San Diego, California is one of the sunniest, most adventurous but laid back places to visit for the perfect vacation. And it’s no secret that one of the best parts of vacationing is coffee. If you’re planning a trip to this beautiful city anytime in your new future, check out my list of my five favorite coffee shops in San Diego for enjoying a cup of joe under the sun.

Better Buzz

With 11 different locations in the San Diego area, Better Buzz is definitely what all the coffee buzz is about! Each shop is uniquely beautiful, each giving special attention to bright, warm colors and large windows that always let the San Diego sun shine through.

Better Buzz carries organic beans, both single origins and blends. You can find the 1 pound bags in stores, or purchase them online. They also carry their famous “Vanilla Powder” for purchase as well.

Don’t miss Better Buzz while you’re exploring San Diego. My personal favorite location to visit is the shop in Encinitas, but you can’t go wrong with any of them.


Scrimshaw is all about local. They are a smaller shop located near San Diego University. They roast locally, source local baked goods, and care about the community.

The attractive thing about Scrimshaw is there chill environment and inviting approach to coffee. They believe that coffee should be a way to make friends and build community. So if you’re looking for a relaxed, warm coffee experience in San Diego, Scrimshaw is your place!

James Coffee

James Coffee takes locally-roasted beans and mixes them with excellent service, beautiful aesthetic, and high quality instructional classes. James Coffee believes that education is important, so they offer weekly courses on brewing skills such as pour overs, latte art, espresso, etc.

There are three locations throughout San Diego, in North Park, Bankers Hill, and Little Italy. The location in Little Italy is inside of a craft open-air market full of vendors with homemade goods, plants, and craft beer. 

Bird Rock Coffee

Bird Rock Coffee was recently named one of the world’s top coffee roasters. They have six beautiful locations around San Diego, my favorite being the shop in La Jolla. It’s a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the breeze, or grab a cup to go and walk along the beach.

Bird Rock believes in a “farm to cup” mentality. Each step of the coffee journey, from green beans, to processing, to brewing, is done with intention.

Bird Rock, like James Coffee Co, focuses a lot of their attention on providing free and low-budget education courses for people interesting and expanding their knowledge of coffee.

Moniker Coffee Co.

Moniker Coffee Co is one of the most aesthetically pleasing coffee shops in San Diego. It is clean, minimal, full of plants, and not short of sunlight. Their hours are long, which is a plus. They open at 7 AM and don’t close until 10 PM, so you can wake up with a cup of joe or stay up late studying.

They also offer a delicious menu of sandwiches, toasts, and small bites that can be eaten all day long! 


What are some of your favorite San Diego coffee spots? Let us know in the comments below!

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