My Top 3 Favorite Coffee Shops in San Diego

All coffee connoisseurs and exhausted college students are invited! As is the case with everyone else, I’ve been quite burned out and lacking motivation as we near the end of the quarter. And what better way to resolve all your issues than to strengthen your work ethic and organisational abilities? A good cup of coffee.

I, like every other college student, have developed an unhealthy caffeine addiction. If you’re looking for new cafes to try in San Diego, you’re in luck, as I’ve spent the majority of my free time driving around the city in order to satisfy my cravings. If you find yourself in these areas, be sure to check them out!

The Forecourt

To begin, I’d like to mention my favourite cafe that I’ve ever discovered, The Forum. Located on Genesee Avenue, this quaint cafe serves a variety of beverages, including cold brews, lattes, teas, and matcha. They’ve got you covered whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or bitter. You’ll be hooked after one sip of their coffee. I recommend trying “BB Code,” a cold brew made with their house-made banana milk. Additionally, while you’re at it, pick up a chocolate croissant or cardamom! They not only have drinks to quench your thirst, but they also have daily fresh pastries. Additionally, they provide adequate space for people to study and work. And I’m sure you’re desperate to study for that chemistry midterm. With string lights and plush sofas, this reassuring atmosphere may just help you shake off your mid-quarter doldrums.

Coffee Shaka

Shaka Coffee is a small coffee shack chain located along Balboa Avenue and Mesa College Drive that you have probably passed numerous times without noticing. They specialise in a variety of Hawaiian coffees and create beverages inspired by popular Hawaiian flavours. It’s a refreshing change from the usual cinnamon and spice in your coffee. I recommend the “Aloha White Mocha,” a sweetened white chocolate mocha with a kick of banana and coconut syrup — made, of course, with oat milk. If you’re not in the mood for the usual fuel, they also offer fruit smoothies and acai bowls. Due to the fact that these two locations are walk-up stands, they only have a limited amount of seating available if you wish to study here. Plan accordingly!

Coffee Communal

Communal Coffee, located in the heart of North Park, is certain to catch your eye. Located directly across from a lush plant shop, this is by far the largest coffee shop I’ve ever visited. Entirely surrounded by plants and modern architecture, you may find yourself wishing to stay and possibly converse with the stranger next to you. However, due to the restaurant’s location on a busy street, parking is limited and all tables, seats, and even the coffee bar are crammed with college students “studying.” Despite this minor setback, I strongly urge you to try their orange cardamom latte, a citrusy spiced latte that will instantly transport you to cold weather and sweaters. While some may argue that it is overrated, I believe it is a San Diego institution.

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