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The Best Coffee Shops in Austin

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Updated: 20 March 2018
Despite the hot, hot summers, Austinites love to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee. When they aren’t brewing up their caffeine at home, they are often frequenting cafés where they can talk with friends and baristas and maybe order an interesting drink or two.

Cafe Nenaí

Coffee Shop, Cafe, Pastries, $$$
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The newcomer to the scene is a South American coffee shop that is tucked out of the way in the far reaches of East Austin. However, it is worth the journey. The strong sense of community behind the café’s doors is complemented by the even stronger coffee which you can dilute with a splash of milk or a teaspoon of sugar. However, don’t be put off by the size – one shot of its espresso will really get you going.
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Tue - Fri:
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Takeaway

Atmosphere:

Boutique, Gourmet, Cosy

Bennu Coffee

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Pastries, $$$
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A late night staple for over a decade, Bennu is open 24/7 and is always lively. A favorite spot for the college crowd, it is also the ideal choice if you really like mochas. Instead of focusing on expanding its coffee menu, Bennu brought mochas to a place where it could compete with even the best cappuccino. If you aren’t sure where to start, try the Raven. At Bennu, you can open a tab and stay as long as you want as long as you purchase something off the menu. This makes it dangerous for those who need a constant stream of caffeine while getting work done. However, Bennu’s fantastic coffee, free WiFi, food from local Austin restaurants and 24-hour service make it one of the best places in Austin to study.
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Sun - Mon:
12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Unusual, Quirky

Revival Coffee

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Pastries, $$$
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Previously Vintage Heart Coffee, this neighborhood favorite is nestled into a bungalow on East 7th Street. Its simple menu of espresso and coffee beverages is made spectacular by its use of a local roast from Third Coast Coffee and house-made syrups. The café also has an expansive outdoor patio where you can enjoy wine and beer or maybe even a pastry in the sunshine.
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Sun - Wed:
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Afternoon Tea, Dessert

Atmosphere:

Arty, Cosy

Radio Coffee & Beer

Cafe, Food Truck, Coffee Shop, Street Food, $$$
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Radio Coffee and Beer
Radio Coffee and Beer | © Seth Anderson / Flickr
Deep in South Austin is Radio Coffee where great coffee, cold beer, good food and entertainment all come together. One of America’s favorite roasteries, Stumptown, supplies the coffee. Most of the beer that fills the taps is local, and a rotating list of food trucks are around to keep you fed. The calendar, however, is what keeps folks coming back. Choose from music or outdoor movies on any night of the week.
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Mon - Fri:
6:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun:
7:30 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Outdoors, Family Friendly, Relaxed

Fleet Coffee

Coffee Shop, Pastries, $$$
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Fleet Coffee has so much flavor packed into every cup that it seems to flow out of its pocket-sized space. Besides having a wonderfully smooth espresso, the baristas here specialize in inventive drinks like the E.T., which is a dose of tonic water, espresso, lime and simple syrup. Even if you’ve been here dozens of times, there is always something new to try.
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Mon - Sun:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway

Atmosphere:

Cosy, Outdoors

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Pastries, $$$
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Wright Bros. Brew & Brew
Wright Bros. Brew & Brew | © Bex Walton / Flickr
Shake things up with a stop at Brew & Brew. Many local roasters hang out at this coffee house because it doubles as one of the city’s best beer bars. Try local beans or a local brew depending on the time of day. It’s also one of the few spots in town where you can sample some AeroPress coffee, which might change the way you think about caffeination forever.
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Sun - Mon:
8:00 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

Afternoon Tea, All Day

Atmosphere:

Arty, Nightlife

Cenote

Coffee Shop, Cafe, Mexican, American, $$$
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Cenote
Cenote | © Eric Pohl
Although it’s only been around for several years, Cenote has earned a status as a staple in the Cesar Chavez district. This indoor-outdoor café is built into an old church and still has a calm vibe even at the busiest of times. Baristas consistently pass out mellow pour-over coffees alongside balanced espresso drinks that go perfectly with the café’s breakfast tacos. There’s also French-press coffee, beer, wine, open mic night on Fridays, food from local farms and organic tortillas. If you’re there later in the day, remember: wine bottles are half-off on Wednesdays.
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Mon - Fri:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun - Mon:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day, Brunch

Atmosphere:

Modern, Casual

Sa-Tén

Cafe, Japanese, American, $$$
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With two locations, this Japanese-inspired coffee house predictably incorporates strong bold flavors and matcha. Instead of a mid-morning pastry, try one of its toasts alongside a fresh-brewed espresso. You’ll be surprised how well the flavors of the East meet those of the West.
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Mon - Fri:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Arty

Pacha Organic Cafe

Cafe, American, $$$
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Pacha is an organic coffee house in North Austin that sells organic brews, sandwiches and snacks in a fun environment. It has amazing homemade pancakes and quiches, making Pacha a great place to enjoy eating while you study. Although it is known for its in-house breakfasts, its coffee is noteworthy as well. What the menu lacks in complicated creations, however, it makes up for with consistency. The space is a bit small and more of a café than a coffeehouse. However, its casual vibe and homey service (it’s run by the original owners) make it a pleasant place to spend your afternoon studying and sipping coffee.
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Mon - Fri:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Casual, Quiet, Cosy