BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN SAN DIEGO
San Diego is the classic Californian city with attention to some of the best aesthetics and unique food offerings across the country. This list gives you a good look at our favorite coffee shops with fast casual brunch, donuts and of course amazing roasting capabilities to get your morning started. If you see one we missed, let us know! We are always looking for new options to test out. Enjoy our list of the best coffee shops in San Diego County.
My natural instinct is to be persuaded by aesthetically pleasing shops, but this one is backed by a total package. Communal Coffee isn’t just your average shop, here they offer fresh flowers, gifts, clothing and more making it a one-stop-shop for all the fun things you need. This one is made for anyone who likes a hearty coffee with casual eats that taste good and are good FOR you. The charming aesthetic is just a bonus here.
LOCATIONS: North Park, South Park
DRINK RECO: Iced Lavender Honey Latte or any of their seasonal picks
- Savory: Veggie Bagel Sandwich
- Fresh: Protein Bowl or Avo Toast
- Sweet: Cinnamon Crunch Toast
Better Buzz is staple throughout San Diego County and is one worth raving about. With more than 10 locations throughout the area, you are sure be around one of the shops no matter where you stay. You can even get a tour of their roasting headquarters in Vista. The food and coffee here are some of the best I’ve had in the city. You can’t miss this notorious coffee shop in San Diego.
LOCATIONS: Miramar, Escondido, La Jolla, Pacific Beach Grand, Pacific Beach West, Pacific Beach East, Hillcrest (flagship), Encinitas, Fashion Valley, Point Loma, Mission Beach, San Marcos
DRINK RECO: Your go-to coffee classic
- Savory: Better Breakfast Sandwich
- Fresh: Avocado Toast
- Sweet: Islander Açai Bowl
One of the best shops with finely roasted coffee in San Diego. Holsem pays close attention to its roasting, with a nod towards the next generation of brewing and preparation with wholesome ingredients and a focus on what’s next. This spot also serves up wine, beer and other spirits.
LOCATION: North Park
DRINK RECO: The Woods Latte (iced, always)
- Savory: Gouda Grilled Cheese or Prosciutto Gouda Artisan Toast
- Fresh: Ancient Grain Morning Bowl
- Sweet: Buckwheat Granola + Yogurt
Coffee & Tea Collective is all about aesthetic and its merchandise follows suit. The food, coffee and tea options are unique and fun with some of the best tastes in town. The East Village location is also partnered with Juice Saves for an additional option to kickstart your morning.
LOCATION: North Park, East Village
DRINK RECO: Batch Brew (changes seasonally, has some unique flavors mixed in its brew)
FOOD RECO: Veggie Bagel
Moniker General is a hybrid of home goods and culinary wisdom, and it tops the charts in both of its categories. What’s better than a place to grab a morning cocktail or coffee AND shop? It can’t be named. This one is perfect for pre-hike fuel before heading to Point Loma’s coastal trails.
LOCATION: Liberty Station (Point Loma)
- Savory: Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwich
- Fresh: Toast Flight, so many good options (my picks: All Hands On Deck, Hunky Dory, Show A Leg)
- Sweet: Simple Yogurt Bowl
STEADY STATE ROASTING
Although this one isn’t located in the most frequented parts of San Diego, it is still a favorite on our list. Mostly because of its coastal aesthetic, laid back atmosphere and simple coffee and food options. This one is pretty close to Mission Beach, so if your day entails a stop there, this would be a great way to start it.
LOCATION: Crown Point
DRINK RECO: Salted Honey
- Savory: Breakfast Sandwich
- Fresh: Grounds Avo Fancy Toast
- Sweet: Almond Chia Toast or the Granola Bowl
JAMES COFFEE CO.
James Coffee Co. is a punky, grungy coffee joint with unique roasting in house at its flagship shop. And its not just a coffee shop, there’s a barber shop and salon, card shop, home goods, supply store and more. Good to note, the only breakfast items served up here are pastries & quiche.
LOCATIONS: Little Italy, Downtown, Bankers Hill
DRINK RECO: Your go to coffee drink
This reco strays away from the norm, S3 offers up some of the coolest and most unique coffee beverages around. Their food is a highlight here too.
LOCATION: Mission Valley
DRINK RECO: If its the weekend, the Rainbow Latte is a must. Or if you’re lucky, they might even have their 24k Cappuccino available which, yes, has 24k gold.
- Fresh: Avocado Toast (highly ranked in San Diego)
- Sweet: Zucchini Walnut Bread
DARK HORSE COFFEE ROASTERS
Another well established roastery in the San Diego area is Dark Horse. This one specializes in not only incredible coffee, but also serves up Vegan donuts and snacks.
LOCATION: Normal Heights, North Park, La Mesa, Golden Hill
ORDER THIS: Vegan donut of the day and your go to coffee order
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