Have a craving for a chai latte? You are certainly not the only one. Thanks to its warm flavors from spices like cardamom and cinnamon, this drink has gained immense popularity in the past few years. What makes a perfect chai latte is a subjective matter, but fortunately, Houston
is full of shops dedicated to offering the best in town. Here is an overview of the 10 most popular spots.
This popular spot in the Washington Avenue Arts District is known for its fresh roasted coffees and creative latte art. But don’t let their coffee expertise discourage you from ordering a chai latte. The chai served at Catalina Coffee is soft, a little sweet and praised by those who have experienced it. Plus, it comes in a large mug and can be combined with irresistible fresh pastries and cookies. The excellent drinks, modern industrial décor and hipster vibe make sure that Catalina Coffee is a regular stop for Houstonians.
Catalina Coffee, 2201 Washington Ave, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 861 8448
Agora is a place to cherish for those who want to enjoy a good chai latte in a cozy environment. Its old-world interior, dimmed lights and artistic atmosphere set it apart from other coffee places nearby. Besides chai latte, they serve coffee, beer and wine. They also offer European tidbits like Greek yogurts and German chocolate. Inside, Agora has created the perfect setting if you want to work or study, read a complimentary newspaper or spend some quality time with friends. There are tables and comfortable chairs, and note that there is also a big patio that is perfect for people watching on Westheimer.
Agora, 1712 Westheimer, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 526 7212
Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
Serving one of the best chai lattes in Houston, Onion Creek is a definite must visit. This hot spot in the Heights has a high energy yet relaxed Austin vibe that characterizes the bars and restaurants from the Creek Group. Their woodsy patio with plenty of outdoor seating creates the ideal setting to enjoy your freshly made chai. In the evening, Onion Creek transforms from a popular brunch and coffee spot into a casual restaurant and bar, with local beers, a large selection of food, live music and DJs. Also by night, it is a great place for socializing and catching up with friends.
Onion Creek, 3106 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 880 0706
A 2nd Cup | © Nanja Ummels
A 2nd Cup
Cafe, American, $$$
A 2nd Cup
A 2nd Cup is not just a regular coffee shop; they are on a mission. By serving great food and drinks, A 2nd Cup helps fight human trafficking in Houston. The shop provides a facility to educate people and serves as a means to generate money for the cause. Those who visit contribute by ordering a delicious chai latte, fresh smoothie or something from the food menu. A 2nd Cup just opened a permanent location in the Heights with stylish industrial décor and a relaxed atmosphere. It is perfect for meeting with friends or bringing your laptop to study or work.
A 2nd Cup, 1111 E 11th St, Houston, TX, USA, +1 832 962 7656
Common Bond | © Nanja Ummels
Common Bond is permanently packed, and with good reason. At the counter, you can already see their delicious macarons, pastries, croissants and freshly baked breads, but on the breakfast, brunch and lunch menu, they offer even more yummy food. To complement the food, they serve a variety of drinks, including the lovely sweet kilogram chai latte. Regardless of whether it is a weekday or weekend, this place is always crowded. But it is easy to see why people love this place, even with so much competition in the Montrose area.
Common Bond, 1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 529 3535
Inversion Coffee House | © Nanja Ummels
Inversion Coffee House
Artsy, cool and a bit different — these words can be used to describe Inversion Coffee House. This place is all about excellent drinks and interesting surroundings in which to enjoy them. After ordering your chai latte, you can choose to sit inside or on the patio or wander around while looking at interesting art. Inversion Coffee House shares its building with the Art League Houston, which offers art classes and hosts free exhibitions. Since the spaces are connected, it would be a shame not to combine the two on your visit.
Inversion Coffee House, 1953 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 523 4866
Paper Co | © Nanja Ummels
Cafe, American, $$$
This slightly hidden gem is located in a warehouse building in Houston’s First Ward District. Paper Co transformed the place into a contemporary café serving great coffee and food. On the menu, you will find several varieties of coffee, a perfectly creamy chai latte, different brunch options and a daily changing dinner special. The relaxed vibe, free wifi and generous amount of seating make it a terrific place to work. Paper Co takes pride in the fact that they contribute to the community by providing a table for all and using their profits to create a space for the homeless.
Paper Co, 1100 Elder St, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 522 3533
Sprinkles chai latte cupcake | © Sprinkles
This is the perfect place for chai lovers that want something different. On Tuesdays and Fridays, you can get your hands on a Sprinkles Chai Latte cupcake. This treat is spiced with a warm blend of cardamom, cloves, anise, ginger and cinnamon and topped with sweet chai frosting. Pop by the Sprinkles store in River Oaks or, even more fun, get a cupcake by using their ATM. Definitely as cool as it sounds, this machine dispenses freshly baked cupcakes and cookies 24/7.
Sprinkles, 4014 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 871 9929
Black Hole Coffee House
In the heart of the Museum District, this spacious place is a gem. The industrial décor and chalkboard paint give Black Hole Coffee House a modern vibe, while the big couches and patio make sure that you can comfortably enjoy your chai latte. Thanks to the outlets, free wifi and tables, it is also a popular spot to work or study. To complement your drink and fill your belly, they offer a selection of pastries, sandwiches and quiches. Try the cheese plate and cinnamon roll as they are simply delicious.
Black Hole Coffee House, 4504 Graustark St, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 528 0653
Fortunately, chai latte is now widely available, but there used to be a time that this beloved drink was scarce in the U.S.A. Starbucks was one of the first big companies to include it on their menu and introduced many to the soothing taste of chai. Besides the regular Starbucks chai latte, they serve the Teavana® Oprah Cinnamon chai tea latte. It has a cinnamon-y flavor, and for every cup ordered, Starbucks makes a donation to support educational opportunities for youth. As you can find a Starbucks on almost every corner, there is no need to worry about missing out on your favorite drink.
Multiple Locations in Houston