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10 Coffee Shops in San Diego You’ll Fall in Love With

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Aidan Ryan
Written by Aidan Ryan

Coffee, much like surfing and beach dwelling, is a way of life in San Diego, California. The options are endless when it comes to deciding where to stop in the next time you’re hit with a sudden craving for caffeine, so we’ve narrowed it down for you. Here are ten of the best coffee shops in San Diego.

10. Coffee & Tea Collective


With two locations in the San Diego area, Coffee & Tea Collective is well known for their commitment to quality caffeine products. The small-batch roastery and tasting room offers a killer cold brew, loose-leaf teas, and tasty treats in a beautiful bright space.

9. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters


Repeatedly deemed one of Southern California’s top hot spots for java lovers, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters focuses on sustainability, offering a farm to cup philosophy that has won over locals. Their menu is fair-trade, organic, and very delicious. 

8. Café Moto


The beans at Café Moto are house-roasted, and Californians will tell you that this makes all of the difference when it comes to an exceptional cup of coffee. Not only are the drinks great, the décor of the café will make you feel like you’ve stepped into an eclectic vintage shop.

7. James Coffee Co. 

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Independently owned and operated James Coffee Co. is located in an airy loft-like space. Boasting neon lights and wall art, it just may be the coolest place in the city to enjoy your daily dose of caffeine. They roast their own beans and even make vanilla for their lattés.

6. Mostra Coffee


The relaxed and happy atmosphere at Mostra Coffee is no doubt due to the café’s friendly owners and the unparalleled coffee that they make. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Mostra Coffee has been roasting and brewing fair-trade coffee for their loyal customers since they opened their doors in 2013.

5. Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

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Dark Horse Coffee Roasters have three different locations in the city, each with its own unique and diverse vibe. They roast their top quality beans on a daily basis, always ensuring their customers are receiving the freshest and highest grade cup of coffee.   

4. Ryan Bros. Coffee

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With five different locations, Ryan Bros. Coffee has based their values on family, friendship, and award-winning craft coffee. Their laid-back cafés are warm and welcoming, and their breakfast sandwiches and burritos are not to be missed.

3. Swell Coffee Co. 

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Swell Coffee is making good coffee in a green way, utilizing recycled materials and L.E.D. lighting at both of their locations. Their artisan coffee is direct-trade, sourced from all over the world. It’s the perfect place to grab a pre or post surf cup of Joe. Their food menu is noteworthy as well, dishes include acai bowls, caprese grilled cheese, and a baby kale salad.    

2. Holsem Coffee


Holsem Coffee has won over the hearts of its hip Californian clientele thanks to their modern décor and fair-trade beverages. They care about good ingredients, and that attention is apparent in every java drink on their menu, a menu that includes Nutella cold brews and lavender mochas.  

1. Caffe Calabria


Caffe Calabria is a café and pizza place, with white lights hanging from the ceiling and bicycles mounted up on the walls. They are roasting and serving coffees from South and Central America, yet the Italian influence is apparent in each cup the café produces.

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