Downtown Houston Street embodies a lot of the center city’s momentum. New housing, retail, and tech jobs are just a few of the changes it has experienced over the past few years. We have noticed another big change: coffee shops. It seems like every other month a new local coffee purveyor comes to Houston Street. That’s not to say we do not love the OG’s like Café Alameda and Sip. In this story we are highlighting a few others with some tips to experience San Antonio’s “Caffeine Corridor.”

Commonwealth Coffeehouse and Bakery (The Burns Building)

“Coffee shops are places to have a meeting, go on dates, get the family together, and socialize,” says Jose Ramon Campos, co-founder of Commonwealth Coffeehouse. Jose is excited to see so many coffee shops popping up downtown because it means a thriving community is growing up right around them.

Commonwealth is unique in the fact that it employs two French bakers (now San Antonio residents) to create its culinary offerings. Ingredients are both locally and internationally sourced to create a balance between global and local cuisine. Their breakfast croissant, which features fillings similar to your standard breakfast taco, is a prime example of this fusion.

Every Commonwealth location has an oven, so you know they’re serving up the food fresh. Jose reports that they are now considered a top 20 French bakery in the nation. 

At the Burns Building location on Houston Street (the newest installment), guests can also enjoy the first parklet in the city of San Antonio just outside its doors. Hit up Traveler Barbershop just feet away from Commonwealth in their shared space, or meet up with local techies who work in the upper floors of the building.

Commonwealth Coffeeshop Barista Sarah Duffy loves how walkable Downtown is compared to other areas of the city. Michael Cirlos / Centro San Antonio

Revolución Coffee + Juice

“What we strive for is coffee and food options that revolutionize the way we eat,” says Karmenly Alegria, Keyholder at Revolución. This coffee shop goes beyond its drinks and eats, offering diet advice and health books alongside its coffee, bowls, and juices.

While the Lavender Latte is Revolutión’s signature drink, Karmenly says you have to try the Mayan Mocha, which is spiced with Cayenne Pepper for a kick.

Newcomers should know that they now offer toasts, many of which are vegan. The avocado toast has blown away the clientele. Don’t forget to check out the $5 coffee and taco special on your way to work. It’s offered every day before noon.

Revolución Coffee + Juice Barista Karmenly Alegria serves up a cup of fresh joe. Michael Cirlos / Centro San Antonio
Revolución Coffee + Juice avocado toast. Michael Cirlos / Centro San Antonio 

La Panadería

“Houston Street is full of life,” says La Panadería co-founder David Caceres. That’s one of the reasons they decided to locate their second location downtown. “Big brands are made in downtowns,” he explains, “That’s the way to go- in the heart of the city.”

La Panadería is known mainly for its bakery, with unique pan dulce offerings and tortas. Guy Fieri himself has stopped in to try the Tequila Almond Croissant. But no bakery would be complete without a spot to grab a coffee. With pairings of coffee and eats during brunch, lunch, and now dinner, La Panadería can be the spot you return to again and again throughout your day downtown. 

A La Panadería cappuccino. Michael Cirlos / Centro San Antonio 
Pan dulce at La Panadería. Michael Cirlos / Centro San Antonio 
Pan dulce at La Panadería. Michael Cirlos / Centro San Antonio 

Rosella at The Rand

It might be late when you arrive at the end of your Houston Street trek at Rosella at the Rand. Luckily, this spot doubles as a bar.

“I think that mix of coffee and bar is unique downtown,” says Rosella General Manager Jessica Johnson. Rosella is a multi-faceted space that can be host to all kinds of meet-ups. Just below Geekdom and in the heart of the tech district, it’s no surprise that some of the most imaginative and creative minds in San Antonio frequent this place.

In addition, Rosella recently introduced a whole new menu. Jessica says her favorite new dish is the shrimp and grits. And she says you can’t pass up the dirty chai latte, which looks beautiful under a sprinkling of cinnamon. 

Rosella will validate parking for 3 hours at the Rand Garage after five on Monday-Friday and all-day Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy brunch and a jazz performance every Sunday. 

Rosella General Manager Jessica Johnson in action. Michael Cirlos / Centro San Antonio
Espresso pours at Rosella at The Rand. Michael Cirlos / Centro San Antonio 
Rosella at The Rand. Michael Cirlos / Centro San Antonio 

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Learn more about the Activate Houston Street initiative at centrosanantonio.org/houston