The Trendiest Signature Coffee Shops in San Diego

Delicious and beautiful latte art

Photos courtesy of Swell Coffee Co.

Lofty Coffee Little Italy Café and Bakery—Little Italy

Don’t know how to spend your Saturday mornings anymore? Feeling the need to kick back with a cup of pure joy? Head on over to Little Italy and spend your beautiful Saturday morning at Lofty Coffee Little Italy Café and Bakery. Located just at the corner of Cedar Street, Lofty offers an array of authentically grown, organic coffee blends. Gathering coffee lovers from everywhere, Lofty’s promotion of healthy living through their array of fresh and locally-grown ingredients is truly embedded in their delicious pastry dishes. Lofty is the hot spot for social meet-ups or if you’re in desperate need of some me-time. So, take a load off! Sip on a Turkish latte, people-watch on their outside patio, and just enjoy while you take it all in.



Better Buzz—Hillcrest

There’s a reason why people can’t stop buzzing about Better Buzz in Hillcrest. This is the perfect quirky meetup place for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up. Better Buzz Hillcrest is your go-to. The excitement over this newly opened location in Hillcrest still hasn’t died down. You can find this hot spot always packed, and full of life. For any Better Buzz fanatic like myself, it seems to instantly put you in a better mood. Not only does this location have an ample amount of open seating, and a second story (unique to this hot-spot), but it is the perfect work spot. Located at the corner of Falcon and Goldfinch street on University, this Better Buzz has a variety of menu offerings for every kind of customer—from the all-black purists to the those with a sweet-tooth. Menus hang from a wooden ceiling frame featuring classic coffee blends, nitro/cold brews, pastries, Instagram-worthy avocado toast, and their most popular drink “The Best Drink Ever.” Or enjoy a signature tea, smoothie, or delicious bowl. This is truly a 5-star experience. You can expect great customer service and a beautifully aesthetic atmosphere surrounding this Better Buzz location.


Zumbar Coffee and Tea—Del Mar

Strolling down the streets of Del Mar and in need of a coffee fix? Stop by Zumbar Coffee and Tea for some delicious espresso or a signature nitro cold brew. Located right at the front of Zel’s Restaurant, this location offers a rich and creamy variety of luxury coffee flavors for all caffeine enthusiasts. This small kiosk is incredibly convenient if you’re on the run, or if you want to spend some time to sip and enjoy your coffee. Zel’s offers seating for those hoping to casually sit and enjoy their coffee fix. Not only are the baristas excellent crafters of latte art, but if you’re looking for an artsy design on your cappuccino you can expect to find it at this location! No longer a coffee desert, Del Mar scored by opening this location near the village shops!



Swell Coffee Co.—Del Mar

Another hip go-to coffee stop in Del Mar! At Swell Coffee Co. you can enjoy sipping your favorite coffee drink in this comfortable and quaint little spot. You won’t be disappointed because not only is parking convenient, but there’s always open seating. Push Swell straight to the top of your coffee-stop list! Their flavored toasts and lattes are truly mouthwatering and addicting! As for ambience, they offer incredibly comfortable indoor and outdoor seating with booths and couches. You can expect the friendliest service and a divine breakfast menu. So, relax, study effectively, knock out a few hours of work, crack open a book, or just enjoy a delectable açaí bowl on the outside patio.


Moniker General—Liberty Station

In the mood for a warm cup of Viennese coffee from Moniker? I know I always am. Moniker General in Liberty Station, located just across from Stone Brewing Co., is the newest spot to get your caffeine fix. This coffee spot is a huge attraction. From their open-concept retail store, and beer-tasting tap room, this location is the modern art district hot-spot for coffee lovers. Representing all non-profit start-ups, this coffee shop has a unique variety of offerings including specialty drinks, a toast flight, and fresh, natural goods. It functions as a great meeting spot, spacious enough for bible study groups, or a coffee date. It’s easy to spend your entire day sipping coffee and lounging at Moniker. Grab your coffee, walk around, and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Liberty Station! This spot consistently maintains a low-key yet inviting atmosphere. So, get yourself on over to Moniker! Whether you’re in the mood for a fruity cocktail or some authentic coffee this is your spot. And please, do yourself a favor—order the lavender latte—they’re positively delightful!