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Downtown Austin’s Best Coffee Shops

Whether you're looking for a new work-from-home spot or a place to relax and refuel for the day ahead, Austin has plenty of great coffee shops to get your daily caffeine fix. Next time you find yourself in the city, embark on your caffeinated journey at one of these Downtown spots.

This Austin favorite has served up delicious coffee since 1999. The Downtown location in Second Street District serves up full breakfast, lunch and dinner alongside its delicious coffee. Tourists and Austinites alike line up to take photos with its iconic spray-painted phrase “I love you so much” on the side of its South Congress location. The coffee shop has four other locations, so you’re never too far from a good cup of Jo! Stop by on Tuesdays from 11am-4pm for two-for-one burgers.

Get your caffeine fix in the most delicious way possible at Merit Coffee. The Texas-based company specializes in sustainably sourced coffee from Central/ South America and Africa. Be sure to come with a sweet tooth as the shop serves up fresh pastries from San Antonio’s Bakery Lorraine. Spend time with friends or get some work done at their Seaholm District location. 

Just blocks from Lady Bird Lake and the Texas Capital, Houndstooth serves up the finest coffee, tea, beer and wine with a smile. The location on Congress Ave and 4th Ave make it a perfect stop for those working in Downtown or attending SXSW. The shop’s southern hospitality and natural light make it a great place to work in a welcoming environment. 

This plant-forward shop specializes in cold-pressed juices and coffee. Promoting a balanced wellness lifestyle, the shop prides itself on locally-sourced healthy menu items including acai and pitaya bowls. With locations in Austin, San Antonio, and Houston, you won’t be far from healthy eats in a bright atmosphere. 

This LA-based coffee shop is known for its “But first, coffee” attitude. Fuel your day with their signature matcha menu along with excellent coffee-based drinks. Located in the Line Hotel, the eclectic decor and take-away food make it a frequent stop for Downtown workers during the week. Stop in for a drink and get complimentary 30 minute free parking.

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