242 W. Second, 512/469-9003
Brunch is the news here: From healthy to heavy duty, every diner can find a favorite at the younger sister of the famed SoCo original. Counter service and pushed-back weekend hours are friendly to both early birds and hungover souls, though seating inside or on the patio can be limited during peak hours. Highlights are the expert hot/cold coffee bar, huge made-to-order pancakes, an egg white omelette, and breakfast tacos like the black bean, avocado, and pico de gallo.
Pop by for a full day of festivities, including Santa photos by the famous I Love You So Much mural (3:30-5:30pm) and a holiday market (4-7pm). Plus, bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift cards for the toy drive benefiting Helping Hand Home (toy drive runs through Dec. 18). Thu., Dec. 7. Free.
Cozy upscale coffeeshop in the LINE Hotel Downtown
111 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/478-9611
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.
74 Trinity, 512/499-0470
Coffee surrounded by literature, as it should be! This cozy little shop is located inside Austin's own BookPeople.
603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050