A Guide to North Park Coffee Shops
Located on the breezy corner of University Ave and Texas St, Communal is one of the most aesthetically gifted coffee shops in North Park, given its warm earthy tones set against minimalistic white walls, chic furnishings, lush verdure, cute little retail section showcasing intentionally curated items, in-house boutique florist, gram-worthy brunch fare, and tantalizing aroma of gourmet java. The attention to detail that has gone into designing this adorable abode with a delightful balance of charm and utility makes it an easy go-to for daytime meetings with colleagues, long overdue coffee dates, and solo study sessions.
Conveniently situated just off I-805, James offers guests a hip environment underscored by their iconic owl logo, great big garage door windows that open up and let a gentle coastal breeze sweep through the building, amenities for a productive day, and a front deck speckled with seating arrangements. In addition to fantastic house-roasted java, the menu features an assortment of scrumptious homemade pastries such as croissants, muffins, and cookies.
Snuggled amongst the storefronts lining El Cajon Blvd, Coffee & Tea Collective treats visitors to a dreamy minimalistic setting dappled with well-nourished plants, maple-colored wooden tabletops, and beautiful art pieces. The picturesque decor serves as an accomplice to thoughtfully crafted, rewardingly delicious coffee beverages made using beans that have been diligently roasted on-site, single-estate teas, avocado toasts, heavenly liege waffles, and scrumptious pastries (vegan options available).
Upon venturing past the iconic North Park sign, toward the upside-down shoe-adorned storefront and through Holsem’s glass doors, an enchanting scene will unfold before you, one graced with marble tabletops, posh olive-green chairs, remote work accommodations, and white walls complemented by textured surfaces including exposed brick columns, vibrant plants, and gorgeous paintings. The Baristas here are known to create exceptional coffee cocktails infused with unique flavor profiles like lemon meringue and banana bread.
A fixture of nearby University Heights, Lestat’s has a lively atmosphere boasting a greek sculpture, art-dappled walls, plush victorian armchairs fit for royalty, shimmering chandeliers, cozy nooks, comfy couches, late-night hours, speedy WiFi, occasional music performances, and the steady background hum of students sharing ideas. Aside from exceptional joe and nutritious smoothies, they’ve got hot breakfast sandwiches, personal pizzas, and a range of lite lunch options.
Whether you’d like to sink into a couch or armchair and appreciate the company of loved ones over a steamy, house-roasted cup of joe, groove to the tunes of a local musician, or peacefully study amidst the familiar comforts of a reliable neighborhood gathering place, whatever the case may be, Subterranean has got you covered.
If you truly love and appreciate the art of java, search no further than Dark Horse, which has been a center for coffee culture in San Diego for ten years and is passionate about intentionally roasting the world’s finest direct-trade beans in-house. This quaint store would make the perfect addition to your morning routine.
A relaxed yet refined enclave, Moe’s sleek furnishings, sophisticated light bulbs, wooden ceiling beams, touches of greenery, and scenic sidewalk terrace complement a tempting selection of coffee beverages and tasty eats such as paninis, toasts, and pizzas. Should you meander on in at the tail end of an exhaustive work day, feel free to take a load off with a crisp craft beer or glass of fine wine.
What this adorable hole-in-the-wall gem among North Park coffee shops may lack in size, it more than makes up for with wholesome hospitality, photogenic appeal, barstool seating with views of the hustle and bustle of University Ave, an outdoor alley where guests can mingle with friends, and soul-stirring seasonal lattes like the Crème Brûlée, which has delectable smoked caramel – made the traditional way, in a copper kettle.
This roastery and cafe embodies a labor of love, it came to fruition over the course of a year, when one father/son team poured their heart and soul into every step of the construction process, from demolition to building the tables and bar themselves. The decades-long dream now fully realized, Hawthorn serves exquisite espresso, single-origin pour-overs, and cold brew on tap amidst warmly familiar digs. Consider bringing an appetite as the menu also features delicious toasts, baked goods, and beloved bagel sandwiches.
Instagram connoisseurs of cuteness ever on the prowl for all things pretty, allow us to introduce you to Lovesong, which provides patrons a bright bohemian ambiance showcasing chic furnishings, pink and turquoise accents, sparkling tile surfaces, and shelves stocked with grab-and-go goods as well as one-of-a-kind gifts. Hang out with friends, get some work done, or enjoy a quick snack on your lunch break, there’s a little slice of paradise for everyone awaiting at this oasis in America’s finest city.
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