18 Coffee Shops and Cafes in Downtown Austin for When You're On the Go

A caffeine fix is never far away

Every pedestrian needs a pick-me-up. These conveniently located Downtown coffeehouses and cafés are perfect for getting some work done or just grabbing a drink to go.

1886 Cafe & Bakery

604 Brazos
Located in the Driskill Hotel, this cafe is a convenient and casual option for Downtown workers and hotel guests.


111 E. Cesar Chavez
Cozy upscale coffee shop in the LINE Hotel Downtown.

Alta’s Cafe

74 Trinity St.
Located in the Waller Creek Boathouse, this cafe serves coffee, wine, smoothies, and a small food menu along with terrific views of Lady Bird Lake and the hike & bike trail.

Austin Java

301 W. Second
Pop in for a fast coffee, or sit down for a burger, taco, or pasta dish. Located at City Hall.

Cookbook Bar & Café (photo by John Anderson)

Caffe Aragona

914 Congress
Bistro fare like panini and pizzas served with espresso drinks and wine. Save room for gelato.

Caffé Medici

804 Congress #101; 200 Congress Ave #2B (located inside the Austonian)
It's all about perfectly prepared coffee. Period.

Cookbook Bar & Café

710 W. Cesar Chavez
At this counter-service eatery located in the Austin Central Library, Chef Drew Curren of ELM Restaurant Group uses recipes from inspirational cookbooks, with a focus on the South and Mexico. The menus change seasonally and often incorporate local farm-to-table ingredients.

Good Things

101 Red River Street
Fairmont Hotel coffee shop.


218 W. Fourth
You'll find all kinds of espresso and coffee drinks, wines, scotches, and even a chocolate espresso martini. Snack on the sandwiches and desserts in comfy lounge chairs.


617 Congress
Downtown Austin's oldest indie coffee house also boasts two theatres (one upstairs, one downstairs) that play hosts to films, stand-up, performance art, and bands.

The Hideout (photo by Jana Birchum)

Holy Grounds

301 E. Eighth
Coffee shop with full espresso bar and gift store located inside St. David's Episcopal Church.


401 Congress St. 100-C
The baristas here are passionately devoted to serving you a perfect cup of coffee.

Houndstooth Coffee (photo by John Anderson)

Jo’s Coffee

242 W. Second
In addition to the hot/cold coffee bar, this Austin original serves huge made-to-order pancakes, an egg white omelette, and breakfast tacos like the black bean, avocado, and pico de gallo.

Juan Pelota

400 Nueces
Stop by the coffee shop and juice bar attached to Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop for hot and cold drinks, smoothies, snacks, pastries, and craft beer.

Lola Savannah

800 W. Sixth #100
Coffee and wine bar attached to sister restaurant the Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen.

Malone Specialty Coffee

318 E. Fifth
Next to the Westin Hotel, Malone Specialty Coffee offers roasted and unroasted single origin coffees from all over the world.

Merit Coffee

222 West Ave. #120
With lots of natural light in this bright coffee shop, it's perfect for a midday refuel.


1400 Lavaca
This cafe and coffee bar is situated on the bottom floor of the 13-story SXSW Center. In addition to tea and espresso drinks, menu options include pastries, breakfast tacos, soups, salads, and sandwiches.

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