Get Buzzed

Being from the coffee capital of the world, I know my coffee. Working for a coffee company just pushed me over the edge of just a coffee addict, to legitimately sleeping, eating, and breathing coffee. So when I moved down to San Diego, I was shocked that there was only one coffee shop on each street compared to five (I am not even exaggerating). What surprised me even more was the taste of the coffee at these shops- not for me at all! But still, I stayed on the hunt for a good coffee shop that I could go to study, or just stop in when I am craving the perfect iced white mocha Americano.

This school year, my best friend dragged me with her to give Better Buzz a try. Due to its popularity on Instagram, I was worried I wouldn’t like it. Along with being a coffee snob, I fall under the stereotypical Washington hipster that doesn’t like to go to well-known places. But when I walked into this place my hipster self was proved wrong. I had finally found the iced white chocolate Americano I had been searching for since I left Washington, and I was obsessed. Not only was the coffee good, but the shop was adorable. With places to either study, or catch up with a friend, it meets the expectations of an avid coffee drinker.

Better Buzz has three locations in San Diego but my personal favorite is the store in Point Loma. It might be twenty minutes away from my apartment, but I still make the drive at least three times a week. My friends may think I am crazy, especially because I work at a coffee store, but the commute and money spent is worth it. If you are like me and can’t seem to be productive at the library, you can stay as long as you want. Even their food is delicious! Coffee shops in Seattle can’t pull off having good coffee and good food all in one stop.

What I am saying is go to this place. Even in the ninety degree weather, Better Buzz makes me feel right at home with the choice of music, the awesome customer service, and most importantly- the perfect cup of Joe. With a San Diego spin on a Washington entity, you will probably find me here in every free moment I have.

3 of The Best Coffee Destinations in San Diego

Holsem Coffee 

2911 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
619-546.8542

What is not to love about Holsem Coffee? Located in North Park, one of the most hip and artsy neighborhoods in San Diego, this coffee shop exceeds all customer expectations. It has an incredible menu that includes a variety of exotic coffees and a delicious assortment of snack plates. The cold brew drinks are insane – some examples are Colada (a creamy coconut), Banana Bread (banana bread+milk+honey), Nutella (dark chocolate+hazelnut), Lemon Meringue (lemon zest+thyme+sugar+cream) and Gingersnap (fresh muddled ginger+nutmeg+maple syrup+cream). They also serve all sorts of teas, sodas and some amazing lattes! Who knew you could order a baklava or lavender latte!? This coffee shop also stands out due to its unique style. From the modern, sleek interiors to the catchy folk/ indie playlists to the creative menu, your experience here will be unlike any other.

 

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Moniker Coffee Co.

2860 Sims Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

What I enjoyed most about this lovely coffee shop was its open, airy interiors and comfortable environment. If you’re looking for a place to study, cultivate ideas or just relax with some friends, this is the place for you. There is seating both inside (there are a few couches, bar seats, and tables) as well as outside on the patio. The aesthetics of this place is amazing- there are succulents hanging, surf boards lined up along the walls, and old fashioned beach cruisers on display as you walk in. Moniker also has a wonderful assortment of pastries and specialty coffees and teas to choose from! I got the caramelized pear tea which had a sweet honey and baked pear taste. Amazing!

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Swell Coffee Co. 

2670 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

3833 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

There are so many perks to this beautiful coffee destination – its homey interiors, good eats, artisan coffee selection and overall great company values. I love the brick walls, wood panel flooring and many plants. Swell is the perfect study, hangout or causal lunch spot. It has plenty of indoor seating, with big tables that provide a lot of work space (great for college students or study dates), as well as outdoor and bar seating. The food options include an assortment of different sandwiches, salads, bowls and bagels. Swell also has smoothies, espresso drinks, lattes and much more! Check it out the next time you are in Del Mar or by Mission Beach and need your coffee or tea fix.

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