The 8 Best Places for Coffee Near Downtown Austin

Over the last several years, Austin, Texas has grown significantly. According to data released by the City of Austin, the population has grown by 21 percent over the last decade, making the downtown Austin real estate market extremely competitive. Austin trailed only New York City, Houston, and Fort Worth for the largest population growth since 2010, according to census data.

Despite this growth, Austin hasn’t lost its charm. The community continues to be a proud supporter of small businesses, and the city’s coffee shops are no exception. From delicately-made lattes and teas to specialty drinks and homemade cocktails, Austin’s quirky coffee spots will have you buzzing.

Best places for coffee near Downtown Austin

Jo’s Coffee

Known for its java and all-natural beef burgers, this spot is a true downtown Austin gem. You may want to save Jo’s for when you’ve worked up an appetite. Their breakfast tacos and burgers are as good as their coffee. They also offer vegetarian and vegan options. Look out for the bright green building with the signature circular Jo’s sign in bright red. You can’t miss it. Check out their downtown location at 242 W 2nd St.

Merit Coffee

You may be familiar with Merit Coffee from their San Antonio and Dallas locations. The founders of Merit Coffee care deeply about the taste and quality of their coffee and those who make it cite that many of their staff have received certifications as professional coffee stewards to “make your cup of coffee the best in Texas.” To me, that sounds like reason enough to check out this spot. Have a seat in the bright and cozy indoor space with ample seating so you can check your email while you sip. They have two downtown locations at 222 West Ave and 1105 S Lamar Blvd.

Medici Roasting

On the corner of 8th and Congress in downtown Austin, you’ll find Medici Roasting. This walk-up location with ample outdoor seating is the perfect spot to grab a quick cup on the go or stay awhile in the garden. Are you looking to try something new? Their signature Espresso and tonic is a light, bright, and bubbly favorite and the perfect companion for a day of downtown Austin real estate showings. Cafe Medici is home to three locations near downtown Austin, so there is no shortage of opportunities to check this place out.

Better Half Coffee and Cocktails

Are you looking for a great cup of coffee, great food, and a late-night haunt all in one? Then look no further than Better Half Coffee and Cocktails. Their indoor spaces are bright, modern, and airy, while the outdoor spaces boast the typical Austin picnic table vibe, so you really can have it all. They are open until 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday, so you can try their coffee or one of their fresh cocktails any time of day. You can find Better Half in downtown Austin at 206 Walsh St.


Idlewild Coffee Collab is a small, primarily takeaway coffee bar nestled into a space with one of Austin’s best skate shops, No Comply Skate Shop, and close to Graffiti Park. If you plan to check out the alternative artistic spaces near downtown Austin, this is your spot. They have a simple, full-service menu of delicious drinks located at 812 W 12th St.

Hot L Coffee

Inside the spacious, open-air Carpenter Hotel, which boasts a pool worthy of at least one lazy Sunday, sits another spot for a delicious cup of java, Hot L Coffee. Here you’ll find “coffee, pastries, tacos, and easy stuff.” Don’t skip the easiest coffee companion of all, the salted chocolate chip cookie.


You’ll find Alfred nestled inside The Line Hotel in downtown Austin. This LA staple made its Austin debut in 2018 and boasts its own blend of Stumptown coffee beans. Like the LA location, you’ll find the signature striped walls, though the Austin location dons the red and blue of the Texas flag.

Barley Bean

Though not directly located downtown, Barley Bean was voted Best Cafe for the last four years running by the Business Hall of Fame. It is a must for any trip to downtown Austin. This huge, open restaurant and cafe is host to a great cup of coffee, their own house-roasted beans, and a menu fit for a king. They’ve got something for everyone, from breakfast omelets and waffles to pizza and tacos. If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, they have smoothies, salads, and hummus too. Stop by 3600 S Lamar Blvd to see for yourself!

Austin has no shortage of locally-owned and operated coffee spots to fuel your downtown Austin real estate search. Stop by the multiple downtown locations of Medici Roasting or grab a late-night cocktail at Better Half Coffee and Cocktails and take advantage of the expansive outdoor patio. Whatever your specific coffee needs, downtown Austin has you covered. Austin is a foodie town, after all.

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