Though its simple brick exterior says Dallas, the inside of Murray Street Coffee Shops screams European chic. Classic Scandinavian furniture lines the bi-level space, enriching the slate and cream-colored walls with pops of color from orange upholstery, chartreuse plastic, and glowing paper lanterns. On the first floor, baristas transform artisanal beans from local, national, and international sources into what they call “haute” espresso drinks; this never includes the frozen blender concoctions common at big-name chains.
After ordering, guests can ascend to the second story via one of two stairwells, each leading to a different side of the bright and sunny upper level. Hip, but never overbearing, music inundates this space most days. However, on Thursday evenings a phenomenon known as Thursday Night Groove takes place, during which a live DJ spins experimental post-rock and deep reggae while onlookers sip coffee or tea.