Top 5 Coffee Shops In Austin, Texas For Digital Nomads

Austin has a vibrant coffee shop scene with a large variety of set ups, from large outdoor patios on the river to quaint stores with a friendly feel. I worked remotely in Austin for six months and tried my best to go to a different coffee shop every day. That said, I came across a few that I really enjoyed and end up frequenting. Before I dive in, you should first know my criteria for narrowing it down to these five:

  • Strong WiFi connection
  • Power outlet availability
  • Customer service
  • Food options
  • Location
  • Atmosphere
  • Outdoor seating
  • Ample seating areas/options
  • Hours
  • Coffee quality
  • The “unique factor”
  • Noise level

As you can see, I analyze a number of factors to determine the best shop. In no particular order:

Top 5 Coffee Shops In Austin, Texas

  1. Vintage Heart Coffee – A quiet, clean, and small shop on the east side. Order a vanilla latte, you will thank me. Strong WiFi and although it is small it offers a variety of seating options (e.g., tables, couches, bar stools). There are food trucks right next door that you can go to for lunch. Note: Parking can be hard at times. https://vintageheart.coffee
    An inside look. View of the TX State Cemetery across the street (where Chris Kyle is buried).
    An inside look. TX State Cemetery is directly across the street.
  2. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters – Scenic views of Lake Austin, this was the very first coffee shop I visited in Austin. Large patios outside let you breathe in the fresh air, and the smaller indoor area still offers nice views. There is live music on weekends and special weeknights. A lot of UT students frequent this shop but is quiet. Note: They only serve small bites, but Hula Hut is just down the street – a good lunch or happy hour optionhttp://www.mozartscoffee.com
    Lake views from the upper deck
    Lake views from the upper deck
  3. OPA! Coffee and Wine Bar – Located on South Lamar, I soon discovered why this was strongly recommended to me by locals: cheap happy hours from 3-7PM!  I’ve spent many lovely afternoons here turned to fun happy hours as soon as the clock struck 3 (wine and small bites). Beyond happy hour, OPA offers a large outdoor patio with a variety of seating options (comfy couches inside if you like lounging). Very friendly staff.  http://opacoffeewine.com
    Fun vibes over happy hours
    Work hard play hard vibes
  4. Cenote – Situated in my favorite neighborhood (east siiiiide), Cenote offers a welcoming atmosphere. Students and freelancers join forces as they scatter the shop inside and out. There’s a juice bar next door and a great food menu with drinks! Note: Only complaint is there’s a poor WiFi connection on the outdoor patio. http://www.cenoteaustin.com/home
    Patio seating.
    Patio seating on E. Cesar Chavez
  5. Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors – Also on the east side, Figure 8 offers a hipster funky fresh vibe that inspires creativity. Street parking, strong WiFi and plant life scattered around the inside. Smaller space but haven’t had issues with it getting too packed. No website yet, but check out their Figure 8 Yelp Reviews

    Chai Latte
    Chai Latte

 

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