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The Top Ten Coffee Shops in San Diego


San Diego is turning in to a Mecca for foodies. It’s known for its authentic Mexican food, craft beers, and should be known for its coffee shops! The quality of the below coffee roasters are top-notch, not to mention the prettiest places to enjoy your morning cup of Joe.

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!

Holsem Coffee — North Park

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

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? Whatevs, still my favorite on this list! The aesthetic is EVERYTHING!

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!

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.

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 bring your credit card sis.

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. It’s one of my favorites of this list and you can spend hours here.

Coffee & Tea Collective — North Park

  • Since 2010 Coffee & Tea Collective has been serving up some amazing brews. The coffee is robust and the space on El Cajon Blvd also doubles as an art gallery. They host a lot of art and coffee brewing events. 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.

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.

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 pickmeup. Not going to lie, I’ve tried Matcha and it is NOT FOR ME – hubs loves it tho! But I’ll still come for the cute atmosphere and yummy donuts.


Since Holy Matcha is technically not a coffee shop I had to add my husbands 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!

So there you have it, you now know the Top Ten Coffee Shops in San Diego if you plan on visiting or live here already and want to find some new cool spots. This was one of my favorite posts to date well because, coffee. For more of my San Diego guides head 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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