Coffee shops are where we go to experience the vibe of a new city or to check out the local flavor of a neighborhood. These 10 coffee shops in Southern California offer a whole lot more than just a great cup of java. You’ll find spots with killer outdoor spaces, some with live music, and others with a unique brewing technique that you may have never heard of before. Whether you are in your own town or on a little mini getaway somewhere new, these coffee shops are a treat to check out as they will infuse your day with a cup full of happiness.
1. Taza - A Social Coffeehouse in Arcadia
A communal table where strangers can gather and sit and sip and chat makes me love this place even more. What people say most about Taza is that they love the local vibe and love the artisan coffee that is made with care.
2. Full of Beans in Ojai
If you happen to find yourself in Ojai for a little getaway, this is a coffee shop you should check out. Great atmosphere inside and out including a covered patio in the back that is tucked away from the rest of the world.
3. Krakatoa in the Golden Hill neighborhood of San Diego
The outdoor space at Krakatoa is a heavenly oasis. Warning: if you check out this coffee shop you may never want to leave. The coffee and food and lush covered patio could easily make you want to stay all day.
4. Balconi Coffee Company in Los Angeles
Have you ever heard of the Siphon Method? Well that's what they do here and they do it well. If you don't know what it is, it looks a bit like a chemistry lab while they concoct the best cup of coffee you will ever experience.
5. Dripp in Chino Hills and Fullerton
Specializing in coffee AND ice cream sandwiches -- I think I may have found my new love.
6. Old Cal Coffee in San Marcos
The sense of community is one of the first things you notice at Old Cal Coffee, which is the oldest coffee shop in the area. People gather here to connect and they are made to feel welcome. For local music this place can't be beat as they regularly feature local musicians that brew up some epic coffeehouse concerts.
7. Alta Coffee and Restaurant in Newport Beach
Tucked off the main road, this coffee shop is a quaint find with great food and a nice lineup of events including live poetry and music. But the best part about this place is that it feels like home. Just as an example, there is a wall dedicated to regular customers where they keep their very own coffee mugs. How's that for local charm!
8. Another Kind of Sunrise in Venice Beach
This coffee shop is the tiniest one on the list and its cuteness factor is through the roof. Tucked off the street down an artistic looking alley, you will find this locally owned and operated coffee stand that serves "buttery" coffee named after the owner. It also dishes up some dreamy baked goods.
9. Joshua Tree Coffee Company
If you don't have plans go to Joshua Tree for its epic beauty, at least go there to experience Joshua Tree Coffee Company. They first started roasting beans in a small roaster in their kitchen and have since graduated to much larger and fancier equipment. They believe in only the best coffee beans that are organic, fair trade and rain forest alliance certified; they are passionate about educating the public on why buying and consuming this type of bean is important. This place is special and not just because it's in Joshua Tree, but because of the passion and heart that is apparent in the product they produce.
The Siphon Method in action at Joshua Tree Coffee Company, too.
10. Hidden House Coffee in San Juan Capistrano
Old fashioned and charming in every way. This gem is tucked away on a delightful street with old homes that have been converted into shops and boutiques. Hidden House makes me want to perch on the patio in a cozy spot with a cup of coffee and a good book.
All of these spots make me want to linger for a while. Did you see any of your favorite places on the list? Let us know what other coffee shops are a must to experience in Southern California for great coffee and a great atmosphere.