Great Coffee Shops in San Diego

Ali Sullivan
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We selected the best and most affordable coffee shops in San Diego

In the heart of San Diego’s vibrant urban landscape, the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee intertwines with the city’s spirit, beckoning both locals and visitors  on a flavorful journey. From the lively neighborhoods to the coastal corners, San Diego boasts a mosaic of coffee shops that cater to a spectrum of tastes and preferences.

This guide invites you to explore the finest coffee destinations that define San Diego’s caffeine-rich landscape. Beyond being mere caffeine dispensaries, these establishments have become woven into the fabric of the city’s daily life—offering not only a cup of steaming brew but a taste of community, creativity, and the distinctive essence that defines San Diego.

As we navigate the streets, we’ll discover how each cup of coffee represents more than just a beverage; it embodies the dedication of skilled baristas, the camaraderie of fellow coffee enthusiasts, and the artistic character that sets San Diego’s coffee scene apart.

Pump Coffee in San Diego

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Located in the heart of Pacific Beach, Pump Coffee is a new shop that not only has the best coffee I’ve had in San Diego, but also the best pastries. Their croissants are the perfect combination of buttery and flakey, comparable to those in France. They offer a wide selection of coffees and espressos. They even have some very unique drinks, such as their Chagaccino which is made with chaga mushrooms that offer huge health benefits. Every staff member has an incredibly warm and welcoming personality that will make your day!

Better Buzz Coffee Hillcrest in San Diego

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Better Buzz Coffee is located in Hillcrest – the most diverse and inclusive neighborhood in San Diego. While you sip your coffee, order one of the amazing meals they have to offer. Try the avocado toast – the most famous meal at Better Buzz – or the refreshing açaí bowl. To drink, I recommend the rose latte that comes with real rose petals!

Caffè Calabria in San Diego

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Caffè Calabria is located in North Park. The main attraction of this coffee shop is the giant roaster, so rest assured that you will drink super fresh coffee in this place. Sit outside and enjoy the relaxing ambience on the patio while grabbing a delicious bite to eat. The pizza is amazing and reminds me of pizzas I have eaten in Europe. If you go during happy hour, you can also save some money!

James Coffee Co. in San Diego

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Sustainability matters at James Coffee, where they serve coffee in reusable glasses. Three shops can be found around the city in Little Italy, Bakers Hill and North Park. Known for making a great work spot, James Coffee has great wifi. You can easily stay there for many hours working while you try some delicious food and drinks.

The Living Room Coffeehouse in San Diego

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If you are looking for a wonderful ambiance to work or study, go to The Living Room Coffee House. It is located near San Diego State University, so many students go there to study and enjoy the atmosphere. The wifi there is free and their açaí bowl is amazing!

If you are staying in ITH Adventure Hostel in Little Italy, you can also check out Lofty Coffee, and Pappalecco, as these are both located right down the road!

 

 

Now that you know the best and most affordable coffee shops in San Diego, check out some cheaper food places in Hillcrest here.

 

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