Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.
Since my move from a small town to the great city of San Diego, the only “coffee shop” I ever went to was the mega-chain, Starbucks. Now, I have lived in beautiful San Diego for two years and since then, I have discovered so many unique, modern, and exceptional coffee shops, especially in the 92101. On that note, I have compiled a list of the ten noteworthy coffee shops found in and around Downtown San Diego that one must visit and try in no particular order. Check it out below!
The WestBean Coffee Roasters
Location: 240 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101
With a modern, rustic and industrial vibe, and it’s unique cold-brew creations, like the Kryptonite and the Orange cold-brew. West Bean does more than a regular cup of Joe. Here, you can purchase whole beans and it’s own cold brew both in bottles and on tap. The classic cold-brew can also be served on nitro which makes this place even more unique.
Location: 905 J St. San Diego, CA 92101
Located in East Village, this craft coffee company has floor to ceiling windows, allowing loads of natural light or the chance to watch the rain with a hot cup of it’s great coffee. Copa Vida’s slogan is “Go, Enjoy, Experience”. It’s cafe is meant for all. The “go” concept is for those who are in a hurry and they can avoid the coffee line and head to its self-drip coffee station. “Enjoy” is for those to enjoy the company of others: whether friends, family or co-workers, Copa Vida wants you to enjoy not only coffee but a variety of food and other drinks as well. “Experience” is for those who want to learn more about coffee and teas as they offer a series of different classes, educational talks, and much more.
James Coffee Co.
Location: 2355 India St. San Diego, CA 92101
What makes James Coffee Co. so unique is that it is located inside an industrial warehouse setting in the middle of a barbershop, bicycle shop, and an antique shop. With a simple menu and its open air, stone floors and it’s great choice of background music, this coffee joint is ideal for relaxing and hanging out with friends.
Coffee & Tea Collective
Location: 631 Ninth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101
Coffee & Tea Collective is located in the heart of East Village and has the ultimate chill vibe. With an open atmosphere, friendly staff, and top grade coffee, its no surprise so many of its customers are regulars. Aside from its great coffee, they serve one of the best avocado toasts that I have had in San Diego.
Achilles Coffee Roasters
Location: 703 Ash St. San Diego, CA 92101
Achilles Coffee Roasters is a small, cozy, and friendly coffee shop located in Cortez Hill. It has become the perfect addition in the neighborhood, especially in regards to good coffee. The coffee is strong and fresh, the shop is modern and hip, and best of all, it is dog-friendly. The cafe is known mostly for its pour-over coffee, perfect for the coffee connoisseur.
Location: 621 W Fir St. San Diego, CA 92101
Heartsleeves Coffee is smaller than most coffee shops. Located in Little Italy, this cafe is tucked away inside of a courtyard so that it’s customers can get away from the hustle and bustle of busy downtown San Diego. This place is definitely a hidden gem and a locals spot that is a must try!
Location: 1602 State St. San Diego, CA 92101
If you asked me what is a great place for a warm pastry and a great cup of coffee, Pappalecco would be my first suggestion. Once you step into their shop, the atmosphere is warm and makes you feel like you took a quick trip to Italy. It’s coffee is rich in flavor, and it’s pastries are unique with true Italian taste. One thing to note about Pappalecco is it’s choice of Gelato ice cream. Smooth, sweet, and rich, Pappalecco’s gelato is amazing! When in Little Italy, stop by this cozy cafe!
Location: 1068 K St. San Diego, CA 92101
Bean Bar is a quiet little coffee shop located in the heart of Downtown San Diego, right across from the Central San Diego Library. This cafe is the perfect place for one to study, read a good book, or catch up with friends. With a great friendly staff, clean atmosphere, and realistic prices, Bean Bar is another great addition to the list of the coffee shops of San Diego.
Location: 472 Third Ave. San Diego, CA 92101
This particular cafe is definitely one of a kind. You can grab a quick coffee drink or make a donation and then head on over to the cat room, where you can go in and enjoy the company of cats. It is very clean and many of the cats here are adopted as well. There is ample seating throughout and this cafe has definitely created a different atmosphere for its customers. Overall, it is quite relaxing and a unique experience!
Birdrock Coffee Roasters
Location: 2295 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101
With an inviting entrance, Birdrock Coffee Roasters is ideal for a warm latte and some reading or people watching. It’s friendly staff, modern and clean space, and delicious coffee is the reason why there are so many rave reviews about the coffee establishment.