Whether you love coffee or need a pick-me-up after a long night, swing by these coffee shops in downtown San Diego. Each one has its own character, so try them all and find a favorite for next time!
If you want 100% Kona coffee, this is the place to find it. This shop is known for their stellar coconut lattes made with espresso, milk, a coconut shot, and a dollop of foam, as well as their lion Thai mocha latte made with espresso, condensed milk and yummy Ghirardelli chocolate. The inside it pretty small, so if you’re planning on sitting and reading or chatting be sure to have a back up plan if you can’t find a spot.
James Coffee Co
Located in Little Italy, around the corner from your cheap Little Italy hotel, this shop maintains a cool Industrial vibe, and has an operating schedule that’s easy to memorize: 7am to 7pm everyday. Bags of beans can be purchased and on-site grinding is available. The shop also supports a no syrup policy–they use sugar, honey, and agave as sweeteners.
Elixir Espresso Bar
Situated in an old historic building among a few San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotels, this shop attracts visitors with its unique vibe and charming characteristics, like the caged elevator that must be taken to access the restroom. Smooth espresso shots, Mexican Mochas, and delicate crepes have made this a favorite stop for locals and tourists alike.
Old Gallery Coffee House
This is the place to go for a legit Mexican breakfast or brunch accompanied by a delicious Mexican Mocha. Prices are reasonable and ample upstairs seating provides a peaceful moment early in the day. It tends to be less crowded than larger well-known coffee shops in the area.
Tabac Specialty Coffee and Cigars
Although they don’t cater to early birds with their 10am opening time, they do offer great coffee and stay open until 1am or 2am depending on the day. They also serve hookah and have an extensive cigar collection.
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