Coffee Shops Bring the Brew with Flair

Mozart's takes pride in their coffee drinks by offering an abundance of different flavors and blends.

Photo Credit: Darice Chavira

If you’re like most college students, you’ve already realized that coffee is your best friend. You know, the one who gets you through rough mornings and the dreadful all-nighters. It’s nice to be able to wind down and enjoy a cup of coffee, too, but with so many shops around Austin to choose from, it’s hard to find one that provides both good coffee and a unique experience. Lucky for you, Longhorn Life has found these gems.

Mozart’s
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters has become a favorite study spot for college students. During the evenings, you are sure to see students on the outdoor patio geared up with their laptops, books, coffee and desserts. You can’t blame them — the coffee and desserts are to-die-for and the view is fantastic; Mozart’s is located in the Lake Austin area, which provides a gorgeous view of the lake; it’s as close as you’ll get to the water while in a coffee shop.
In addition, there is live music every Thursday through Sunday on the outdoor deck. Mozart’s offers gourmet coffees from around the world, flame roasted by their roast-master on site, as well as an on-site bakery. It offers free refills on standard cups of regular and iced coffee. The shop is also pet-friendly, which makes it an ideal spot to relax after taking your dog for a walk.

Spider House
Spider House Café, located near the UT campus, is widely known as an Austin hotspot due to some of its unique characteristics. Not only does it offer great coffee, but also a wide selection of beers on tap, which is not very common in coffee shops.

A crowd favorite is the eclectic décor on the patio — antiques, art installation pieces, garden statues, and an abundance of booths, swings and tabletops illuminated with year-round Christmas lights. In addition, the patio is also a smoke-friendly environment equipped with free Wi-Fi.

Spider House also offers three outdoor stages on which you can catch live music or comedy shows. The staff has even rumored the place to be haunted, which makes it ideal for thrill-seekers.

Café Pacha
Café Pacha is the place to go if you are an organics-lover. Ninety percent of the ingredients used are organic, which includes the coffee, teas, milk, yogurt, grains, chickens, cattle and even the chocolate. Many of the shop’s products are purchased through local farmers, ensuring high quality.

The café has an international feel to it; the founder, Julie Schroeder spent a year living in Bolivia, which inspired her to open Café Pacha and offer some authentic South American foods. The shop offers a variety of pancake flavors, such as pear and apple, making it a favorite amongst those with fancy taste buds.

Without a doubt, Austin is coffee-shop heaven. Look anywhere and you’ll be sure to discover some great coffee and your next favorite hangout spot.