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Top 5 Coffee Shops in San Diego North County

Shannon Biszantz

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Sep 14 4 minutes read

Getting your coffee fix isn't just a way to jumpstart your day (Hello, Monday!) or stay awake around the dreaded 3 pm work slump, it's a ritual that coffee people take seriously...very seriously. While Starbucks may be dominating the scene with a restaurant at every corner, there are plenty of other cafes that are worth your time - warm, cozy spots that offer you your morning cup of joe or after- dinner cappuccino. Check out our roundup of Best Coffee shops in San Diego North County (in no particular order)  and we're positive your taste buds and Instagram followers will love you for life.

Ironsmith Coffee Roasters

458 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas

Looking for good quality and strong coffee? This artisan coffee shop has it all. It offers natural and unique coffee with different flavors and aroma.  Everything they serve is smooth, delicious, high-quality and made with impeccable attention to detail. Adding a twist to traditional roasted coffee that makes North County locals come back for more!

Better Buzz Coffee

578 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

If you're looking for variety in your coffee fix, Better Buzz has it all! They have all your favorite coffee drinks, smoothies, acai bowls, juiced beverages, cold brew on tap and pastries. Locals swoon over the cold brew coffee, delicious acai bowls, and fresh pastries. And if you prefer a hip and laid-back ambiance, Better Buzz is the place to be.

Lofty Coffee

132 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach

Lofty Coffee is definitely a favorite in North County, with organic and locally sourced ingredients coupled with their unique, delicious and simple menu makes it one of the best coffee shops on this side of the planet. Not really your traditional American coffee shop making Lofty Coffee a local hit. They only have the best quality coffee from around the world and each drink is packed full of unique flavors that you can’t quite find anywhere else. Locals and foreign tourists have both claimed that this is the best coffee they have ever tasted. Lofty is known for their friendly staff, friendly customers and dog-friendly environment. Must try are Turkish Latte, Aztec Mocha, Watermelon Juice and any of their pastries!

Pannikin Coffee & Tea

510 N. Highway 101, Encinitas CA

Pannikin Coffee has become a local coffee institution in San Diego as it has been serving best tasting coffee since 1968. Despite the many coffee shops that seem to sprout at every corner, Pannikin is still a formidable coffee joint because of its loyal clientele. There’s plenty of good coffee to choose from, that you’ll never get bored or disappointed. And with the cool, laid back, and comfortable vibe that makes customers feel at home, Pannikin will always be a favorite of the locals.

Swell Coffee Co.

2670 Via De La Valle, Del Mar

Swell Coffee Co is an artisan coffee roasting company that recently opened a location in Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade and has been gaining a steady stream of coffeeholic. Featuring direct trade coffees from around the world, Swell brings its drinks from the farm to the roaster to the cup. The beans are roasted locally and done exactly how you want your coffee fix to extract the perfect flavor of the beans.

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