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The Best Coffee Shops in Dallas

So the groundhog may have said six more weeks, but let’s be real… It was 90 degrees outside on Monday. Spring has sprung. That means it’s time to come out of our caves and start exploring again. Getting your daily dose of caffeine helps get your day started with a bang. We love to start our days at some of the awesome local coffee shops that each Dallas neighborhood has to offer. Yes, we know this is also the remedy we recommended to survive the cold weather, but be honest with yourself- what better way to come out of hibernation than with a warm cup of joe in hand? Or I mean, if you’re like us, you may go for the iced latte! Either way, check out these coffee shop favorites:

 

Ascension in the Design District

Ascension is located in the Design District near Oak Lawn and Hi Line Drive. This isn’t your typical, could double as someone’s cozy living room, coffee shop. Ascension is a social, Australian-style coffee shop with café food and research / passion in every drop. If the weather keeps heating up, we recommend the cold brew Kyoto. They feature live music every week, so Ascension can double as your Friday night and Saturday morning!

The Design District is known for its art galleries, showrooms, restaurants, and now- it’s increasing number of luxury apartment homes. And did we mention it’s home to the new Maverick’s practice facility? It’s definitely a unique area to call home.

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Toasted Coffee + Kitchen

Toasted is the love-child of an awesome downtown industrial style stop and a rustic, should see succulent plants everywhere, barn-inspired shop. The result is a spacious, insta-worthy coffee shop that offers a full brunch menu and cocktails located at Lower Greenville and Ross Ave. Their all-natural toast variations are to die for and if you like a little heat, try the Avo-Ca-Damn toast, it’s sriracha and avocado heaven!

Lower Greenville is a walkable spot known for its wide range of restaurants including HG Supply Co. and Steel City Pops, as well as its nightlife spots like Truckyard.
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Crooked Tree Coffee House

Crooked Tree is located in the upscale and social mecca neighborhood, Uptown. Now unlike our two former, very spacious coffee shops, Crooked Tree could definitely double as a home and that’s exactly what founders, Kristyn and Sarah, were going for: A cozy, eclectic, living room coffee shop feel. You’ll find couches to sit on, tables of all sizes, and a back patio. They feature coffee from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and pastries from local bakeries such as Empire and Zenzero, and house recipe sandwiches.

Uptown is one of the most well-known neighborhoods for its upscale lifestyle, restaurants, hotels, and walkable nightlife.

 

Opening Bell Coffee

Known as one of Dallas’s best acoustic live music venues, Opening Bell is a grooving coffee bar located in The Cedars that offers espresso, specialty coffee blends, and Harney & Sons teas. One of their many claims to fame is that 15 contestants from The Voice have performed there before competing! They have a full menu of breakfast pastries, sandwiches, and multiple options when it comes to one of our favorites- the mocha.

The Cedars is a growing neighborhood on the Southern edge of Downtown that’s known for its fun spots like Alamo Drafthouse and the rooftop bar at the The Nylo.

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Have Any Plans this Weekend?

We do! And we want you to join! This Saturday, March 25th, we’re doing a Coffee Crawl! Think a pub crawl but with coffee shops and lots of caffeine. Starting at 9AM, grab your “passport” from either the Smart City office or Toasted Coffee + Kitchen (we’ll have 50 passports at each location) and hit all the destinations with your friends. Just make sure to bring your passports back to us at Toasted or Smart City so that you can be entered to win one of our $100, $75, and $50 gift cards to the participating shops! We’ll also be doing a drawing for a Ninja Coffee Bar! So, if you want to get some caffeine with friends, explore these Dallas neighborhoods, and get entered for some killer prizes, COME ON OUT!

We’ll see you there!