Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Coffee shops guide


Are you getting tired of the long lines at Starbucks? Looking for a change of scenery to study? Need a new place to take your boo? Here’s a list of coffee shops that are sure to become your new hangout for any occasion.

Barrio Barista (3735 Culebra Rd)

Walking into Barrio Barista is comparable to walking into your abuela’s house. The eclectic Mexican decor provides the perfect atmosphere to nosh on a barbacoa grilled cheese (add on the avocado—you won’t be disappointed) and sip on a horchata latte. Along with the indoor shop, there is a spacious patio for you to enjoy your coffee while taking in the fresh air. The shop closes at 3 p.m. and the kitchen closes at 2 p.m., so get to the Barrio Barista early in the day.

Halcyon Southtown (1414 S Alamo St)

For the 21 and over college students seeking to mix their two loves of coffee and alcohol, Halcyon is the place to be. Their alcoholic coffee menu includes drinks such as the Voodoo Lady which mixes Bacardi, Kahlúa and vanilla chai. Their non-alcoholic coffee beverages come with animal crackers, making their drinks that much more Instagram-worthy. The shop is nestled among the vibrant Southtown and overlooks the River Walk, so grab a coffee to-go and stroll along the running river.

Local Coffee (Multiple Locations)

Local Coffee is so good, they decided to open six shops around San Antonio at Shavano Park, Leon Springs, Medical Center, Pearl Brewery, Stone Oak and Alamo Heights. During the hot summer days that seem to overlap well into the fall and winter, an iced coffee infused with Mexican vanilla syrup will satisfy a caffeine craving while giving your taste buds a sweet kick. Local also makes their dairy-based drinks with local, grass-fed milk and the shops provide select eats and treats from Bakery Lorraine.


Rosella Coffee Company (203 E Jones Ave #101)

This two-story shop has a chalkboard wall upstairs for customers to write on and a downstairs patio to bask in the sun while reading your favorite magazine (*cough cough* Paisano Plus). Rosella is a short walk from the San Antonio Museum of Art, making this coffee shop your go-to stop after a walk around the gallery. Their menu includes coffee, tea, beer, soda, hot chocolate, breakfast, lunch and the list goes on.

Indy Coffee Club (7114 UTSA Boulevard #103)


Of course, who could forget UTSA’s coffee heroes of Indy C.C.? They started off as a traveling coffee truck and are now a permanent shop located under the Prado apartment complex. Their homemade flaky biscuits pair well with any drink on the menu. They also serve brunch on the weekends from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Swing by the clubhouse and order a fan favorite, the Dirty Brown.

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