East Austin Specialty
1912 E. 7th St., East Austin
Liquid nitrogen ice cream is taking off across the country, and two sisters have brought the trend to Austin: In addition to inventive flavors with the signature creamy liquid nitrogen texture, this shop is known for wacky toppings like earl grey confetti, brown butter powder, and chocolate shells.
Wright Bros. Brew & Brew
500 San Marcos St., East Austin
The guys at Brew & Brew are sort of the tech geeks of the coffee world—they'll make you your espresso on a super-sleek Modbar espresso machine, which gives the barista a lot of control to make the drink exactly to your specifications. The décor is hipster in the best possible way, with exposed brick walls that are decorated with painted stripes near the ceiling. Of course, as the name suggests, you can switch over from espresso to lager whenever you're so inclined.
Vintage Heart Coffee
1405 E. 7th St., East Austin
This homey, neighborhood spot offers simple, cozy décor and lots and lots of seating. They serve all of their cold drinks in a Mason jar (this is Texas, so all but the most hard-core coffee folks will be wanting their beverages iced); the go-to orders are definitely the vanilla and lavender lattes. Coffee is sourced from Third Coast Roasting company, a local outfit that uses fair-trade beans.