A Guide to Malibu Coffee Shops
A retro retreat among Malibu coffee shops and snuggled inside the bustling village shopping center, Joules & Watts is a micro-roaster providing Angelino’s freshly roasted single-origin coffee. Occupying the cutest quaint quarters, your most comfy option to sit and stay awhile revolves around the groovy cream chesterfield set against a turquoise wall, on top of dark wooden floorboards, and beneath quite the artistic foliage display – which, when pulled together, makes for a dashing Insta photo-op.
If the giant replica ice cream cones aren’t a dead giveaway, this shop also serves Nancy Silverton’s legendary gelato, made with natural and organic ingredients, any of the delicious flavors available should satisfy that nagging sweet tooth.
Best friends since school, Mark Wain and Gary Chau quit their corporate jobs in 2006 to start their dream of working together and owning a local neighborhood business – what better than to act on the inspiration received from their experiences with caffe culture in Italy! Fast forward nearly two decades, and every hand-crafted artisanal espresso or brewed coffee spurring the surrounding community of Caffe Luxxe along each morning is the ultimate culmination of these lifelong friends’ years ago European travels, intimate java studies, and hard-earned expertise.
Thanks in large part to countless Instagram posts having been taken in front of its rosy floral backdrop adorned by picturesque white neon signage, Le Cafe De La Plage may just be the most recognizable of these Malibu coffee shops. But the story behind the counter is just as noteworthy as all the social media hype, truth be told, this cafe is a slice of the dream life Sophia and Bernard imagined while living back in France.
Since opening Le Cafe De La Plage in 2017, they have blessed “the bu” with crisp espresso, scrumptious baked goods, filling avocado toasts, handcrafted ice cream (vegan options available) served in house-made waffle cones, and other tasty treats fit for royalty. No, but actually, Bernard began his culinary career in a palace of the French Riviera, so savor those world-class delicacies and signature good vibes!
Situated at the end of Malibu’s iconic pier, overlooking the glistening Pacific Ocean, the Malibu Farm Cafe’s beautiful aesthetic combines rustic decor with a touch of dreamy coastal vibes. This typically busy wooden java outpost offers coffee, tea, smoothies, and fresh juices, along with a mouthwatering breakfast menu featuring dishes from simple yogurt & granola to loaded breakfast burritos to several variations of fluffy pancakes – all of which are made with fresh, organic, and local ingredients, of course!
A great place for refreshing drinks, cocktails even, long walks along the beach, cool surfside breezes, and hey, come to think of it, maybe even a first date!
Around the early 2000s, in Northern California, a slightly disaffected freelance musician and coffee lunatic, weary of the commercial coffee enterprise and stale, overly roasted beans, decided to open a roaster for people who were clamoring for the actual taste of fresh coffee. His humble vision has since blossomed into a network of cafes across the United States, Japan, and Korea, with that being said, the location most relevant to us is the big gray eye-catching building near city hall.
There, in the form of an upscale collaborative workspace, this spacious, inviting venue serves artisans and innovators, and everyone else who happens to meander on by; being in such close proximity to the beach always guarantees an intellectually diverse array of characters.
If you enjoyed this guide to the best Malibu coffee shops, be sure to check out our list of the Top 15 Coffee Shops in Santa Monica!