8 Uptown San Diego Cafes to Get Your Caffeine Fix

Enjoy your coffee in the sunshine at Communal Coffee’s new South Park outpost.

In need of a java jolt? These quaint Uptown San Diego cafes and coffee shops are here to help.

1. Caffe Calabria

After numerous trips to Italy and hours of work, Caffe Calabria has perfected their house-roasted coffee. Enjoy your espresso with Bread and Cie pastries delivered daily or come back Wednesday through Saturday to try the Neapolitan pizza. Their coffee beans are available for purchase, both online and in store.

See website for hours. 3933 30th St., North Park, 619.683.7787. caffecalabria.com


2. Communal Coffee

Known for their Instagram-famous ‘Coffee + Flowers’ sign, Communal Coffee has just opened a second location in South Park. Both outposts serve San Francisco’s Sightglass coffee and have flowers from Native Poppy for sale. Enjoy signature drinks like lavender honey and rose vanilla lattes alongside a variety of toasts ranging from avocado with egg to caprese.

Open daily 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 2335 University Ave., North Park; 2221 Fern St., South Park. communalcoffee.com


3. Heartwork Coffee Bar

Located in the charming Mission Hills neighborhood, Heartwork Coffee Bar offers a variety of options from specialty coffees to a ‘Not Coffee’ section for those who could do without the caffeine. Co-owner Rob Moran sources his coffee beans from local companies James Coffee Co. and Dark Horse Coffee Roasters, but also occasionally featuring out-of-town roasters.

See website for hours. 3993 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills, 619.293.3300. heartworkcoffeebar.com


Try a vegan donut with your cold brew at Dark Horse Coffee Roasters.

4. Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

Found in bakeries and restaurants all over San Diego, Dark Horse’s shops have all of your coffee needs covered from cold brew on nitro to espresso drinks like “The Champ.” Don’t forget to grab one of their housemade vegan donuts for the perfect pairing. Dark Horse also offers coffee subscriptions to have their coffee delivered every other week or monthly.

See website for hours. 3260 Adams Ave., Normal Heights; 3794 30th St., North Park. darkhorsecoffeeroasters.com


5. Subterranean Coffee Boutique

With favorites like the nutella mocha, rose chai and organic matcha, Subterrancean Coffee Boutique has something for everyone. Bring your laptop to work at the tables and couches while you nom on a full food menu featuring items like breakfast tacos and acai bowls. Vegan and gluten-free options available throughout the menu.

See website for hours. 3764 30th St., North Park; 412 University Ave., Hillcrest. subterraneancoffeeboutique.com


6. Influx Cafe

Furry friends welcome! Bring your pup along to sit in the outdoor seating area while you sip on organic espresso drinks and drip coffees, all roasted locally using solar power. For a bite to eat, menu highlights include croissant melts, sandwiches on fresh baked bread and an assortment of salads.

See website for hours. 3000 Upas St. Suite 103, North Park, 619.795.0680. influxcafe.com


Discover a minimalist yet inviting atmosphere at Hawthorn Coffee.

7. Hawthorn Coffee

Started by father-son team Kevin and Dylan Redmond, Hawthorn Coffee was created to be the most complete coffee experience. With espresso, pour overs and filter coffee from all over the world, drinks can be enjoyed in a relaxed setting, perfect for meeting up with friends and family.

Open daily 6 a.m.-6 p.m. 3019 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619.501.4882. hawthorncoffee.com


8. Pappalecco

Stop by Pappalecco’s charming cafe to feel like you’ve made a trip to Italy without leaving San Diego. Enjoy a full espresso menu alongside a scoop of their handcrafted gelato. The coffee beans are roasted close by in Temecula in the Italian tradition to create a strong, full-bodied flavor.

See website for hours. 3650 5th Ave. #104, Hillcrest, 619.906.5566. pappalecco.com

Communal Coffee photo provided by Lauren Winget.

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