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The Best Coffee Shops in San Diego, California

The Best Coffee Shops in San Diego, California

San Diego is turning in to a Mecca for foodies. It’s known for its authentic Mexican food, craft beers, and should also be known for its coffee shops! The below coffee roasters are top-notch with delicious blends, I’ve tried them all. Not only that, but these coffee shops are some of the prettiest and most aesthetically pleasing places in San Diego. Check my “Best Coffee Shops in San Diego” blog post below!

In this post, I’ll show you the Top Ten places to have coffee in America’s Finest City, and believe me I’ve done my extensive research!

Better Buzz — Hillcrest

Insanely good coffee, the constant line out the door is a perfect indicator of that. It’s also a great place to come and work because the aesthetic is so on point it actually makes you more creative – trust me – a LOT of this site has been created while sitting at Better Buzz Hillcrest. For an instant jolt of caffeine ask for “The Best Drink Ever.” It’ll have you going for hours!

Location: 801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Holsem Coffee — North Park

Super modern, clean design and their coffee is delicious! It’s located in the heart of North Park and is known to be super busy during morning hours.

Location: 2911 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

Communal Coffee — South Park

Easily the cutest coffee shop I have ever laid eyes on. Who doesn’t love a good coffee truck and chic decor? I will say I was a little taken aback when they said they didn’t have any almond milk and only have oat milk. Bougie much? Even still, it is still my favorite on this list! The aesthetic is EVERYTHING!

Location: 2221 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104

Communal Coffee — North Park

The same owners as the one in South Park (2 miles away) but this one is a little more classic with the same great coffee and cute aesthetic. COFFEE + FLOWERS = BRING YOUR CAMERA!

Location: 2335 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters — Little Italy

Open-air coffee shop located on a bustling corner in Little Italy for prime people-watching with your brew. They have five locations scattered across San Diego and occasionally have “cupping” which is a technique they use to evaluate coffees and get to know its flavors and aromas.

Location: 2295 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Joe & The Juice — La Jolla

This place started in Europe and is taking America by storm. They recently opened up in the UTC mall and have the cutest decor and the vanilla milk sure is TASTY (and probably filled with calories but a girl needs her coffee)!

TIP: they are cashless so make sure to bring your credit card!

Location: 4545 La Jolla Village Dr Suite, San Diego, CA 92122

Moniker Coffee — Liberty Station

Coffee, bikes, and geometric tiles galore this coffee shop is unlike most others. They have tons of couches and spaces to get your work done and even have a cocktail bar for happy hour. Furthermore, there is a cute shop that sells women’s and men’s clothing. It’s one of my favorites on this list!

Location: 2860 Sims Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

Coffee & Tea Collective — North Park

Since 2010 Coffee & Tea Collective has been serving up some amazing brews. Furthermore, the coffee is robust and the space on El Cajon Blvd also doubles as an art gallery. If you’re a die-hard coffee aficionado, you have to check out C&T. If you’re in the downtown area, check out their location on J St.

Location: 2911 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

Lofty Coffee — Little Italy

Give me a good pun and I’m all set! This cute indoor/outdoor spot is a new kid on the block but taking the coffee game by storm.

Location: 444 W Cedar St, San Diego, CA 92101

Holy Matcha — North Park

Maybe you’re not in the mood for coffee. Maybe you’re in the mood for some Matcha. Matcha is all the rage these days and Holy Matcha’s pink and green vibes and minimal aesthetic combine for a great place for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Not going to lie, I’ve tried Matcha and it is NOT FOR ME – but a lot of people love it! But give me a cute atmosphere and yummy donuts and I’ll keep showing up!

Location: 3118 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104


Since Holy Matcha is technically not a coffee shop I had to add my husband’s favorite below…

Dark Horse — Normal Heights

Dark Horse is my husband’s favorite coffee in all of San Diego – and he REALLY likes coffee. Dark Horse has four locations in San Diego but the one in Normal Heights was the first. Aside from good coffee, you have to make sure you check out their merch!

Location: 3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

So there you have it, you now know the Best Coffee Shops in San Diego, California! This was one of my favorite posts to date well because, coffee. To check out my Ultimate San Diego Travel Guide click here!



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  • Reply Taylor Deer

    Okay, you’re making me want to book a flight back to San Diego. I’ve only been to Moniker General Coffee, but I need to check out the others now! 🙂

    September 20, 2019 at 6:49 pm
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      And there are even more cute places too! I had a hard time narrowing it down lol

      September 30, 2019 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Bliss

    Omg I love the look of holy matcha and South Park. I need to visit!

    September 27, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      It’s so chic! Love it

      September 30, 2019 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply World of Lina

    I haven’t been to a single one of them when I was in San Diego in February unfortunately 🙈

    September 30, 2019 at 4:37 am
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      Oh no! Well looks like you’ll need to make another visit then lol

      September 30, 2019 at 12:22 pm

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