Cultivar Coffee Roasters
1155 Peavy Rd., Reinhardt
This coffee bar shares a space with taco joint Good 2 Go Taco, which means they have unusually good food options for a working coffee spot. Both the tacos and the espressi are neighborhood favorites, so you’ll want to arrive early to snag seating.
4343 Lovers Lane, University Park
The interior of Drip Coffee is really well laid out for work, with a slew of compact tables set up in rows just begging for a laptop or stack of books. The owner is a coffee industry veteran who roasts the beans himself in small batches; devotees buy the beans in big batches.
314 N. Bishop Ave., Bishop Arts District
This adorable shop specializes in spectacular pies, whether you like them creamy and topped with thick, bruleed meringue or filled with fresh fruit with a crumble on top. Owners Megan Wilkes and Mary Sparks change the menu four times a year to reflect the season, but the super popular Smooth Operator (chocolate cream with a pretzel crust) and Drunken Nut (bourbon and pecan) are available all year long.
831 W. Davis St., Oak Cliff
Inspired by their childhood in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the Diaz siblings (three sisters and a brother) have taken the classic paleteria and updated it with brilliant, imaginative flavors. There are two varieties of popsicles—cream- and water-based. And all of them, from prickly pear and Cafe de Olla to mango avocado, can be dipped in milk or dark chocolate or drizzled with the family’s secret chamoy recipe.
Frosted Art Bakery
1546 Edison St., Citywide
Bronwin Weber's award-winning confections are unapologetically over the top (she's a regular on The Food Network's Cake Challenge). She's masterful at intricate sugar art and fondant sculpting, which results in such awe-inducing, multi-tiered celebration cakes you'll feel kind of bad slicing into them. It's also worth noting that the bakery is Kosher.
Gourmet Valet Head Chef Becky Nelson was a stay-at-home mom before she started her meal delivery business, and the dishes (beef filets, chicken chowder with cornbread, and seriously good dessert) definitely have a home-cooked feel to them. Each order rings in at around $15, a price that is easily justified considering each meal comes with multiple complementary sides. While many of her meals fall solidly in the healthy and gluten-free category, Nelson is also the genius behind Dallas-based Nieman Marcus’ signature holiday shortbread cookies.
1900 N. Henderson Ave., Lower Greenville
It's easy to fall for the décor in Houndstooth, which features a wooden herringbone bar, Scandinavian-style furniture, and clusters of Edison bulbs. The overall effect is really minimalist, which is great, because it lets their extremely well-researched and perfectly executed coffee shine. Nice touch: the coffee cups have adorable silhouettes of Texas that you'll see when you make it to the bottom of the cup. There are also locations in Austin (in Rosedale and Downtown).
103 Murray St., Deep Ellum
The décor choices here—an Oriental rug, couch/chair/coffee table seating vignettes, big wide garage-style windows—feel residential, which makes it a comfortable place for work. The coffee is pretty Goldilocks perfect (strong, but not too strong), though the real draw here are the sandwiches, served on olive oil toasted ciabatta bread.
316 W. 7th St., Bishop Arts District
Oddfellows is a celebrated brunch institution in Dallas—on Saturdays, the wait for their duck chilaquiles and fried chicken is hours-long. But stop by in the morning or afternoon during the week and you'll find a quiet coffeehouse, perfect for nursing a coffee and emptying out a full inbox (the WiFi is just as strong outside on their patio). They're especially proud of their espresso, which is made in a gleaming, luxury La Marzocco machine.
Opening Bell Coffee
1409 S. Lamar St., South Dallas
Every town needs an arty coffee shop with open mic night and free WiFi—with eclectic décor, oversized couches, and great coffee, Opening Bell is straight out of central casting. While the extremely full entertainment calendar makes this more of a daytime study location, there are plenty of tables, so you can find a seat even late in the afternoon. You'll also find all the requisite snacks and drinks, including a long tea menu, doughnuts, and a weirdly good breakfast taco.
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