An Enthusiast of Fantastic Coffee: 8 Coffee Shops that Inspire


Coffee shops and coffee houses, cafés and lounges continue to make their debut in becoming home away from home, a workplace and so on.

Dreams are accomplished, as well as discovered. Friendships are established, as well as old relationships rekindled.

Inspiration and innovation are encouraged in this environment of creativity.

The following eight coffee shops of San Diego county stand for originality and quality, consistency and artistry.

1. Café Bassam
Café Bassam is an eclectic coffee shop, perfectly situated in Banker’s Hill. While you sit and enjoy your beverage of choice, you feel removed from a world speeding by and are comfortably placed into a tranquil environment that mirrors a 1940s Parisian film.

2. Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse
Placed strategically in Seaport Village, the Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse offers a glimpse into the minds of numerous greats that have impacted the literary world. Settees and vintage chairs decorate this hidden gem, inviting the bookworm, coffee lover, and tea drinker.

3. Lofty Coffee Co.
Within walking distance of Moonlight Beach, this coffee shop is known for its quality ingredients and unique latte art. From the moment you walk in, you are greeted by enthusiastic baristas and feel welcomed into a family of coffee lovers, as well as tea fans.

4. Donut Bar

Reputed for serving famous Stumptown coffee and unique donuts, the Donut Bar is a wonderful alternative to the ordinary coffeehouse. Surrounded by the buzzing city of downtown San Diego, the Donut Bar keeps pace with its patrons, by providing amazing service that matches the quality of its ingredients.

5. Clair de Lune Coffee Lounge

The phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, applies to the Clair de Lune Coffee Lounge. Despite its lackluster exterior, this charming coffee shop is inspired. The rich history behind this lounge runs parallel with the surrounding North Park community. Warm hues and full arches, welcome individuals from all backgrounds and offers an ambiance of comfort and individuality.

6. Barnes and Noble


Barnes and Noble is a dream come true to book lovers and fandom memorabilia collectors. This company has taken it one step further in providing cafés where its patrons can enjoy the Harney and Sons tea collection, while reading their favorite book. With chain companies, location is everything. Personally, I found that the Mira Mesa Barnes and Noble excelled in providing quality and comfort to its regulars and newbies.

7. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf offers a distinct environment that maintains a personal touch, in the midst of running a business. Its surplus of seating options and friendly employees add to your visit. As mentioned above, location matters. In my experience, the Carmel Mountain CBTL offers the best seating options and its baristas always greet you with a smile.

8. Starbucks

Starbucks’ reputation of consistency and quality is well-known. This coffeehouse offers an artistic vibe that mirrors the surrounding community. Maintaining its reputation of providing the same drink, all over the world, has been tested and proven time and time again.


Madam F.

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