Close your eyes and think of Galveston and a lot of things come to mind: her sparkling beaches, the Victorian homes, historic downtown, the cruise ships and all the cool restaurants, bars and retail shops.
But there’s more.
The Island has a brewing cottage industry that locals rely on to get going each day, and the wealth of laid-back coffee shops that dot the city is astounding. They’re also great spots to people watch, read a good book and grab some fantastic food.
Here are the Best Coffee Shops in Galveston:
Mod Coffee & Tea House
MOD offers delicious fair trade coffee, espresso, lattes, freezes, chai teas, and yummy baked goods, including espresso brownies, survivor bars, scones, and more. Daily lunch specials are available.
Enjoy the landscaped outdoor patio, or sit inside at one of their "collage" tables. The Community Room is also open for a quiet place to study or read. Free wifi is also available. Enjoy the cooler evenings at MOD with a glass of wine, a cold brew or that one last cappuccino of the day.
102 Kempner Street at Harborside
The people of Starbucks aren't just passionate purveyors of coffee, but everything else that goes with a full and rewarding coffeehouse experience. They also offer a selection of premium teas, fine pastries and other delectable treats to please the taste buds. And the music you hear in store is chosen for its artistry and appeal.
It's not unusual to see people going to Starbucks to chat, meet up or even work. They're a neighborhood gathering place, a part of the daily routine - and they couldn't be happier about it. Get to know Starbucks and you'll see that they are so much more than what they brew. Starbucks is committed to the highest quality coffee in the world, and to their customers and community.
2808 61st St.
This popular Starbucks location caters to local business people who want to get some work done away from the office, as well as beachgoers who stop in for a caffeine pick-me-up.
Like its sister location on Harborside Drive, the west side Starbucks also offers an outstanding selection of premium teas, fine pastries and other delectable treats. And the drive-through window is a popular draw for locals and visitors like.
For over 50 years, the IHOP family restaurant chain has served its world famous pancakes and a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner items that are loved by people of all ages. IHOP offers its guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service – and there’s free coffee while awaiting a table.
Although IHOP restaurants are best known for their award-winning pancakes, omelettes and other breakfast specialties, the Galveston IHOP has an unbeatable view. The restaurant is open throughout the day and evening offering a broad array of lunch, dinner and snack items as well for the vacationer's appetite.
La Kings Confectionery
It’s a great place to stop in while visiting The Strand. The frozen coffee drinks are outstanding – there’s also hot coffee, of course – and you can select from some of the best homemade candy in town.
The place is huge, so grab an ice cream, some hot chocolate, coffee, fudge, taffy or chocolates, and settle in for a relaxing time at the island’s premiere confectionery.
Sunflower Bakery & Cafe
512 14th St.
Located in the heart of Galveston's historic East End, the Sunflower Bakery & Café features fresh Gulf seafood, homemade sandwiches, and the best bakery in town.The Sunflower is everyone's favorite neighborhood cafe.
The coffee is nice and strong, and the service is amazing. Be sure to save some room for dessert – some of the best homemade pies and cakes around!
Hotel Galvez & Spa
Discover a sophisticated retreat in Galveston Island, steps from where the shimmering Gulf of Mexico shores meet historic charm. Built in 1911 and named after Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish Colonial Governor for whom the city of Galveston was named, the island icon retains its historic splendor.
The restaurant provides delicious breakfast and great coffee. The heated outdoor pool, complete with swim up bar, makes it easy to spend time in the Gulf surrounded by calm breezes and scenic beauty without having to lift a finger.
Sugar Bean Coffee and Cream
9 Eva Main St. 101
This little hidden treasure is a favorite of locals in the know. Try the Texas Pecan coffee, and be sure to check out the the great gelato. The current favorite is a toss up between the key lime pie and the pink grapefruit.
Happy Coffee Shop
Happy Coffee Shop is your new home for gourmet coffee drinks, fresh fruit smoothies and salads, pastries and sandwiches.
SEA BEAN Coffee Shop
Come for the coffee and stay for the fishing. Great little pier on far west side of island. You can rent poles and buy bait here, and there’s tons of cute T-shirts and gifts. It’s a great spot to chat with locals and enjoy the sea breeze off the glimmering Gulf waters.