A Guide to Dana Point Coffee Shops
Bear Coast Coffee
Near and dear to the heart of town, Bear Coast is one of the most aesthetically gifted coffee shops in Dana Point, given its warm earthy tones set against minimalistic white walls, several chic seating arrangements, vibrant plants, amenities for a productive day, gram-worthy avocado toast, and tantalizing aroma of gourmet java that’s been diligently roasted in-house. Bear Coast recently opened a second Dana Point location at 34201 Amber Lantern, Unit B – in the new Prado West development.
J.C. Beans Coffee House
Occupying an adorable cottage on Pacific Coast Highway, J.C. Beans has a cozy ambiance featuring marble tabletops, comfy armchairs, earnestly stocked bookshelves, a crackling fireplace, soul-stirring specialty lattes, and an efficient drive-through that’ll have you back on the road and headed toward your final destination in no-time. The attention to detail that has gone into designing this welcoming abode with a delightful balance of charm and utility makes it an easy go-to for meetings with colleagues, long-overdue coffee dates, and solo study sessions.
Coffee Importers embodies that reliable no-frills neighborhood establishment dedicated to turning out the highest quality goods, from coffee to artisan sandwiches and bagels to ice cream, hot fudge sundaes, and banana splits. It’s no wonder they’ve been in business for over forty years and are still goin’ strong! Whether you’d like to settle into a table on the patio and appreciate the company of loved ones over a steamy cup of joe, pair your lunch with unmatched views of the marina, or stop in for a snack while enjoying a pleasant stroll along the harbor, whatever the case may be, this hallmark among Dana Point coffee shops has got you covered.
Maison Cafe + Market
Across the street from Doheny State Beach, Maison offers guests a refined yet relaxed dining experience accentuated by a menu known for its organic, seasonal produce and notes from the rustic countryside of France and Italy – but still remaining micro-local to the seasons and farms of Southern California, of course. That being said, the picturesque European decor serves as an accomplice to thoughtfully crafted, rewardingly delicious coffee beverages graced with beautiful latte art, world-class fare, and a well-curated selection of fine wines.
Beginning the moment you step inside, Moulin transports you to France with the smell of fresh, artisan breads, the sight of chickens turning in the rotissoire, and the sound of people speaking French. Feel free to dine on their outdoor patio that’s speckled with red umbrellas, bistro tables, and colorful chairs, or take a short stroll down by the beach for a romantic picnic near the sea. Either way, both are an ideal setting for a warm summer’s evening spent across from your special someone, and who knows what’ll taste sweeter, true loves kiss or the touch of cream on your lips after enjoying a delicate pastry – guess there’s only one way to find out.
Born and raised in Montmartre, Paris, Laurent created Moulin out of love for the bistro culture that he missed every day since moving to California in the 1980s.
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