Antidote is a Heights local coffee shop serving coffee, tea, beer, wine and pastries. Located in a tiny strip of stores, Antidote has surprisingly ample indoor seating as well as a few outdoor tables and chairs. Broken-in sofas, low tables, tons of natural light and even a few toys to keep the kiddos busy make this place a top choice amongst Heights neighborhood dwellers and commuters alike. If you're not in the mood for coffee, Antidote also has a great selection of loose leaf teas that are served with the leaves steeping in a personal teapot.
Catalina Coffee utilizes several methods of coffee preparation, including French Press, Aeropress and vacuum pot. Amaya Roasting Company is their primary bean of choice; however, guest roasters from all over the country are often featured. There's plenty of comfy seating and natural light for studying or reading. Fresh pastries are served (on plates!) as well.
A Montrose neighborhood staple, Empire Cafe offers a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu in addition to their signature coffee beverages. If the warm European-esque decor of the interior is not appealing, there is a spacious and partially covered outdoor patio available as well. Breakfast options range from frittatas to sticky buns to eggs Benedict. Order at the counter, and your purchase will be brought out to you with a smile.
Tip: Empire Cafe now offers delivery options. Order online to get your latte delivered straight to your door.
Inversion Coffee, named for the avant-garde temporary art installation created by Dan Havel and Dean Ruck, is an art-centered coffee house in the Montrose area. The shop, which is conveniently located on the grounds of Art League Houston, showcases the works of local artists throughout the year. Come here for art, atmosphere, and of course some of the finest coffee in the city. Do yourself a favor and try Inversion's own Toaster Latte or the Frank's Love Juice smoothie.
This Montrose-area coffee house recently survived a massive fire. The building has since been repaired, but the warm, weathered rustic feel remains intact. Agora's entire building from floor to ceiling is entirely wood and stocked full of comfy, mismatched furniture. Head upstairs for more tables and plenty of window-adjacent seating. A jukebox provides the soundtrack and features works from Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles and other low-key tunes. The beverage menu includes gourmet coffee, beer and wine. Plenty of reading materials are also available for perusing.
Kaffeine Coffee Internet & Office Cafe
This Museum District coffeehouse is the perfect place to catch up on some work. An entire wall is filled with individual countertop cubicles complete with plug ins, and the wifi is quick and free. Kaffeine Coffee Internet & Office Cafe's coffee is some of the best you'll have in Houston — full-bodied but never burnt — and you have lots of options for milk alternatives, flavors and brews. Light pastries as well as full-size meals are available, too, allowing you to stay and finish what you're working on without going hungry.
For a great place to chat with friends or get a little reading done, EQ Heights offers a nice covered patio area, along with plenty of indoor seating and a variety of table sizes. Lighter bites are available, as well as free water, and even a few board games if you're so inclined. Kid-friendly and located right off of the Heights Boulevard hike and bike trail near the neighborhood's iconic 11th Street, it's a great spot for families in particular.