re pushing their craft to the limits with creative coffee concoctions, expert pour-overs and cold brews. And they’re serving it all in some awesome spaces (garden or gallery? Take your pick). These places are climbing to the top of every visitor’s list of things to do in Austin, and keeping locals pepped up day-to-day. They’re the best coffee shops in Austin, and you need to check them out now.
The best coffee shops in Austin
Attention, bean fiends: We’ve got the best coffee shops Austin has to offer for great espresso, drip coffee and more
Best coffee shops in Austin
Cuvee is Austin’s most popular roaster, and although they’re ubiquitous at restaurants, the best place to enjoy the coffee is at their shop. The move is to order a seasonal roast like their Los Luchadores, which uses hybrid El Salvadorian beans bred for their massive size and buttery flavors. A dozen carefully curated beers are another excuse to visit, as is their legendary nitro cold brew. The only drawback? They don’t offer wi-fi.
Located at the Yard, a mixed-use warehouse district that houses everything from a gym to an urban winery to Austin's first whiskey distillery since Prohibition, Spokesman coffee and beer is a friendly home to caffeinated bikers and local South Austin beer lovers. The coffee beans are roasted in-house, while beer comes from Spokesman's favorite local breweries (including St. Elmo Brewing, just a couple doors down). Graffiiti by Austin artist Briks lends the space a relaxed, hip vibe, and the bartenders make the coffee shop even more chill with their friendly banter and carefully considered recommendations.
Although older Austinites miss its grungier days, Thunderbird has transformed from a hipster hivemind into one of the friendliest and least pretentious cafes in the city. Students nursing cheap refills of Counter Culture coffee still hog the indoor real estate, but the expansive patio is typically lighter on Macbooks and populated by an older crowd more fixated on happy hour beer specials than checking their Facebook. Visit both locations (Manor Rd or Koenig Ln) to find your go-to spot