Whether you’re in the mood for an elaborately flavored cold brew or a hot cup of java, there is no shortage of good coffee in Austin, Texas. The city is home to a plethora of independent coffee houses and local chains that serve up the classics as well as some delightful signature drinks. Explore our picks for the top 10 spots to get the best coffee in Austin.
Located in North Austin, Barrett’s Coffee is a spacious coffee house known for its knowledgeable baristas, home-roasted beans, and old school seltzer. Whether you’re looking to catch up with a friend over a cappuccino or to simply grab a bag of coffee beans for home, Barrett’s Coffee has got you covered.
Aside from its stellar cappuccino, Barrett’s Coffee has a signature drink you should absolutely try: the Chocolate Orange Blossom Latte. Originally launched as a holiday special, this fragrant drink has become a permanent fixture on the menu due to popular demand.
Simona’s Coffee Bar
With elegant decor and a sprawling garden patio, Simona’s Coffee Bar serves a great cup of joe along with fresh pastries in the morning before its transition to craft cocktails and snacks in the evening. The cafe/bar is part of the Colton House Hotel in South Austin, but it’s open to the public—you’ll find the entrance tucked around the back!
Simona’s coffee menu is fairly comprehensive, with everything from drip to oat milk cortados. For adventurous coffee drinkers, it also has signature hot drinks, like the Fig Fancy, a warming blend of espresso, fig cordial, caramel, and cinnamon. It’s a hug in a cup!
Epoch Coffee is a locally owned chain with three locations in Austin: on North Loop, Far West, and in the Village. At the original location on North Loop, Epoch baristas serve coffee round-the-clock (literally, it is open 24/7) along with sweet pastries and savory bites in an eclectic setting.
Epoch Coffee roasts its own beans for drip coffee, cold brew, and its signature Iced Mojo. What’s an Iced Mojo, you ask? The recipe is an Epoch Coffee secret, but it can safely be described as a delicious, creamy, and sweet iced coffee. Cutting back on caffeine? Ask for a Half Mojo instead. You’ll get all of the flavor without the coffee jitters.
With five locations in Austin (and three in Dallas), you’re never too far from Houndstooth Coffee. The locally owned coffee chain has been brewing since 2010 and prides itself on its professional baristas and expertly pulled espresso.
Don’t expect to find any elaborate signature drinks on the Houndstooth Coffee menu. The cafe specializes in the classics—espresso-based drinks, cold brew, and filter coffee—and it does them perfectly.
Codependent Coffee & Cocktails
Just two minutes from the Austin Central Library, this stylish cafe/bar is the perfect spot for a casual morning meeting or happy hour drinks. In fact, Codependent’s whole concept is based on the Italian aperitivo culture, seamlessly transitioning from coffee to cocktails.
Codependent has a well-rounded coffee menu and uses beans from local roaster Greater Goods Coffee. Where it really stands out is its cocktail menu, which includes signature drinks like the Codependent, made from tequila, Spanish liqueur, and cold brew espresso liqueur.
Though it now has two locations in Austin, Civil Goat’s original spot in Cuernavaca is really the GOAT. Literally, there is a pygmy goat living there, his name is Butters. Besides the adorable gimmick, the cafe is known for its sustainable brews and tasty breakfast.
Coffee lovers really can’t go wrong at Civil Goat. The cafe is known for sourcing quality sustainable beans from all over the world. We do particularly love its slow-steeped cold brew infused with nitrogen, served over ice or in a handy to-go can.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters has been an Austin favorite for 30 years. And for good reason. The cafe serves excellent coffee and homemade bites at its lakeside location, and frequently hosts live music events. It’s a buzzing spot that locals and visitors flock to on sunny days.
Once a year around the holidays, enjoy bottomless hot chocolate and coffee at Mozart’s Annual Christmas Light Show! While sipping on a festive beverage, guests can marvel at the twinkling lights and shop for goodies at the Bavarian marketplace. The event does sell out, so be sure to reserve a spot!
Trianon Coffee is both a cafe and a coffee roaster, supplying high-quality beans to coffee shops and restaurants around the city. At its flagship cafe in West Lake Hills, Trianon makes a range of caffeinated beverages, from daily brews and pour-overs to espressos and lattes.
At Trianon Coffee, you’re guaranteed a good cup of joe regardless of what you order. Roasted in small batches, the coffee beans that make each cup are top quality and the baristas that make your drinks have coffee-making down to a science. Since their single origin coffee beans are the star of the show, we recommend taking a purist approach and ordering a traditional espresso or simple black coffee.
Wright Bros. Brew & Brew
Right in the heart of downtown Austin, Brew & Brew is a hip and casual spot to grab coffee, breakfast, and more. Open from 7:30 am until late, this cafe turns into a lively bar in the evening with popular happy hour deals.
A visit to Brew & Brew’s isn’t complete without trying the Morning Buzz. The cult classic consists of cold brew, a house-made honey-vanilla syrup, and oat milk on ice. The delicately sweet drink pairs perfectly with one of the cafe’s bagel breakfast sandwiches.
Try Hard Coffee Roasters
This Central East Austin cafe opened three years ago and has already become a neighborhood hub. Enjoy a variety of coffee-based drinks inside, where a live DJ spins records, or outside on the green patio. If you’re hungry, Try Hard is best known for its savory breakfast tacos.
We recommend trying one of Try Hard’s signature drinks. Like the Legacy, a sparkling iced coffee with tangy lime juice and hibiscus coconut cream foam. It’s a surprising combo of flavors that ultimately really works!
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