Quack's 43rd Street Bakery
411 E. 43rd, Austin, 78751, 512/453-3399
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 6:30am-11pm; Sat., 7am-11pm; Sun., 7:30am-11pm
Carrying on the slacker side of Austin tradition, Quack's is a great place to luxuriate over coffee and a pastry. The baked goods are enormous.
While they do offer a delicious assortment of handmade Italian ice creams and fruit sorbets, it would be a mistake to miss the savory selections here. The caprese salad with creamy pesto will whet your appetite for a gooey panini of chicken, roasted pepper, and provolone. Or have the caprese as a panini. The requisite variety of coffee drinks, spirits, and cordials makes this place a neighborhood favorite.
4222 Duval St., 512/323-2686
Something of a community cornerstone, with economical coffee and a relaxed, sit-and-stay-awhile atmosphere. You can also sate your sweet tooth with a brownie or pastry.
5011 Duval St., 512/458-4472
Offers a wide selection of high-quality doughnut-shop fare, including several flavors of cake and yeast doughnuts, éclairs, Bismarcks, and, of course, doughnut holes.
2820 Guadalupe, 512/320-8484