As the weather starts to cool down, nothing sounds more appealing than a leisurely weekend morning spent sipping a piping hot cup of joe while reading the paper or a good book. If you’re so addicted to coffee that the baristas at your local Starbucks know your order by heart (I’m guilty of this) and you need a change of scenery, here are some interesting coffee shops sure to make getting your daily dose of caffeine an unforgettable experience.
11. Houndstooth Coffee (Austin)
This coffee shop on N Lamar Blvd was opened with the intention of serving some of the best coffee in the country. With local beans and several different brewing methods, I'd say it does just that.
10. Double Trouble Caffeine and Cocktails (Houston)
This may seem like an innocent coffeehouse, but it isn't called a caffeine and cocktail bar for no reason! The drinks on both sides of the spectrum are so unique your tastebuds won't know whether they're in the mood for speeding up or slowing down. Just mix them both together like in this iced Irish coffee pictured above!
9. Cultivar Coffee (Dallas)
If you want your coffee to taste like passion and love, this is undoubtedly the place for you. Baristas Jonathan Meadows and Nathan Shelton roast their beans onsite and use manual brewing techniques to give your cup a rich, full embodied flavor. And no coffeeshop outing would be complete without a pastry, so pick up one of these almond croissants on the side!
8. Local Coffee (San Antonio)
You would never guess that this quaint coffee shop with a small-town feel exists in such a big city. With premium beans from Texas roasters, Local Coffee is a crowd pleaser. Personally, a smiling latte was a convincing enough invitation alone.
7. The Coffee Emporium (El Paso)
Way out west among tumbleweeds and dust devils is this little gem nestled away in the desert. The Coffee Emporium provides Texans with high quality coffee beans by the pound. If you're feeling adventurous, try a flavored latte like snickerdoodle or chocolate macadamia nut! They also have homemade sweets to pair with your coffee, and the store even doubles as a gift shop!
6. On The Grind (New Braunfels)
What sets this shop apart from all the rest is that it's a drive-thru only! If you're in a hurry, stop by On The Grind and grab a "Big Tex" (2 shots of espresso, hazelnut, and mocha) or just an old-fashioned Americano.
5. Catalina Coffee (Houston)
This little hole-in-the-wall coffee shop offers fresh roasted joe as well as tea and pastries that are delivered daily. They're most well known for latte art as you can see - this puppy is almost too cute to drink!
4. Gruene Coffee Haus (New Braunfels)
This mom-and-pop coffeehouse will be sure to make you feel all warm and cozy. They roast their beans in-house and serve everything from fancy, sugary seasonal coffee like the Gingersnap Latte pictured above to the good old fashioned straight black stuff. They also emphasize that they don't speak Starbucks, so you don't have to worry about forgetting what size a 'grande' really is.
3. Mod Coffeehouse (Galveston)
This coffeeshop isn't exactly warm and cozy, but it's definitely hip and laid back. The coffee comes in tons of interesting flavors, and they offer delicious treats and snacks to fill you up while you enjoy the atmosphere and live entertainment. I personally recommend the raspberry mocha and peanut butter bar. Yum!
2. Wake the Dead Coffee House (San Marcos)
This coffee shop has corpses rolling in their graves. With over 20 different syrup flavors as well as the standard fare, there's something for everyone. They also have amazing food, events like poetry readings, and pieces from local artists for sale!
1. Sugar Bean Coffee and Cream (Galveston)
This cute little shop on the west side of Galveston is so off the beaten path that it can be hard to find if you aren't looking for it. I was lucky to have stumbled upon it because between amazing coffee, (I recommend the Swiss Mocha) and a quiet and relaxing ambiance, it's definitely a hidden gem. You may even catch a glimpse of bunnies hopping around by the water if you go outside!
Where’s your favorite place to get a cup of coffee in Texas? Share your picks with us in the comments!