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Baby, It’s Cold Outside… Warm Up with a HOT CUP OF CHEER

By Kristin Cicciarelli 

There’s no shortage of places to grab a cup of joe-to-go in the Metroplex, but why settle for that? We’ve happily researched some of the best coffeehouses where you can sip, nosh and linger – as long as you like.

Ascension Coffee
“Ascension” implies something that has risen to a higher level – and the coffee at this place is certainly given highest priority. We love how folks at Ascension describe coffee as “complex like wine, communal like beer, but habitual like water.” The food menu is also given emphasis with chef-driven, on-trend items such as burrata and tomato jam on toast, and on weekends, baked ricotta hotcakes. Feel free to linger at this every-day, all-day, neighborhood destination.
Multiple locations throughout DFW

Boulangerie by Village Baking Company
When the bread is the true star of a cafe (and the name is French), you know it’s going to be good. Pain au chocolat and croissants are buttery and flaky and as good as you’ll get in a Parisian café—ooh la la! Sandwiches are always delicious and typically sell out, so get there early if you’re thinking lunch. Otherwise, it’s still a lovely place for a pastry, coffee and mingling time – especially on the patio.
1921 Greenville Ave. | Dallas
(214) 821-3477

Café Intermezzo
If you’ve been lucky enough to travel throughout Europe and find yourself longing for the distinctive ambience of a Viennese coffeehouse, you’re in luck here. The word “intermezzo” means intermission, and in true form, this place provides a much-needed break in your daily routine.  Founder Brian Olson “salutes the freedom to choose” by offering a plethora of frothy options, including the Caffe Mozart, a double espresso with fresh whipped cream and chocolate chips and Caffe Bach with steamed cream and butterscotch, topped with Schlaag.  If your sweet tooth is talking to you, you’ll find over 48 varieties of decadent homemade desserts daily.
The Shops at Legacy
7401 Lone Star Dr. | Plano
(404) 835-3410

Café Mila
Lovely spot in The Colony with a cozy vibe, perfect for enjoying $1 mimosas (with purchase, on weekends) and a daily, hearty selection of egg sandwiches, pancakes, waffles, flatbreads and more. Service is friendly and if you’re unsure what to order, the staff is happy to make recommendations. 
6800 Windhaven Pkwy. Ste. 105 | The Colony
(972) 307-4247 

Coffee House Café
This is the perfect setting for “coffee talks” with friends, weeknight dinner with the family, date night or just about anything else. Coffee is European style, handcrafted, shade grown, mostly organic and all that—but there’s so much more. You’ll also see French press drinks, cold brews and pour overs, as well as delicious “adult” coffees, featuring tasty add-ins like Bailey’s, Frangelico and vanilla vodka. 
6150 Frankford Rd. | Dallas
(972) 232-2333

Dunn Brothers
Small batch, in-store roasting ensures every cup at Dunn Brothers will be fresh – really fresh. This may be a chain, but the emphasis here is on neighborhood and community. Seasonal specials make repeat visits mandatory: Think apple honey toast and pumpkin pie latte. There’s also all-day breakfast and a nice selection of sandwiches, wraps and salads.
3725 Belt Line Rd. | Addison
(972) 406-9711

Fiction Coffee 
Remember when coffee was just something to wake you up? These days, it’s so much more – now associated with terms like “third wave coffee standards” and “artisanal roasters.” And while Fiction offers high-quality coffee and its baristas are certainly knowledgeable, they’re anything but coffee snobs. This is a laid-back, homey place perfect for meet-ups and enjoying a sweet or savory pastry. Or two.
1623 N. Hall St. | Dallas
(469) 399-7724


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