For the lovers of prose, enjoying a good book or a fascinating piece of literature with a delicious cup of coffee is a priceless experience. For those who love to set out on an adventure to hunt for the best cafes in town, there is no reason to look any further. Houston has the best havens for readers and coffee lovers on their quest for a relaxing place to immerse in their little piece of indulgence. Here are the best cafes to visit around Houston when you’re looking for some quiet time for yourself.
Doshi House Café
3419 Dowling St.
Houston, TX 77004
A little café in an old house filled with furniture and interesting pieces of artwork and mementos including couches, comfy chairs and tables that are sort of mismatched, Doshi House Cafe has a cozy, pleasant feel about it. Even though music plays in the background, the sound is toned down and not distracting,especially to patrons who pay a visit to enjoy some quiet time with their reading materials in tow. Guests may order from a variety of food and drinks as they prepare to settle down in the most inviting nook of their choice.
242 W. 19th St.
Houston, TX 77008
This indie café is known among its patrons for its great breakfast menu, although the cafe is open until 10 p.m. everyday. Hip yet cozy, the interior is pleasantly contemporary with local artwork displayed on the walls. The couches and low table tops are great for sipping a drink, a strong or flavorful coffee perhaps, and getting lost in your own literary universe for a few hours.
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1732 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77098
Close to the trendy Montrose area, guests enjoy Empire Cafe’s patio area and menu selection great for breakfast and brunch, including delectable cakes for dessert. Some guests who crave the appetizing menu served in the café but could not get seated during busy brunch time opt to come back to enjoy the place and the food for dinner instead. Empire Cafe s friendly to dogs and dog owners as the furry pets are allowed to hang out while their owners enjoy reading in the café.
909 Texas St., Suite C
Houston, TX 77002
Located in downtown Houston, guests enjoy the variety of coffee served in this café. The Italian-inspired décor and cozy ambience are perfect for lounging around with a good read and a flavorful drink. Outdoor seating is also provided for those who love some sun and breeze. For those looking to unwind with wine rather than coffee, take heart. Minuti Coffee is also serving wine to its guests. What’s more, to the electronically savvy and social media aficionados, wifi is free.
2243 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098
This quaint café is famous for its healthy menu and quiet ambience. The interesting decor of the cafe is quite mystical with a touch of spirituality that is quite charming. Like most cafes catering to patrons who want to enjoy some breeze and sun while enjoying the cafe’s selection of healthy food and drinks, outdoor seating is provided to guests. Perfect for lazing around in a quiet place, one must be equipped with great reads to maximize the enriching experience.
Rainne Mendoza Celespara is a freelance writer living in Houston. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.