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My 6 Favorite Coffee Shops in Dallas.

My twenties have become a whirlwind of slurping cup after cup of coffee from all around Dallas. It seemed only fitting to write an article about all of my favorite coffee shops and drive some traffic their way. Hopefully, this will brighten up your Monday.

1. Houndstooth Coffee

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Photo Courtesy of Pinterest 

I heard about Houndstooth from an old friend , but I didn't actually visit until earlier this year with my friend Holland. My first visit I actually had their pot of loose leaf tea because I was feeling a bit sick, but upon my second visit, I tried the Cortado. MY MOUTH LIKEY.

This Scottish-inspired coffee shop is fantastic. The small chain originates from Austin, Texas, but luckily we get to share in the wonderfulness that is Houndstooth here in Dallas. Check them out @ 1900 N HENDERSON AVE DALLAS, TX 75206.

2. Brown Sugar

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Photo courtesy of Work From

While not technically a coffee shop, Brown Sugar and its counterpart Mozart Cafe have some of the best house iced coffee that I've ever tasted. The atmosphere is great too. The mix of asian culture and French-inspired bakery make for some really great pastries, teas, macaroons, and of course some amazing coffee. 

Its also my go-to place to work. You can work down stairs or up (I generally choose the latter.) Their booths seclude you enough to focus on work, but provides the coffee shop sound. It's like being cuddled. It's fantastic. You can visit them @ 2625 Old Denton Rd Suite 406, Carrollton, TX 75007.

3. Nespresso

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Photo Courtesy of Northpark Center

I know some people might get mad at me for mentioning Nespresso, because it's so "corporate", but I don't care. When I can afford it, I always get my coffee from Nespresso. It's some of the best hot coffee around and plus, you feel fancy.

It's a great place to stop in while at Northpark Mall. I recommend the Dolce latte, Caramel latte, or Latte Macchiato. The chocolate that comes on the side is an added bonus. They also give you a confusing spoon which I'm too scared to ask about. Is it to mix the chocolate in or just mix the drink? Put it on my nose? Whatever it's for, I appreciate the side silverware even if I do just let it sit there like Curiosity on Mars. Visit them @ 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225.

4. Local Press + Brew

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Courtesy of Local Press + Brew

I suppose it isn't fair to say this is a favorite since my first visit was yesterday, but you know what? This is my article. This place is awesome. First, the aesthetics make you feel like you fell into a Pinterest post. I'm talkin' succulents and antique mirrors everywhere.

I ordered the Latte with some sweetener and walked outside to the wall of succulents. If I could Tumblr reblog in real life, I would have in a hot second. The coffee was great. The atmosphere was great. The barista was cool. I'll definitely be back. Check them out @ 1605 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203.

5. Mudsmith

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Photo courtesy of Eater Dallas

I've been going to Mudsmith for a little over a year. My go-to drink looks like a shot and basically is. It's called a Mudslinger. I usually drink this and then bounce off the walls for a few hours. This is also one of the only coffee shops I like to get straight black coffee at. 

It's a really great place to work and meet people. Their front door is like something out of the Game of Thrones, so don't let that intimidate you (if doors intimidate you.) I don't know why I added that sentence, but now I've written almost an entire paragraph about a door. Visit the Mudsmith @ 2114 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206.

6. Astoria

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Photo courtesy of D Magazine

Astoria's menu is a mixture of wine, cafe food, and coffee. I only come for the coffee, but I've had their food and it's pretty good. Also, the staff is always really helpful and accommodating. Typically, I'm getting coffee to go though so I can walk around Addison Circle.

Tuxedo Mocha is my favorite. I drink this to have more energy than Tom Cruise on Oprah's couch. This would also be a great place to take a date and ask him/her these questions. Astoria is located @ 15701 Quorum Dr, Addison, TX 75001.