Coffee is a universal language of connection and has developed quite the culture of cool. As such, coffee shops have become way more than a place to get your caffeine fix — and snap a photo of your latte love.
Not only have these hyped-up destinations elevated coffee — and all its variations — to an art form, they serve up the designer drinks amidst stylish digs and accompanied by thoughtfully curated menus of other delicious treats.
With every shop boasting its own personality — from hipster to haute, chill to chipper — there’s something for everyone. But, that doesn’t mean you should get stuck in a rut with your go-to hangout, as Dallas has way too many buzz-worthy places for that.
So, let the roasting begin with this grand tour of places where you'll want to linger long after the last drop. Plus, you never know: You might find a new fave.
Where: 2727 N. Harwood St.
Have your espresso with a side of French charm at this adorable shop in the Harwood District that feels like a chicly comfortable living room with a sassy splash of well-curated art and mod furnishings. The bright teal exterior and the café-style outdoor seating signals you’ve arrived.
Where: 1623 N. Hall St.
With a cozy-dark vibe, Fiction Coffee is a slightly moodier escape from reality, where you’ll want to be sure to ask about the unpublished “fictional menu” of must-have items.
Where: 1217 Main St.
You can't miss the beacon of mosaic blue tile in the heart of downtown. But, the other beautiful thing about the espresso bar at Commissary is that it’s accompanied by all sorts of epicurean inspiration — from the gelateria, to the onsite bakery and market. There’s even a subterranean butchery and wine cellar. It’s the downtown hub where handmade pasta, fresh bread and pastries, house-cured sausages, and dry-aged steaks aren’t just prepared for you, but also for all of Headington Companies’ restaurants including CBD Provisions, Mirador, Americano, Sassetta, and Wheelhouse.
Where: 2900 Greenville Ave.
Halcyon means idyllically peaceful and carefree, and that is what you’ll find at this Lower Greenville shop. The place is bright, breezy, and open — and open late, until midnight every day. Weekly events include live music, movie night with s’mores, and yoga and pint nights. As you might have guessed, they also happen to have daily happy hour specials for wine, beer, and cocktails, should you want to switch from coffee to something a bit stronger. Long Island Iced Coffee, anyone?
Where: 900 Henderson Ave.; Sylvan Thirty: 1878 Sylvan Ave. #E150; 9730 N. Central Expy.
With three distinct locations in Dallas, this Austin transplant had made each one worth a visit. For example, the award-winning interior of the Sylvan Thirty location is a design lover's dream. As for the shop’s third Dallas outpost off Central Expressway at the sustainable home improvement store, TreeHouse, it’s eco-friendly and operates off solar power sources. It also has an under-counter Mavam espresso machine and is apparently one of the first in Texas to have it.
Where: 1333 Plowman Ave.
Get your coffee with a shot of sarcasm at this kitschy, millennial-pink space in Oak Cliff. The 300-square-foot space is petite, but it’s packed with hipster vibes and snarky nostalgia (and Instagram photo ops). You’ll almost think you’re an active participant in a performance art installation. Plus, they have things like “sugar rectangles” a.k.a. Pop Tarts and a frothy white chocolate and raspberry latte topped with multi-colored marshmallows that look a lot like the ones from a box of Lucky Charms.
Where: 1914 Commerce St.
The retro-inspired diner at The Statler hotel downtown has a gourmet coffee bar that turns Cuvee Coffee beans into a drink with your name on it — any time of the day or night. You might want to order the place’s famous biscuits to carb up your caffeine fix.
Where: 2907 State St. (at The Alcove wine bar)
Go for the coffee, stay for the baristas; they not only know their way around a great cappuccino, they also have plenty of fun with the menu. Want your cold brew with a shot of chocolate milk? Yes, yes, you do. With a constantly changing roster of unique blends from Novel Coffee Roasters, the shop also has been known to make non-coffee goodness like nitro mango black tea and nitro Kool-Aid. Oh, and there have tacos, too. And, Hypnotic Donuts on Friday. Time to start drinking this Kool-Aid.
Where: 819 W. Davis St.
So, who cares if there’s no Wi-Fi. Maybe you might even have your coffee with a side of real conversation. This industrial-cool coffee shop is the sister business of the beloved Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters next door that provides beans to hotspots around DFW. The espresso affogato is like an ice-cream float — except better.
Where: Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood St., Ste. 100
The closest you’ll get to Italy, outside of hopping a plane, Palmieri Café is your ticket to authentic espresso-based drinks — the owner himself is an Italian transplant. Perhaps even better than all the Italian coffees are the scratch-made pastries and gelato. The signature pasticciotto filled with vanilla cream is kind of mandatory.
Where: 1511 Commerce St.
The people-watching is a real treat at this trendy coffee shop at The Joule hotel downtown. You’ll want to take a seat in the style-forward lobby that likewise boasts an impressive art collection and a Taschen bookstore. Celebs, musicians, designers, and other bold names have been known to stay at the hotel when in town, so you never who you might see.
Where: South Side on Lamar, 1409 S. Lamar St.
Equal parts coffee shop and acoustic music venue, Opening Bell sounds good any time of day. The place even boasts a big roster of contestants from The Voice that once sang there. As for the menu, they work with many local vendors for their coffee and craft brews as well as their breakfast, lunch, and sweets items.
Where: 1155 Peavy Rd., 313 W. Jefferson Blvd.
They roast their own beans, so you know the passion is real at Cultivar. They have two locations in the Dallas area (and another in Denton). Plus, they have special little perks at their shops — like at Peavy Road, they serve Emporium Pies by the slice. They’re also often putting on art showcases, pop-ups, and other local band performances.
Where: 2414 Routh St.
Located in a charming old house, complete with a front porch, Crooked Tree gets cuteness points and is basically like a giant, comfortable living room inside. It’s also open relatively late — until 9 p.m. during the week and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday — especially for a coffee shop that doesn’t switch into a cocktail lounge after dark. So, it’s always a chill place to hang out.
Where: 1621 Oak Lawn Ave.; 200 Crescent Court; 1601 Elm St.
A “see and be seen” caffeine mecca, Ascension has expanded to multiple locations. And, it’s no wonder. The Australian-style shop has a popular crowd sipping any kind of coffee you could dream of along with an elevated café atmosphere that’s also a great backdrop for weekend brunch.
Where: 1810 S. Akard St.
The “Rooster” stands for a universal symbol of all the mornings in the world. But, it’s the wall of taxidermy that will really catch your eye at this studio, where they roast the beans you’re drinking.
Where: 103 Murray St.
With a mid-century modern-meets-Scandinavia design sensibility, this quirky coffee shop is housed in a historic building in Deep Ellum. There are two levels for lounging and lots of natural light, plus classic espresso drinks and drip coffees. They even have non-caffeinated mate and mate lattes. Breakfast is served all day in addition to sandwiches that are elevated variations on the classics.
Where: 5420 Ross Ave., Ste. 180
Yes, you can get some highly photogenic toast with your coffee at this spacious, industrial-chic destination, and we recommend that you do. The fresh-baked bread is the key to their “fancy-a** toast” (their words); get the Avo-Ca-Damn or the Coma-Toast to go with your trendy-healthy Super Freak banana-coffee smoothie or a Primal Coffee blended with grass-fed butter and MCT oil. All of the espressos, drip coffees, and iced variations are made with Noble Coyote beans, and the syrups are house-made. No fake stuff here.
Where: 408 N. Bishop Ave., #105 and 3417 Gaston Ave., #130
Empanadas and espresso… what more could you want? How about acai bowls, smoothies, and flan. You can have it all at this Latin-inspired café that’s a hip spot for a pick-me-up.
Where: 2114 Greenville Ave., 3111 Welborn Ave.
It kind of looks like it could be a movie set, but Mudsmith is the real deal. The lounge-y, rustic-hipster décor is the perfect backdrop for their Avoca coffee as well as rotating beer, wine, and kombucha on tap — and a decent menu of breakfast, lunch, and snacks. They’re open until 11 p.m. most nights, too. You’ll see all kinds here — from first daters, to entrepreneurs brainstorming, and college studiers.
Where: 10105 E. Northwest Hwy.
Get the signature White Rocker Latte, a triple espresso made with organic fair trade coffee, and then settle in at the upstairs lounge area that’s a great haven for getting work done. They also have live music on the weekends.
Where: 1605 N. Beckley Ave.
Fuel your day takes on new meaning at this place in Oak Cliff; it’s a full-service motorcycle shop and a fresh-pressed juice and coffee parlor that’s devoted to quality and local support. In addition to the coffee, the thicker-than-you-thought-possible toast is legit here. The walk-up window with the succulent wall outside is pretty amazing, too.
Where: 2803 Taylor St.
This is a secret little hideaway at Life in Deep Ellum that has a comfy, community ambiance — and really good coffee with all of the standard accompaniments.
Where: 314 W. Eighth St.
This indie bookstore-bar also doubles as a solid place for coffee and breakfast as well as live entertainment in the huge backyard area. Everything is locally sourced: Bottomless brews are from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters; Zakti teas are a delicious non-coffee option; tacos are made fresh daily from El Padrino and so are the Rush Patisserie croissants and muffins.
Where: 2546 Royal Ln.
Koreatown gets a caffeinated kick with this place, where Asian-style baked good along with boba and milk teas are the main thing. But, they have espresso, specialty coffees (like pistachio white mocha and Korean iced coffee) and Kyoto-style Dutch cold brew that set it apart from other shops. For a solidly caffeinated frozen treat, the That Blendie with espresso, matcha, and vanilla ice cream is a surefire hit. The bingsu (Korean shaved ice) is incredible, too.
Where: 2422 Victory Park Ln.
This stylishly quaint little shop in Victory Park is teeny, tiny, but features a bold menu of beans from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and local baked items from Empire Baking Co., AmazeBallz, and Bisous Bisous.
Where: 1910 Pacific Ave. (2nd Floor)
The name says it all. Not a lot of people know about this gem of a place that proffers basic coffee that’s good until the last drop. This place really caters to the downtown workday crowd who need an extra shot of espresso, as it’s open on weekdays only.
Where: 2650 N. Fitzhugh Ave.
Proof that simple can be beautiful, this Australian espresso bar is modern, airy, and light-filled. And, the pretty lattes aren’t bad, either.
Where: 3800 McKinney Ave., #180
Warm and comfortable, this community hangout on the edge of West Village is a great place to indulge your latte love. Get the s’mores latte — trust us.
Where: 1377 Legacy Dr., Frisco
So, we know it’s not Dallas. But, the fact that two percent of every dollar they make goes towards charity more than makes up for any commute. Plus, the coffee’s not bad, either. In fact, it’s pretty amazing with vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon latte variations, turtle macchiatos, and undertows.