This grande dame of the Houston coffee scene has retained her regal status over the years, thanks to a coffee program that appeases snobs and newbies and everyone in between. Inside, Catalina is quiet and cozy—an ideal spot for waiting on a pour-over. Grab a seat on the xeriscaped side patio for a quiet retreat in the middle of the city.


2201 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

PHONE: 713-861-8448

HOURS: Mon–Fri 6:30am–7pm; Sat–Sun 7:30am–7pm



The grande dame of Houston coffee houses is located in an unassuming corner spot along a quiet stretch of Washington Ave., where coffee roaster Max Gonzalez has been preaching the gospel of cortados and Chemexes since 2007. This is the serious coffee drinker’s coffee shop, with serious baristas and a serious aesthetic to match, but that doesn’t mean the casual consumer won’t find something to love, too: the shop stocks fresh pastries from Angela’s Oven, ice cream from Fat Cat Creamery, and makes a mean “honey bear latte.” Just trust us on that last one.


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    “Delicious, strong, aromatic, flavorful coffee and espresso drinks.”

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