Fort Worth runs on coffee! Visit any local coffee shop and you’ll find locals busy at laptops, chatting with friends or grabbing a cup on the go. While there are unique coffee shops in nearly every neighborhood, these are great places to start exploring the unexpected coffee culture of Fort Worth.
Driving on Central Avenue in Fort Worth’s Northside neighborhood you can’t miss Casa Azul. The vibrant bright blue house and pink sign beckons you to walk in and check it out. Inside you’ll find a bright, airy space with a rotating menu of Latin-inspired specialty drinks that incorporate elements like marzipan, marigold and churros. Cinnamon and piloncillo (Mexican cane sugar) spice up drip coffee in their version of a traditional Cafe de Olla and their selection of pan dulce (Mexican pastries) makes the perfect companion to this home-style coffee. Since opening in 2021, this neighborhood spot is the first coffee shop in the area that regularly hosts community events and occasionally provides free coffee thanks to sponsorship by local businesses.
Black Coffee opened in 2018 in the East Side of Fort Worth. Neighboring Texas Wesleyan University and filling a coffee void in the area, this coffee spot has picked up steam as a community gathering place while also serving exceptional coffee beverages. Expect creatively crafted seasonal drinks with unique ingredients like lavender, turmeric and sweet potato offered alongside coffee shop classics like lattes and Americanos. Colorful murals by local artists on the interior and exterior add a creative touch to the sunlit space. You can take the Black Coffee experience home with you by picking up bags of their custom-roasted coffee beans like “The Poly Blend” or “The Eastsider Blend”.
Coffee or cocktails? The aptly named Ampersand opened in 2017 in Fort Worth’s West Seventh entertainment district and serves coffee by day and cocktails at night. During the day, visit for their coffee shop favorites and a specialty menu that changes monthly. Take a ‘gram-worthy pic in front of their “Rise and Grind” neon sign or pull the curtain back on the speakeasy space and find a dimly lit cozy spot to settle in. In 2018 they expanded, adding another shop near TCU, perking up students, staff and nearby residents.
In the heart of W. Magnolia Street in Fort Worth’s Near Southside, Cherry Coffee serves up coffee with style and grace. Top-tier customer service, crafted and curated coffee selections along with a chic, cozy aesthetic make this neighborhood coffee shop worthy of a lingering visit. Ample space with nooks for working or gathering make this a popular spot. Their conscientiously-sourced coffee for sale offers transparency and insights on the farmers that cultivated the coffee. Savor exceptional sips at home by purchasing a bag of their conscientiously-sourced coffee.
Race Street Coffee
Located in the historic Riverside neighborhood, Race Street Coffee is a destination. Housed in a vintage, pre-Mid-Century stand-alone building, this orange and blue-hued shop on its namesake street takes its coffee seriously. Part of the Oak Cliff Coffee Roaster family, they value ethically sourced, high-quality coffee beans that shine in every sip. This spot has great service and a laid-back atmosphere to enjoy a book or conversation with friends.