Here’s a fun fact- up until about 2 years ago, I didn’t like coffee at all! I was an avid tea drinker but couldn’t even stand the smell of coffee. Fast forward to today, I start practically every day off with a venti iced caramel macchiato with soy milk annnnnd most of the baristas at my local Starbucks know my name. Not sorry about it!
I couldn’t pass up my recent trip to Texas as a chance to check out all the local coffee shops. After exploring a little … I’m not even sure why they have Starbucks at all in Austin. Seriously, close all 900 of them that you have on every corner and replace them with some of these local babes! There are so many awesome places to grab your morning cup of joe or catch up with a friend over a latte! Here are some of the places I visited.
1300 S Congress Ave
South Congress was one of my favorite areas of Austin. There was so much to do and see in a small area! Who doesn’t love when you can grab ice cream and coffee within a block of each other?! If you aren't on board with ice cream in the morning or coffee at night ... uhhhh rethink your priorities people! Jo’s has two locations in the city but the one on Congress Ave has the famous “i love you so much” mural on the side. (Totally insta worthy). While that location didn’t have an inside they had a side covered patio to sit and enjoy your coffee while doing some people watching or hang with your pup, two of my favorite activities! Oh wait ... I don't have a pup.
1010 E Cesar Chavez Street
This was easily my favorite spot and the only place I went to more than once! (I wanted to make sure I made my rounds). They have both an inside and outside seating area, and both were so stinkin cute! I loved that they were open all day (until 7) and also have a happy hour. Something I noticed about Austin coffee shops … most are coffee and beer. Two of my favorite beverages! Clancy approves! All of the food looked amazing and is all local and farm fresh. I got an iced vanilla latte and totally recommend! I also remember seeing signs for open mic nights, which I'm so sad I didnt’ get to experience.
Southern Congress Cafe
1600 S Congress Ave
Another SoCo gem, I’m telling you I loved it down there! This one was a little bit different seeing as you walk in and there’s pretty much just a bar on your left and tables on your right. I had to double check to make sure that they definitely served coffee and I wasn’t in the wrong place! I went to the bar and ordered my coffee which was a strange feeling considering the group next to me was taking shots! (My kinda peeps). It really did seem like in Austin, coffee and alcohol go hand in hand, but hey I’m not complaining! Although I enjoyed the coffee, next time I’m there I think I’ll treat it more like a bar and try what Huffington Post claims as the “best Bloody Mary in America”
The Hideout Theatre
617 Congress Ave
I have a feeling if I lived in Austin, this would be a frequent stop of mine. I kind of just stumbled upon it (the rest of them I had heard/read great things about and made it a point to stop at) and I am so happy I did! It was so quiet inside but I have a feeling it is rarely like that. Every Thursday-Sunday they have improv shows at night and local groups perform for the crowd. They had tons of posters up on their bulletin board of past and upcoming shows going on at the theatre. It just seemed like the kind of place you would go to during the day to get some work done and then meet your friends at at night for a fun low-key night out! Win win all around if you ask me.
I’m sure there are tons more great coffee shops around Austin and I definitely plan on checking them out when I return!
Have you been to Austin?! Any must try places I need to add to my list?
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