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Coffee Shops to Enjoy Patio Weather in Houston

When an iced buzz and a shot of sunshine is just the thing.

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For many Houstonians the day absolutely must begin with the dark, rich nectar of the gods otherwise known as coffee (or perhaps more accurately, caffeine). Some days essential sips have to be gulped hurriedly en route to more pressing matters, but on days when lingering is the goal – perhaps over the morning news or while catching up with good friends – these Houston coffee shops promise outdoor spaces with perfectly portioned patios no matter what’s in your cup.

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Empire Cafe

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As essential to Montrose as the antiques stores that flank its property, Empire has served loyal locals for years who want to enjoy everything from omelets to pancakes and pastas to sandwiches. Two spacious patios with two distinct vibes create unique spaces no matter who’s dining. The front is packed with bistro tables great for combining with extended groups while the side patio is tucked into a garden-esque courtyard shielded by a brick wall and shaded by trees. Limited seating on concrete patio tables offers a somewhat intimate setting for quieter reflection whereas lush foliage lines the front patio creating a natural barrier to the noises of Montrose’s bustling shopping scene. Wherever you sit, be sure to order the utterly decadent espresso drinks like the Milky Way made with iced espresso, caramel, hazelnut, chocolate syrup, and cream. To. Die. For.

[Photo: Empire Cafe]

Onion Creek

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Craving a cappuccino and a cheeseburger at 1am? Onion Creek has you covered. It also has the ultimate Heights deck and patio for noshing through the night while you recover from whatever the day brought your way. Likewise, drop in for a quick pick- me-up as the day breaks for that extra pep in your step. Try their organic house blend drip or branch out from classic drinks with a dirty chai, which blends Indian- spiced flavors with espresso for an unforgettable caffeine fix.

[Photo: Jakeisha Wilmore]
Old-world charm oozes out of every nook and cranny in this beloved Montrose coffee shop, which is known for more than its coffee – the belly dancing entertainment, for example, is not to be missed. If the weather is nice enjoy the relaxing patio that features plenty of space to park your bum with everything from classic coffee drinks to a lovely selection teas, beers, baked goods, and European items. Should clouds roll in or the sun shine too brightly, just jump inside where the cozy atmosphere soothes the soul and offers respite from weather woes.

[Photo: GreatBarsandMusic.wordpress.com]

Fellini Caffè

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Authentic Italian coffee awaits those with a discerning palette at this Rice Village café where attention to quality and detail culminate in a delightfully delicious experience. Morning guests flock here for the Lavazza coffee beans that are ground to order and then prepared using a state-of-the-art Faema Emblema espresso machine imported from Italy. Such coffee provides a fetching counterbalance for sweet homemade pastries. Later in the day, order a glass of wine to wash down a light meal such as Panini or salad. A front patio furnished with Italian seating completes the sidewalk café ambiance.

[Photo:anothercappuccino.com]

Cafe Brasil

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Two generous patios grace the grounds of this hot spot located on the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy where the people watching is nearly as good as the edibles served therein. A chef-driven menu complements the wide variety of espresso- based drinks, solid beer selections, and a respectable wine list. Hang out on the front patio to view the lively Montrose crowd or check out the back patio filled with tables great for reading, chatting, or just relaxing. Follow on social media for special events like film screenings, live music, and more.

[Photo: Google]

Siphon Coffee

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Situated a hop skip and a jump away from other Montrose shops, Siphon offers a unique experience with its specialty brewing process that showcases beans from local artisan roaster Amaya. Their signature Japanese contraption takes about 10 minutes to complete a brew cycle, which is just enough time to stake out a picnic table on the narrow yet efficient side patio. Fresh baked goods and a menu of savory bites make waiting easier, or order a more traditional coffee, craft beer, or wine and dig in sooner.

[Photo: Siphon Coffee]

Boomtown Coffee

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Located in the Heights, this ultra-popular shop is a great place to refuel before, during, or after a day spent shopping along eclectic 19th Street. Founder Matthew Toomey sources specialty beans and roasts them in small batches in house for strict quality control that is evident with every sip, which explains why the place is almost always packed. A front sidewalk patio extends the seating options but don’t be bummed if you still have to wait for a table – it just means an extra excuse to order round 2.

[Photo: jjd3/Urbanspoon]

Bohemeo's

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East End coffee chuggers make themselves at home at this locale which features free Wi-Fi, ample parking, and an inviting patio ideal for chilling, studying, or sipping creative concoctions such as Bo’s Frozen Mochaccino. If the caffeine buzz alone isn’t enough to jolt you awake, drop in for Beatles open mic night every Wednesday or check the schedule for regular band appearances. Make it a date with their full lunch and dinner menu featuring everything from nachos to pizza and an assortment of fresh salads & sandwiches.

[Photo: Brian R./Yelp]

CoCo Crepes & Coffee

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Coffee and crepes have a lot in common: both can be enjoyed in seemingly limitless combinations and both succeed effortlessly at every meal of the day. From sweet to savory, the menu here bursts with 25 standard crepes plus a create-your-own option; the coffee menu is equally ambitious with a variety of hot, iced, and frozen selections to complement any meal. If crepes aren’t your thing, consider the waffles, paninis, or gelato which pair exceptionally well with the welcoming patios at most locations.

Catalina Coffee

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Freshly roasted coffee and scrumptious baked goods pair perfectly at this Washington Corridor mainstay with a fierce following. Catalina delivers visually as well with local art gracing the walls. When the weather's nice, venture outside to enjoy fresh air on the the peaceful patio.

[Photo: Ryan P./Yelp]

EQ Social House

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Occupying the space previously used by Waldo's Coffee Shop, this locale is proof that when one coffee cup empties, another cup fills. Clean, bright fixtures provide a comfy and inviting backdrop for enjoying a range of artisanal coffees, teas, and baked goods. The generous porch-patio remains a welcome spot to relax and enjoy a cuppa.

[Photo: EQ Heights]

Paper Co.

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When in the SIxth Ward, look for the blue door on Elder Street. Your reward is house-roasted coffee, and an unparalleled view of downtown. If you get hungry, the new daily menu has got you covered.

[Photo: Yelp]

The Doshi House

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Cozy, hidden, super mellow, this Third Ward hideout has spicy chai, flavorful Indian snack and all the latte art anyone could ever want. On hotter days, the iced Hawaiiano is just the thing to cool your steam.

[Photo: Yelp]

Empire Cafe

As essential to Montrose as the antiques stores that flank its property, Empire has served loyal locals for years who want to enjoy everything from omelets to pancakes and pastas to sandwiches. Two spacious patios with two distinct vibes create unique spaces no matter who’s dining. The front is packed with bistro tables great for combining with extended groups while the side patio is tucked into a garden-esque courtyard shielded by a brick wall and shaded by trees. Limited seating on concrete patio tables offers a somewhat intimate setting for quieter reflection whereas lush foliage lines the front patio creating a natural barrier to the noises of Montrose’s bustling shopping scene. Wherever you sit, be sure to order the utterly decadent espresso drinks like the Milky Way made with iced espresso, caramel, hazelnut, chocolate syrup, and cream. To. Die. For.

[Photo: Empire Cafe]

Onion Creek

Craving a cappuccino and a cheeseburger at 1am? Onion Creek has you covered. It also has the ultimate Heights deck and patio for noshing through the night while you recover from whatever the day brought your way. Likewise, drop in for a quick pick- me-up as the day breaks for that extra pep in your step. Try their organic house blend drip or branch out from classic drinks with a dirty chai, which blends Indian- spiced flavors with espresso for an unforgettable caffeine fix.

[Photo: Jakeisha Wilmore]

Agora

Old-world charm oozes out of every nook and cranny in this beloved Montrose coffee shop, which is known for more than its coffee – the belly dancing entertainment, for example, is not to be missed. If the weather is nice enjoy the relaxing patio that features plenty of space to park your bum with everything from classic coffee drinks to a lovely selection teas, beers, baked goods, and European items. Should clouds roll in or the sun shine too brightly, just jump inside where the cozy atmosphere soothes the soul and offers respite from weather woes.

[Photo: GreatBarsandMusic.wordpress.com]

Fellini Caffè

Authentic Italian coffee awaits those with a discerning palette at this Rice Village café where attention to quality and detail culminate in a delightfully delicious experience. Morning guests flock here for the Lavazza coffee beans that are ground to order and then prepared using a state-of-the-art Faema Emblema espresso machine imported from Italy. Such coffee provides a fetching counterbalance for sweet homemade pastries. Later in the day, order a glass of wine to wash down a light meal such as Panini or salad. A front patio furnished with Italian seating completes the sidewalk café ambiance.

[Photo:anothercappuccino.com]

Cafe Brasil

Two generous patios grace the grounds of this hot spot located on the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy where the people watching is nearly as good as the edibles served therein. A chef-driven menu complements the wide variety of espresso- based drinks, solid beer selections, and a respectable wine list. Hang out on the front patio to view the lively Montrose crowd or check out the back patio filled with tables great for reading, chatting, or just relaxing. Follow on social media for special events like film screenings, live music, and more.

[Photo: Google]

Siphon Coffee

Situated a hop skip and a jump away from other Montrose shops, Siphon offers a unique experience with its specialty brewing process that showcases beans from local artisan roaster Amaya. Their signature Japanese contraption takes about 10 minutes to complete a brew cycle, which is just enough time to stake out a picnic table on the narrow yet efficient side patio. Fresh baked goods and a menu of savory bites make waiting easier, or order a more traditional coffee, craft beer, or wine and dig in sooner.

[Photo: Siphon Coffee]

Boomtown Coffee

Located in the Heights, this ultra-popular shop is a great place to refuel before, during, or after a day spent shopping along eclectic 19th Street. Founder Matthew Toomey sources specialty beans and roasts them in small batches in house for strict quality control that is evident with every sip, which explains why the place is almost always packed. A front sidewalk patio extends the seating options but don’t be bummed if you still have to wait for a table – it just means an extra excuse to order round 2.

[Photo: jjd3/Urbanspoon]

Bohemeo's

East End coffee chuggers make themselves at home at this locale which features free Wi-Fi, ample parking, and an inviting patio ideal for chilling, studying, or sipping creative concoctions such as Bo’s Frozen Mochaccino. If the caffeine buzz alone isn’t enough to jolt you awake, drop in for Beatles open mic night every Wednesday or check the schedule for regular band appearances. Make it a date with their full lunch and dinner menu featuring everything from nachos to pizza and an assortment of fresh salads & sandwiches.

[Photo: Brian R./Yelp]

CoCo Crepes & Coffee

Coffee and crepes have a lot in common: both can be enjoyed in seemingly limitless combinations and both succeed effortlessly at every meal of the day. From sweet to savory, the menu here bursts with 25 standard crepes plus a create-your-own option; the coffee menu is equally ambitious with a variety of hot, iced, and frozen selections to complement any meal. If crepes aren’t your thing, consider the waffles, paninis, or gelato which pair exceptionally well with the welcoming patios at most locations.

Catalina Coffee

Freshly roasted coffee and scrumptious baked goods pair perfectly at this Washington Corridor mainstay with a fierce following. Catalina delivers visually as well with local art gracing the walls. When the weather's nice, venture outside to enjoy fresh air on the the peaceful patio.

[Photo: Ryan P./Yelp]

EQ Social House

Occupying the space previously used by Waldo's Coffee Shop, this locale is proof that when one coffee cup empties, another cup fills. Clean, bright fixtures provide a comfy and inviting backdrop for enjoying a range of artisanal coffees, teas, and baked goods. The generous porch-patio remains a welcome spot to relax and enjoy a cuppa.

[Photo: EQ Heights]

Paper Co.

When in the SIxth Ward, look for the blue door on Elder Street. Your reward is house-roasted coffee, and an unparalleled view of downtown. If you get hungry, the new daily menu has got you covered.

[Photo: Yelp]

The Doshi House

Cozy, hidden, super mellow, this Third Ward hideout has spicy chai, flavorful Indian snack and all the latte art anyone could ever want. On hotter days, the iced Hawaiiano is just the thing to cool your steam.

[Photo: Yelp]

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