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Houston’s Coffee Shop Guide

15 Caffeine Palaces Worth Checking Out — Sleepers Included

BY Faith Nguyen // 09.30.15
photography Faith Nguyen

Every day seems like National Coffee Day in this city. Here’s at look at some of the most interesting coffee shops in all of Houston.

1712 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77098
A fire forced Agora to temporarily close in 2010. However, it reopened even better than it was before. This Houston staple houses a jukebox, exotic belly dancers on Wednesday nights and a large second floor with an open view of the first.

Antidote and Black Hole Coffee House
729 Studewood St., Houston, TX 77007; 4504 Graustark St, Houston, TX 77006
Antidote and Black Hole Coffee House are brought to us by the same owners. Antidote also serves beer and wine, and hosts a different food truck every night for its visitors. A bonus is the freezer filled with ice cream from local vendors such as HoneyChild’s Sweet Creams and Fat Cat Creamery. Black Hole is located in Montrose and offers comfy couches and seats. Our go-to favorite drink at both of these locations? The Cajeta latte, a smooth concoction of goat’s milk, caramel and espresso.

1018 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006
Blacksmith is a collaboration between Greenway Coffee & Tea and restaurants Hay Merchant, Anvil, and Underbelly. Not only does it offer top-of-the-line coffee, but Blacksmith also has a stellar menu of eats, such as the Vietnamese steak and eggs served on a sizzling hot plate.

Boomtown Coffee
242 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008
This Heights coffee shop offers a variety of unique lattes, such as the milk-and-honey latte or the Mayan mocha. You can even customize theits level of sweetness in your coffee. Boomtown’s coffee is locally roasted by owner Matt Toomey, and it’s always fun to grab a coffee to go and browse the antique shops lining 19th Street.

Catalina Coffee
2201 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007
This tiny coffee shop on Washington has a unique vibe, and fresh pastries are delivered daily to its cases. The place is always busy, and with good reason: The coffee here is consistently brewed well.

Common Bond
1706 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006
Dessert fans flock to Common Bond for the pastries and cookies, but the coffee served here should not be missed.

The Doshi House
3419 Dowling St., Houston, TX 77004
Doshi House offers vegetarian-friendly, Indian-inspired cuisine and coffee for its customers. This homey cafe is filled with mismatched antiques, and couches add to the place’s charm. Try the chai latte.

Honeymoon Cafe & Bar
300 Main St., Houston, TX 77002
Honeymoon Cafe & Bar is a New Orleans-style coffee shop and bar brought to you by the owners of Boomtown Coffee and entrepreneurs Brad Moore and Ryan Rouse of Grand Prize Bar and OKRA.  Honeymoon serves coffee roasted on-site by Boomtown.

Inversion Coffee and Art
1953 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006
The cafe stands on what was formerly the Art League of Houston’s Inversion (the coffeehouse’s namesake), a funnel-like vortex created by Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. The coffee shop’s walls are lined with artwork, and the stairs were painted by local street artist Daniel Aguilu.

5407 Morningside Dr., Houston, TX 77005; 3321 Stanford St., Houston, TX 77006
Mercantile is an espresso bar and specialty grocery store with locations in both Village and Montrose. Amaya Roasting Company beans are brewed here.

Paper Co. Cafe
1100 Elder St., Houston, TX 77007
Next to Ecclesia Church is a curious bright blue door that leads to Paper Co. Cafe. We love this place because of its open layout.

Siphon Coffee
701 W Alabama St., Houston, TX 77006
This cafe makes drinks using the siphon method, extracting flavors to create a richer coffee. Siphon also brings quality ingredients to its kitchen, so pairing a latte with a panini is a great treat.

Southside Espresso
904 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006
This mellow coffeeshop is situated right behind Uchi. Southside Espresso offers drinks with incredible latte art, which is evident from their Instagram. They also produce the smoothest cups of coffee in Houston, making this place a must-try for coffee lovers.

Tout Suite
2001 Commerce St., Houston, TX 77002
Tout Suite is a great place for a cup of coffee and a bite of dessert. Pair the crepe cake with the green tea latte.

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