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Published September 12, 2023

The Ultimate Guide to Houston's Best Cafes

From light and sweet lattes to strong cold brews, here's where to get your caffeine fix in Houston. ☕

by Houston Bucket List

 

Whether you’re looking for a place to work for the afternoon, a spot to relax with a latte, or a cozy nook for a first date, Houston has no shortage of cafes to suit every mood possible. From bars-slash-coffee shops to dispensaries-slash-coffee shops to, well, just plain old coffee shops, here are all of our favorite places to snag a lavender latte (or cold brew, or espresso martini!) in Houston, Texas.

33 Cool Coffee Shops to Check Out in Houston

Tout Suite

With neutral tones and industrial vibes, this downtown coffee spot is the perfect place to unwind or kick off your day. Known for their fresh baked goods and aesthetically pleasing desserts, it’s the perfect place to get some work done, relax, or catch up with friends.

Wifi: Free with purchase on weekdays; No Wi-Fi on weekends
Where: 2379, 2001 Commerce St, Houston, TX
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Agora

Hidden away in the green of Melrose is a Greek house goodie. This dark wood, two-story coffee house is one you can easily miss if you’re not looking. Hidden away under green ivy and trees, this college coffee find has the faces and art of ancient greeks surrounding its poetic walls. From listening to smooth music from the jukebox to relaxing on velvet couches, this hidden gem is one of the coziest in the city. 

Wi-Fi: Yes
Where: 1712 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX
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Common Bond Cafe & Bakery

Neighboring Agora coffeehouse is the more modern bakery and coffee shop, Common Bond. Usually packed with people and a line of dog owners sitting outside, this place serves some of the best macarons and patisserie in Melrose.

Wifi: Yes
Where: 1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX
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El Gato Coffeehouse Cafe

Calling all feline fans! There are lots of furry friends roaming around every corner of Houston’s one and only cat cafe. Enjoy the best of a coffee shop and cat shelter by hanging out with your new friends while enjoying yummy coffee and tea!

Wifi: Yes
Where: 508 Pecore St suite a, Houston, TX
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Campesino

This fusion gem has everything from popular Latin American drinks to traditional ones. Whether you’re on the hunt for a cortadito or an authentic picadillo empanada with chimichurri, you’ll find something incredible to nosh on in this laid-back haunt. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 2602 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX
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Retrospect Coffee

This unique coffee spot started out as a 1920s gas station, and was reborn in May 2017 as a cafe. Enjoy a house-made crepe or one of their infamous espresso drinks to get the full experience. If you get lucky, you may catch some live music on their tented back patio!

Wifi: Yes
Where: 3709 La Branch St, Houston, TX
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Grinder’s Coffee Bar

Grinder’s is a unique blend of coffee shop and CBD dispensary with immaculate vibes. Snag a cortado or a sweet treat and relax in their modern cafe for a couple of hours.

Wifi: Yes
Where: 5410 Kirby Dr Suite B, Houston, TX
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Catalina Coffee

This industrial-chic cafe has been serving Houston for more than 15 years, and their delicious and affordable drinks keep people coming back for more. 

Wifi: No
Where: 2201 Washington Ave, Houston, TX
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Day 6 Coffee Co.

Whether you’re in the mood for cookies, kolache, or quiche, Day 6 Coffee Co. has you covered. This chill hangout is full of lush plants and comfy armchairs — we don’t blame you if you hunker down all afternoon! You can even rent out their stunning private room for events and they also offer catering.

Wifi: Yes
Where: 910 Prairie St Suite 100, Houston, TX
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Segundo Coffee Lab

This spacious locale is a hotspot for creatives and remote workers. Famous for their coffee and tacos, they’ve got high ceilings, edgy vibes, and no shortage of tasty things to eat. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 711 Milby St #35, Houston, TX
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Tenfold Coffee Company

These folks take their coffee very seriously. From coffee classes to custom blends, this place is a java lover’s dream. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 101 Aurora St, Houston, TX
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Dandelion Cafe

Dandelion cafe is one of Bellaire Tringle’s hottest breakfast spots — and for good reason! This colorful, sunny restaurant has a vast menu, fun mimosa pitchers, and daily specials that are to die for. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 5405 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX
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EQ Heights

Equilibrium Social House aka EQ Heights is a mellow coffee house with a welcoming atmosphere and plenty of goodies to snack on. If you’re looking for a show while sipping your beverage, check out their comedy or music nights! 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 1030 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX
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Ola

Ola is an airy Asian fusion cafe with bright pastels and lots of sunshine. Their hand-crafted dalgona drinks and flavorful Korean bites make for a unique lunch or delightful afternoon meetup. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 3010 Milam St, Houston, TX
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The Coffee Bar at Forth & Nomad

Clothing store Forth & Nomad boosts more than cool threads. This local shop comes complete with a trendy coffee bar. Relax in the chic interior for a hot day and chill under the historic oak trees on the patio when there’s a nice breeze. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 731 Yale St, Houston, TX
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Brass Tacks

Brass Tacks is a refreshing cafe with a breezy patio where you can enjoy your hot or iced artisanal drinks or happy hour cocktail. Indoor or outdoor, there’s no shortage of seating in this charmingly industrial cafe, making it a great spot to meet up with friends. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 612 Live Oak St, Houston, TX
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French Riviera

Craving an authentic French pastry? Look no further than French Riviera Bakery — a delightfully European-feeling cafe that offers flaky bites and fresh baked bread daily. 

Wifi: No
Where: 3100 Chimney Rock Rd Ste B, Houston, TX
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Prelude Coffee & Tea

In the heart of the busy city of Houston is Prelude, a sleek espresso bar with gorgeous drinks. With classic marble and black accents, this coffee corner is the perfect spot for business meetups or a well-deserved break. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 609 Main St Ste 106, Houston, TX
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Oso Coffee Co.

Oso Coffee Co. is famous for their colorful conchas, horchata lattes, and bike meetups. This bungalow has become a fan favorite in Houston’s historic 2nd Ward. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 2603 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX
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The Coffee House at West End

The Coffee House at West End strives to be a center of community in West End Church. Whether you’re chilling out on their stunning rooftop patio or cuddled up on a rainy day in their brick hall, this spot always has good vibes on tap. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 802 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX
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Haraz Coffee House

This specialty coffee house sources all of its blends from the Haraz Mountains in Yemen — beans they claim are ”the most aromatic in the world.” If that’s not enough to get coffee fanatics through the door, they also offer on-location “Coffee School” classes about latte art, espresso extraction, and more! 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 13582 University Blvd suite 100, Sugar Land, TX
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Bayou Heights Bier Garten

Bayou Heights Beer Garten has something for everyone: coffee, tea, cocktails, wines on tap, smoked meats, and, of course, beer. Their spacious bar and garden can easily fit all of your friends or serve as the backdrop for a more intimate night out for two. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 3905 Washington Ave, Houston, TX
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Native Coffee

Native welcomes creative folks of all kinds, hoping their environmentally sustainable brews will spark inspiration for their customers. Post up at one of their sunny windows and enjoy an hour or two to yourself. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 1712 W Dallas St, Houston, TX
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Siphon

Listen up, gamers! This aptly-named coffee shop serves up siphon-made java and has a sit-down video game table to keep you busy while you enjoy a brew or glass of wine. This funky spot is known for its live music and community events.

Wifi: Yes
Where: 701 W Alabama St, Houston, TX
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Refuge

Refuge is part coffee house, part cocktail bar, and part event space. With luxurious, rich colors and a paradise of plants, you’ll want to spend all day here sipping your espresso martini.

Wifi: Yes
Where: 1424 Westheimer Rd Suite A, Houston, TX
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Wild

This Shepherd Center restaurant/bar/coffee shop/dispensary is known for its hemp-infused coffee drinks. From CBD lattes to tropical drinks like the pandan coolada, you’ll have to come back again and again to try all of their fun offerings.

Wifi: Yes
Where: 2121 N Shepherd Dr Suite C, Houston, TX
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Blue Tile

Named after Houston’s iconic blue and white tiles, this Buffalo Heights District coffee shop is all about fresh coffee, flavorful tacos, and fun atmosphere. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 3663 Washington Ave Ste 150, Houston, TX
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La La Land Kind Cafe

Outposts of this over-the-top bougie coffee hotspot have been opening all over Texas and spreading their positive mission to support foster youth and spread kindness. Pop in for avocado toast, gorgeous lattes, and an Instagram-worthy photoshoot in their sunny yellow lounge.

Wifi: Yes
Where: 888 Westheimer Rd Suite 106, Houston, TX
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Boomtown Coffee

Boomtown brews up small batch coffee that even the biggest java snobs will celebrate. Yes, it’s all about the joe, but it’s also a cozy place to hang out or get some work done. 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 242 W 19th St, Houston, TX
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Blkdog Coffee

Blkdog is located in the Yun-Lu Center and serves up delicious La Colombe coffee in their bright and airy minimalist coffee shop. Make sure to try some of their unique treats, like the matcha beignets or the tiramisu affogato.

Wifi: Yes
Where: 9630 Clarewood Dr suite a13-b, Houston, TX
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Tom n Toms Coffee

You’d be remiss to visit Bellaire Food Street and not pop into Tom n Toms Coffee! This popular locale is famous for their massive slabs of french toast — you’ve got to try it for yourself! 

Wifi: Yes
Where: 9393 Bellaire Blvd Ste A5, Houston, TX
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Bitty & Beau’s

With locations across the eastern United States, Bitty & Beau’s first came to Texas in 2021. This fun spot is more than just a great place to do some work or grab a coffee — it also started a movement by advocating for the “value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

Wifi: Yes
Where: 2367 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX
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Fifth Vessel Coffee

Fifth Vessel is all about great people and great food. Snag a delicious toast or burrito to enjoy alongside your unique drink, like the Mayan Mocha or Texas Blossom.

Wifi: Yes
Where: 104 N Main St, Houston, TX
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