When my parents visited us recently, they noted that they expected to go to one or two coffee shops with me since I seem to frequent them so often. (They watch my Instagram Stories.) It's true. I've fallen hard for the fantastic coffee - and tea - scene here in San Diego. And I'm on the verge of admitting that I have become a bit of a snob about where I order my caffeine. Can you blame me? Not only are the drinks impeccably well made, the designs of these shops are top-notch, which has the added benefit of making them highly instagram-able. See for yourself. (Note that these are listed in no particular order because I can't pick a favorite. I just can't.)
New to the San Diego coffee scene but an old favorite - for good reason - in the Pacific Northwest, Coava Coffee recently opened in downtown San Diego. They take their coffee seriously here, much to our benefit, and the black paint & wood accents in the shop will make you want to stay and savor their lovely work and quite possibly go back for seconds. Or thirds. Watch your caffeine intake here, my friends.
400 West Broadway, SD, CA 92101
I go to Moniker for a lot of reasons, but my first visit was because of the general store. It is exquisitely curated. But this is not about the shop (but definitely check out the shop). No, this is about the coffee that is served alongside the shop. My bar for an excellent flat white is one that is the perfect temperature, creamy and strong, yet drinkable straight from the cup without a thought of putting a grain of sugar in it. Their coffee exceeds that standard and keeps me coming back for more. And can we talk about those tiles?
Moniker Coffee | Moniker Group
Liberty Station, Point Loma, SD
All images published above were shot using an iPhone.