On a pleasant sunny day during the school year, it’s not uncommon to overhear something along the lines of, “Ugh it’s too nice outside to study at the PCL, we should go to Mozart’s”. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters is said to be the leading roaster and brand of specialty coffee in Austin. It also offers an abundance of heavenly baked goods, creative milkshake combinations and salty snacks.


Fruit Tart -Photo by Lynden Orr

Mozart’s may be recognized for its divine desserts and scrumptious coffee but it what really sets it apart is its famously large patio with plenty of tables, both big and small, with a front-row view of the ever-dazzling Lake Austin. It’s hard not to love the warm sun beaming down through green leaves, the cool breeze drifting from the still water, and watching the sky shift from blue to pink and orange.

Studying here is at the top of many students’ bucket list. It offers the two main factors that give off an “Austin-y vibe” (as many Austinites call the unique feeling of their city): the great, hipster-friendly coffee (not that Starbucks ish) and the outdoor patio.

Here’s what to order:


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Got a sweet tooth? Try the milkshake special. Everyone raves about the peanut butter-nutella, but you have to come on the right day because Mozart’s changes its creative milkshake special daily. The red velvet jumbo cupcake is a great choice to split with a friend. With its creamy icing and rich flavor, this dessert will quickly cure any sugar craving. The Italian Soda is bubbly and sweet, but not overwhelming. A small Italian Soda is a good pick-me-up for a quick sugar kick.


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If you are looking for a healthy, more satisfying option, try the Vegan Chili.  This soupy chili is a great nutritious choice. It has a good balance of spice and savory flavors. This is my go-to order.


Photo by Lynden

For the coffee fiend, I recommend the iced cappuccino. Perfect on a warm day,  it is a deliciously sweetened cold cappuccino that can make studying a whole new, more wonderful experience. Another fantastic perk of Mozart’s is the bottomless coffee. What a deal! Iced or hot coffee refills are free– Every college students dream come true!

So on a day when the weather is lovely and you have a book to read, hit up Mozart’s chill atmosphere. Study in the fresh air and grab a sweet treat from the incredible bakery.


Hours of operation: Mon-Thurs 7am-12pm, Fri 7am-1am, Sat 8am-1am, Sun 8am-12am
Location: 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703