A Guide to Del Mar Coffee Shops
A seashell’s toss from the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Bird Rock is one of the most aesthetically gifted coffee shops in Del Mar, given its warm earthy tones set against minimalistic walls, vibrant plants, white honeycomb tile floors, and front deck with breathtaking views of Los Penasquitos Lagoon and more coastal scenery. The attention to detail that has gone into designing this abode with a delightful balance of charm and utility makes it an easy go-to for daytime meetings with colleagues, long overdue coffee dates, solo study sessions, and relaxing pre or post-hike.
If you truly love and appreciate the art of award-winning java, rest assured knowing Bird Rock recently earned a once-in-a-lifetime Roaster of the Year award from Roast Magazine, consistently posts winning scores above 90 by Coffee Review, and always has a Q-Grader-certified roaster on site.
Near and dear to the heart of town, Bohemian Alchemist draws on the ancient Turkish technique of sand brewing (yes, you read that right, no noisy espresso machines here) to showcase coffee in a completely new way. The vibey bohemian interior feels like an exotic caravan, dappled with eclectic items from around the world, the feminine organic flow of Art Nouveau, sensual colors and textures, Middle Eastern decor, and Indian carved furnishings. In addition to soul-stirring lattes, the menu features restorative teas and homemade baked goods.
What this adorable little walk-up bungalow perched atop Del Mar Plaza may lack in size, it more than makes up for with wholesome hospitality, photogenic appeal, scenic ocean views, and thoughtfully crafted, rewardingly delicious coffee beverages like the lavender chai-infused Bae and hazelnut hinted, caramel cold foam topped Toro.
Tucked inside Tradewinds Village, Liquid Bean is a cute walk-up java stand surrounded by several cafe tables and a lush garden landscape, which makes it the perfect destination for a tranquil respite from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. The staff maintains a tempting selection of organic coffee drinks, nutritious fruit smoothies, loose-leaf teas, breakfast burritos, acai bowls, toasts, and salads.
Breathing new life into one gorgeous home built at the turn of the 20th century, Stratford Court Cafe provides patrons a refined yet relaxed culinary experience accentuated by gram-worthy brunch fare ranging from open-faced bagels and breakfast burritos to lite scrambles and salads to heavenly waffles. Whether you’d like to settle into a cozy corner and appreciate the company of loved ones over a steamy cup of joe, dine al fresco with your furry four-legged companion on the picturesque garden patio, or even host a private event, whatever the case may be, Stratford Court Cafe has got you covered.
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