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Relax and Unwind at Texas French Bread

By Julie Bissinger

Texas French Bread, located at 2900 Rio Grande, offers quality coffee, fresh-baked bread and pastries and a large lunch menu. Photo by Julie Bissinger

I finally found a great French bistro in Austin.  Texas French Bread doesn’t really fit the mold of a coffee shop, but that doesn’t stop the bakery from serving up a great cup of Joe.

Located at 2900 Rio Grande, just outside the West Campus neighborhood, Texas French Bread is a convenient lunch alternative for University of Texas students.  Texas French Bread caters to a mixed crowd, including twenty-somethings, families with young children and older generations.  The country decor and open space make the bistro a more sophisticated lunch option.  Continue reading

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Flipnotics is Out of This World

By Julie Bissinger

Flipnotics is built on a steep hill in the heart of South Austin. Photo by Julie Bissinger

During my quest to find coffee shops around Austin, I came across Flipnotics on a Google search.  The website is space-alien themed, so I figured this coffee shop must be a cool place to hang out or to catch up on work.  I could not have been more correct.

Flipnotics, located at 1601 Barton Springs Rd., lives up to its eccentric qualities displayed on its website.  The coffee shop is perched up on a steep hill and is surrounded by trees.  The large outdoor seating deck features odd decorations like an old television set converted into a fish tank.  Flipnotics also holds live music concerts on its patio throughout the week. Continue reading

Jeanie’s Java Lets You Take in Nature’s Beauty While You Eat and Drink

By Julie Bissinger

Jeanie's Java leases space from the Great Outdoors Nursery on South Congress. Photo by Julie Bissinger

Jeanie’s Java truly is another of Austin’s hidden gems.  I had no idea the coffee shop existed until I stumbled upon on it while visiting the Great Outdoors Nursery with my roommate.  Jeanie’s Java blends in with the nursery’s trees and plants, so it took me a minute to realize the building was a coffeehouse.

Jeanie’s Java takes advantage of its location, though.  The coffee shop, located at 2730 S. Congress Ave., leases its space from the nursery and is a separate business.  The outdoor patio overlooks the nursery’s gardens, allowing patrons to view flowers, plants, trees and yard decorations.  The air also feels cleaner due to all of the vegetation. Continue reading

Tea Embassy offers fine teas and Victorian charm

By Lara Berendt

Tea Embassy, Austin, Texas

This family-owned business sells an extensive selection of quality teas and teaware. Photo by Lara Berendt.

While obviously not a coffee house, the Tea Embassy is one of my favorite caffeine suppliers in Austin. Whether you’re a tea novice or a tea connoisseur, this shop undoubtedly has something that will delight you. Continue reading

Bennu Coffee: Your 24-hour Epoch alternative

By Lara Berendt

Bennu Coffee interior

The eclectic and comfortable environment at Bennu Coffee on East MLK offers a creative drink menu and an ideal study spot. Photo by Lara Berendt.

I think I’ve found a new favorite coffee joint in Bennu. Located at 2001 E. MLK Blvd., this 24-hour java lounge reminds me of Epoch, but with friendlier, happier baristas and fewer sulky hipster-types glaring from behind laptops. Continue reading

Top five things I look for in a coffee house

By Lara Berendt

I’m sure everyone has their own idea of what makes the perfect coffee house. Here are my top five make-or-break criteria, some obvious, others more personal.

1. Atmosphere. If I’m in the mood to read or work, but employees have opted to blast heavy metal, it’s a bad fit. Noise level is a key component at coffee shops, and if music is playing, I’d rather it be chill, soothing or happy—not angry, overloud or obnoxious (and by obnoxious, I generally mean thumping and electronic). The soft, classic jazz at Flightpath or stimulating discourse of an NPR talk show at Corona were ideal. Furniture and décor also greatly impact whether I want to spend time at a shop and run up a bar tab. Uncomfortable chairs? Not enough outlets? No fun. Continue reading

Caught in the Web at Spider House

By Julie Bissinger

Spider House, located at 2908 Fruth St., is a quirky cafe just north of the University of Texas campus that offers a wide range of food and drink items. Photo by Julie Bissinger

A trip to Spider House gives you a full dose of Austin culture.  Spider House embodies the slogan “Keep Austin Weird.” The old, rusted bed frames that form a fence around the outdoor patio immediately caught my eye. Continue reading