Coffee Shops in San Diego [way out of date]

So, you’re going to Comic-Con, you want coffee, but you don’t want Starbucks. Maybe you don’t like their coffee, maybe you don’t like their size, or maybe you don’t like the fact that they sued a comic book artist over a parody several years ago.

I’ve been to a couple of It’s a Grind locations over the past few years, and decided to do some Internet searching for other coffee places in Downtown San Diego.

First, the chains:

It’s a Grind – highly recommended.

  • 1603 India St. (India & Cedar in Little Italy, near trolley stop)*
  • 690 First Ave. (1st & G, across from Ralphs, near Horton Plaza)
  • 10th & J St. (marked as Coming Soon on website)

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

  • 160 W. Broadway (Broadway & Front, near Horton Plaza)
  • Also inside the Ralphs at 1st and Market

No sign of Kelly’s or Peet’s, and of course Diedrich is gone. Though Starbucks has 15 locations plus the Seattle’s Best in the Gaslamp Borders.

I found a couple of lists at San Diego Coffee Houses and String Beans. I’m not sure how many of them are actually downtown, but these appear to be:

Seaport Coffee and Fudge Factory

  • 849 West Harbor Drive

Twiggs Coffeehouse*

  • 702 Ash Street (Ash & 7th)

Brickyard Coffee & Tea

  • 675 W G St (between 6th Ave & 7th Ave at the Seaport Village trolley stop)

If you get out to Old Town San Diego, I highly recommend stopping by the San Diego Coffee and Tea House. Seriously consider picking up a bag of Highlander Grog to take home.

* Not near convention center, but still downtown & near hotels.

So, are there any San Diego natives reading? Any suggestions–especially for places within walking distance of the convention center?

See Also: Convention Photos & Write-Ups

One thought on “Coffee Shops in San Diego [way out of date]

  1. Kelson Post author

    *sigh* evidence for the broken windows theory. You let one place post…

    Sorry, folks, I’m closing the comments and marking the existing ones as spam.

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