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A Local's Guide to the Best South Austin Coffee Shops

Posted by Ryan Rodenbeck on Friday, September 6th, 2019 at 1:01pm

Nothing tastes better in cool or warm weather than coffee. When it comes to really good coffee, we know that finding the right cup of joe can make anyone's day a lot better! With plenty of coffee shops within 78704 - South Austin, it can be a challenge to choose your favorite!

We gathered a list of our best 78704 coffee shops that you should visit for your next cup!


1. Cosmic Coffee and Beer

Price Range: $$

121 Pickle Rd

Austin, TX 78704

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Located near St. Edwards University and across the parking of Infinite Monkey Theorem is one of our favorites, Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden. They offer specialty coffee, cocktails, locally brewed draft beer, and more. The ambiance of the shop is unlike any other you might have encountered.

The atmosphere is vibrant plus a blend of dark which embraces the feel of a bar. It is also family-friendly which means you can also bring along your kids with you. In addition to that, there is plenty of room to enjoy your goodies whether it is indoor or outdoor, you will love to hang out and relax with your favorite beverage in this place. We recommend you get the delicious Cosmic Cold Brew Coffee, it's one of the best ways to know how good it is, and with Cosmic, you'll keep on coming back for it! Grab your coffee by day and some cold beer and cocktails by night. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family. This is truly one of the best coffee shops in Austin.


2. Opa! Coffee and Wine Bar

Price Range: $$

2050 S Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX 78704

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Opa Coffee and Wine Bar is a family-owned and operated establishment by Spiros and Jackie Karamelgos. They opened up the coffee house and wine bar for gatherings their friends and family can attend and enjoy. Today,  they serve Texas Traders organic, fair-trade, locally-roasted coffee. Opa also offers Greek eats and a wide selection of local and important beverages as well as a wide variety of snacks.

Experience a homey feel in a comfortable atmosphere with an expansive outdoor seating patio that rests under a beautiful old oak tree. The staff are also friendly and accommodating.  Indoor seating is also available that is intimate and cozy. If you are looking for a haven to relax, hang out, they also have some games you can play with your friends, bring your date or wind down whilst having a good cup of coffee or a glass of wine, this spot is one of the best 78704 coffee shops that are worth checking out! Opa's Happy Hours are from 3 pm to 7 pm and all day during Sundays.


3. Radio Coffee & Beer

Price Range: $

4204 Manchaca Rd

Austin, TX 78704

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As we went around finding the best coffee shops in Austin 78704, Radio Coffee & Beer joins our list. It first opened in 2014 and since then, the coffee and beer shops thrive because of its perfect coffee blend. There's always something up every night within Radio. from bluegrass nights, trivia nights, outdoor cinemas, and musicians singing their best hits.

Nearby, there are food trucks that also offers delicious grub you can get! Get your favorite local coffee or beer in the big open space of Radio. It’s also a great place to hang out with your friends for a casual afternoon as the shop's ambiance is cozy! The shop also offers pizza and tacos which are really good. 


4. Jo’s Coffee

Price Range: $

1300 S Congress Ave

Austin, TX 78704

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Jo’s Coffee Shop is a Holy Grail located conveniently in South Congress within 78704 - South Austin. Aside from coffee, you can also get an iced tea and some breakfast or lunch fixes made from fresh ingredients such as pancakes, burgers, tacos, and even some salad. Brunch is also served during the weekends. Live music? They got it here too!

During peak hours, the seating on the patio could be limited since yes, we're telling you, they really serve good stuff here. The staff is also pleasant and friendly. If you are on a mural hunt, the iconic “I love you so much” is featured around Jo’s Coffee Shop! Try out the local favorite Iced Turbo, perfect for hot days in Austin, and Belgian Bomber, you'll definitely say I love to so much to those drinks!


5. Patika

Price Range: $

2159 S Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX 78704

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Photo from Patika Coffee's Website

Patika started out of a little kart in downtown Austin owned by Andy Wiggington. Taste the outstanding craft espresso that is brewed from local beans. This trendy coffee shop in South Lamar is raising the bar in Austin’s food and beverage scene with tasty pastries, scrumptious breakfast, lunch, and brunch meals, and of course, hot coffee. This what makes Patika on our list of the best coffee shops in Austin!

The interior is minimalist, modern, cozy and Instagrammable. A great place for a relaxing afternoon under the shady patio with your friends or take your significant for a date in this chic spot! This South Lamar favorite also now has a luncheonette located in Downtown Austin. Patika Luncheonette offers a full menu for breakfast and lunch that can be ordered through pick-up or dining in.



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