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7 buzzy coffee shops perking up San Antonio

7 buzzy coffee shops perking up San Antonio

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Local Coffee's six locations have become an essential stop for drowsy San Antonians. Local Coffee/Facebook

With the holidays upon us, family members will soon be descending on our homes — and our lives. Whether you need a cozy place to hide from relatives or the perfect spot to bring your Instagram-loving cousins, these seven coffee shops are the best places to grab pour-overs and pastries in Alamo City.

CommonWealth Coffee House
This French cafe with a San Antonio spin is nestled in the historic Mahncke Park neighborhood on Broadway. A third-generation baker from a small town south of Bordeaux, pastry chef Vincent Lacoste arrives at 4 am every morning to prepare his mouthwatering fresh pastries. Pair your croissant with a personal pour-over, drip coffee, or something from the traditional espresso menu. Beans come from locally owned Ferra Coffee and Austin’s Cuvée Coffee.

The Cracked Mug Coffee House
If you’re looking for a quieter place to ease into the day, head west to the Cracked Mug Coffee House in Old Town Helotes. Between the handwritten chalkboard menu, mismatched mugs, and comfy couches by a red brick fireplace, this cottage-style coffee spot exudes charm —and is the perfect spot to settle in with a good book or a good conversation. Plus, the huge homemade pastries will make your eyes pop.

Estate Coffee Company
One of the newer players in San Antonio’s recent coffee explosion, Estate Coffee Company sells both wholesale roasted beans and individually brewed coffee. Originally a carpenter, founder Brian LaBarbera utilized his woodworking background to create the beautiful space. Pull up a stool at the bar next to the impressive custom-built Slayer espresso machine, and be sure to try specialty cocktail creations like the coffee old fashioned.

This Southtown staple is as much of a lounge as it is a coffee shop, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good cup. On your next date night, commandeer one of the cushy couches after dinner and order a dessert spread of Nutella crepes and build-your-own s’mores. An extra shot of espresso will keep you perky for whatever follows.

Local Coffee
No San Antonio coffee roundup is complete without Local Coffee. With six locations across town, it’s hard to believe that one of the city’s most famous providers of quality brews has only been around since 2009. Today, the group serves beans from its own roasting facility, Merit, as well as featured guest roasters from across the country.  

Indy Coffee Co.
Already a favorite among UTSA students, Indy Coffee just celebrated its second year as a brick-and-mortar, boasting a prime location near campus. Serving specialty beans roasted by Brooklyn’s Parlor Coffee, this hip hangout is sure to become your new go-to. On weekends, pair your cappuccino with a classic avocado toast or fresh creations like the unbelievable pear-cardamom scone. 

Rosella at the Rand
Another great option for a brunch and brew combo, the Rosella group just opened a swanky new location in the historic Rand building right in the heart of downtown. Whether they come in for a morning breakfast sandwich or an evening French 75, this spot is already a favorite of the see-and-be-seen set.