Sitting between Fort Worth,s museum district and the lively bars of West Seventh Street, Ampersand takes on two personalities — it,s a coffee shop by day, known mostly for its specialty drinks like the Vietnamese iced coffee and R.F.M.E. (Reason for My Existence). At night, the back end of the shop opens to become a lively dance club.
3009 Bledsoe St., 682.707.9626, ampersandfw.com.
Set inside a vintage Airstream, Arcadia Coffee sits parked on the Near Southside,s South Main Street until its brick-and-mortar opens on Bryan Avenue. The menu features favorites like Americanos, cappuccinos and chai, as well as local bites like tacos from Taco Heads.
105 South Main St. (brick-and-mortar coming soon to 326 Bryan Ave.), arcadiacoffee.org.
Avoca Coffee Roasters
One of the first to establish Fort Worth,s craft coffee scene, Avoca offers a menu of both classic drinks, teas and specialties like the Charlie Sheen — a blend of coke and iced coffee. Also a roaster and wholesaler, you,re likely to find Avoca in other parts of town, from restaurants to grocery stores.
1311 W. Magnolia Ave., 817.924.1514; 835 Foch St., 817.878.4249; avocacoffee.com.
Dubbed “The Locals’ Living Room,” BREWED,s appeal lies in its cozy, stylish setting marked by eclectic décor and rustic finishes. Find a mix of coffees, teas and coffee-cocktails. The restaurant also has a full menu for lunch, dinner and breakfast all day.
801 W. Magnolia Ave., 817.945.1545, brewedfw.com.
Buon Giorno Coffee
Located on the edge of downtown Fort Worth, Buon Giorno takes inspiration from Italy, serving a selection of espresso drinks, Italian soda and blended beverages. The shop also has a bakery case stocked with goodies like croissants, cakes and, sometimes, chocolate domes.
915 Florence St., 817.698.9888, bgcoffee.net.
Find Butler's Cabinet inside the Food Hall at Crockett Row, divided into two stations — one for sandwiches and baked goods, and the other for coffee. Butler's Cabinet serves Counter Culture Coffee; specialties are the Ovaltine mocha and Fig LeBowski, made with fig syrup, cold brew and cream. If you,re in a rush, order from a window outside the Food Hall.
3000 Crockett St., 972.249.8405, butlerscabinet.com.
One of the older coffee shops around town, this semi-hole in the wall is a downtown Fort Worth institution, known for friendly service and classic espresso drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. Customers also rave about the Moroccan mint tea.
215 W. Eighth St., 817.862.7149.
Coffee Folk is actually a coffee truck, which found success on the east side of Fort Worth, thanks to its stylish setup and crafted espresso menu. Find the standards alongside specialties like a burnt sugar and pink salt latte, kombucha and Italian soda.
4147 Meadowbrook Drive, 817.313.3219.
Craftwork Coffee Co.
Craftwork,s niche is its rentable coworking spaces at the back, but its coffee shop has built a reputation in Fort Worth, thanks to espresso marked by a notable kick, minimalist atmosphere and relationship-minded baristas. Don,t be deceived by the seemingly basic menu; the folks at Craftwork are happy to play with ingredients and concoct something special.
4731 Camp Bowie Blvd.; 1121 W. Magnolia Ave.; 2700 Weisenberger St.; 817.737.4169, craftworkcoffeeco.com.
CRUDE Craft Coffee Bar
CRUDE holds a sophisticated yet cozy spot on South Main, run by a mother-and-son duo who serve both coffee and housemade pastries. Standards like mochas, macchiatos and cappuccinos are on the menu, along with specialties like the mule-inspired Crude and Stormy, served in a brass cup.
804 S. Main St., Ste. 120, 682.224.5541, crudecoffeebar.com.
Dwell Coffee & Biscuits
Just a block from TCU, this student-laden coffee shop also serves housemade, loaded biscuit sandwiches, and offerings change by the season. The drink menu includes espresso, matcha and tea. It,s also one of the few spots in Fort Worth that serves Bulletproof Coffee.
3113 S. University Drive, Ste. 100, 817.447.7677, dwellcoffeeand-biscuits.com.
Not far from Lake Worth, Edge Coffeehouse offers coffee, pastries from Stir Crazy Baked Goods and live music on the reg. Check the website to see who's playing.
3980 Boat Club Road, Ste. 117, 817.238.1372, edge4all.com.
The St. Sofia side of Magnolia Avenue tapas restaurant La Zona is a popular stop for dessert. Find a small menu of basic espresso drinks to pair with housemade churros.
1264 W. Magnolia Ave., 817.489.5055, lazonafw.com.
Situated in the quirky Race Street corridor just northeast of downtown, Roasted is a quick stop known for pour overs and cold brews. The shop also has a retail side, selling Billyz Beanz Coffee by the bag.
2907 Race St., roastedfw.com.
Found on the lower level of the Hulen Mall, Society Coffee offers a simple menu of Americanos, cappuccinos, cortados and the like. There's also nitro cold brew and kombucha on tap.
4800 S. Hulen St., Ste. 5513, 817.437.9900, societycoffee.co.
The Fort Worth location will be opening soon near South Main Street, but you can catch a preview of the menu at North Richland Hills. An array of specialty drinks from a Shakerato (a double shot of Rogue espresso and half-and-half shaken with ice) to the Lucky Irishman (Irish cream and hazelnut with espresso) stand alongside the basics on the menu. The shop also serves sandwiches, snacks and breakfast items.
9101 State Highway 26, Ste. 101, North Richland Hills; Fort Worth location opening soon at 400 Bryan Ave.; 817.503.7344, rootscoffeehouse.com.
Sons of Liberty Coffee
Almost always bustling with downtownites and college students alike, Sons of Liberty offers coffee, tea and artisan toasts in a stylish, minimalist setting. Don,t pass on its drinks on tap — the chocolate milk is something else.
250 W. Lancaster Ave., Ste. 120, 817.330.6865, sonscoffee.com.
Vaquero Coffee renovated the former Joe Daiches jewelry store downtown, creating an atmosphere almost as warm and inviting as the people working there. The horchata latte and Colt 26 (espresso with milk and chocolate sauce) are highlights on the menu. The shop also occasionally hosts live music.
109 Houston St., 682.730.1335, vaquerocoffeeco.com.
World Blend doubles as a coffee shop and, oddly enough, a business services center, allowing patrons to not only grab a cup of joe, but mail packages and make copies. Alongside a menu of hot and iced espresso drinks, the shop also serves breakfast, sandwiches and gelato.
5410 Basswood Blvd., 817.788. 9900, world-blend.com.