1) Quacks Bakery - Hyde Park, 411 E 43rd Street
As they say an oldie but a goodie. Nestled in Austin's "Historic" Hyde Park, Quacks has been around for a while. Cups of coffee are made the old school way here, but just wait til the baked goods. Their croissants (Ham and Swiss please) are hands down the best in Austin. The pull-a-parts, muffins, the scones are all legit. Feel free to stroll here in the afternoon as cookies are always themed for the little ones and the cupcakes are for realz.
Tasty food and coffee galore can be found at Cenote. A great place to talk, eat, lounge, rest or read; Cenote has great renditions of all your coffee favorites and then you get to try the food. On the weekend it gets even better. A great place to talk, eat, lounge, rest, read, whatever. Cenote has great renditions of all your coffee favorites and then you get to try the food. The breakfast tacos are so big that you can order one and turn it into two tacos. The breakfast burrito is more like a breakfast sandwich. All this leads up to the Friday - Sunday Eggs Benedict. Best in town, bar none! Though I focused mainly on the breakfast, the sandwiches are top notch #givemethecuban, and they are now serving dinner. Good news for all and to all a good night!
If that means nothing to you, then this might be your spotIf it is coffee you want, then it is coffee you will get! Houndstooth takes it up a notch on coffee. It is Austin's answer to a Stumptown, Intelligentsia, or Blue Bottle. If that means something to you, then this might be your spot. They have a standard french press cup, single drip, cold brew, Japanese ice coffee, lattes, etc, etc, etc, etc. Houndstooth is a mixture of coffee and art in one tasty cup. And the good news is that Taco Deli is right next door. Houndstooth recently opened up a downtown location, so if you are in town for a meeting and need a midday pick me up, head on over."
Austin's best coffee-meets-shopping experience. Yep that Toms is the same one that has been putting slippers on your feet for the last 10 years. They have taken over a small bungalow on South Congress to make a coffee/chilling/shoe-buying triple threat. They have a wonderful single drip coffee and some some pretty cute looking Toms Coffee to buy. Sit back and relax knowing that Toms is helping to build access to water somewhere in the world because you are enjoying a nice cup of joe.
If the afternoon or evening has reared its ugly head and you have a hankering for coffee, booze, food or music, then Spider House it is. Spider House is true Austin. A one-in-a-million, non replicable entity that has to be experienced. Indoor seating is available, but Spider House is best experience by lounging at one of the eclectic outdoor tables or booths. So go check it out. Bring a computer, a book, and/or some friends and enjoy.