Over the past decade, cities across Texas have risen to the forefront of the national craft coffee, cocktail, beer, and culinary trends. With locally-owned coffee shops, brunch spots, restaurants and cocktail lounges galore, Corpus Christi is no exception. Fuel up for fun in the sun at a cherished local bakery, or unwind after your outdoor adventures with a pint (or two) from one of the area’s many microbreweries.

Good days on the beach start with good coffee, and Corpus Christi provides endless options to caffeinate. The cozy vibes of Eleanor Coffee Bar + Market are worth the short drive down South Alameda Street: ease into the day with beans from San Antonio’s Merit Coffee, or enjoy one of Eleanor’s house-pressed juices while browsing Hybrid Records next door. Downtown, Green Light Coffee is a great go-to, Coffee Waves literally serves a Hug in a Mug, and the newly opened Coffee Muggle brings coffee and Harry Potter fanatics together under one roof.

Eleanor Coffee Bar + Market Photograph by Hannah J. Phillips

Down the street from Eleanor’s, Gates Donuts is a longtime local donut destination. For authentic Mexican baked goods, head to any of the three locations of La Michoacana to carb load on colorful sweetbreads that will blow your mind. You can’t go wrong with anything in the vast glass display, so stock up for your beach picnic, and do not skip the classic concha – store bought will honestly never taste the same.

La Michoacana Bakery Photograph by Hannah J. Phillips

Brunch, Lunch and Cocktails with a View
For freshly fried fish straight from Aransas Pass, head to the patio at Pier 99 to enjoy a platter of oysters, shrimp and an unbeatable view of the USS Lexington and Harbor Bridge. Happy hour seems to last all day, and local bands perform live music almost as long. The deck at Hester’s Café inside the Art Museum of South Texas offers hearty sandwiches and the opposite vantage point across the bay, but some of the finest views in town are paired with cocktails in the Best Western’s Grand View Lounge.

Water Street Oyster Bar Photograph by Jason Page

Drinks and Dinner and more Drinks
Thanks to the plethora of bars, breweries, and cocktail lounges, one of the hardest decisions you’ll make in Corpus Christi is where to grab pre- or post-dinner drinks. Lorelei Brewing Company in Flour Bluff and Lazy Beach Brewing on the southside of the city are both great options for day drinking, and the Post at Lamar Park is the perfect place for a quick spritz before heading downtown. If you like to plan well in advance, the Corpus Christi Brewery Festival is on March 9th this year and will feature many local breweries. For dinner, Waterstreet Market has something for everyone, serving fresh Gulf oysters by the half shell, sushi, and you-peel-em shrimp. The daily specials offer more Gulf favorites like redfish and drum, and the gouda mac and cheese is the dreamy, dairy side dish you’ve been searching for your whole life.

After dinner, head to the Gold Fish for more specialty drinks or enjoy the patio at Bar Under the Sun (BUS), a converted Greyhound station serving signature cocktails and local brews.

Explore Corpus Christi

Presented by Visit Corpus Christi, Explore Corpus Christi provides an in-depth look at everything the city has to offer. From cuisine to the arts to the beaches, we’ve collected and curated recommendations to ensure a fantastic trip to the Texas Coast. Read more here.