As a self-proclaimed foodie, I have a special place in my heart for Houston. I know that no matter what I’m craving, this city will have something that can satiate me. The newest of these cravings being a good cup of joe. It took me longer than I’d like to admit to get wean off my Starbucks Frappucino training wheels, but I can now say that I have come to truly appreciate coffee and all of the flavor nuances that come with it — I even drink it black from time to time. With this newfound addiction, I’ve found myself spending more and more time in different cafes. So, I figured I would share some of my favorite places with you! For this list, I really wanted to focus on coffee shops that I simply don’t think are talked about enough, so here are five underrated Houston cafes that you should check out.
OK, so I love coffee. But as any self-respecting human being does, I also love donuts. This place serves both, so I consider it somewhat of a bougie Dunkin’ Donuts. These donuts are made from scratch guys. My go-to order is an espresso served with a fritter “debris,” which always perfectly complements the flavor profile of the drink to the point where it feels like some sort of egg roll you’d get on the side when you order Chinese takeout. | 4721 N Main St.
I love this place for their lattes, which are just strong enough to perfectly hit the right spot, and are always topped off with the most interesting latte art. They also have a wide variety of flavors, some of them are a little bit odd (I’m looking at you sweet potato latte). As far as ambiance is concerned, this place is tucked away and a little inconspicous, nothing too fancy. They also have an outdoor seating area that they share with Uchi next door, overall its a cute little gem in my eyes. | 904 Westheimer Rd Suite C
This cafe is decked out with a lot of cool art, and there’s a ton of seating. It’s not really a place I like to study, but the coffee is great and I always stop by if I’m in the area. I love coming here for a nice cold brew after spending the day at Discovery Green, their cold brews are bitter and strong, and not watered down like so many others are. They also have good breakfast burritos, which pairs nicely with my coffee if I’m in the mood for a more hearty and savory cafe experience. | 2018 Rusk St A.
Inversion Coffee & Art
This is my favorite place to get work done. I love studying here because the ambiance is so warm and inviting. It also has a special place in my heart for being one of the first places I went to when I was getting into coffee. Their menu is beginner friendly if you’re someone who doesnt drink coffee very often but wants to get into it, and their staff is super nice/helpful if you have any questions. | 1953 Montrose Blvd A
If you’re a UH student and you love coffee, this place is a no-brainer. A literal five minute drive from campus will get you a nice and cozy cafe with a ton of delicious coffee, tea, and smoothie options to sip on while you study. Plus, they have an all vegetarian menu of delicious sandwiches for you to pick from, and evening dishes that are rotated throughout the week. This is not only one of my favorite places to get coffee, but also to chow down on a delicious and healthy meal. | 3419 Emancipation Ave