- La Panaderia, Photo by Ismael Rodriguez
La Panadería expanded an already successful space off Broadway and 410 into the Downtown area this summer.
Brothers Jose and younger brother David Caceres’ second location is a celebration of space — designed by Clayton & Little Architects — that seamlessly combines massive a bakery and kitchen for more of that storied “bread cultura." Pan dulce, as well as sandwiches and salads and newcomer pepitos (think open-faced tortas) will be available for dinner with choice of al pastor, beef milanesa, carnitas, mole poblano, steak and vegetarian options
And there’s space for all, be it morning meeting, quick lunch or chill dinner come evening time. Wash it all down with beer and wine — a new addition to the location. Multiple locations, lapanaderia.com.
The Art of Donut Gourmet donuts are sweeping SA. Now the owners are expanding their trailer to a quaint shop off St. Mary’s St. Don’t miss the donut breakfast sandwiches. 3428 N. St. Mary’s St., artofdonut.com.
Bakery Lorraine Chefs Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrell expanded their empire with a flagship location at the Pearl, a Medical Center post and now Maybelle’s, a doughnut shop inside the Bottling Department. Known for their homemade French macarons, fruit tarts, and croissants, Bakery Lorraine serves goodness with fresh ingredients and style. Multiple locations, bakerylorraine.com.
Bird Bakery San Anto celebrity Elizabeth Chambers continues to bring decadent sweets to her bakery that combines rustic flair with small town charm. Don’t miss the banana pudding. 5912 Broadway, (210) 804-2473, birdbakery.com.
Brindles Awesome Ice Creams Five words: waffle taco ice cream sundae. Load it up with any of the house-made flavors for a delectable treat. 12255 Huebner Road, (210) 641-5222.
Broadway Daily Bread One whiff of this bakery and you’re hooked. Stop in for full-size and mini loaves, scones, muffins and more in this Alamo Heights fave. 5001 Broadway, (210) 822-1621, broadwaydailybread.net.
Bubble Waffle Bar Hong Kong waffles have taken SA by storm, and at BWB, the combinations dip into savory territory. Order the fried chicken and waffles or waffle sandwiches stuffed with deli meats for yourself. 7755 Eckhert Road, (210) 425-9813, facebook.com/bubblewafflebar.
C’est La Vie Bakery Flaky croissants, spicy kolaches, and chocolaty macarons are just some of the reasons to check out this Castle Hills staple. 8055 West, (210) 259-8359, cestlaviebakingco.com.
Kuma More is more at this dessert shop that fills bubbly Hong Kong waffles with ice cream, mocha, Pocky, toppings and even buñuelos. 6565 Babcock Road, Suite 17, (210) 641-2888, facebook.com/kuma.satx.
Lily’s Cookies Cookies with Chihuahuas, mermaids, dinosaurs – you name it, Lily’s can make it. Since 2002, Lily’s Cookies has been baking SA sweetness in all forms. 2716 McCullough Ave., (210) 832-0886, lilyscookies.com.
Paleteria San Antonio Hemisfair’s Yanaguana Garden needed a little sweetness. The first shop to open in the area features 50-plus varieties of fruit and dairy-filled paletas. 510 S. Alamo St., Suite 104, (210) 954-0753, paleteriasanantonio.com.
SA Pops It doesn’t stop at homemade popsicles here. Chef Andrew Gutierrez cranks out gelato, soft serve and other tasty creations in innovative flavors like prickly pear lemonade, cucumber, peach and corn. 3420 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 736-2526.
Snopioca Taiwanese shaved ice hit SA last spring and it brought some friends. Stop in for several varieties of snow, bubble tea and smoothies. 6423 Babcock Road, Suite 104, (210) 455-8638, snopioca.com.
Steel City Pops San Anto knows paletas, but this Birmingham-transplant is winning over fans with its chocolate-dipped, caramel-drizzled offerings. 812 S. Alamo St., (210) 963-6540, steelcitypops.com.
Aspen’s Brew A buzzing local favorite that is quick, cheap and fresh, Aspen Brew offers a wide variety of ways to enjoy your cup of joe and free wifi. 11255 Huebner Road, Suite 100, (210) 561-5551, aspensbrewcoffee.com.
Barrio Barista Part-community center, part-café and part-java emporium, this self-proclaimed coffee house is bringing San Antonio Coffee Roasters’ beans to the West Side. Owned by father and son team Gilbert De Hoyos (Jr. and Sr.), the spot is know for its horchata iced latte and barbacoa grilled cheese. 3735 Culebra Road, (210) 519-5403, barriobarista.coffee.
Brown Coffee Walk into Brown Coffee Co. (either their roasting operation on Kings Hwy. or second shop at 1800 Broadway) and you will immediately understand that this place is serious about its beans. The minimalist design is sleek and clean, providing few distractions from the main point of focus: house-roasted coffee personally sourced from across the globe. Multiple locations, browncoffeeco.com.
Commonwealth Coffee Tucked right off Broadway, Commonwealth Coffee has a homey feel — probably because the building is a recent convert from an Alamo Heights bungalow. France is an inspiration, with a pâtisserie and Francophile lunch menu. But fear not, they know they’re in SA — they serve breakfast tacos until 11 a.m. 118 Davis Ct., (210) 560-2955, commonwealthcoffeehouse.com.
Cuppencake An airy café made only better with the addition of great and drool-worthy desserts. While away an afternoon here. 22211 W I-10, Suite 1111, (210) 892-3010, cuppencake.com.
Estate Coffee Co. House-made donuts pair exceedingly well with house-roasted coffee inside this uber cool setting. Don’t miss the coffee Old Fashioned. 1320 E. Houston St., (210) 667-4347, estatecoffeecompany.com.
Halcyon Located in the Blue Star District, Halcyon features a hip, industrial loft-style interior adorned with local art and modern décor and plenty of tables to work and lounge areas to hang. 1414 S. Alamo St., Suite 101, (210) 277-7045, halcyonsouthtown.com
Indy Coffee Co. UTSA students with taste buds and a keen eye for aesthetics need look no further. Let these expertly made espresso drinks help you through finals. 7114 UTSA Blvd., Suite 103, (210) 233-9203, indycoffeeco.com.
La Taza Coffee House New owners mean a new espresso machine, partnership with Katz Coffee and new desserts from the Bagel Factory. Grab a seat and feel at home instantly. 15060 San Pedro Ave., (210) 639-1426, facebook.com/latazajava.
Local Coffee A “local” favorite and winner of the Current’s “Best of San Antonio” coffee category for several years in a row, Local Coffee is serious about its craft. With several locations around the city, San Antonians have made Local their favorite go-to café — for good reason. Multiple locations, localcoffeesa.com.
Mildfire Coffee Roasters Stop in for premiere coffee, roasted in-house, and great drinks — iced or not. 15502 Huebner Road, (210) 492-9544, mildfirecoffee.com.
Press Coffee This petite (600 square feet) coffeehouse is located within biking distance from San Antonio College and Monte Vista. Sit at one of its handful of tables with the latest Current while sipping on your chai tea and you’ll forget you ever left home. 606 W. French Pl., (210) 758-5513, presscoffeesa.com.
Revolucion Café + Juice The coffee offerings reflect Revolucion’s health focus with options ranging from honey lavender lattes to matcha green teas to vegan and gluten-free drink and snack options. Don’t miss the acai bowls. Multiple locations, revolucioncoffee.com.
Rosella Coffee Co. Coffee? Check. Beer? Check. Wine? Check. Awesome bites? Oh yeah. Rosella’s only getting better with the addition of shops inside Methodist Hospital, select H-E-Bs and upcoming location in the Rand Building. 203 E. Jones Ave., (210) 277-8574, rosellacoffee.com.
Sip Brew Bar This Andrew Weissman owned shop faces down Starbucks on the daily, and well we might add. The offerings are fresh, the coffee strong and the ambience perfect for a morning meeting. 160 E. Houston St.
Summermoon Coffee Bar This Austin-transplant is winning over San Antonians with wood-roasted coffee, sweet moon milk and prime location. 3233 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 320-1773, woodfiredcoffee.com.
Theory Coffee Company Mark Vollmer’s coffee trailer offers quality coffee and must-have pie to cappucino-craving commuters at 410 and Nacogdoches. 2347 Nacogdoches Road, (512) 507-3025, facebook.com/theorycoffee.
White Elephant Coffee Co. This Southtown micro-roaster comes via Jose Carlos de Colina, a Rio Grande Valley native. Pick up the usual latte or a bag of beans for your own brewing pleasure. 110 W. Carolina St., (210) 465-9478, wecoffeecompany.com.