Get Your "Kicks" At These Austin-centric Coffee Houses

Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature food and drink really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Austin has had much success creating a substantial market for coffee drinkers. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent java and more. More often than not, most of these locales are coffeehouses by day , and lounges by night. You'll also find sustainable practices as places like Dominican Joe or Thunderbird.

South Austin
Ventana del Soul


Dominican Joe's, affectionately known to locals as "DoJo's" is located just south of town in an up and coming area of town. The nonprofit coffee house was started in 2006 by two UT grads who wanted to own their own business but also make a...  Read More



This coffee shop's draw is its proximity to the water on Lake Austin. The deck is a local favorite during temperate fall and spring and even winter days. The European-style cafe with its soaring ceilings and brick-clad walls overlooks features a...  Read More

Irie Bean Coffee Bar


Intent on customer satisfaction, Irie enjoys a loyal clientele and adds its own brand of cool to the neighborhood. The place's name (pronounced "eye-ree") is Jamaican and translates as "the state of feeling great." That vibe is evident thanks to...  Read More

Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe


Like many coffee places in Austin, the Spider occupies a former house. It's a cross between a coffeehouse and a bar and is extremely popular with students. At any given time, you're likely to find fokls deeply engrossed in their laptops, hanging...  Read More



The one thing you can't help but notice about Austin is its eclectic blend of people and personalities, which exist in seeming harmony. This coffeehouse is one of the places that best exemplifies that simple truth. As you sip a cup of, perhaps,...  Read More


Meet Shilpa Bakre

Despite living all over the world, Austin is the only place that Shilpa has ever called home. She is a two time graduate of UT at Austin, where she earned a Journalism degree and later, a...  More About Shilpa