There’s nothing better than starting the day off with your favorite cup of coffee. Even if you don’t drink it, you can’t deny its mouthwatering aroma. Nowadays, coffee has become pretty crafty with the variety of flavors and combinations. Many people have grown accustom to seeing a Starbucks on every corner of the street and are very comfortable with their “special” order. Encinitas is home to some not-so-basic coffee shops. We know it’s hard to break away from something you’re familiar with, but whether you’re looking to grab-and-go or take your time with a book or project, we encourage you to get out and try something locally delicious. You won’t regret it.


Pannikin Coffee and Tea | 510 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA –

A charming café originating in 1968 and continues to serve Encinitas with the best coffee and tea in town, made with exotic blends from around the world. Expansive, outdoor seating surrounds the historic building where you will appreciate the ambience and beautiful Encinitas scenery.  Try this local favorite next time you’re out exploring Leucadia.


Better Buzz Coffee | 578 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA –

Better Buzz Coffee is one of the newest coffee shops located in the heart of downtown Encinitas. Experience the fresh air and open seating on the PCH while you enjoy a cup of their “Best Drink Ever,” (it’s really called that). Here you will find an extensive variety coffee, lattes, tea, smoothies, and much more along with some tasty treats. Visit their website or stop in to see the menu for yourself.


Lofty Coffee Company | 90 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas CA –

Lofty Coffee provides an intimate setting with indoor and outdoor seating, just down the street from Moonlight beach. This social coffee shop serves specialty or simple coffee, organic tea, and breakfast or lunch made with organic, local ingredients.  Grab your coffee to go or have a seat with a friend and shop the local boutiques next door.