Every city needs its morning perk, and luckily Santa Barbara has plenty to offer in that department. From quaint cafe hangouts to boutique diners, here are some of the best coffee shops in Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara Roasting Company—a sunny coffee shop and working roasting factory—is home to some of the city’s most popular blends. At RoCo you will find friendly servers, great music, comfortable seats and a cheerful environment of locals and coffee lovers. There are plenty of roasts to choose from, but be sure to check out the Naturally Grown Coffee line featuring all organically grown and fairly traded beans. In the Summer, cool down with the Nitro Draft Cold Brew.
Santa Barbara Roasting Company. 321 Motor Way. 805 962 0320.
Located in the heart of Downtown, this boutique coffee shop has a unique vibe that is both sleek and welcoming. Serving Handlebar coffee and featuring work by artists from all over the world, this spot was designed to encourage connection and creativity. While you’re there, try one of the vegan doughnuts served fresh daily.
Breakfast Culture Club. 711 Chapala Street.
The Daily Grind is great for coffee, smoothies, salads and sandwiches. With a breezy, open floor plan, plenty of seating and a huge selection of pastries and snacks, it is the perfect place to go and stay awhile. Try one of the many options for coffee, like the Vanilla Nut and don’t sleep on the best breakfast burritos in town.
The Daily Grind. 2912 De La Vina Street. 805 845 9333.
The French Press
The French Press is very popular and always busy. With an upbeat, Downtown vibe it is a great place to meet up with friends and hang out. In addition to great coffee that is indeed made with a French press, you can also have one of the freshly baked in-house pastries made with local ingredients from the nearby Farmers Market.
The French Press. 528 Anacapa Street. 805 962 7733.
Vices & Spices has been around since 1975 and is exactly where you want to go if you’re looking for strong espresso and worldly gifts to bring home. Visit when you have some time to browse and sample one of the special house coffees, such as the Obama Blend or the Magic Blend.
Vices & Spices From Around the World. 3558 State Street. 805 687 7196.