While Springs at Lakeline and Springs at Round Rock (opening spring of 2017) have on-site coffee bars, sometime there’s no better place to start your day than a local coffee shop. With this in mind, we've put together a list of our favorite local coffee spots where you can relax, get some work done, or socialize with friends.
Anderson's has been open and serving coffee to Austin since 1972, and with more than 24 different roasts, they're sure to have a cup of coffee that will please your palate. Still operated by Jamie Anderson as a work of love, the coffee from Anderson's is not only freshly roasted, but also sold in bulk, so you can also enjoy it from home.
Hidden in the back of the downtown Austin’s Bank of America Center, this wood-fired coffee shop is well worth the visit. Customers rave about the friendly service, as well as their Summermoon and Wintermoon lattes. Brian’s Brew offers a variety of hot and cold coffee beverages, along with fresh squeezed lemonade, fruit smoothies, breakfast tacos, and more.
Tucked away in a 1950s camper, owner and barista Jen and her dog Jake make this small, outdoor coffee shop one of the friendliest spots in the city. The cold brew is superb, especially the iced maple latte (made with real maple syrup), while the breakfast tacos from the neighborhood taqueria are another menu favorite. If you’re looking to get off the beaten path in Austin, stop by and say hello to Jen and Jake.
Serving both coffee and fresh-pressed juice, Mañana is the perfect little coffee shop to bring a friend and chat, as the small tables encourage intimate conversation. The menu’s selection of tea, juice, baked goods and washed and unwashed coffee offers something for everyone. The housemade syrups are also a hit, with the hands-down winner being the cardamom orange blossom.
With large, nearly overflowing mugs of cappuccino, Caffé Medici has a number of satellite branches across the city, but the Lamar Boulevard location in South Austin is our favorite, simply because of the modern decor and ample outdoor seating. The menu also includes craft beers, so even the non-coffee fan in your life might find a new kind of brew to satisfy their palate.
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