What do you get when you combine beautifully tiled floors, excellent coffee and a fantastic selection of chocolate and wine? Well, it’s either an escape to Italy or Royal Blue Grocery.
This Austin transplant fits right in to Highland Park Village–each of their six locations is tailored to the neighborhood it serves. The tiling on the walls and floors, the bright blue of the façade and the fantastic neon sign make it a great place to spend a late morning or an early afternoon–and I’ve done both.
I have nothing but great things to say about Royal Blue Grocery. Not only do they offer great coffee and pastries galore, but they also carry Taco Deli breakfast tacos, bagels, grab-and-go sandwiches and all kinds of cheese. Their chocolate selection is extensive. They offer flowers and cards that make the day brighter. Their Wi-Fi is speedy. The baristas are friendly. The parking is… available enough (that’s all a function of HP Village, though). The produce is beautiful. The atmosphere is lovely and keeps me coming back, but the breakfast tacos certainly don’t hurt.
The coffee is delicious. I take a latte or a flat white, and they’re both perfect here. (So you know for when you go: their chai latte is delicious but very sweet!)
They brew Stumptown coffee and offer a number of dairy alternatives. The Royal Blue Grocery café also offers wine, which is very important when you’re having a particularly rough day.
It’s almost as though the floors and tables are begging to be photographed. So get off your bum and go grab some coffee. Don’t forget to dress up and take some business cards, though–you’re in Highland Park. You might be rubbing elbows–figuratively or literally, depending on where you sit–with some of the biggest players in Dallas business.