A few years ago, we started a series called Bullet Point Coffee Shop Reviews. At the time, Catherine was consoling herself with the loss of her “old Austin” favorites, Cafe Mundi and Little City, and she was on a mission to explore new-to-her places and provide you with a quick overview. As a service to you, our loyal readers, and because we are still looking for excuses to get out of the house, we are bringing these reviews back. If you have any suggestions, please let us know in the comments or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sometimes I get so distracted by the constant allure of the new in Austin, that I forget that there are plenty of places around town that are great and have weathered Austin’s growth — and for good reason. One of these establishments is Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery.
I’ve been going to Quack’s since…well, since the original location on the Drag (yes, I’m one of those native Austinites). Quack’s website claims that it was the first coffeehouse in Austin, which seems hard to believe until you remember there was a time when there wasn’t a Starbucks on almost every corner. It’s located right in the heart of Hyde Park, alongside other long-time Austin favorites: Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Asti, Dolce Vita and Julio’s.
I started taking my son pretty much as soon as he started eating, and now he’s also hooked on the cookies and sweets. In addition to going with my family, we’ve also had editorial meetings at Quack’s, so it works well for those of you looking for a place to hang out with adults.
- Unlike some coffee shops which have a few token offerings in a dimly-lit case, Quack’s is a full-service bakery with a wide selection of yummy treats to choose from. Check out the gallery to see a sample of the bakery’s offerings.
- You won’t get the stare-down if you have your kid in tow. It’s not strange to see kids at Quack’s, which is nice, since parents need coffee too (sometimes desperately!) Speaking of which, there is a park very close by and a Fresh Plus across the street (where I have gone after Quack’s to replenish my child’s supply of ibuprofen).
- There is outdoor, shaded seating alongside the sidewalk and also under a few umbrellas next to the parking lot. This is also a bonus if you do have kids with you and they aren’t using their inside voices. You can also bring your pup along.
- Coffee beans are roasted right here in Austin, and you can also find fair-trade organic coffee at Quack’s.
- Bakery products include no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrups or additives.
- Sandwiches are available, in addition to sweets, from Fricanos Deli. Check out the full menu here.
- There is a large parking lot located right next to Quack’s and plenty of street parking, as well.
- The interior of Quack’s isn’t huge, so tables can fill up quickly and there isn’t really room for bigger groups to meet.
- There are only a handful of tables along the wall, so there aren’t many electrical outlets, if you need that to keep your computer going.
- Customers file in and out at a pretty steady pace, so if you are looking for a super tranquil environment to sip your coffee, this probably isn’t the place.
Check it out and let us know what you think. Where is your favorite coffee shop in the Austin area?
*Disclosure: LiveMom was not compensated to write this review. All food and beverage products consumed during this review were purchased by LiveMom.
411 East 43rd St.
If you like coffee, here are some other reviews in the series:
- Dominican Joe Coffee Shop
- Flightpath Coffee House
- Epoch Coffee
- Monkey Nest Coffee
- Texas French Bread
- Corona Cafe
- Thunderbird Coffee
- Walton’s Fancy and Staple
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf