While San Diego is well known for its craft beer scene, its lesser known coffee scene is mistakenly overlooked by travelers. San Diego has several artisanal coffee shops with stunning interiors that would make any coffee or design lover happy, and they are well-worth visiting while traveling in this SoCal destination.
I spent nearly a week traveling in San Diego while visiting a friend, which gave me plenty of time to dive into the local coffee scene. From modern hipster cafes to quirky neighborhood joints, San Diego has something to offer any coffee lover. After seeing so many beautiful spots, I decided to create this Instagram Guide for the 6 cutest coffee shops in San Diego.
Whether you’re there for the coffee or ‘gram, you will not be disappointed by these 7 Instagrammable San Diego coffee shops.
Communal Coffee — 2335 University Ave
This was my favorite of the coffee shops that I visited during my time in San Diego because it is part coffee bar, part flower shop! Their friendly staff encourages craft, curiosity and inclusion which makes the vibes in this spot super positive. The well-designed interior is modern and cozy, making it easy to spend an afternoon sipping and watching.
Biga Coffee & Cafe — 950 Sixth Ave C
The cavernous cafe and restaurant space of Biga in the Gaslamp District is beautiful. I fell in love with all the brass accents, full wall paintings and poems and the cute accents like a mint green cart at the entrance. This space transitions throughout the day, starting as a bakery and coffee shop in the morning, turning into a restaurant and pizzeria as the day goes on. Their Italian style espresso will hit you hard but perfectly captures the spirit of Italian coffee!
Young Hickory — 4096 30th Street
Recommended to me by a local as their favorite coffee shop to work from, Young Hickory is a spacious coffee with food, coffee AND beer depending on how long you plan to stay there. The interior offers comfortable tables beneath a beautiful tin panel ceiling.
Coffee & Tea Collective — 2911 El Cajon Blvd
The epitome of hipster, minimalist style, Coffee & Tea Collective is a roastery and tasting bar where you can get seriously schooled by their well-versed baristas. Their single-origin coffee is excellent, and you can even order a sweet little waffle to go with your drink.
Holy Matcha — 3118 University Ave
Although this isn’t technically a coffee shop, it is definitely an Instagrammable spot in San Diego with a coffee-shop vibe. Holy Matcha is a woman-owned business that specializes in one thing—matcha. Their whimsical green and pink patterned interior offers a cheerful backdrop to their craft matcha drinks, which range from hot, cold and mixed matchas. If you’re not familiar with matcha, the helpful staff will be happy to answer your question (and snap a few photos!).
Holsem Coffee — 2911 University Ave
With a massive marble countertop and gorgeous tile backsplash, Holsem Coffee is probably the most stylish of the coffee shops on this list. It’s modern style is complimented by it’s modern coffee menu serving various styles of cold brew and interesting lattes.
Por Vida — 2146 Logan Ave
In the heart of Barrio Logan, Por Vida feels like a neighborhood joint. You can see regulars coming in to chat with the baristas and order up their favorite drink. I think this place really stands out because of the massive mural painted inside the coffee shop, which pays homage to the history and artistic style of the neighborhoods.
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