Food & Drink

The Best Coffee Shops in Dallas

Published On 01/07/2015 Published On 01/07/2015

Coffee: you love it, you need it, you may have thought about injecting it directly into your bloodstream. Please do not do that! These 10 Dallas-area beaneries will happily and ably curb whatever craving you're experiencing (and maybe hook you up with a snack to go with it).

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Houndstooth Coffee

Henderson

This Austin transplant brings the best of craft coffee to Dallas and by “craft”, boasting baristas who pour with some serious precision, from painstakingly assembled cappuccinos to the must-try Japanese-style iced coffee. The cozy Henderson location resides in the previous Pearl Cup spot and is a welcoming addition to the neighborhood, excellent for knocking out some work or meeting friends when you're avoiding work.  

Global Peace Factory

Frisco

The baristas here are like highly trained assassins, meticulously creating perfection in a cup with surgically accuracy. Lattes here are equally delicious and addictive, so order one, and then another.  Bonus: 2% of every dollar they make goes towards charity, so you can contribute to society while doing something you were going to do anyway. 

Coffee House Cafe

Coffee House Cafe

North Dallas

This coffee house is an oasis in suburbia. The certified organic and fair trade espresso is the main attraction here, but if you’re hungry they also serve delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The ambiance here begs you to sink into a dark booth, crack open a good book, and enjoy a cup of espresso -- but if you want company, you’re welcome to bring your best friend, as dogs are allowed on the outdoor patio.

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Cultivar

East Dallas

This east Dallas micro-roaster and coffee bar serves up delicious, handcrafted espresso drinks and top-notch brewed single-origin coffees. The expert baristas here are knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to prepare the best latte of your life. The sad news is, this shop is only open from 7am–3pm and closed on Mondays, so get there early or you might be forced to go to those other guys with the green logo. 

Ascension Coffee

Ascension

Design District

This ultra-chic cafĂ©-bar in the Design District can be slightly intimidating at first. The coffee bar resembles Willy Wonka’s Fizzy Lifting Drink lab more than a typical coffee bar. Maybe that's because the baristas are fanatical about the the pour-over brew from single-origin beans, which are calculated with perfect water ratios and extraction times to give you the best cup possible. Much like with Fizzy Lifting Drinks, no stealing.

Mudsmith

Mudsmith

Greenville

If Wes Anderson created a coffee shop, it might look something like this -- but it's charms go well past the quirky decor. Order the Iced Toddy, a refreshing 16-hour cold brew coffee; it’s arguably the best iced coffee in town. They also serve craft beer, wine, and tasty bites if hunger arises. Find a seat in the back and reenact your favorite Royal Tenenbaums scene. Unless it's the one where Luke WIlson tries to kill himself. Or the one where he plays tennis really badly. You know what? Just drink your coffee.

Weekend Coffee

Weekend

Downtown

This small coffee shop is located inside the hip Hotel Joule. Weekend uses Seattle-based Victrola Coffee Roasters and, of course, has skilled baristas to deliver it. Enjoy your actual weekend here by ordering a double espresso, grabbing a paper, and doing some people-watching on the couch.    

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Davis Street Espresso

Bishop Arts

This shop is an extension of family-owned Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters (next door), who have been roasting in (you guessed it!) Oak Cliff since 2008. There are no takeaway cups and no Wi-Fi here, only amazing coffee -- so amazing, in fact, that you won't even miss the precious Internet. Take a seat at one of the unique wood tables, order a double espresso, and have an actual conversation with someone.  

Murray Street Coffee Shop

Murray Street Coffee Shop

Downtown Dallas

This neighborhood coffee shop, located in a historic Downtown Dallas building, is warm and inviting.  Keep it simple and order drip coffee, and resist the urge to get it to-go. Have a seat upstairs and catch up on work, or have an awkward first online date there -- worst case, you still have your coffee.

Union

Union Coffee

University

The coffee here is fresh -- so fresh in fact, that once roasted and cooled, the beans are mailed overnight, so that you get the freshest cup of coffee every time. To top it off, when you drink here, the coffee shop gives back 10% of all coffee-related sales to benefit a non-profit. The space is bright and open and is a great place to work or even have private meetings in one of their private enclosed rooms.

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David Maez is a freelance writer at Thrillist and likes to live dangerously behind the screen of his MacBook Air. Follow him here: @davidfmaez 

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1. Houndstooth Coffee 1900 Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 76206

Taking over the old Pearl Cup spot, this Austin transplant brings a fresh vibe to Knox-Henderson with its sleek design and well rounded menu of premium coffee, craft beer, and wine. The strong and savory Japanese iced coffee-- hot coffee brewed and then poured over ice-- is a stand out here. Houndstooth's friendly baristas here know their stuff-- and they'll gladly show teach your their skills. Houndstooth regularly offers classes where they'll show you the ropes of home brewing.

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2. Global Peace Factory 1377 Legacy Dr, Frisco, TX 75034 (Frisco)

The vibe at this loft-like colorful coffeehouse is chill and informative, typified by the giant gear/peace sign insignia emblazoned around the shop. The baristas here are like highly trained assassins, meticulously creating perfection in a cup with surgically accuracy, and they'll gladly share some of their knowledge with you. The lattes are highly addictive, so order those. The best part of this shop is that 2% of every dollar they make goes towards charity.

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3. Coffee House Cafe 6150 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252 (Far North Dallas)

More than just a cafe, this coffeehouse/restaurant/caterer provides an extensive menu of health-conscious plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to a full-service espresso bar and other energizing libations. A spacious outdoor patio and regularly scheduled live music, speaking series, and happy hours are added bonuses of this local favorite. The convenient drive thru window for breakfast items and coffee is an additional plus if you're on the go and craving joe.

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4. Cultivar Coffee 1146 Peavy Rd, Dallas, TX 75218

Housed in the same space as Hypnotic Donuts in East Dallas, Cultivar takes its coffee very seriously. The micro-roastery and cafe pours out single-bean origin beans into perfectly prepared espresso, lattes, and all the other buzzy brews you could imagine. It’s serious coffee for serious coffee drinkers. The shop is only open from 7am–3pm and closed on Mondays, so get there early!

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5. Ascension Coffee 1621 Oak Lawn Ave, Ste A, Dallas, TX 75207 (Design District)

If you have a serious obsession with coffee, you'll find kindred spirits at Ascension Coffee. The stylish coffeehouse in the Design District sources its high quality beans from around the world and roasts them in house for top-notch lattes, espresso and cold brew. But as Ascension's house's credo helpfully points out, "one cannot live on coffee alone," so be sure to peruse the well-curated menu of small plates and hot entrees. When’s the last time you went to a coffee shop and ordered lamb meatballs? Or Wagyu steak and a glass of Cava?

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6. Mudsmith 2114 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

If Wes Anderson owned a coffee shop, it would look like this. The charming, taxidermy-stuffed interior is playful and unique, but Mudsmith's perks go well beyond its quirky decor. House specialities like New Orleans cold brew topped with sweeten shaved ice and peanut butter banana bagels will have you feeling like a kid again. When it's time to go back to being a grown up, check out Mudsmith's menu of local craft beer and wine.

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7. Weekend 1511 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201 (Downtown)

Weekend Coffee is a high-end, full-service coffee shop located in the Joule Hotel. It’s a part of the third wave craft coffee movement, and if you don’t know what that means, they offer cuppings and home brewing classes every month (free of charge) to keep you well informed of the roasting scene. Weekend features beans from Seattle’s Victrola Coffee Roasters, and at any given time, any day of the week from 6am to 6pm, you can sip on Victrola’s Empire Blend, their Streamline Espresso, or a rotating single origin option. It’s everything you’d expect from a Downtown Dallas hotel coffee shop, with bright lights and white décor to aid the coffee in energizing its guests.

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8. Davis Street Espresso 819 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

This shop is an extension of family-owned Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters (next door), who have been roasting in Oak Cliff since 2008. There are no takeaway cups and no Wi-Fi here -- only amazing coffee and chill, relaxing vibes. The coffee's really that good (pro tip: get the Van Buren aka Davis St's take on a Cortado) that you won't mind unplugging for a while. Take a seat at one of the unique wood tables, order a double espresso, and have an actual conversation with someone, instead of your phone.

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9. Murray Street Coffee Shop 103 Murray St, Dallas, TX 75226

"Haute" espresso, drip coffee, Italian soda and other treats are what's on offer at this neighborhood coffee shop, located in historic Downtown Dallas. Resist the urge to order to-go and settle into the warm and inviting locale; the lofted upstairs seating area is the perfect place to catch up on work, or perhaps take a first date there (gasp) -- worst case scenario, you still have coffee.

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10. Union Coffee 5622 Dyer Street #100, Dallas, TX 75206

A community oriented brewhouse in Upper Greenville, Union Coffee offers fresh brews in addition to serving as the location for several spoken word, storytelling, and charity events. When you drink here, the coffee shop gives back 10% of all coffee-related sales to benefit a non-profit. The space is bright and open and is a great place to work or even have private meetings in one of their private enclosed rooms.

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