Our Guide to the 20 Best Coffee Shops in Austin

February 17, 2021

Add it to the list of reasons why I love calling Austin home — it’s amazing to live in such a great coffee town.

With so many locally roasted, owned and operated coffee joints, visiting your neighborhood barista is one of the easiest ways to support our local economy.

And the stuff at these coffee shops tastes so much better than what you’ll find at the big chains (you know the one), plus their beans are a lot cleaner and more fairly traded, too.

That said, the thought of rounding up the best of the best is a bit overwhelming, as no list could be comprehensive enough to include every favorite neighborhood haunt. If your go-to isn’t listed below, I hope you’ll forgive me (and leave a comment) — I know how personal this can feel. Still, I hope you’ll enjoy the 20 best coffee shops in Austin below.

*ps – Don’t miss our guides to Austin’s best restaurants, Austin’s best shopping, and the 12 most Instagrammable spots in Austin.

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South Austin

Seventh Flag

Located on South First, this coffee shop makes you feel at home with their high quality coffee, friendly customer service, and cozy living room vibes. Bring your pup and enjoy the outdoor seating as well!

Radio Coffee & Beer

Monday Bluegrass nights and food trucks. Done.

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You could honestly spend a whole day exploring the different restaurants and shops in South Congress Hotel, and the on-site coffee spot, Mañana, is the perfect place to recharge during your SoCo adventure.

Hot L Coffee

Located inside of Carpenter Hotel, Hot(el) Coffee is pretty much everything you could want in a coffee shop – cozy seating, a cool vibe, and the obvious – amazing coffee.

Cosmic Coffee

Cosmic feels like the kind of place your old Austin hippie neighbor might open in their backyard. Think rainwater harvesting, on-site composting, chicken coops, and lush vegetable and herb gardens galore. The only thing they take more seriously than sustainability is their coffee.

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East Austin


With two locations in Austin, Cenote offers coffee along with a full menu made with locally sourced ingredients, and not to mention fun outdoor seating!

Wright Bro.’s Brew & Brew

Coffee by day, beer by night (or vice versa). This industrial East Austin space equally focuses on beer and coffee, and has many events in their bright and airy space next door.

Flat Track

This small shop has made a big impact on the coffee community around Austin. Head east on Cesar Chavez and grab a coffee or buy a bag of beans. You won’t be disappointed.

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The dream of East Austin is alive at Flitch. Grab your cuppa or a top notch espresso out of this renovated vintage trailer, and enjoy it in their gravel courtyard filled with mix-and-match furniture, and most likely, some really cute dogs.

Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors

The coffee is no joke. The Italian La Marzocco machine shines, and when mixed with the people and the atmosphere, you’ll understand why this is an Austin favorite.

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Jo’s Coffee

This coffee shop has two central locations. Unless your seeking out a selfie in front of the “I Love You So Much” mural found at Jo’s South Congress location, we recommend skipping the line and heading to the more chill Downtown version.

Merit Coffee

If you’re from Dallas or San Antonio, you may be familiar with Merit Coffee, and boy are we glad they’ve opened up three stunningly beautiful Austin locations in the last year or so. The founders behind this Merit are “coffee obsessed,” and it comes through in their brew.

Better Half

In the heart of downtown ATX, this coffee joint has an all day cafe with a dog-friendly patio, and a huge parking lot.

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Idlewild Coffee Collab

Coffee that is directly sourced from the most opportune climates all over the world, Idlewild Coffee Co shares a space with one of Austin’s best skate shops, right up the street from Graffiti Park. One latte with a side of cute skate boy plz.

Caffe Medici

Tech bros and politicians alike visit this centrally located coffee shop daily on their coffee breaks, one of their six Austin locations.. Set right in the middle of Congress Ave., two-story Medici is a long time local favorite.

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North Austin


This artsy coffee shop features an amazing Japanese-American fusion menu, along with espresso and coffee drinks. Tour around the art scene at the Canopy location (East), or head north and fuel up at their Airport Blvd. location.


Houndstooth has six locations in Austin and Dallas, but the one on North Lamar is the original. Their roasted coffee, Tweed, is a longtime favorite for the Austin community. With a clean, modern atmosphere, this coffee shop aims to be a pattern in your daily routine.

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Located in the Windsor Park neighborhood, this coffee shops is connected to a restaurant with a gorgeous atmosphere inside and out. The best part: there’s a drive-through.


Locally owned Thunderbird Coffee is a favorite amongst Northern Austinites. They pride themselves on their high-quality fair trade product, but locals keep coming back for the great fare and chill ambiance, too.


Pop into this cafe for the best health food in town, and a full menu of next-level delicious butter coffee. Sound weird? That’s just because you haven’t tried it. Visit Picnik’s Burnet location for a great dine-in experience, or grab butter coffee to go at their South Lamar trailer.

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