My 5 Favorite Coffee Shops in Dallas

If you’ve known me for more than 24 hours, you know I drink too much coffee. I spend most of my free time bopping around Dallas, trying all the new shops around town because honestly it seems like there’s a new one opening every week. Of course coffee shops should all be aesthetically pleasing, but I have found that just because they are cute, doesn’t mean the coffee is good… and just because they coffee is good doesn’t mean it’s worth sitting in traffic over . So I have decided to comprise a list of my 5 favorite coffee shops in Dallas to help you navigate where to get your caffiene fix.

With each listing, I will let y’all know what neighborhood it’s in, as well as why it made my list (vibes, menu, tons of seating, etc. Please note that this list is in no particular order.

Ottos

Listed for: Good Coffee + Aesthetics

 
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First up on my list, Ottos Coffee. It sits inside of the Adolphus Hotel (which is the most stylish spot in all of town. like walking through the pages of a Architecture Digest magazine) The shop is a vibe, with black walls and marble counter tops, and the perfect mix of traditional and contemporary elements. It’s super spacious with tons of places to work (and lots of outlets) but more importantly, the coffee is delicious! Whether you go drip or order a latte, you can’t go wrong. They also have a walk up window on the downtown sidewalk where you can order coffee and street waffles! Otto’s is the best of both worlds with great aesthetics and great coffee. Plus the people are so nice and literally no one cares if you are trying to get your photo op… and trust me, there are plenty of places for those. My suggestion is to grab a drink and wander around the hotel before settling into a cozy corner to stay a while.

LDU Coffee

Listed for: Great Coffee

 
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LDU Coffee is a novelty here in Dallas. Owned by 2 Australian dudes that love a good laugh- they are changing the idea that coffee shops are meant for working. With minimal outlets, and wifi passwords that sound like riddles, these guys want to ensure that your coffee is served with a side of conversation (although I personally love learning the new weekly wifi passwords because they are hilarious.) I would definitley consider LDU a quick-stop kind of shop. Their coffee is delicious and they are by far the cheapest coffee shop in town - so it’s a win/win!

*fun fact: LDU doesn’t stand for anything. The owners think it’s funny that American’s are obsessed with acronyms, so they’re rolling with it. I mean, does it get any better?


Fox Trot Market

Listed for: Good Coffee + Aesthetics

 
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Located in the middle of Uptown is one of the newest spots in the Big D. It’s called a food market, but it’s more like a coffee shop that also happens to have amazing snacks. It’s so aesthetically pleasing inside which makes you want to hang out for hours. I’ve only ordered the iced latte on the multiple occasions I’ve popped in, but their drinks did not disappoint. They have a food menu too with delicious options (try the elote avacado toast) plus wine and boozy slushies. and don’t walk in without downloading thier app because there are SO. MANY. PERKS.


La La Land Be Kind Cafe

Listed for: Good Coffee + Aesthetics

 
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La La Land is making waves in Dallas. it’s a super cute white house located in Lower Greenville with a white picket fence and yellow pick up parked out front. The inside is cozy, with small bistro tables and large chairs around a fire place. They also have a great patio. Their menu is what catches my attention though. Aside from a typical coffee shop menu, they have so many specialty drinks - made with either espress or matcha. (can someone say trendy) And their cups are the most instagrammable with catchy sayings on bright yellow sleeves + matchings yellow straw. and you MUST get a chocolate chip cookie if you’re popping in in. They are the best I’ve ever had.

My favorite part about this place though? La La Land is employing and mentoring foster kids that are aging out of the system. A cause that is so close to my heart, the staff is made up of young adults that are eager to connect with you and even more eager to learn business and life skills that they can apply in the world. So even when the line is 20 minutes long, I have no problem waiting to spend my money here to support the mission behind this business.


Ascension Coffee

Listed for: Good Coffee

 
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Ascension is actually my favorite latte in Dallas. I literally wake up craving an iced lavender latte from this shop. The major downfall to Ascension is that their shops aren’t “cute” but what they lack in vibes they make up for with an amazing menu and baristas that know what they’re dong. They have tons of locations around Dallas and up to Plano so no matter where you are, they aren’t far away! All of their shops are great places to work with tons of tables, and because it’s not so cutesy, Ascension is a great place to hold a meeting.

Of course there are many shops in Dallas that didn’t make my list, but not because they aren’t good. The coffee shops listed above are my tried and true stops throughout the week and will always be my top picks. But if you need more options, browse the list below - and check back often because I will constantly be adding my top picks!

Go Go Coffee, Hola Cafe, Weekend Coffee, Fiction Coffee, George Coffee and Provisions, Tribal All Day Cafe, Royal Blue Grocery , The Henry , Serve House