Austin is a bustling and eclectic city, home to many unique neighborhoods and a stellar lineup of local eateries, BBQs, and breweries. Whether you’re on the go wanting to grab a cup of coffee while exploring Austin’s vibrant streets, or simply looking for a place to have a relaxing lunch, check out these local Austin cafes below!
301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
Monday-Friday: 7 AM to 5 PM Saturday-Sunday 8 AM to 4 PM
Austin Java is a diverse space with classic coffeeshop vibes and an impressive café menu. It’s the coffeehouse where you can work for hours uninterrupted with your laptop or meet with friends and family to enjoy all-day breakfast with lively conversation. Their menu has an impressive assortment of benedicts, tacos, sandwiches, burgers, and pasta. Try something with an Austin flair, such as the brisket tacos with jalapeno slaw and queso fresco, or the Lemon Garlic Shrimp Linguine, Texas gulf shrimp in a lemon garlic cream sauce. The atmosphere is just as colorful as the menu, with local artwork hung inside that you can purchase if a piece strikes your fancy! As a bonus, there’s lovely outdoor seating facing City Hall where you can take in the bustle of downtown as you enjoy your beverage or meal!
1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Monday-Friday: 7 AM to 10 PM Saturday: 8 AM to 10 PM Sunday: 8 AM to 4 PM
Located just east of downtown in the Cesar Chavez neighborhood, this little café is a piece of local history in more ways than one! The owners are from the neighborhood, and Cenote started as a dream of bringing a place with excellent coffee and food to the area they call home. It’s housed in a historic building from 1887, and the site was actually featured on Austin’s first ever hand-drawn map! Today, you’ll find them serving up not just fantastic coffee, but a full food menu with farm-fresh eats and local ingredients, such as vegetables, eggs, and bacon from Texas farms. In addition to the food and coffee, they offer a selection of Texas craft beer and have an impressive wine list. This is definitely one of the best Austin cafes!
1300 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
7 AM to 9 PM daily
If you’ve ever been browsing pictures of Austin online and come across the iconic “I love you so much!” graffiti, then we’re pleased to let you know that Jo’s Coffee is its home! Located in the neighborhood of South Congress, Jo’s is famous for more than just its trademark graffiti—they’ve also won the Austin Chronicles “Critic’s Coffee” choice for three consecutive years! Here you’ll find refreshing lattes and coffee creations, as well as freshly baked goods, and if you get there early, you’ll be able to order delicious and hot breakfast tacos. Stop by when the weather is gorgeous to enjoy their outdoor-only covered seating, or during one of their community events such as the Pet Parade or Chili Cookoff! And of course, be sure to take your own photo with the graffiti painted on the side of the building of one of the best Austin cafes!
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