Like most people, I can’t go a day without a cup of coffee. I always look forward to waking up and enjoying my morning cuppa, and sometimes it’s the only thing that gets me out of bed! I was also a barista throughout college, which made me turn into a complete coffee snob. Or a coffee ‘connoisseur’, in nicer terms. 😉 Anytime a new coffee shop pops up, I always have to go check it out!
Here are my ten favorite coffee shops in San Diego, from all across the county:
This little gem of a coffee shop is right on University, the main street in North Park. Their marble counter is perfect for all you Instagrammers out there, and their “La Vie En Rose” cappuccino is one of my favorite drinks ever. It’s essentially an infused cappuccino with rose petal, rosewater, honey and cardamom. Yum!
With locations in super trendy East Village and hipster North Park, you can’t go wrong with this local gem. Their almond milk lattes are to die for, and their minimal decor is stunning! They are a a small-batch roastery and really care about how they source and brew their coffee.
3. Lofty Coffee
If you live in North County and you haven’t been here, put it on your list ASAP! They’ve got locations in Encinitas and Solana Beach, and even if you don’t live up there, it’s well worth the trip. Not only is their coffee amazing, they make all their baked goods in house and they are pretty darn incredible!
4. Better Buzz
The first time I had their coffee was at their cart in the mall, and I was blown away by how good it was. Years later, they have tons of locations around the county, and are probably one of San Diego’s best known coffee companies. Their Encinitas location is my favorite- it’s gorgeous! They have tons of fun drink options that aren’t on most menus. I love their mint mojito iced coffee!
You can’t go wrong with Caffe Calabria! Sitting on the sidewalk with one of their cappuccinos makes you feel like you’re in Italy. Plus, they have a wood fired pizza oven and it turns into a pizzeria in the evenings from Weds-Sun. Yes please!
Any coffee shop where you can get a bagel and lox definitely makes my list! Influx is one of my favorite spots to bring my laptop and get some work done. Usually it’s filled with people working, which is super motivating for some reason! I also have a slight obsession with their iced coffee…
Remember how coffee shops used to be? Filled with old sofas with live music every day? Well, that’s just how Rebecca’s is! It’s comfy, cozy, and best of all…. they have homemade scones that they make fresh every. single. day. Let me tell you, nothing gets me out of bed faster than the promise of one of their scones! They’re cash only, so come prepared.
This spot is only a few months old, and it already has a special place in my heart! They’ve partnered with Native Poppy, a local flower company, so basically you can get your coffee with a side of flowers. I mean, if you’re into that sort of thing (who isn’t?!). They brew San Francisco’s Sightglass Coffee, which is to die for, and they have some yummy bites, such as avocado toast!
9. Cafe Moto
If you’ve eaten out in San Diego, chances are you’ve had Cafe Moto coffee. They’re on the menu at tons of local restaurants and cafes, and for good reason! They have some of my absolute favorite coffee in town. They’re located in Barrio Logan, and even have a little coffee museum where you can learn about how they got their start! If you’re not sure what to order, talk to the barista and they’ll whip something up for you.
Bird Rock Coffee is a farm to cup coffee roaster, meaning that they work directly with the farmer at the origin, which is really cool! Their coffee is incredible. Get a pour-over of whatever they’re brewing that day, and you won’t be sorry!
For you locals out there, what are your favorite coffee shops in San Diego? I’d love to hear them!