People from all over the country head to Austin for its rich LGBT community. The city is welcoming and you will find gay gathering places throughout the area. A large number of gay bars are located in the downtown warehouse district. People are drawn to Austin for the live music and South by Southwest festival each year. If your date is the creative type with an interest in music, Austin is the place to be.

There are countless cafes and yogurt shops where you can nibble and cuddle in Austin. Feel at home at El Sol Y La Luna, a lesbian-owned cafe on historic East 6th Street. Feast on breakfast all day and enjoy the Mexican theme at this artistic venue. There are also a variety of Tex-Mex dishes to choose from and you’ll love the live entertainment while you dine.

Halcyon Coffee House, Bar and Lounge is the hipster place to hang out on W. 4th Street. You’ll appreciate the attractive environment where you can get amazing coffee drinks in the daytime with salads and paninis. At night, the place transforms into a lounge serving cocktails and cuisine. This place also has a s’more platter everyone raves about.

Galaxy Cafe on West Lynn is a hip place with an atmosphere that is also reminiscent of a diner. The inclusive environment is ideal for a tasty breakfast or fast lunch. You can grab a sweet treat with a cup of Joe. In the evening, it’s an excellent venue to have a casual dinner while you sip on a glass of wine with your significant other.

Visit 38th Street to stop in Russell’s Bistro for brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails. They’ve been in Austin for over a decade and serve some of the best tossed salads made according to your specifications. They have an outdoor patio for dining and are also famous for serving $1 mimosas for brunch, reportedly an excellent way to relieve a hangover from the night before.

Tart is the most popular yogurt place in Austin. Stop by at W. 2nd Street for fresh self-serve yogurt and free wi-fi. You’ll also find Paciugo Gelato on W. 2nd Street for mouthwatering flavors you won’t experience anywhere else. Don’t miss Teo on W. 38th Street serving up gelato, espresso, coffee and scones until midnight on weekends. If you prefer the tried and true, there is a TCBY located on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard serving up the more familiar flavors.

Nibbling and Cuddling at Cafes in Austin

JLegare


Amateur writer, pianist, denizen of Houston and part-time GLBT activist


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