This guide to the best Coffee Shops to #WorkFromCoffeeShop in Austin is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2018 City Guide. #atxbesteats
February 22, 2018
I’m the biggest sucker for latte art and if any of you have ever grabbed a cup of coffee with me, you know that I beg (and bribe) Baristas to “make my drink look pretty please!” #sorrynotsorry
I’ve also been known to scout out coffee shops with WiFi since I work remotely on occasion. I can appreciate a solid spot with an excellent choice of pastries, savories, lattes, adequate table space to spread out my laptop and other goodies, as well as feel like I’m somewhere vacation-y.
Thanks for stopping by to hear what I’ve got to say about my favorite caffeine-providing locations where you can also work and/or study around the ATX!
First up, an East ATX gem, Sa-Ten Coffee & Eats.
Discovering this beautiful Japanese coffee and eats “mecca” in The Canopy was life-changing for me. I live only a mile away and am happy to boast that I’m a frequent flyer 🙂 Perhaps, I’d like to call myself their “Ambassador of all things yummy.” Because there are quite a few small businesses and art studios in the area, you’ll see people hosting meetings and talking strategy (as well as conducting some business deals). Nevertheless, Sa-Ten makes for the perfect spot for you to have a productive day working, meeting up a friend for a lunch/dinner/coffee date, stay warm with a hot bev in hand (cool off with an iced coffee during most of the year in Austin), or nourishing yourself with their ever-so-tasty bites.
Second location off of Airport Blvd. is NOW OPEN – Their new location is HUGE, has lots of seating options and tons of power outlets. While the Canopy location is so close to my house, the Airport location is just a tad bit further away and more of my vibe.
My fave: Almond Milk Latte with a splash of hazelnut. Try a peppermint mocha as well. Check out their monthly specials which are always perfection. Oh, and their Turkish Mint tea is great if you want an herbal tea.
WiFi: Yes, it works well and rarely kicks you out
Other Bevs: They’ve got beer, wine, and Juice Society!
Grub: Tons of options (toasts, curries, katsu, potato wedges) and they also have pastries from Quack’s and stroop waffles from Stroopclub
Bike Racks: Yep
Parking situation: Parking Lot for all of The Canopy and the Airport Blvd. location has parking as well as spots in the neighborhood and sometimes at the bakery next door
- 916 Springdale Road, Building 3, Suite 101
- 4917 Airport Blvd.
Walton’s Fancy and Staple – the cutest spot for sandwiches, salads, epic desserts and of course, COFFEE!
I can’t recall the first time I laid eyes on Walton’s, but I do remember it being love at first sight. If you like feeling like you’re in an earthy garden with succulents and floral arrangements surrounding you all while nibbling on a macaron and sipping on a Turkish mocha, then Walton’s Fancy and Staple is the place for you!
Located on West 6th street, in the heart of all the excitement Austin has to offer, this little haven will quickly become your go-to spot for an indulgent latte and a perfectly-crafted sweet treat. I’ve worked from there many times as they have a quiet area in the back as well as counter space in the main dining area. It might get noisy during the lunch rush, but you’ll figure out a way to stay here a while.
My fave: The Turkish Mocha was to die for – not sure if they make it anymore. They know what they’re doing, so you won’t go wrong with a latte and syrup of your choice.
Grub: I order the “Fancy Lunch” and generally have half of a Ham on Pretzel and a side caesar salad. Get a dessert, please – macaron, slice of cake, whatever…just get something!
Bike Racks: In the vicinity or you can do what I do, lock my bike to a street parking sign.
Parking situation: They have street parking all around that area but you’ll have to pay the meter.
Address: 609 W. 6th Street
The Baristas know what they’re doing at Fleet Coffee!
Being an Eastsider, I passed the building where The Lost Well is located everyday and suddenly saw some activity going on at the far end of the place. After a lot of curiosity, patience and sleepless nights with anticipation, I came across an article in Eater Austin (I think), about Fleet Coffee. Reading that the owners are the best-of-the-best when it comes to Austin Baristas, I started stalking that location for an opening date. It opened in mid-2016, and I fell in love. What a place! It’s gorgeous, quaint, intimate and serves up the most unusual coffee “cocktails” you’ll ever get your hands on. Love their newly added patio with additional seating. Don’t let the tonic water in the E.T. scare you – that concoction is v good! They had a fruity pebble milk/treat at one point and they update their menu with new seasonal items regularly. If you want a good ‘ole dairy-free latte, they make their syrups in-house and they have a local almond milk (Dulcis), which is so good!
My fave: Cappuccino or a butterscotch almond milk latte
Grub: I think I’ve seen pastries. There is a taco truck in the parking lot and Gourmand’s is across the street.
Bike Racks: In the vicinity
Parking situation: They have street parking on Webberville
Address: 2427 Webberville Road
Houndstooth – serving up your dose of caffeine now on the Eastside off of MLK!
I’m not going to lie – when I heard a rumor that Houndstooth was planning a location on the Eastside, in the newly developed Platform apartments, I screamed! I have visited the Downtown location after going through the torture of finding a parking spot where I could pay the meter but only after having to circle the block probably 5 times before finding a spot on the street. I guess the downtown location caters more to those who work in the Frost Bank Tower and other walkable areas? Nevertheless, their third location in Austin is now open and I’ve already dropped in 3 times since they had their grand opening! Y’all, Houndstooth baristas KNOW how to make you a coffee drink. And don’t forget the super hi-tech fancy new espresso contraptions they have at their new location that keeps the temperature just right!
They have beer on tap, wine and other beverages too for all of you who aren’t coffee drinkers. Soon, they’ll be open until midnight! Woot woot! I was determined to enjoy a pretty drink (it was way later than I typically have caffeine, but whatever)!
My fave: An almond milk decaf honey latte. Oh, and the one time I had the stunning Rhum Nut Cappuccino (pictured below).
WiFi: Yep! Come with a fully-charged laptop though since they only have USB outlets for juice.
Grub: They have pastries (cookies, scones)
Bike Racks: In the vicinity
Parking situation: If you turn in to the Platform, there is retail parking behind the building Houndstooth is located. The location downtown is such a pain to access by car. Find a metered spot though. Can you believe the parking garages and parking lots are $10+ compared to $3 for 3 hours at a meter?
Address: 2823 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Suite 101
Vintage Heart – they know the way to my heart!
If you’re looking for a quiet, comfy, inviting space on the Eastside, Vintage Heart is your place. I’ve seen this place expand and get a makeover the last three years, and while it is a little known gem, it should soon become your go-to!
If you want to wind down your workday and turn up the heat on your evening, stop on by for Beer and Wine and enjoy their beautiful outdoor patio! They’ve even juiced the patio with power outlets for your laptop powering needs.
My fave: An almond milk lavender vanilla latte.
Grub: They have La Patisserie pastries (cookies, scones), Green Cart sandwiches, and quite the selection of food trucks in their outdoor lounge area – including Boteco! They’ve got Stroopclub Stroopwaffles. They have cheese boards during happy hour!
Bike Racks: Yes!
Parking situation: Behind the shop, street parking, and a couple spots out front if you need to grab and go.
Address: 1405 E. 7th Street
Out of this world Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
Even if you don’t live in South Austin, you should RUN, not walk, down to the new Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden off SoCo. It’s a magical place. There is no other way to describe all the feels I had while pulling in to the parking lot.
Their space is large, bright, and green with the coziest corners and lots of seating. They have a huge outdoor area with plenty of picnic tables, high tops, and fire pits. Stop by for food from some of my favorite food trucks in town, to a cocktail or beer flight, or all the caffeination options!
My fave: An almond milk latte with caramel, Irish Coffee, Cocktail Flights
WiFi: Yep! Perfect place to work as they’ve got power strips on the walls.
Grub: Pastries from Quack’s Bakery and three food trucks out front with plenty of seating all around. Be sure to get you some #newschoolBBQ from Leroy and Lewis, the freshest seafood from Quality Seafood, or some tacos from an Austin staple, Pueblo Viejo.
Bike Racks: Nearby
Parking situation: A huge parking lot and street parking off Pickle
Address: 121 Pickle Rd.
There is no shortage of Coffee Shops in Austin these days. I remember when there weren’t so many at all. But with such a large percentage of the workforce having the ability to work remotely, more and more places where you can work and caffeinate have popped up.
Others I’ve definitely been super productive from over the years, but I don’t have pictures to give you all the latte love are:
Wright Bros. Brew & Brew – 500 San Marcos St.
Cenote – 1010 E. Cesar Chavez & 6214 Cameron Rd.
Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors – 1111 Chicon St.
Stonehouse Coffee and Bar – 1105 S. Lamar Blvd.
Seventh Flag Coffee – 1506 S. 1st St.
Stouthaus Coffee Pub – 4715 S. Lamar Blvd., #102
Merit Coffee – 222 West Ave., Ste. 120
Nate’s Baked Goods and Coffee – 401 Orchard St., Suite B
Thunderbird Coffee – 2200 Manor Rd. & 1401. W. Koenig Ln.
Barrett’s Coffee – 713 W. St. John’s Ave.
Of course, this list isn’t meant to be comprehensive. I have alot of favorites not mentioned, but I took the liberty of focusing on those that are perfect for work, studying, a mid-day boost, or to fill yourself up with #atxbites.
You can betcha I’ll be adding and updating this in the months ahead, but until then, I hope you enjoy my recommendations!
Don’t see your favorite on the list? Let me know in a comment below.