If you love to start the day with a coffee and a bagel, then there are plenty of choices for such things in Houston. Here in this guide, I will show you some of the best cozy coffee shops to chill out and enjoy some of the best coffee products in the area.
From quirky hidden cafes to cool and trendy diners, you will soon find your new favorite spot in Houston.
Cozy Spots to Enjoy a Splendid Coffee in Houston
I have been out and about on the streets of Houston, trying to make sure I can recommend all the best spots for you to head to when finding cozy coffee spots.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to enjoy a good book by yourself or want to meet up with an old friend in peace and enjoy some fresh coffee, you’ll find a place for all occasions.
I have been investigating all factors, such as the variety of coffees served, whether or not they sell food, and, if so, what type of food they sell? And also what I thought of the general vibe and atmosphere during my visit.
I have also had a brief look at pricing, so you’ll have a good idea about what to expect when you receive your bill. I’ve tried to keep my recommendations quite varied, so there should be something for everyone.
So, on that note, let us look at some of the best cozy coffee shops in Houston, Texas.
1. Catalina Coffee
A good contender for the top spot, this coffee shop is a great place to kick this guide off. Being an avid coffee drinker myself, I could use the word “perfect” to describe the coffee I had during my visit to Catalina Coffee.
It’s situated along the shopping strip on Washington Ave, so it’s a great place to stop for a coffee and a cake mid-shop.
The place itself is super quaint and really delightful inside and outside. You have the option to watch the world go by while you enjoy your beverage. I found the general atmosphere quiet and peaceful, the staff was friendly, and most of the other customers there seemed to be couples or students studying quietly.
As well as the fantastic coffee, they had food on offer, pretty much just what you would expect from a coffee shop: pastries, muffins, cookies, and brownies were on offer the day I visited. I opted for a plain croissant with no complaints; it was buttery, tasted freshly made, and perfectly complimented my coffee.
As far as prices go, if you can imagine the kind of price you pay at the big-name coffee shops such as Costa and Starbucks, then these guys aren’t far off. They are not the cheapest around, but you get a much better and more personalized service for your money.
Oh, and one more thing to be aware of is these guys are not dog friendly, so if you’re out with your four-legged friend, maybe look at one of my other options.
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2. Siphon Coffee
When I first came across Siphon Coffee, I was drawn in by its organic-looking exterior, which continued once I went inside. The decor is very rustic, mainly with wooden furniture and cream-painted walls; it’s modern, with all the vibes of nature.
This coffee house prides itself on locally sourced products and their use of the Siphon method. They use halogen burners to get as much flavor out of the bean as possible and rustle up a fantastic cup of coffee.
Aside from the great coffee and fantastic atmosphere, they also have an exciting menu that differs from your typical coffee shop. You can pick up anything from a grilled chicken sandwich to a healthy hummus box here. I opted for the Huevos Rancheros, and it was pretty good. The eggs were cooked perfectly to my liking (slight over easy), and the pico was clearly made fresh that morning using good-quality tomatoes.
The staff was all very accommodating, and the service was fast. Despite visiting during a busy lunchtime, the team wasn’t fazed by the hustle and bustle.
The prices, I would say we’re on the higher end of average depending on what you order, the meal I had came to $16.75, but I opted for a large chai latte. There are cheaper options, such as regular coffee and pastries, where you could have something to eat and drink for under $10.00.
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Some of you might know this joint as the former gay bar, one of the most popular ones in Houston, as a matter of fact, so it’s good to see the building is still being put to good use.
This coffee shop does stand out from the ground, and a lot is down to its all-star crew of city veterans, such as the roaster of Greenway Coffee and the folks behind Beard-lauded organizations, Anvil and Underbelly.
But how good are their products? Well, for me personally, the coffee, although obviously high-quality, was a little bit bitter for my liking, but this is my personal taste; it was hot, fresh, and had plenty of flavors, so it’s totally down to preference. The food was excellent; they have a small menu of breakfast and snack-type items. I’d highly recommend the steak and eggs, cooked to order and to perfection, it was seasoned well, and the portion size was plentiful.
The atmosphere inside is chilled and relaxing and the perfect spot if you want to do some work on your laptop or read a paper. The place gets somewhat busy, but ample seating and a lovely outdoor area are provided. So you should always be able to find somewhere to sit. The staff was friendly and helpful despite being constantly on the go.
Some people may think the prices are slightly higher, mainly because the portions aren’t massive; the meal I had was a good enough size for breakfast. Still, some of the other plates I saw coming out only seemed relatively small; having said that, the quality of everything was really high, so I guess you get what you pay for.
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4. The Nook Cafe
If you’re looking for somewhere that feels like a home-from-home when you’re enjoying your coffee break, then this place is definitely for you. As soon as I sat down, I was surrounded by literature and quiet chitter-chatter.
This is a popular spot with students, so if, like me, you’re way past your student days, you may feel slightly out of place, but personally, it didn’t bother me in the slightest as everyone was friendly, and the place seemed really laid back, the staff also make you feel right at home. Also, if you are a student wanting to study, they have plenty of outlets for laptops, etc.
When it comes to the food, if you’re looking for a hot plate of home-cooked food, then you won’t find it here. Instead, they stock a variety of pastries, brownies, cakes, and cookies, so great if you just want a bite to go with your coffee.
As well as being a coffee shop, they’re also a bar, so if you’re in the mood for something a little bit stronger than an americano, why not try out one of their well-crafted cocktails or margaritas.
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5. Boomtown Coffee
Before I visited Boomtown coffee, I had heard completely mixed reviews, mainly regarding portion sizes and service. I don’t know whether I caught them on a good day or the bad reviews aren’t entirely accurate, but my experience was splendid.
The main thing that impressed me was their selection of super cool and unique coffees. And to name just a few, there was the Shakerato, an espresso with lemon zest, agave, and bitters, which is then shaken to order. Then there was the Milk and Honey, which I tried myself. This was a honey-flavored latte with a hint of cinnamon. It was beautiful, sweet, creamy, and a good size too, I think around 16oz.
The prices of the coffees were between $3.75 and $5.00, so no more than you’d expect to pay at your well-known high street coffee shops. The difference here is that the selection is miles better.
Going back to the service, as I said, I must have gotten lucky because the staff on shift couldn’t do enough for me; they were helpful, the line moved fast, and I got my tacos within 15 minutes of ordering despite being busy.
There was plenty of seating available and some outdoor seating, but I was advised that if you visit during the 7:00 am and 9:00 am or 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm, you can often struggle to get seated, so maybe bear this in mind before you head over there.
6. Antidote Coffee
This laid-back, chill-out-style cafe is an excellent choice if you’re looking for somewhere with a relaxing vibe where you can really kick back. They have free wifi, ample seating (indoors and out), and a warm and cozy atmosphere.
They stock locally roasted coffee and fancy brews that you’re unlikely to find in your average shops, such as the cajeta latte, which is made with goat’s milk and caramel.
I thought one of the most attractive points about this place was the prices. Much cheaper than most others I visited, considering the quality of the coffee, which was extremely high, all of the standard coffees were priced between $2.50 and $3.25.
One of the downsides to this one was the parking, they only have a minimal designated parking area, which is often full, but there is a neighboring car park in which I just about managed to get a spot.
Inside it’s incredibly cozy, with exposed brick and large comfortable furniture. It’s probably not the best place to go if you’re with a group of more than 4 or 5 due to limited seating around tables and everything being a little close together. The outside seating area is also attractive and comfortable, with large umbrellas. It’s in a great spot if, like me, you love a few people watching.
7. A 2nd Cup
This coffee shop stands out from any of the others I have previously mentioned, but for a reason even greater than serving good coffee. I had to visit the 2nd Cup when I learned about their mission. They are actually a non-profit organization that puts its profits towards fighting human trafficking.
Their extraordinary mission, however, doesn’t take away from the quality of the coffee they serve. The team here works so hard to ensure that they deliver you a top-notch experience from start to finish.
They also have an excellent menu for breakfast and lunch, whether you want a light bite or a full-cooked breakfast.
As for prices, I would say they were average; depending on what you order, you can easily get a coffee and a light bite for under $10.
Overall this place was a really excellent experience, and I think that the fact that you know you’re contributing to a great cause goes a long way.
To Sum Up
So, after reading my thoughts on some of the coziest coffee shops in Houston, have you decided which one you’re heading to next? Or are you already there?