The Best Coffee Shops in Dallas-Fort Worth, 2016 Edition

The coffee landscape in Dallas is changing, and fast. Locally owned coffee institutions like Ascension and Cultivar are expanding, adding new locations all over North Texas — and not just stand-alone shops, either. They're opening mini-shops in restaurants and bakeries, anchoring hotels and mixed-use developments, and roasters are expanding their reach, filling national grocery store chains with locally roasted beans that are sourced with intention. 

Every weekend, it feels as if a new local roaster pops up at the Dallas Farmers Market. Whether you make your own cold-brew at home or pop by a local coffee shop on the way to work every morning, there have never been so many options for North Texans who want quality coffee while keeping their money local. Here are the best coffee shops in Dallas-Fort Worth:

Ascension Coffee
1621 Oak Lawn Ave.
If using valet parking at a coffee shop seems reasonable, Ascension Coffee in the Design District may be the place for you. The other option will likely be parking a bit of a hike down Hi Line Drive. Don’t be surprised if there are no tables left inside or outside and you find yourself feeling lucky to find one of the spaces at the bar — it's a popular place, and for good reason. Ascension is an Australian-style coffee shop (which means you should try the flat white, obviously) and these baristas pull some of the best espresso in Dallas. But it’s not a quick trip, it is definitely not cheap and you may find yourself surrounded by suits and wondering if there is a dress code. Pop into Ascension's gorgeous new spot in the Crescent in Uptown and keep an eye out for forthcoming locations in Fort Worth and downtown Dallas. JH

Drugstore Cowboy
2721 Main St.
Drugstore Cowboy is the coffee shop Deep Ellum desperately needed. They brought yet another stage to the neighborhood and have regular shows with interesting bands like Rache’ featuring Mike Mitchell, one of the best jazz drummers on the planet, and up-and-coming hip-hop collective Cure for Paranoia. With a bar, tables and couches, it’s a welcoming place to relax or work or to simply get a proper caffeine fix while bar-hopping in Deep Ellum. The cappuccinos are immaculate, especially the lavender cappuccino. JH

2114 Greenville Ave.
The traffic on Lower Greenville moves slowly, and you never know what to expect when it comes to construction that makes parts of the area look like a war zone. Limited parking also makes it terribly difficult to visit many of these businesses. But Mudsmith has a huge designated parking lot behind it. It also has strong coffee and a huge room full of infectious energy. It’s a great place to work or have intense conversations. JH

Local Press + Brew
1605 N Beckley Ave.
This bright, sunlight-filled spot in Oak Cliff is part of an interesting trend in coffee: the health-conscious coffee shop. Along with standard espresso drinks and cold brew, Local Press is a juice bar specializing in cold-pressed juices with ingredients like activated charcoal, raw sugar cane juice and fresh ginger. They also make nut milks in-house, which makes this shop ideal for coffee lovers who aren't into dairy. Their nut-shaken lattes, made with espresso and nut milk, can be mixed up with fresh almond, cacao or coconut milk. A small menu of toasts and Wheat and Sour baked goods, often gluten-free or vegan friendly, round out the menu. The bright, art-filled space has a great patio, too, making it a popular space to linger on the weekends, and its location close to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge makes it popular on weekday mornings with commuters looking for a caffeine fix. BR

Oak Lawn Coffee
2720 Oak Lawn Ave
This community coffee shop is friendly and casual; a great place to grab a cup of carefully crafted coffee or a shot of espresso with a pastry. Oak Lawn Coffee also donates 10 percent of its profits to local nonprofit organizations. They like to carefully curate their beans and feature coffee from both local and national roasters. The shop features artwork that switches out like clockwork every month. If you get here early enough, you may even be able to snag some Tacodeli breakfast tacos. JH

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Jeremy Hallock
Beth Rankin is an Ohio native and Cicerone-certified beer server who specializes in social media, food and drink, travel and news reporting. Her belief system revolves around the significance of Topo Chico, the refusal to eat crawfish out of season and the importance of local and regional foodways.
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