Avocado Toast flatlay at Communal Coffee

What’s up, Chrissettes?!

Are you ready for another mouth-watering foodie post?

Last week, I shared with you how I often end up going to a ton of cool coffeehouses because of the type of work I do, which you can read all about here.

To make a long story short, or in this case, a blog post, my social media work and maintaining the blog takes me, my trusty laptop, as well as my tastebuds to new offices extremely often.

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Instead of the usual review that should have probably been on Yelp, today’s post is a collection of the best coffee places I’ve been to in San Diego as of nowย and why you should give them a try.

In addition, I’ll be doing this more often in the future so be sure to check back every once in a while. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In no particular order, let’s get started!

Coffee + Flowers sign outside Communal Coffee, North Park

Communal Coffee, North Park

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may already know that I’ve already posted quite a few photos of this photogenic place, and there’s a good reason why: I’m absolutely in LOVE with everything!

Not only is this one of my favorite places in the whole entire world, the food and drink are AMAZING! I highly recommend giving their avocado toast a try ($6.00) with a touch of prosciutto for just an extra 50 cents. As for coffee, I’m always down for anything rose or lavender flavored like their Iced Lavender Honey Latte.

Plus, there’s also a fantastic flower shop that has the best flowers ever as well gift shop inside filled with local goods like stationary to handmade bags.

Pricing: it’s fairly moderate, meaning that your wallet won’t hate you.

Taste: 5/5

Communal Coffee in Encinitas, California

Better Buzz Coffee, Encinitas

I’ve only been to this chain once (they have locations all over San Diego) since it’s a bit too far from where I live, but it left a lasting impression on me.

Just like Communal, this place is pretty much asking you to take a cute photo and post it on the gram cuz aesthetic. Heck, that’s what I pretty much did aside from eat, haha.

What makes this place a little different is the plating. Instead of regular, white plates, the 3 Seed Avocado toast I ordered came on a wooden little paddle instead. A little hipster-ish, but it was still pretty darn adorable.

As for the drink, it’s not on the menu for some reason, but it was a lavender iced coffee I wasn’t kidding about my obsession with floral flavored drinks, and it tasted amazing!

Pricing: it’s not very expensive here either, which is pretty awesome.

Taste: 4.5/5

Inside the Sweet Bar Cafe at National City

Sweet Bar Cafe, National City

Having once lived in Rancho Cucamonga before, I will always have a soft spot for Filipino boba shops, and this one is no exception.

What’s so funny is that I accidentally discovered this place when my boyfriend and I missed out on getting some ice cream and waffles at the annual Balboa Park food truck event. The power of Yelp, everyone

But ever since I discovered it, it’s automatically become one of my favorite places to eat and grab their iced coffee. And like most boba places, it does cost a little extra for boba, but let me tell you right now that it’s worth it.

I’ve been tasting boba (and have even made my own) for as long as I can rememberย that’s how I got my first cavity but that’s for another time, but Sweet Bar’s tops the cake.

It literally tastes like honey- it’s sweet and fun to chew on.

My boyfriend was anti-boba until he tried their honey boba, and just like that, he converted.

Although it’s fairly new in comparison to the ones I’ve mentioned so far, this is one place you need to try at least once, even if you don’t grab a drink. They have an incredible desserts menu, my favorite being a coffee gelato waffle sandwich.

Price: affordable

Taste: 4.5 for the drinks & a 5/5 for the food

A whale mural inside The Nest on Third, Chula Vista

The Nest on Third, Chula Vista

Last but not least is the Nest on Third. I’ve only been here around 3-4 times, but I’ve loved coming here every single time.

Located in the heart of Downtown Chula Vista, the building may seem small, but it has a whole lotta personality. I’m a little disappointed in myself for not taking a ton of photos here, but it’s definitely one-of-a-kind.

Instead of your typical looking coffee shop, you’re surrounded by vivid works of art on the walls created by local artists and a nifty dried flower chandelier of sorts.

But I have to say, my favorite part about this place are their mocha frappes. Not only is it not as watered down as the occasional Starbucks frappe I still love you, though, it’s so, so, so good! It’s exactly what a mocha frappe should taste like, and I’m so glad I’ve tried it.

Pricing: affordable

Taste: 5/5

Do you live or are planning to visit San Diego anytime soon? Here are four of the MUST-SEE coffee shops in San Diego you'll fall in love with. I know I did.

Tell me, what are your favorite coffee shops? Leave me your comments below! Asking for a friend, by the way. ๐Ÿ™‚

36 thoughts on “4 Coffee Shops in San Diego You’ll Fall in Love With”

  1. I’ve never been to San Diego, but these coffee shops make me want to take a trip! And I’m the same way, I love anything lavender flavored. I finally tracked down some lavender extract and made lavender cheesecakes (highly recommend for any floral lover lol).

    1. You should come to San Diego sometime! I think you would enjoy it here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Omg, I neeeeeed this in my life!! Do you have a recipe for it? x

    1. Aw, thank you! If you don’t mind me asking, where do you live? Some of the coffee shops I’ve mentioned were actually a little hard to find; maybe there’s a secret one there, too. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ x

  2. I’m so in love with all these cute coffee shops. They are so photogenic, perfect places for taking Instagram pictures I could say haha (Instagram addiction detected). The Avocado and Prosciutto toast from Communal coffee looks so delicious.

  3. I am not a coffee person but Communal Coffee would be my place, simply because they have flowers and I love flowers. So, it could be a win-win ๐Ÿ™‚ All of these are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  4. These shops looks pretty amazing! I’m in love with coffee and with coffee shops designs! I wanna have my own someday and these looks just gives me inspiration! Hope someday I get to visit SF and try these places too!

    God Bless!
    JM Kayne | #InMyHeartโ™ฅ

  5. I clearly need to explore more coffee shops in SD cuz I’ve only been to Communal Coffee on this list. The Nest on Third looks like an interesting place to hang out with the cool art work ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Even though I don’t live in San Diego, I an def book marking this post for when I visit in the future. All of these coffee places are so quint and cute, perfect for a relaxing morning.

    xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  7. Posts like this make me so sad that I can’t drink coffee in beautiful coffee shops anymore – Doctors’s orders! It’s not the same having a cup of tea!

  8. Who knew something like coffee could be made several different ways? I now know some cute shops to check out in the future. That lavender iced coffee sounds like the truth!

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