Can’t-Miss San Diego Coffee Shops

Ah, coffee. Where would we be without our classic brewed awakenings? There’s just nothing like a nice, toasty mug of motivation in the morning to really kick-start a day’s adventures. San Diego celebrates our love affair with all things Joe, from the laid-back, surf-inspired havens serving up smooth cold brews and artisanal pastries, to the downtown cafés crafting meticulously brewed pour-overs. Whether you find yourself people-watching in the Gaslamp Quarter or soaking up ocean views in La Jolla, there’s a spot for everyone to cozy up at this fall. So if you’re on the hunt for the ideal spot to grab that morning cup, we’ve got some stellar suggestions for where to start your San Diego coffee tour.  


Terrace Café (just steps away!)

There’s no need to even set foot off the property to get your day started right. Our very own Chef Michael at the on-site Terrace Café is on hand every morning to create our signature à-la carte breakfast plates! Of course, that includes fresh-brewed coffee. 

And since we take special care in everything we do, the cups at Terrace Café aren’t your ordinary brew. We proudly brew Mostra Coffee — local coffee experts who were the recipient of Roast Magazine’s prestigious “Roaster of the Year” award in 2020. Make sure to try our Coastal Cappuccino, Terrace Latté, and more!


Better Buzz (0.4 miles)

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This popular local coffee company has locations all over San Diego, but their Pacific Beach location is right in our backyard. Better Buzz sources their beans from regional, women-owned coffee estates, and roasts the beans locally — so you’ll never suffer a mass-produced cup of grungy grounds here. When you go, try the fantastic Hazelnut Divinity, and be sure to pair it with a fresh-baked pastry. You really can’t go wrong here.

822 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109


Palmy’s Café (0.4 miles)

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Palmy’s brings a healthy dash of “Down Under” personality to Pacific Beach. More than simply a coffee spot, Palmy’s is equal parts espresso bar, neighborhood café, and grab-and-go market. Guests are invited to stop in anytime for fresh, healthy and delicious breakfast brunch, dinner and more, all served in a breezy, all-season indoor/outdoor space. So snag a coffee, tea, smoothie, sandwich or whatever strikes your fancy, and enjoy the vibe.

976 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109 


Java Earth Coffee (0.7 miles)

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This charming family-owned shop has been bringing the pick-me-ups to our neighborhood for nearly 15 years. By following the mantra of “Get Your Happy On”, they’ve been serving it up exactly how guests like it for their entire run, and carving out a reputation as a must-stop hangout in the process. Come for the always-fresh brew and morning breakfast menu, and stay for the sun-kissed ambience and laid-back vibes.  

4978 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109


Bird Rock Coffee Roasters (1.4 miles)

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This charming spot just steps from the beach in La Jolla (and named for the famous nearby geological formation) beckons coffee fans with its captivating aroma and inviting ambiance. Renowned for its commitment to quality, this artisanal haven was awarded the prestigious “Roaster of the Year” award by Roast Magazine in 2012, so you know they  offer an unparalleled cup. Expertly roasted beans from around the world are transformed into masterpieces by skilled baristas, ensuring each sip is a journey.

5627 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037


Superbloom Café (4 miles)

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One of Mission Bay’s favorite coffee spots is located inside the Mission Bay Beach Club — itself a great place to be for fun, events, and a great day at the beach. Popping in to Superbloom Café & Juice Bar is a great way to start your day with a caffeine kick or fresh-squeezed juice. Then, stick around and enjoy their calendar of events. It often includes beachfront Yoga sessions, floral arrangement classes and tea services. or lunch with friends. Before you go, head out to the lawn for a game of bocce, grab a fresh ice cream, or just drink in panoramic ocean views from the beach.

2688 East Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109


Lestat’s (9.5 miles)

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Fun, funky and forever fresh, the city’s Lestat’s locations have built a reputation for being a great place for studying, hanging out with friends, and taking in up-and-coming local entertainment. When you go, expect ample outdoor seating, a colorful cast of characters, and consistently excellent coffee. Lestat’s also offers a favorable schedule for late risers — every location is open until midnight. So there’s never a bad time to stop.   

1045 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92116


Por Vida (11 miles)

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No look at San Diego’s best coffee stops would be complete without highlighting this Barrio Logan favorite. Por Vida serves ethically sourced and locally roasted coffee with a decidedly south-of-the-border flair. Favorites like the Mexican Mocha and Horchata Latte pack undeniable flavor and punch. You won’t want to forego the Hot Chocolate, either. No less a culinary authority than the Food Network’s Andrew Zimmern gave Por Vida his stamp of approval, so you know disappointment won’t be on the menu when you go.  

2146 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113


Your Next Best Day Starts at Pacific Terrace

The only thing better than getting your day started with a cozy cup? Waking up after a great night’s rest at Pacific Terrace. Our beautiful oceanfront escape offers exceptional accommodations, fantastic service, and guest-first amenities — plus a private, ocean-view balcony where you can sip and savor to your heart’s content. Make sure to stop by our new Terrace Café during your stay!

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