Open all day and all night, these establishments can help you power through all-nighters, satisfy late-night cravings, and cure early-morning hangovers. Just be nice to those night-shift workers.
600 N. Lamar
24 Diner (photo by John Anderson)
24 Diner is definitely less sticky than your classic greasy spoon. Open 24 hours, six days a week (the diner closes from 1-6am on Wednesdays), this sleek and modern diner prides itself on its use of organic, local, farm-to-table produce and its “chef-inspired comfort foods.”
1505 Town Creek Dr.
This lumberjack-themed bar and coffee shop offers a cozy and woodsy aesthetic for your late-night gatherings and study sessions. There’s ample outdoor seating, and if you get there before midnight, you can explore the menus of the small food truck park behind the building. Trucks include Li’l Nonna’s (open until midnight – except on Sundays), Plow Burger (till midnight), and 1776 Cheesesteak Co. (till 11pm). All three have vegan options.
2001 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. 515 S. Congress
Li'l Nonna's, behind the Buzz Mill (photo by Jana Birchum)
A staple for students and anyone looking to get some work done, Bennu provides plenty of tables for group study sessions and several couches for comfier seating arrangements. Their menu features a list of seven specialty mochas, all named after classic works of literature like the Oliver Twist (a mocha with a mixture of caramel and chocolate sauce), the Don Quixote (an Azteca D’Oro spiced mocha), and the bestselling Raven (a dark chocolate mocha drizzled with dark chocolate sauce). As for food, they typically have a number of pastries at the counter (vegan and gluten-free treats available) and the breakfast menu includes a selection of tacos and bagels, while the lunch/dinner menu includes pizza slices from Hoboken Pie Company along with sandwiches and salads.
2304 Lake Austin Blvd. 1920 S. Congress
Pancakes at Kerbey Lane Cafe (photo by John Anderson)
With a sign that reads “Sorry, We’re Open,” Magnolia Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any time of day. Well known for its migas and pancakes, Magnolia Cafe is a go-to for anyone in a breakfast-for-dinner mood. Beyond breakfast foods, patrons can choose from pastas, tacos, burgers, stir fries, and more.
2606 Guadalupe 3003 S. Lamar
Kerbey Lane is an Austin classic and the optimal late-night stop for anyone with dietary restrictions. The diner has extensive gluten-free and vegan options, offering suitable alternatives for many of their dishes.
221 W. North Loop Blvd.
Warm-colored lights and simple wooden furnishings give Epoch Coffee a rustic charm. Get your late-night caffeine fix with their signature Iced Mojo – a sweet and creamy coffee drink.
5353 Burnet Rd.
Monkey Nest prides itself on organic fair-trade coffee. In addition to standard coffee and tea offerings, the menu includes specialty coffee drinks, such as the Spicy Monkey Mocha (infused with chocolate, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper), the Nutty Irishman (an Irish cream and hazelnut latte), and the Four Ton Gorilla (four espresso shots). The cafe also offers a selection of smoothies, pizza, salads, and sandwiches. The shop is filled with small tables that can easily be put together to accommodate larger groups.
Monkey Nest (photo by John Anderson)
This no-frills doughnut shop has been a go-to spot for UT students for decades. If you’re not in the mood for one of those round sugar friends, you can can pick up a kolache or samosa.
212 E. Sixth
Does your sweet tooth come out after a night on Sixth Street? Head to Voodoo Doughnuts. The Portland-based shop boasts a number of funky flavors like bacon maple, peanut butter and jelly, and bubble gum, as well as a substantial number of vegan options. Try out their signature Voodoo Doll doughnut, a chocolate-frosted, doll-shaped, raspberry-jelly-filled creation topped with a pretzel stake.
3101 N. I-35
A longtime Austin haunt, Star Seeds is a slightly funkier version of your classic diner. The cafe features classic checkered-tile floors and slightly less-classic purple walls adorned with a rotating selection of art by local artists. Excepting a couple of steak plates, all of their menu offerings are under $10, and kids' specials are only $4.95.