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14 Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Coffee Shops

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Weekend Coffee.
| Garrett Hall

Coffee is essential. So it goes without saying that whether you live downtown or in the suburbs, finding a great place to regularly procure said coffee is almost equally as essential. As sprawls the Metroplex, so sprawls this list of 14 essential DFW coffee shops.

Zac Cadwalader is the creator of the Dallas Coffee Collective and the Texas desk writer for Sprudge. He occasionally writes for Eater Dallas on the all-important subject of getting caffeinated.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Avoca Coffee

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1311 W Magnolia Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(682) 233-0957
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Avoca is a must-stop for anyone travelling west on I-30. The Ft. Worth shop was one of the first specialty shops to open in the Metroplex, and certainly one of the first to roast its own coffee. Owner/head roaster Garold LaRue is a mad scientist when it comes to getting the most out of his coffees, and any list of DFW cafés or roasters would be incomplete without the inclusion of this Cowtown shop.

2. Ascension

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1621 Oak Lawn Ave Ste A
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 741-3211
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This Design District café has undergone a bit of change to their coffee program over the last few months, focusing more on their own roasts and less on those from guests. They still keep a few national roasters on hand at any given time, but the shift allows owner/head roaster Russell Hayward more control over the flavor profiles of the coffees served in his shop.

3. Crooked Tree Coffeehouse

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2414 Routh St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 953-1142
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I’ll admit it. I almost forgot to include this Uptown favorite on the list. Tucked in a row of houses on Routh Street, Crooked Tree is an unassuming neighborhood shop that can easily get overlooked if you’re not careful. But they're quietly bringing out all the beautiful flavors in Oak Cliff Coffee’s roasts.

4. Cultivar Coffee

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1146 Peavy Rd
Dallas, TX 75218
(972) 677-7895
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There isn’t much to say about Cultivar that hasn’t already been touted ad nauseam by just about every Dallas publication. The East Dallas (and now Denton) shop consistently roasts a solid assortment of coffees and makes top-notch drinks. They have one of the lowest staff turnover rates out of any Dallas shop, which speaks volumes about both their baristas’ consistently high level of execution as well as owners Jonathan Meadows and Nathan Shelton’s respect for their product.

5. Davis Street Espresso

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819 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 929-6752
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The home shop for Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, Davis Street Espresso is a staple in the Dallas coffee community. It’s inviting, dimly lit atmosphere, it’s plethora of coffee gadgetry, and its host of top-notch baristas make Davis Street a mecca for any weary coffee sojourner. And if you’re looking to try something new and their horde of excellent coffees don’t scratch that itch, order their cascara, a beautifully aromatic tea made from the dried fruit of coffee cherries whose taste is reminiscent of pipe tobacco.

6. Houndstooth Coffee

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1900 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(972) 863-9080
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Houndstooth is Dallas’s newest and most divisive shop; they’ve received heaps of praise and almost as much hate for being so praised. But the fact remains that this Austin transplant, anchored by their roasting arm Tweed Coffee Roasters, is one of the best places to get coffee in all of Dallas. And their baristas are pretty nice, too.

7. Method Coffee

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1623 N Hall St Ste 101
Dallas, TX 75204
(469) 726-2290
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Method is another recent addition to the tapestry of coffee-forward establishments overtaking Dallas. Located just east of downtown, Method has a very neighborhood shop vibe; it’s small but cool and relaxed. And they make a pretty mean espresso thanks to their Slayer espresso machine, one of the most elegant pieces of coffee equipment in all of Dallas, both inside and out.

8. Mudsmith

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2114 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-9535
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Part hipster hunting lodge part drink emporium, this Lower Greenville haunt is one of the best places to hang out and people watch. On top of serving Austin’s Cuvee Coffee Roasters and Fort Worth’s Avoca Coffee, Mudsmith has a good selection of beers and made-to-order juices in case you go with a non-coffee drinking friend. (Don’t have any non-coffee drinking friends.)

9. Oak Lawn Coffee

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2720 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 219-5511
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Oak Lawn is one of the old souls in Dallas’s new specialty coffee movement. They stock local favorites from Oak Cliff Coffee and Tweed Coffee Roasters as well as bringing in Portland’s Heart Coffee Roasters, which in my humble opinion is the probably the best roaster in the country right now. Oak Lawn keeps their offerings fresh (and their staff on their A-game) by rotating in different espressos daily from these three roasters.

10. Roots Coffeehouse

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2570 FM 407 Suite 140
Highland Village, TX 75077
(972) 317-7234
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This Highland Village shop proves that really good coffee isn’t just for urbanite freegan hipsters (though their staff is pretty young and hip), but that even the ‘burbiest soccer mom can get down on a well-crafted cappuccino. Along with serving Dallas’s Novel Coffee Roasters as their house coffee, Roots also has one of the strongest guest programs around, rotating in a bevy of the nation’s finest roasters, some of which wouldn’t otherwise be available in DFW.

11. Shift Coffee

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112 E Prairie St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 597-0224
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Owner Angelo Fesperman is one of the best and most tenured baristas in the Metroplex, and Shift is a testament to that. Reopening a few months back after a complete rebuild, Shift exemplifies the new ethos in the surging Denton coffee scene — keep the laid-back vibe for which Denton is known but serve some kickass coffee.

12. Weekend Coffee

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1511 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 261-4545
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Weekend doesn’t feel like any other Dallas shop. Its super clean, natural light-heavy design is more akin to hyper-progressive coffee shops in other parts of the country than it is to shops in its own zipcode. And by serving Victrola Coffee, one of Seattle’s 3 V’s (along Caffé Vita and Espresso Vivace), Weekend provides a small respite from the Metroplex without leaving downtown.

13. West Oak Coffee Bar

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114 West Oak Street
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 218-2667
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West Oak is the newest addition to the Denton Square, and they are already making quite a name for themselves. On top of serving Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee, arguably the biggest name in specialty coffee, West Oak offers a variety of reasons to stop in for a visit: an excellent beer list, solid food, and nitro chocolate milk.

14. Zenzero Bakery and Cafe

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171 N Denton Tap Rd, Suite 600
Coppell, TX 75019
(469) 293-3550
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I don’t like writing about this hidden gem in Coppell because every time I do, lunchtime gets more and more crowded, but for good reason. They constantly have a solid barista staff preparing an interesting selection of coffees (currently using Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters for espresso drinks, Denver’s Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters for pour over, and another rotating national roaster) and their food menu is delicious top to bottom.

1. Avoca Coffee

1311 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Avoca is a must-stop for anyone travelling west on I-30. The Ft. Worth shop was one of the first specialty shops to open in the Metroplex, and certainly one of the first to roast its own coffee. Owner/head roaster Garold LaRue is a mad scientist when it comes to getting the most out of his coffees, and any list of DFW cafés or roasters would be incomplete without the inclusion of this Cowtown shop.
1311 W Magnolia Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104

2. Ascension

1621 Oak Lawn Ave Ste A, Dallas, TX 75207
This Design District café has undergone a bit of change to their coffee program over the last few months, focusing more on their own roasts and less on those from guests. They still keep a few national roasters on hand at any given time, but the shift allows owner/head roaster Russell Hayward more control over the flavor profiles of the coffees served in his shop.
1621 Oak Lawn Ave Ste A
Dallas, TX 75207

3. Crooked Tree Coffeehouse

2414 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201
I’ll admit it. I almost forgot to include this Uptown favorite on the list. Tucked in a row of houses on Routh Street, Crooked Tree is an unassuming neighborhood shop that can easily get overlooked if you’re not careful. But they're quietly bringing out all the beautiful flavors in Oak Cliff Coffee’s roasts.
2414 Routh St
Dallas, TX 75201

4. Cultivar Coffee

1146 Peavy Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
There isn’t much to say about Cultivar that hasn’t already been touted ad nauseam by just about every Dallas publication. The East Dallas (and now Denton) shop consistently roasts a solid assortment of coffees and makes top-notch drinks. They have one of the lowest staff turnover rates out of any Dallas shop, which speaks volumes about both their baristas’ consistently high level of execution as well as owners Jonathan Meadows and Nathan Shelton’s respect for their product.
1146 Peavy Rd
Dallas, TX 75218

5. Davis Street Espresso

819 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
The home shop for Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, Davis Street Espresso is a staple in the Dallas coffee community. It’s inviting, dimly lit atmosphere, it’s plethora of coffee gadgetry, and its host of top-notch baristas make Davis Street a mecca for any weary coffee sojourner. And if you’re looking to try something new and their horde of excellent coffees don’t scratch that itch, order their cascara, a beautifully aromatic tea made from the dried fruit of coffee cherries whose taste is reminiscent of pipe tobacco.
819 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

6. Houndstooth Coffee

1900 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Houndstooth is Dallas’s newest and most divisive shop; they’ve received heaps of praise and almost as much hate for being so praised. But the fact remains that this Austin transplant, anchored by their roasting arm Tweed Coffee Roasters, is one of the best places to get coffee in all of Dallas. And their baristas are pretty nice, too.
1900 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Method Coffee

1623 N Hall St Ste 101, Dallas, TX 75204
Method is another recent addition to the tapestry of coffee-forward establishments overtaking Dallas. Located just east of downtown, Method has a very neighborhood shop vibe; it’s small but cool and relaxed. And they make a pretty mean espresso thanks to their Slayer espresso machine, one of the most elegant pieces of coffee equipment in all of Dallas, both inside and out.
1623 N Hall St Ste 101
Dallas, TX 75204

8. Mudsmith

2114 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
Part hipster hunting lodge part drink emporium, this Lower Greenville haunt is one of the best places to hang out and people watch. On top of serving Austin’s Cuvee Coffee Roasters and Fort Worth’s Avoca Coffee, Mudsmith has a good selection of beers and made-to-order juices in case you go with a non-coffee drinking friend. (Don’t have any non-coffee drinking friends.)
2114 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Oak Lawn Coffee

2720 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Oak Lawn is one of the old souls in Dallas’s new specialty coffee movement. They stock local favorites from Oak Cliff Coffee and Tweed Coffee Roasters as well as bringing in Portland’s Heart Coffee Roasters, which in my humble opinion is the probably the best roaster in the country right now. Oak Lawn keeps their offerings fresh (and their staff on their A-game) by rotating in different espressos daily from these three roasters.
2720 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

10. Roots Coffeehouse

2570 FM 407 Suite 140, Highland Village, TX 75077
This Highland Village shop proves that really good coffee isn’t just for urbanite freegan hipsters (though their staff is pretty young and hip), but that even the ‘burbiest soccer mom can get down on a well-crafted cappuccino. Along with serving Dallas’s Novel Coffee Roasters as their house coffee, Roots also has one of the strongest guest programs around, rotating in a bevy of the nation’s finest roasters, some of which wouldn’t otherwise be available in DFW.
2570 FM 407 Suite 140
Highland Village, TX 75077

11. Shift Coffee

112 E Prairie St, Denton, TX 76201
Owner Angelo Fesperman is one of the best and most tenured baristas in the Metroplex, and Shift is a testament to that. Reopening a few months back after a complete rebuild, Shift exemplifies the new ethos in the surging Denton coffee scene — keep the laid-back vibe for which Denton is known but serve some kickass coffee.
112 E Prairie St
Denton, TX 76201

12. Weekend Coffee

1511 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75201
Weekend doesn’t feel like any other Dallas shop. Its super clean, natural light-heavy design is more akin to hyper-progressive coffee shops in other parts of the country than it is to shops in its own zipcode. And by serving Victrola Coffee, one of Seattle’s 3 V’s (along Caffé Vita and Espresso Vivace), Weekend provides a small respite from the Metroplex without leaving downtown.
1511 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75201

13. West Oak Coffee Bar

114 West Oak Street, Denton, TX 76201
West Oak is the newest addition to the Denton Square, and they are already making quite a name for themselves. On top of serving Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee, arguably the biggest name in specialty coffee, West Oak offers a variety of reasons to stop in for a visit: an excellent beer list, solid food, and nitro chocolate milk.
114 West Oak Street
Denton, TX 76201

14. Zenzero Bakery and Cafe

171 N Denton Tap Rd, Suite 600, Coppell, TX 75019
I don’t like writing about this hidden gem in Coppell because every time I do, lunchtime gets more and more crowded, but for good reason. They constantly have a solid barista staff preparing an interesting selection of coffees (currently using Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters for espresso drinks, Denver’s Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters for pour over, and another rotating national roaster) and their food menu is delicious top to bottom.
171 N Denton Tap Rd, Suite 600
Coppell, TX 75019

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