The Alamo City has a number of great places to grab coffee besides your go-to insert coffee chain. Some are more well known than others, but they all share serious brews and chill atmospheres. These local spots are perfect for when you want more out of coffee.
Rosella has two locations downtown, the original Rosella at the Garden and Rosella at the Rand. They serve breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday but you can stay for lunch until one hour before closing. Aside from coffee, they offer a variety of beer and wine and happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays.
1414 S Alamo St
This popular Southtown spot is just as much a coffeehouse as it is a bar. Open until 2 a.m. daily, you can come early for a strong black cup and later for a drink or dessert after dinner. Try the s’mores, they come with your own personal mini-fire and Hershey chocolate bars.
3735 Culebra Rd
This family-owned coffee shop is in the heart of the West Side, one mile away from St. Mary’s University, which makes it a popular study spot for college students. They’re known for their ‘westside special,’ a barbacoa grilled cheese with avocado served with a cup of tomato basil soup. Also, try their signature horchata latte, hot or iced.
3011 N St Mary's St
Located on the Saint Mary’s Strip, Candlelight is part wine bar, coffee bar and restaurant. Be sure to come for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for waffles and mimosas (they’re limitless on Sunday).
4035 Broadway St
Formerly Alta Vista coffee shop, they relocated to their current spot on Broadway last year after a nine month absence. The space features a glass and wood building design, which gives it a ‘greenhouse feel.’ They source food from local bakeries including Bakery Lorraine, The Bread Box and Mother Culture. They also feature roasters such as White Elephant Co., Caffe Luxxe, Barrett’s, Amaya, Pinewood, Wild Gift, Avoca and Noble Coyote.
Berry to Bean
3900 Broadway St
This coffeehouse focuses on custom-roasted beans, cold-pressed juices and healthy pastries. Located right across the street from the Witte Museum, Berry to Bean features Colombian and Kenyan coffee blends as well as vegan and sugar-free pastries.
Shotgun House Roasters
1333 Buena Vista St
Westside and Southtown locations
Boasting their own roastery equipped with a San Franciscan SF-6, Shotgun opened its nearby companion coffee shop in March. It’s a great place to sip on something, study, listen to records or explore their library. They also serve breakfast tacos and pastries.
7302 Louis Pasteur Dr #101
Located in the City’s medical center, Cafe Martinez is an Argentina-based coffee shop. It first began as an independent in 1933 in Buenos Aires and has grown to include over 100 locations. The 2,000 square-foot shop is modern and spacious with plenty of room to study and lounge about. In addition to caffeine staples, the shop also serves traditional Argentine hot drinks and breakfast.
With six locations across San Antonio, Local Coffee has been around since 2009. They have their own roasting facility, Merit Roasting Co., which sources beans from around the world as well as featured guest roasters.