Between constantly writing papers in college (hello, thesis seminar) and my latte addiction, if there’s one thing in Austin that I really know, it’s coffee. Here’s a list of the best cups in town, plus the high and low points of the city’s best coffee shops.
Best All-Around: Mozart's Coffee Roasters
Mozart’s, the love of my coffee-drinking life. This shop is a beloved gem in West Austin featuring a sprawling patio over the lake. Mozart’s is famous for three things: roasting their own beans, their desserts, and the view. Floor-to-ceiling windows make Mozart’s especially beautiful around breakfast and sunset—the light streaming in through the windows and off the lake can’t be topped.
Best For GTD 24/7: Bennu
Just a stone’s throw from I-35, Bennu is a classic choice for students to hole up for hours on end. Open 24/7 with well-loved couches lining the walls, Bennu feels kinda like an enormous living room. Outlets are everywhere (seriously, they have power strips hanging from the ceiling) and the music is always choice. The drink menu gives a nod to the academics in the house with lattes named after literary classics (The Scarlet Letter is a favorite of mine). Bennu’s one caveat is parking. The lot fills up really quickly, but you can also park across the street, as long as you don’t block any other local businesses.
Best For Hanging With Friends: Epoch
If you’re looking for a low-key charmer, Epoch fits the bill. Off North Loop, the area doesn’t pull such as many students as coffee joints closer to UT and St. Ed’s. With a huge patio lit by colored glass lanterns and Christmas lights, Epoch’s a staple for Texas summer nights. Epoch is also open 24/7, so add it to your list of late-night hangouts. Personally, I love grabbing a board game from the stack in the back (Scrabble, anyone?) and settling in on one of the couches with an iced Chai.
Best For Catching A Show: Spider House
If you’re no stranger to live music, comedy, or slam poetry, you’ve probably taken a turn around Spider House. This hipster hangout boasts eclectic decor, tangled lighting and a menagerie of seating options. It sprawls in the best way. Spider House is really in top form at night—the lights are really their claim to fame—and that’s when the majority of their events take place. They host a slam poetry/open mic night every Tuesday and cycle through movies throughout the year.
Most Instagrammable: Cherrywood Coffee or Cenote
We all know that Insta gold = natural light, lanterns, and brunch. Enter these two Eastside darlings. Cherrywood Coffeehouse boasts a budget-friendly brunch and has some of the most reliable indoor and outdoor seating options in town. Cenote has taken up residence in a late 19th-century home, complete with period furniture, local art, and an ivy-decked patio. It’s just as beautiful as you’re imagining.