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Cenote Coffee, Bites, and Sips

26 May 2012 4,944 views 11 Comments

I’m relaxing in Cenote on Cesar Chavez in East Austin on a quiet Saturday night in Austin. Cenote is as a re-purposed historic 1800′s home that has been given new life as a coffee shop on steroids. It feels like the right place to be as I’m writing my 500th post on Tasty Touring.


Built in 1887 on what was then called Water Street, the building is on Austin’s first hand-drawn map, produced for the City of Austin in 1889. The owners received the Heritage Society of Austin’s “Merit Award for Adaptive Use” in 2011. Check out a photo of the home both before and after renovations.



Specialties include Cuvee coffee, food sourced from local and organic producers as much as possible, gluten-free pastries, and Rockstar Bagels. Cenote is great for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. I’m also finding it a wonderful spot to work on the computer with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

pour over

pour over

Cenote is also one of the few businesses, including Houndstooth, Frank, and Patika,  in Austin serving single-cup or pour-over coffee right now. If you don’t know what the pour-over method is, check out this article in the New York Times.


Ashley shows off Cenote's parlour

How lovely is the sitting area above? I can imagine sitting here for hours and just chatting with friends. During Happy Hour on Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., draft beer is $3 and glasses of wine, bottled, and canned beers are $1 off.

Have you been to Cenote? What do you think?

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