Celebrate National Coffee Day in San Diego

Smooth and mild, enhanced with a dainty splash of cream. Indulgent and sweet, paired with flavorful syrups, spices and velvety whipped cream. Dark and bold, served straight up as a perfectly pulled shot of espresso crowned with a rich crema. No matter how you enjoy it, nothing satisfies quite like a piping hot cup of coffee.

To celebrate National Coffee Day, skip the big chains and slip into a comfy seat at one of these homegrown San Diego coffeehouses that serve up local charm with each perfectly crafted cup.

The art of coffee at Caffe Calabria

Caffé Calabria

This North Park coffee shop with a charming European atmosphere will satisfy the most serious coffee aficionados with their 25 different blends of house-roasted beans. If you’re hungry, Caffe Calabria also offers a delicious menu of Panini and Neapolitan-style thin crust pizzas.

Influx Cafe's Little Italy location

Influx Café

From their decadent and smooth café mocha to a cup of their simple yet exceptional house roast, Influx Café’s coffee drinks are some of the best in San Diego. The caffeine may perk you up, but the cool, minimalist décor at both their Little Italy and Golden Hill locations will help you chill out as you relax with your drink of choice.

Tasty treats at Pannikin Coffee & Tea


A family owned and operated business in San Diego since 1968, Pannikin Coffee & Tea serves up delicious drinks in three cozy and inviting locations in Del Mar, La Jolla and Encinitas. In additional to the more traditional sips, Pannikin’s menu of drinks includes options like the “Led Zeppelin,” a bold concoction of three shots of espresso cut with chocolate syrup.

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!). What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day? Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah. What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity? Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter. Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine? Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger. Latest music purchases for my iPod player are… I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately. Follow Candice on Twitter @candicesd

3 thoughts on “Celebrate National Coffee Day in San Diego

  1. Having just moved here from Seattle, I must say Sam Diego has some really nice coffee shops. I will definitely check out the shops on your list the next time I am in the area. =]

  2. Agreed, Paige! Lestat’s is definitely a great coffeehouse. Trying to narrow down the list to three was quite tough, so thanks for sharing the recommendation with our readers.

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