A Guide to Galveston Coffee Shops
Near and dear to the heart of the historic Post Office District – an entire 4 city blocks of entertainment, dining, arts, and culture – MOD has been a locally beloved hallmark among Galveston coffee shops for over 20 years now. While the red chair-dappled streetside patio is practically tradition, the interior features ample seating arrangements, exposed brick walls, plenty of natural light pouring through the windows, and numerous art pieces.
The folks here proudly serve Katz Coffee, along with pastries baked in-house, and croissant sandwiches for lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available).
Nestled at the corner base of a beautiful yellow building surrounded by lush green grass, swaying palm trees, and scenic waterfront views, Sugar Bean is a quaint island cafe drawing locals and tourists alike inside with freshly roasted coffee, real fruit smoothies, sandwiches, pastries prepared by Gypsy Joynt, delectable ice cream, and a well-curated selection of beer and wine. Moreover, the delightful balance of familiar charm and utility makes it an easy go-to for coffee dates with friends, a quick treat between activities, or tranquil study sessions.
Only a block or so off the main drag and from the Galveston Channel, Red Light fosters a modern yet soulful ambiance accentuated by java being roasted on-site, ample furnishings, stylish patterned tiles, trendy light fixtures, and all the trappings of an exceptional environment for hanging out with friends or getting lost in the pages of a favorite novel. Take your tastebuds on a flavorsome adventure with one of their specialty creations, like the Cardamom Crush, an iced latte made with brown sugar, cardamom, and a hint of orange – it’s the perfect zesty and sweet companion to a warm sunny day.
A seashell’s toss from the beach, Seawall carries a relaxing vibe complete with earthy tones set against minimalistic off-white walls, cute comfy furnishings, tropical elements, vibrant potted plants, and amenities for a productive cafe day. The picturesque decor serves as an accomplice to thoughtfully crafted, rewardingly delicious coffee beverages, as well as food items ranging from cake by the slice and other scrumptious pastries to bagels and breakfast burritos.
Located in Jamaica Beach, near the natural wonders abound at Galveston Island State Park, Je Mocha Bean offers visitors an ambiance rich in positive energy, occasionally graced with the soothing tunes of local musicians, and always stocked with different coffees from around the world. Their well-curated assortment of fine wines and cornucopia of craft beers are a pleasant sight on the weekends, and don’t hesitate to treat yourself to a muffin, danish, croissant, or gourmet popsicle.
Situated at the corner base of a gorgeous five-story building constructed in the 1890s, The Proletariat is a collaborative gallery showcasing a rotating selection of works by local and visiting artists – oh, and just happens to be one of the coolest coffee shops in Galveston. Whether you’d like to grab a board game and appreciate the company of loved ones over a steamy cup of joe, indulge in a flight of beer or wine, catch an epic open mic poetry event, or draw inspiration from an abundance of creative expressions, whatever the case may be, this timeless downtown cultural haven has got you covered.
This beautiful mural adorned brick building on the corner of Ave L and 16th Street harbors ShyKatZ, a locally beloved East End cafe serving breakfast all day, lunch, and fresh-baked cakes and breads. Stepping through the front door reveals soft blue and yellow walls filled with positive affirmations, wooden crate-wrapped light fixtures overhead, and no shortage of wholesome hospitality.
Since 1999, the Sunflower Bakery & Cafe has been serving fantastic food created from scratch with the finest ingredients available. In 2006, due to popular demand, they expanded into their current location on 14th Street, which definitely provides a more restaurant-type dining experience, but nonetheless is still an exceptional destination for your morning joe, especially if you’re in the mood for a satisfying meal.
Founded by a family who has been in the Texas candy-making business for nearly 100 years, La King’s Confectionery is a spacious throwback to the 1920s featuring handmade chocolates, fresh Salt Water Taffy, wild and zany novelty candies, small-batch roasted Duncan Coffee Beans and Purity Ice Cream, which was started in 1889 on Galveston Island (only naturally, it’s the oldest ice cream in the Lonestar State).
We know what you’re thinking and rest assured, there’s nothing wrong with channeling your inner childhood for a bit, stuffing a bag full of candy, sipping on an old-fashioned soda fountain drink, and watching them make saltwater taffy in real-time…one thing’s for sure, grandma and grandpa would have been okay with it!
In the Strand Historic District, this elegant hotel occupying an 1879 building is a 5-minute walk from Galveston Railroad Museum and a mile from the beach. Its Tremont Cafe offers a bistro-style menu where patrons can enjoy coffee, pastries, pizza, gourmet sandwiches, entrees, salads, soups, and desserts. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the upscale yet comfortable atmosphere caters to travelers’ mobile computing needs with amenities like complimentary WiFi.
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