In Search of the Best Cafe in Texas: Caffe Promenade

“If Goldilocks owned a café, this would be it,” I say as I sink into the high bar seat.

You cup your hand around your chai latte. Your eyes travel towards the wall, the art, the menu and you nod your head fervently. “Everything’s just right.”

“Just right,” I repeat as I let the words translate into a warm feeling.

Caffe Promenade The Best Cafe in Texas Allen
We’re in Caffe Promenade today, a quaint local coffee shop in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Coffee is a tough sell in DFW, specifically, where the term “café” is sported on many a store. From the exterior – unassuming beige and plainly white-blocked name – you would believe that the building hosts nothing more than a simple bar counter and a measly menu.

So naturally, when we first stepped inside, we had to take a moment to hold our breath because the details here aren’t whispered but rather trumpeted. The two opposing walls are plastered in a bold, brushstroke mountainous landscape featuring hues of greens, blues, and pale oranges. At some point the mural is broken by saturated stone that accentuates the practically overwhelming essence of nature riveting the space.

Caffe Promenade The Best Cafe in Texas Coffee Wall Art

On the stone are frames of portrait-sized subdued coloured abstract waves. We look a little closer to inspect the medium. Not paint. Not charcoal. Not pencil. The art, here, is a collage of coffee beans – thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of coffee beans fashioned together into a glass-covered masterpiece.

The center of the room is sprayed with a grunge art style – rough brown and black in a seeming mismatch. Yet somehow, Caffe Promenade doesn’t suffer from incongruity. The grizzly art reveals a rugged take, a fresh comfort from the usual Parisian elegance that most cafes attempt to capture.

Best Cafe in Texas Look at the Little Details Caffe Promenade Allen

The menu is expansive but not overwhelming – a mix of crisp pastries and hot drinks. I order a hot chocolate for myself, and an apple fritter and cream cheese Danish for you.

The hot chocolate is rich with cotton candy swirls of marshmallow that melt with every sip. The drink is served lukewarm – not too hot and not too cold. Just right.

Caffe Promenade Best Cafe in Texas Treat

Most of the buxom patisseries at Caffe Promenade are crisp and thick with a hot, creamy filling. The portions here are perfect. Not too small. Not too big. Just right.

You take a bite of the apple fritter. It is a firework of textures, a burst of smooth and rough that rockets the senses. It’s not too hard and not too soft. Just right.

We rest our feet against the tile, slowly sipping our hot drinks and nibbling on the pastries. We never thought we’d find a Goldilocks’ hideout in the midst of suburbia, but Caffe Promenade is a true gem mining in a unique atmosphere.

Caffe Promenade: 600 E Bethany Dr #100, Allen, TX 75002, Hours: 5AM – 9PM

Disclaimer: The cost of the drinks and pastries at Cafe Promenade were defrayed by the Allen Convention & Visitors Bureau but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Did you enjoy this tour of Caffe Promenade? Do you have a favourite local cafe? Let me know if the comments below! As always, I love to hear from you. 

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  • Ooo I think I’d really enjoy this cafe. Yum. I am a big fan of pastries. And the way you described the hot chocolate is amazing–now I want some.

  • Deimarys

    Everything looks ssssoooo delicious! Would definitely love to have some coffee at that place.

    • I really hope you get a chance to! It is such a lovely place. Wishing you a fabulous day! xx – Anshula

  • Mindy Young

    I’m more of a hot cocoa girl but I would definitely go for an apple fritter! Looks like a good place to get one.

    • I’m more of a hot cocoa girl myself as well, Mindy! You would absolutely love Sublime Chocolates which is just a few minutes away from Caffe Promenade (it is pretty much a specialty chocolate shop with every kind of hot chocolate imaginable) 🙂 xx – Anshula

  • Beth Shankle Anderson

    I love locally-owned cafes like this one. There is so much personality to them. The food also looks great!

    Beth || http://www.TheStyleBouquet.com

    • Locally-owned cafes are the best indeed! Have a fabulous day, Beth! xx – Anshula

  • Divya Budhraja

    Yum!! I live in a rural town and desserts like this are hard to come by. McDonalds apple pie is what people tend to gravitate toward here. I would LOVE to visit this place when I’m in Texas next!

    • Hey Divya, I really hope you get the chance to visit! I’m sure you would love Caffe Promenade. The desserts and drinks there are absolutely fabulous! Wishing you an absolutely sweet-filled day! 🙂 xx – Anshula

  • T-Nicole Johnson

    I really enjoyed the tour of Caffe Promenade. The patisseries look really yummy!

    • I’m so glad you liked the tour! 😊 Wishing you a fabulous day! xx – Anshula

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg now thIs place looks absolutely delicious!!! Next time I’m in TX visiting family I need to go here

    • Doesn’t it? I hope you get to visit! 🙂 xx – Anshula

  • I am not a coffee drinker but I do understand the need for a piping hot drink! This looks like such a cute and lovely place.

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • I’m not a coffee drinker either – I’m more of a hot chocolate girl myself! But Caffe Promenade sure is a wonderful place to relax with any kind of hot drink! 🙂 xx – Anshula

  • Ann

    This is my kinda of place.

    • Mine too 😉 xx – Anshula

  • Vishal

    Seems like a very original and authentic place. I would love to visit there one day.

    • It definitely is! I absolutely love the coffee bean art on the walls – such a unique and personal touch. Hope you get the chance to visit! 🙂 xx – Anshula