Whether you’re catching up with friends, planning a business meeting, or just looking to enjoy a quick cup of joe on your way to work, there’s a multitude of great cafes in and around downtown Encinitas. Although your choices are pretty much unlimited, below are the best local spots offering coffee, pastries, and more that you’re sure to love, all of which offer free Wi-Fi. And who knows? One of these may become your new go-to place to bring a friend (or even just a book!).
Although small on the inside, this café boasts extensive patio seating and community tables, as well as friendly service and brews guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest coffee snob. Lofty Coffee not only roasts and brews their own beans, they also make their own almond milk, hazelnut milk, and syrups. Try the Aztec Mocha or a long-process cold brew, and enjoy the lovely latte art!
More info: Loftycoffee.com, 90 N Coast Hwy 101, Suite 214
This cozy bakery is a local favorite for their homemade muffins (called “plonks”) and rich meat pies. Whether you’re craving something sweet or savory, Gordy’s has plenty of delicious options. The interior is brightly colored and filled with pop art and concert posters, and you definitely won’t want to miss their vanilla chai lattes.
More info: gordysbakery.com, 441 Encinitas Blvd
Coffee Coffee is a dog-friendly coffee shop that has their own roasting machine displayed prominently, and even features live music in the patio area. You can enjoy a cup of coffee inside at the bar-style seating, or pick up roasted beans to go. Try an acai bowl or a tasty lox croissant with your tea or latte.
More info: coffeecoffeeleucadia.com, 970 N Coast Hwy 101
Better Buzz Coffee
This rustic yet modern café has great music and serves drinks in mason jars if you’re planning on lingering. Regulars rave about the “BDE” (Best Drink Ever, aka classic Americano with creamy vanilla) as well as their loaded avocado toasts and smoothies.
More info: betterbuzzcoffee.com, 578 S Coast Hwy 101