Cozy Up at Local Cafés and Java Joints

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September brings the summer’s end, the ring of school bells and, for many, the hustle of getting back to the daily grind. As you settle in to your fall schedule, take a moment to breathe and get cozy at a local coffee shop or café. Trish Sanderson from Yelp, a caffeine fiend herself, shares a list of some highly-rated San Diego java joints – perfect places to take a little break.

The Swell Café (Del Mar)
This new café in Del Mar took over the spot that formerly housed Cantata. A glance at Swell’s website or a visit to its other location in Mission Bay will give you a taste of what you’re in for, including coffee beans snagged via direct trade agreements and items focused on sustainability. Plus, baristas here create some lovely latte art.

Succulent Café (Oceanside)
A simple coffee cart, surrounded with succulents so gorgeous they can only be described as living art. There is plenty of seating in the garden-like setting for some quiet time with your monthly planner. If you’re in need of a jolt, try the Spanish Mocha from the menu. Basic pastries are available to nosh on, as well as a wide range of teas.

Rebecca’s Coffee House (South Park)
Known for its scones and sandwiches, Rebecca’s Coffee House boasts a snug, pleasant environment complete with cozy couches, free Wi-Fi and local art on display. This family-friendly java joint serves breakfast all day and hosts poetry slam events and open mic nights, too. Insider tip: Friday nights here feature live jazz!

Subterranean Coffee Boutique (North Park)
Order a dirty Chai and a sandwich created by the owners, Gene and Kelsey Padigos, for the perfect afternoon break from the grind. This spot also offers steamed eggs in the morning and plenty of vegan or gluten-free options. The Honey Banana Toast is a favorite among locals at this hip, small business.

Le Petit Chateau Coffee Bar (La Jolla)
This tiny and cozy coffee shop features comfy window seats and intimate tables to ponder pours of delicious coffee brews. You’ll also find authentic French pastries and a collection of loose leaf teas. This is truly a hidden gem and so small you’ll be lucky to snag a seat, but if you do, you’ll be delighted.

Lazy Hummingbird (Point Loma)
Beyond being a lovely spot for coffee, teas and bites, the Lazy Hummingbird hosts a community of artists with classes and showings. The space doubles as an art gallery and has plenty of free Wi-Fi. Reviewers vote it a great place to meet a pal and chat, and rave about the menu options, including $1 coffee deal on Tuesdays if you bring your own mug.

Trish Sanderson is the community manager and marketing director for Yelp North County San Diego. She leads the local community of Yelp reviewers both online and off.

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