22 Essential Houston Coffee Shops


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by Nadia Gire Updated Jan 13, 2020, 10:49am CST

Caffeine addicts, rejoice. Houston boasts a plethora of haunts that serve up the perfect joe, brews, chai and toddies ideal for any situation and even the pickiest of coffee drinkers.

But where are Houston’s best coffee shops? These spots range from exports straight out of Italy or Greece to cozy nooks that are undeniably Houstonian in nature. These spots are perfect for late-night study sessions, boozy chats with friends, or the perfect spot to caffeinate whilst writing that breakthrough novel.

Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Providing locally sourced coffee and hoping to inspire visitors to see the intrinsic good in everyone, Throughgood brews simple cups of joe in a cozy environment that breeds art, culture and creativity. Canines and humans are both welcome. 

Matthew Toomey’s quintessential Heights coffee shop is the archetype for fellow craft coffee shops in Houston when it comes to roasting artisanal coffee in small batches for the best brew. Definitely try the Mayan mocha, milk and honey latte and fried egg tacos.

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Outside of the stellar doughnuts and breakfast dishes, the caffeinated offerings at coffee whiz David Buehrer’s Morningstar are as solid as you might expect. Order a cortado or latte, then dive into one of the neighborhood’s best brunches.

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Imagine supporting the fight against human trafficking with every purchase of coffee as you can do at this dogooder coffee shopp. Imbibe in specialty lattes like the “Sweet Toff” (English toffee mocha), a “Chai Fritz” (double espresso chai) or “Red Baron” (raspberry mocha) along with breakfast and lunch options served until 5 p.m. 

This low-key establishment features pastries, beer, wine and coffees in an unassuming environment with outdoor/indoor seating and free WiFi, ideal for studying and reading. Antidote focuses on drip coffees and fancy brews, including the coveted cajeta latte, made with goat’s milk caramel and its signature the Antidote, a coffee with one shot of espresso for an extra boost.

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Located in the Memorial/Spring Branch neighborhood, Pura offers gourmet and well-priced coffees and teas along with biscotti, kolaches, croissants, danishes and cookies which include vegan and gluten-free options. 

Inspired by the cafes in Spain and South America, downtown Cafeza offers homemade tapas, bocadillos, tacos and desserts paired with artisanal cups of coffee while encouraging engagement with local artists, musicians and performers in their carefully curated space. 

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This Downtown coffee shop gets its name from the refurbished paper factory where it is now housed. Sip on a café au lait and nosh on Kaya French toast (Texas toast with coconut custard and spiced almonds) while taking a moment to admire the vaulted ceilings that are shared with the Ecclesia Church.

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This cozy spot is a popular destination for laptop warriors, so getting there early to snag a seat is a must. Once settled in, enjoy a pastry from Weights + Measures and sip a perfectly-decorated latte.

Located inside a custom glass greenhouse surrounded by greenery, downtown Houston’s Bravery Chef Hall, an Instagram worthy spot, serves as a coffee shop and bar with an internationally inspired café menu ranging from strong Italian style espressos to sweet, iced Vietnamese coffee and thick, Turkish coffee. The delicate selection of pastries are the perfect accompaniment, featuring muffins, croissants and traditional biscuits and cookies from all over the world. Enjoy the coffee until 2 p.m. and then start a-boozing. 

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Unassuming Eado coffee house AHH Coffee offers inventive and traditional takes on brews like fragrant Thai tea, frothy and creamy matcha latte.  Complement your coffee with crisp, fresh pastries in a dive bar-esque atmosphere. 

Another Montrose favorite for the artistic-chic study set, Inversion’s loyal crowd enjoys the creative coffee concoctions, relaxed vibe and sense of community. Try a frothy chai cream, honey badger (steamed milk, espresso, honey and cinnamon) or latte.

Located on some primo real estate beside Uchi, Southside Espresso offers innovative coffee creations in a quiet setting. Although the parking and seating is limited, the superb coffee, homemade seasonal syrups and pastries make up for it.

Blacksmith is a Montrose cult cafe that churns out some seriously perfect roasts from Greenway Coffee’s David Buehrer and his merry band of skilled baristas. Sit down with a creamy flat white while nibbling (or in this case, gobbling down) a plate of Vietnamese steak and eggs, warm, flaky biscuits.

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This Montrose coffee bar and art collective serves pastries, breakfast tacos, wraps and sandwiches alongside locally roasted specialty coffee. Order a rich, full-bodied French press coffee, Nitro cold brew or oat milk latte from a menu packed with options to fulfill any coffee and tea drinker’s dreams. 

Charming Montrose cafe and wine bar serves a simple array of coffees including drips, cold brews, espressos, lattes, and the Bicerin, a mix of espresso and hot chocolate. Pair with an item from the light breakfast/lunch menu of sandwiches and toasts until 3p.m. 

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This beloved Montrose coffee spot offers a cozy European atmosphere, complete with cigars, wine, Greek freddo, baklava and belly dancing. Sink into an inviting couch while enjoying the old world ambiance and excellent coffee (and booze) selection.

Montrose is littered with killer coffee shops, but Siphon Coffee’s unique brewing process makes this spot special. The java here is brewed in halogen siphons, a rarely-used, centuries-old process. Free WiFi and freshly-baked pastries are an added bonus.

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Retrospect houses a custom bright orange Slayer espresso machine to show just how serious it takes its coffee making duties. Serving up roasted brews from local vendors like Boomtown CoffeeAmaya Roasting, Katz Coffee, Pura Coffee, Pearland Coffee Roasters, Camellia Tea, and Geva Premium, Retrospect also offers a small selection of crepes, paninis and bites along with craft beer and eclectic wines and a great outdoor space. 

This charming Third Ward coffee house run by owner Deepak Doshi is a haven for community cultivation — a spot where artists, musicians, writers and neighborhood groups can meet up for cozy conversation. The coffee combines locally roasted beans and homemade syrups to create a satisfying, customizable blend.

Coffee is served in countless ways at this West University shop — brewed in halogen siphons, an Aeropress, or poured over — which makes it a solid destination for anyone who’s seriously picky about their brew. In need of further sustenance? Until 2 p.m., score breakfast and lunch options like overnight oats, apple-gruyere scones, or a croissant breakfast sandwich.

This sleek Italian café boasts freshly brewed Lavazza coffee, cannolis and cocktails. Slink into a seat and enjoy pastries and paninis with an affrogato (espresso over mascarpone) or sweet mocha.

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732 W 27th St, Houston, TX 77008

Providing locally sourced coffee and hoping to inspire visitors to see the intrinsic good in everyone, Throughgood brews simple cups of joe in a cozy environment that breeds art, culture and creativity. Canines and humans are both welcome. 

242 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008

Matthew Toomey’s quintessential Heights coffee shop is the archetype for fellow craft coffee shops in Houston when it comes to roasting artisanal coffee in small batches for the best brew. Definitely try the Mayan mocha, milk and honey latte and fried egg tacos.

4721 N Main St Ste M, Houston, TX 77009

Outside of the stellar doughnuts and breakfast dishes, the caffeinated offerings at coffee whiz David Buehrer’s Morningstar are as solid as you might expect. Order a cortado or latte, then dive into one of the neighborhood’s best brunches.

1111 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77009

Imagine supporting the fight against human trafficking with every purchase of coffee as you can do at this dogooder coffee shopp. Imbibe in specialty lattes like the “Sweet Toff” (English toffee mocha), a “Chai Fritz” (double espresso chai) or “Red Baron” (raspberry mocha) along with breakfast and lunch options served until 5 p.m. 

729 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77007

This low-key establishment features pastries, beer, wine and coffees in an unassuming environment with outdoor/indoor seating and free WiFi, ideal for studying and reading. Antidote focuses on drip coffees and fancy brews, including the coveted cajeta latte, made with goat’s milk caramel and its signature the Antidote, a coffee with one shot of espresso for an extra boost.

7925 Katy Fwy C, Houston, TX 77024

Located in the Memorial/Spring Branch neighborhood, Pura offers gourmet and well-priced coffees and teas along with biscotti, kolaches, croissants, danishes and cookies which include vegan and gluten-free options. 

1720 Houston Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Inspired by the cafes in Spain and South America, downtown Cafeza offers homemade tapas, bocadillos, tacos and desserts paired with artisanal cups of coffee while encouraging engagement with local artists, musicians and performers in their carefully curated space. 

1100 Elder St, Houston, TX 77007

This Downtown coffee shop gets its name from the refurbished paper factory where it is now housed. Sip on a café au lait and nosh on Kaya French toast (Texas toast with coconut custard and spiced almonds) while taking a moment to admire the vaulted ceilings that are shared with the Ecclesia Church.

2201 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

This cozy spot is a popular destination for laptop warriors, so getting there early to snag a seat is a must. Once settled in, enjoy a pastry from Weights + Measures and sip a perfectly-decorated latte.

409 Travis St suite a, Houston, TX 77002

Located inside a custom glass greenhouse surrounded by greenery, downtown Houston’s Bravery Chef Hall, an Instagram worthy spot, serves as a coffee shop and bar with an internationally inspired café menu ranging from strong Italian style espressos to sweet, iced Vietnamese coffee and thick, Turkish coffee. The delicate selection of pastries are the perfect accompaniment, featuring muffins, croissants and traditional biscuits and cookies from all over the world. Enjoy the coffee until 2 p.m. and then start a-boozing. 

2018 Rusk St A, Houston, TX 77003

Unassuming Eado coffee house AHH Coffee offers inventive and traditional takes on brews like fragrant Thai tea, frothy and creamy matcha latte.  Complement your coffee with crisp, fresh pastries in a dive bar-esque atmosphere. 

1953 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Another Montrose favorite for the artistic-chic study set, Inversion’s loyal crowd enjoys the creative coffee concoctions, relaxed vibe and sense of community. Try a frothy chai cream, honey badger (steamed milk, espresso, honey and cinnamon) or latte.

904 Westheimer Rd Ste C, Houston, TX 77006

Located on some primo real estate beside Uchi, Southside Espresso offers innovative coffee creations in a quiet setting. Although the parking and seating is limited, the superb coffee, homemade seasonal syrups and pastries make up for it.

1018 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Blacksmith is a Montrose cult cafe that churns out some seriously perfect roasts from Greenway Coffee’s David Buehrer and his merry band of skilled baristas. Sit down with a creamy flat white while nibbling (or in this case, gobbling down) a plate of Vietnamese steak and eggs, warm, flaky biscuits.

415 Westheimer Rd #101, Houston, TX 77006

This Montrose coffee bar and art collective serves pastries, breakfast tacos, wraps and sandwiches alongside locally roasted specialty coffee. Order a rich, full-bodied French press coffee, Nitro cold brew or oat milk latte from a menu packed with options to fulfill any coffee and tea drinker’s dreams. 

1424 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Charming Montrose cafe and wine bar serves a simple array of coffees including drips, cold brews, espressos, lattes, and the Bicerin, a mix of espresso and hot chocolate. Pair with an item from the light breakfast/lunch menu of sandwiches and toasts until 3p.m. 

1712 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

This beloved Montrose coffee spot offers a cozy European atmosphere, complete with cigars, wine, Greek freddo, baklava and belly dancing. Sink into an inviting couch while enjoying the old world ambiance and excellent coffee (and booze) selection.

701 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006

Montrose is littered with killer coffee shops, but Siphon Coffee’s unique brewing process makes this spot special. The java here is brewed in halogen siphons, a rarely-used, centuries-old process. Free WiFi and freshly-baked pastries are an added bonus.

3709 La Branch St, Houston, TX 77004

Retrospect houses a custom bright orange Slayer espresso machine to show just how serious it takes its coffee making duties. Serving up roasted brews from local vendors like Boomtown CoffeeAmaya Roasting, Katz Coffee, Pura Coffee, Pearland Coffee Roasters, Camellia Tea, and Geva Premium, Retrospect also offers a small selection of crepes, paninis and bites along with craft beer and eclectic wines and a great outdoor space. 

3419 Dowling St, Houston, TX 77004

This charming Third Ward coffee house run by owner Deepak Doshi is a haven for community cultivation — a spot where artists, musicians, writers and neighborhood groups can meet up for cozy conversation. The coffee combines locally roasted beans and homemade syrups to create a satisfying, customizable blend.

2617 Bissonnet St #101, Houston, TX 77005

Coffee is served in countless ways at this West University shop — brewed in halogen siphons, an Aeropress, or poured over — which makes it a solid destination for anyone who’s seriously picky about their brew. In need of further sustenance? Until 2 p.m., score breakfast and lunch options like overnight oats, apple-gruyere scones, or a croissant breakfast sandwich.

5211 Kelvin Dr, Houston, TX 77005

This sleek Italian café boasts freshly brewed Lavazza coffee, cannolis and cocktails. Slink into a seat and enjoy pastries and paninis with an affrogato (espresso over mascarpone) or sweet mocha.

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