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San Diego’s cutest coffee shops

Bags of coffee and mugs on a shelf

I’ll be the first to admit that I was into coffee shops long before I was into coffee, and as far as I’m concerned, San Diego has some of the best. The combination of great drinks, beautiful interior design and in many cases, solid retail options (flowers! apparel! …bicycles!) make this my favorite city for a caffeine fix. Read on for some of my favorite San Diego coffee shops!

THE CUTEST SAN DIEGO COFFEE SHOPS

COMMUNAL COFFEE
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Not to start off playing favorites, but… this shop is my favorite, probably on earth. It’s got stellar drinks and lots of food options, but perhaps most importantly, it shares a space with whimsical floral boutique Native Poppy. I’d go every day if I could!

Table and chairs outside Communal Coffee
Cactus outside of Communal Coffee
Tables and chairs inside of Communal Coffee
Flowers in front of two men making coffee

HOLSEM COFFEE
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This sleek, pretty shop has latte and cold brew flavors you won’t find anywhere else, not to mention amazing-looking baked goods up front. It sits in the middle of the North Park neighborhood, which makes it the perfect place to grab a to-go cup for exploring.

Holsem coffee shop interior
Three coffee mugs
Row of four coffee machines
Menu at Holsem Coffee

MONIKER COFFEE CO.
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Moniker Coffee Co. sits inside Moniker General, a lifestyle store that carries everything from candles and planters to furniture and bicycles. Do yourself a favor and order the mocha with housemade ganache to sip while you browse. 

People on laptops at Moniker Coffee Co.
Bike for sale

JAMES COFFEE CO.
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James Coffee Co. has more going on than meets the eye. The space includes a card shop, a soap and beauty shop, and even a barber shop, and James also offers classes on different coffee-brewing techniques in the back. There’s plenty of room to bring your laptop and sit under the signature owl-adorned walls, too. 

Counter at James Coffee Co.
Bath salts for sale
People on laptops in front of painted wall

COFFEE & TEA COLLECTIVE
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Not in to coffee but looking for an aesthetically pleasing place to hang? Coffee and Tea Collective’s got you. This shop has plenty of java-free options among its creative menu offerings thanks to its dual focus on tea.

Potted plant by a window
Coffee spoons and glasses
People at counter in coffee shop

BETTER BUZZ
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“Buzz” holds a double meaning at Better Buzz’ flagship space on University Ave., which is shaped like a (gorgeous, tile-and-glass-adorned) honeycomb. There’s also plenty of space at this location if you need a place to work while enjoying a Mexican mocha. 

"Buzz Life" neon sign
Glass light fixtures hanging from ceiling
"Morning drug" light-up letters
People sitting upstairs at Better Buzz

For more on San Diego, check out my city guide and this post on day-tripping up the California coast.

Do you have any favorite San Diego coffee shops? Which has the best coffee in San Diego? Let me know in the comments! >>

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