Calling all coffee fanatics! Whether you’re a Heights resident, you live in another area of Houston, or you’re visiting from out of town, it’s crucial that you know the best coffee shops in the Heights. This historic neighborhood is known for its diversity and unique shops and restaurants, so you know anywhere you go will be one-of-a-kind, but not every spot can be the best!
Next time you’re needing a morning pick-me-up or a mid-afternoon refresh, use this guide of the best coffee shops in the Heights to guarantee an excellent cup of coffee and a great vibe.
A 2nd Cup
This is not your ordinary coffee shop! A 2nd Cup is a non-profit coffee shop working to end human trafficking by educating the community, partnering with anti-trafficking allies, and providing short and long-term aftercare programs for survivors. Not only do proceeds go toward this mission, but A 2nd Cup also ensures that their coffee, food, apparel, and all other products are made ethically, so you can feel good about every penny you spend!
To top it all off, A 2nd Cup has an open and welcoming environment, making it a chill place to study or work, and their coffee is top-notch. Whatever brings you in, you’re guaranteed to learn something new and make a difference with your purchase. What more could you ask for?
This mellow spot is the perfect place to connect with your friends and neighbors while enjoying great coffee, exotic teas, and delicious breakfast or lunch! EQ Heights is in a vintage space with comfortable indoor seating and ample patio room if you prefer to enjoy the fresh air.
Additionally, the shop encourages book clubs, meet-ups, and any other events you need to schedule with your group. And there’s no need to worry about paying for a parking spot because street parking is free! Head on over with a friend for a cozy vibe and a delightful cup of joe.
Boomtown Coffee thinks coffee should be fun, and we wholeheartedly agree! That’s what you’ll walk away with after visiting this small-batch specialty coffee roaster. With a welcoming, modern environment and inviting, knowledgeable baristas, the Heights is lucky to have a place like Boomtown Coffee.
Whether you’re stopping in for a drip coffee, a specialty drink, or light bites, each item is carefully crafted to ensure your enjoyment. And if you love it, set up a subscription plan for consistent coffee delivered to your front door.
El Gato Coffeehouse
Cat lovers will find their new home at El Gato Coffeehouse. Their mission is “to find forever homes for adoptable cats in Houston.” That’s right, you can leave here with a delicious cup of coffee and a new best friend! All cats in the shop are available for adoption or cat therapy, which is good for your soul and the cat’s soul.
If you are looking to adopt, complete an application, visit to find a compatible cat, and pay the $95 adoption fee is. You’re allowed a 7-day trial adoption period, which gives you time to ensure the cat is a good fit. Head on over, grab a tasty treat, and unwind with the precious gatos.
Antidote is the neighborhood hangout spot. With brick walls, comfortable sofas and chairs, and a quirky atmosphere, this coffee shop has a laid-back ambiance that makes it the perfect spot to engage in a conversation or get some work done. Plus, it’s dog-friendly!
Stop in for a cup of coffee, some tasty eats, or a unique beer. Whatever you order, you won’t be disappointed, but we recommend trying the cajeta latte!
More Stuff to Do in the Heights
We’re confident you’ll find your new favorite spot at one of the best coffee shops in the Heights. For more recommendations on events and places to go in the Heights and other Houston neighborhoods, download the UNATION app (iPhone/Google Play).