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

There's no place like these local coffee shops that use both the finest and highest quality local and international coffee beans. There's something about that first sip of coffee that makes everything a little better. These coffee shops have also become the destination for first dates, interviews, business meetings, and coworking.

When it comes to really good coffee, we know that finding the right cup of joe can make anyone's day a lot better. If you want to do some great coffee-hopping, you've come to the right place for some suggestions for the best local South Austin coffee shops in the area.


1. Cosmic Coffee and Beer

Location: 121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Popular Drinks: Frozen Boozy Coffee, Cocktail Flight, Cold Brew, Chai Latte, Carajillo

Located near St. Edwards University and across the parking of Infinite Monkey Theorem is one of our favorites, Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden. They offer free WiFi, 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 indoors or on the outdoor patio, you will love to hang out and relax with your favorite beverage in this place.

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

Location: 2050 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Popular Drinks and Dishes: Sangria, Greek Salad, Baked Feta, Hummus Plate, Falafel Plate

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, and hangout, 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 3pm to 7pm and all day on Sundays.

3. Radio Coffee & Beer

Location: 4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Popular Drinks: Cold Brew Coffee, Nitro Cold Brew, Stumptown Nitro Cold Brew, Chai Tea Latte, Iced Latte

As we look around to find 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 on Radio. from bluegrass nights, trivia nights, outdoor cinemas, and musicians singing their best hits.

Nearby, there are food trucks that also offer delicious food you can get! Get your favorite local coffee or craft 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. 


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4. Jo’s Coffee

Location: 1300 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Popular Drinks and Dishes: Breakfast Tacos, Iced Turbo

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Jo’s Coffee Shop is a Holy Grail located conveniently in South Congress within South Austin. Aside from coffee, you can also get 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

Location: 2159 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Popular Drinks and Dishes: Breakfast Sandwich, Avocado Toast, French Toast

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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, brunch meals, and of course, hot coffee. This is 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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