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Tops of the Morning

So you’ve worked out and successfully navigated rush-hour traffic; it’s time for a guilty pleasure before you hit the office. Get your am buzz at our favorite breakfast and brew spots.

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Ascension Coffee
The Design District’s morning obsession is an attractive gathering spot by day, wine bar by night, with artisan coffees and delectable pastries—think buttery housemade croissants among other treats. 1621 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. A, 214.741.3211,

Drip Coffee Co.
Expect to see Park Cities regulars dropping by for house-roasted coffees made in small batches and mouthwatering pastries by Rush Patisserie and Empire Baking Co. 4343 Lovers Lane, 214.599.7800,

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Downtowners rejoice in this newish eatery, with coffees prepared by a a barista and tempting sweet rolls, scones and muffins, plus gluten-free varieties. Open weekdays inside the historic old post office. 400 N. Ervay St., Ste. 175, 214.999.6704

Mercat Bistro
The sibling to Saint Ann’s Restaurant features a range of coffee drinks and foods from sausage biscuit and quiche of the day to granola, muffins, pain au chocolat and cream cheese danish. All the better to channel your inner Francophile. 2501 N. Harwood St., 214.953.0917,

Village Baking Co.
The coffee’s free and the authentic French pastries are addicting. This tiny spot with challenging parking has been discovered by grateful carb hounds, and we’ll never be satisfied with ordinary baked goods again. 5531 E. University Blvd., 214.265.1170,