Best Coffee Shops in Dallas: Where to Study, Work From Home & More
Courtesy of Ampersand
If you’re simply enjoying a quick take-away cappuccino in the morning at your favorite neighborhood cafe, you’re doing it wrong. Thanks to an ever-growing number of nomadic workers, DFW’s coffee houses have become de facto workspaces that combine much-needed caffeine with reliable WiFi, plenty of power outlets, and in some cases even public printers and private meeting rooms. As long as you don’t annoy the baristas, you will be welcomed back with open arms. Here is a selection of the best places in Dallas-Fort Worth for a nice cup of coffee, a nice bite to eat and a full charge of your laptop.
Funny library coffee shopDesign District
In contrast to most other libraries, this one next to the lobby of the Virgin Hotel Dallas invites you to eat and drink (with coffee from Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man). You’ll place your drinks and homemade pastries orders at the small counter next to a mural from Texas and England depicting things like Queen on a humpback horse and Big Tex in a Union Jack shirt. Before you sit down at a table to work, however, get a book off the shelf for some Zen inspiration. Your options include a weed cooking guide and a book full of 879 word games.
Best for a CBD-powered creative session: The Weed Spot
Bishop Arts District
The effects of CBD are hotly debated, but some research shows that as well as providing a calming effect, it also increases creativity and improves focus – a perfect combination for working in a public space with tons of potential distractions. Lots of natural light and vibrant grass-lined walls add to the feeling of euphoria at The Weed Spot. The drinks menu here is short and sweet, and every espresso, latte, or Viennese coffee is made from CBD-infused Costa Rican beans, which they claim to reduce jitter and other common side effects of traditional coffee.Courtesy Foxtrot
Best for cool rewards and perks: Foxtrot
Order a single source Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters topping and a flavorful chicken cookie for breakfast, then grab a table to start your to-do list. Just make sure that joining the Foxtrot Perks Rewards Program is high on this list. Spend $ 100 at this cafe / supermarket every month and enjoy perks like free coffee, free shipping, and happy hour prices on beer, wine, and cocktails all day. And if your list includes grocery shopping, you’re in luck: fresh meat, bread, produce, staples, and chef-prepared meals can be bought in person (or through the app so you don’t lose your table). .
Best for an out-of-office takeover: Herb’s House
It’s one thing to get a deal on a two-top in a quiet corner, but there are times when a legitimate meeting room is fine. In addition to the abundance of communal work areas with high-speed WiFi and a public printer, several private rooms with closed doors can be rented: boardroom, think tank, work area, back terrace with a fireplace or even the entire Mist Café. Have a sip of coffee and tacodeli tacos or a variety of homemade sandwiches and snacks between items on the agenda.
Best for the desire for leaning waffles: Otto’s Coffee Shop
This European-style café was named after the managing director Otto Schubert, who ran the Adolphus Hotel from 1928 to 1946. It offers several rooms with different levels of calm, depending on your needs. In addition to all of the usual Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters espresso beverages, Otto’s offers teas, beer, wine and, if you’re more of a soda person, ice cold Dr. Peppers. Whatever you choose, it goes perfectly with a crispy, hand-held Liege waffle with Nutella slather (also available from the walk-in window on Commerce Street).Courtesy of Ampersand
It is best if you have added alcohol to your coffee: an ampersand
It all starts with a unique roasting process in this duo of Fort Worth cafes started by TCU alumni. The low key, homely setting makes for a very enjoyable day reading, typing, or hopping calls from one of the plush banquets while sipping on a signature drink like the RFME (Reason for My Existence): a shaken breve latte with ice hazelnut. You can add a shot of alcohol to any drink for five dollars, or slip to the back of the room where you’ll find a full bar with plenty of non-coffee drinks for a whole different kind of buzz.
Best for listening to live music or a poetry slam: White Rock Coffee
Highlands of the lake
During the day, the two-story layout is a fantastic place to work with most of the people upstairs, where fewer things will distract your attention from the tasks ahead. White Rock Coffee roasts all of its own beans from individual origins to people-friendly mixes and a variety of delicious baked goods and lunch specials. Just plan to get your job done before 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays when there is almost always live music or an open mic night.
Best for a real meal: Ascension Coffee
Anyone who visits coffee shops on a daily basis knows that a morning visit can easily turn into an all-day affair – and when that happens, you need something more essential than a pastry to stay motivated. Fortunately, Ascension Coffee has a lot more than just muffins in its selection of European cafes. Menus vary by location, but starters, salads, flatbreads, soups, and sandwiches for breakfast can be found in every shape, in every shape, with healthy and pampering options in every category. Best of all, with the table service available, you never have to worry about leaving your computer unattended when it comes to ordering a second chocolate lava cake.
Best for reading (or watching) a little Shakespeare: Wild Detectives
Bishop Arts District
Part bookstore, part café, part live entertainment restaurant and bar, Wild Detectives really offers something for everyone. Order a book here or in the store, they’ll ship it for free and even buy you a drink when you pick it up. If you’ve found hard-to-find parking in the neighborhood, you might as well stay nearby, sip Java from the nearby Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, and grab a piece of French silk from Emporium Pies around the corner. and get some work done – in a quiet corner or under the trees in the spacious back yard. If you get it right, your day could end with a Shakespeare in the Bar production, book reading, or singer / songwriter jam session.Courtesy of Houndstooth Coffee
The best way to experience what a small house really looks like: houndstooth coffee
Though Houndstooth has multiple locations in the area, the Austin-based company’s Walnut Hill store is sure to be the coolest. A duo of solar-powered tiny houses connect via an only slightly less tiny terrace. You pass your order on to the barista in the first building and then retreat to the second, which is lovingly known as the schoolhouse. Inside you will find a quiet, sun-drenched room with plenty of chairs and workspaces, far from all the noises of foaming, foaming and frapping.
Best for a break from therapy in retail: Herald
This charming suburban coffee shop takes its name from Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square, Manhattan, but it’s far less hustle and bustle. The thoughtfully designed space is set apart from the retail therapy offered by Macy’s (a smaller version of the department store) in the market and offers a variety of seating options to make you feel at home. Speaking of which, pretty much everything you see here – from tables, chairs, and dishes to the coffee beans from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters – can be bought to take away.La La Land Kind CafeLowest Greenville
From the ingredients to the mission statement, this café is all about integrity and social awareness. The founders launched the We Are One project, which is helping to provide housing, employment opportunities, therapy and much more for older caring youths who are being forced onto the streets. Many of the staff are ex-foster children who are part of this program. Every time you stop by here to work and have a coffee or matcha drink from the 100 percent organic menu, you are actually helping to make people live better.Chase Daniel
Best for a one-on-one conversation: Merit Coffee
Deep Ellum, Highland Park
Either in the light and airy location of Deep Ellum or in the small but chic outpost of the Highland Park of this import in San Antonio you will find ideal conditions for meetings with two people or a small time for individual concentration. That’s because almost all of the seating revolves around small bistro-style tables that are just the right size for a purely business tête-à-tête. Every day at least half a dozen roasts are available to make drinks from an equally concise drinks menu.
Best to skip the coffee and go straight to the wine: Royal Blue Grocery
Much like dog and cat people, some people are more wine and charcuterie than americano-and-scone. Sure, the Stumptown Coffee Drinks will charge you up in the morning hours, but anyone who has to dig in for a small late afternoon work session might find happy hour a little too tempting. Fortunately, there is a well-curated wine list for anyone looking to cater to those needs. And because the seating areas share space with an entire boutique grocery store, you can use those multitasking skills and take whatever you need for a nice dinner at home (or let the chefs do all the work and buy something ready-made gourmet instead Treats).
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Steven Lindsey is a thrillist.