Our Favorite Coffee Spots
1. The Pannikin
Established in 1968, the Pannikin in La Jolla serves up not only great coffee & tea but some great eats on premises. This joint is the most relaxing spot in San Diego to have a cup of coffee, read the paper, have a snack and make a new friend. Sit inside by the fireplace with a vintage Harley Davidson mounted atop the fireplace mantel, or play chess on a very oversized chess set in the back of this old, converted house. Enjoy your coffee and snack on the large front porch and patio under the trees. Pannikin serves up some great food until 3pm. Try the quiche, omelets, a salad or sandwich. Fresh cookies and muffins baked daily. Some artsy nighttime music events. Paintings and funky local art adorns the walls.
As reviewed, located at 7467 Girard Avenue in La Jolla. Other cool locations at 510 North Highway 101 in Encinitas or at 1234 Via de la Valle in Del Mar.2. Joes on the Nose
Joe’s on the Nose, or the legendary “Orange Truck” is a coffee truck – and is the coffee good! The funky truck is around town, at the Little Italy Mercado from 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM on Saturdays; and on Sundays at the Hillcrest Farmers Market until 2:00 PM. Besides the usual coffees, the baristas serve up funky items such as the PB & Chocolate, Horchata Latte, not to mention hot teas and fresh smoothies.
Find the truck on Twitter: @JoesOnTheNose3. Zumbar Coffee
The best darn cup of coffee in San Diego is at Zumbar. An absolute must for the true coffee connoisseur. The coffee is brewed with a flavor fresher than you can find anywhere else.
Large sacks of beans line the walls ready to be shoveled into the on-premises roaster. Come on in and smell the fresh aroma of the coffee and beans wafting throughout the place. You know the saying, “good things are hard to find”. This is a tough place to find but totally worth it if you want the best Cup of Joe you can get. This bean bar is definitely worth putting on your travel agenda and we suggest using Google maps on this one. The hours are shortened, as it on the transit line in Sorrento Valley and serves the working and commuting class. The place shuts down after the daily commute.
Located at 10920 Roselle Street in Sorrento Valley San Diego, CA 92121 Hours: Friday 6-5 and Saturday 7:30-12 Noon; Closed Sundays4. Zinc Cafe
Zinc Cafe in Solana Beach is a great find if you want good coffee and healthy food. Try the Zinc burger for Lunch with Gruyere cheese or the mixed vegetable or eggplant sandwiches. Yum, Yum. Also serving granola and other great breakfast treats. A lovely outdoor patio under a canopy of shrubbery is almost as comfortable as your own backyard. Located in the heart of the Art District in North County so take a stroll around after you coffee and enjoy the day. Suggest a walk down to Solo (a great bookstore and home decorating find).
Located at 132 S. Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach6. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
Bird Rock Coffee Roasters takes the honor best organic. San Diego’s source for organic and socially responsible coffee. They are serious about their coffee and you should be to.The place is unique, not large in size but 2 very large roll up window/doors open to expose the place to the street and faces west to the Ocean. Just a darn good cup of coffee await you at this one. If you are in the neighborhood stop by.
Located at 5627 La Jolla Blvd in beautiful Bird Rock, between La Jolla and Pacific Beach.