Having spent most of my four years in Austin staring out a window of a coffeeshop, I’ve decided to turn that wasted time into something productive by compiling this list.
Below are a handful of coffeeshops that I’ve picked in no particular order. They aren’t necessarily the ‘best’ (misleading title, right?) but they’re ones that I’ve been to at least three times, each time for at least an hour and a half.
Disclaimer: These reviews will have little to do with coffee because all coffee literally tastes the same to me. I unfortunately do not have a nuanced or developed palate – but I guess that means I can appreciate all coffee? If this bothers you because you are a coffee snob then feel free to stop reading.
SUMMER MOON: My favorite coffeeshop.
When to go: This is where I would go to spend a summer day journaling or pretending to read. I call it my favorite coffeeshop, but the truth is I don’t go that often because it feels weird to go without a friend. I’ve never actually gone by myself. It’s super cute and cozy though!
When not to go: If you don’t feel like dealing with a difficult parking situation. Or if you don’t like those bathrooms that are not actually in the building. I also wouldn’t go here to cram for a test.
What to order: Half wintermoon is amazing. Or whatever it’s called.
MONKEY NEST - My usual go-to coffeeshop.
When to go: It’s a good place to go if you feel overcome with existentialist dread and need to be in a lively place with other people who are sitting by themselves. It’s also good if you need to study or meet up with people. There’s a quiet room in the back if you need it but I usually sit in the main area because there are lots of windows and people around. There’s also good parking. Oh! And there’s Happy Hour for sandwiches M-F 4-7pm.
When not to go: When you’ve spent 16 hours there over the course of two days and you feel weird going back.
What to order: Chocolate Chimp or Nutty Irishman. The Spicy Monkey Mocha if you want to spend half an hour choking and coughing.
DOMINICAN JOE- My other usual go to coffeeshop.
When to go: Like Monkeynest, It’s also a good place to go when experiencing fear and anxiety. Good lighting and happy people (kind of dark at night though). Good parking.
When not to go: If you’re going to meet up with someone, keep in mind that the people around you can hear literally every word that you say. I usually don’t mind because the concept of a private conversation is lost on me anyways, but it could bother some people.
What to order: Dirty Chai is interesting.
BENNU- The bane of my existence.
When to go: You should only need to go to Bennu if you begin cramming for a test after 11pm and there’s nowhere else to go.
When not to go: Besides the reason stated above, there is absolutely no good reason to ever be here. And I don’t feel bad about saying that since it’s always so stuffed with people. Since finishing school I have not entered that building, and the thought of ever going back makes me want to cry. But one time I left my credit card there and when I went back to get it they were really nice about it.
What to order: Iced Bennu is popular.
CHERRYWOOD- I like this place.
When to go: It’s really pretty outside! But since it’s Texas it’s only nice to sit outside in the fall/winter/spring. I think there is an actual cherrywood tree outside. But I can’t be sure since I don’t actually know what a cherrywood tree is. They also have good food. And they’re open until midnight.
When not to go: It’s kind of dark inside at night. And the parking isn’t great. This also isn’t the most ideal place to study for a test.
What to order: Iced Chai? Idk. The hot chocolate is way too sweet though.
When to go: Okay I know this puts the validity of this entire post in jeopardy but I don’t care. Starbucks is always awesome. CHRISTMAS CUPS.
When not to go: I think I might need to cut back. I’m a gold card member but I’m going to stop using the Starbucks rewards system. I didn’t realize I had a problem until we saw Starbucks in Turkey for the first time and I started hyperventilating was almost crying tears of joy. Such happiness should not be felt over the presence of an overpriced coffee chain.
What to order: Iced tea is the cheapest.
Vintage Heart – The coffee comes in mason jars! But I feel like I have to whisper when I’m there.
Genuine Joe – Meh.
Epoch (on Anderson) – Smells weird.
Epoch (near Koenig) – No.
Thunderbird (on Koenig) – No outlets
Thunderbird (on Manor) – Pretty outside
Cenote – It’s nice to sit outside. They have good food.
Mozart’s – Christmas lights!! And there’s a lake.
Caffe Medici (on Guad) – What’s with the chairs
Flightpath – Meh.
Pacha – Claustrophobia
Stinson’s - Creepily empty all the time
I hope you’ve found this helpful. You probably haven’t, though, because everything I’ve said is incredibly subjective. Oh well.