In February, I shared three suggestions for coffee shops to visit with your kids. Because San Diego is bursting at the seams with quality coffee, I couldn’t stop at just one post!
Here are three more coffee shops to check out as the summer months are approaching:
1. Copa Vida (905 J St, San Diego, CA 92101)
Copa Vida has various locations throughout California, and was originally established in Pasadena. In 2015, they opened their first location in San Diego County. They work directly with roasters and tea companies that are involved in Direct Trade or Fair Trade, and truly pour their full effort into making each cup of coffee steam with quality. I typically order lattes when I am out, and their vanilla latte is on the the top of my list! The downtown location is big inside with outdoor seating as well, which gives space for my little one to walk around without bothering others who are trying to work. Best of all, it shares a wall with Petco Park, and is connected to the entrance of “The Park at the Park,” which is open to all on non-game days (however, during Padre games an admission ticket is required). It is located outside the outfield wall but inside the park gates, and is approximately 2.7 acres. The Park at the Park contains a mini little league infield diamond, lots of trees, a statue of Tony Gwynn, and a huge open area to picnic and enjoy your coffee while the kids run around and play. Leashed pets are also welcome!
2. Revolution Roasters (1836 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054)
North County has a blossoming coffee scene, and Revolution Roasters is setting the pace. There are constantly new, creatively crafted drinks and the environment is both warm and friendly. Not only are the owners and baristas passionate, they are also knowledgeable as well. Revolution is constantly refining their drinks, the way beans are roasted, and their overall presentation. This shop is both kid and family friendly. In the back corner, there is a shelf of children’s books, and high chairs are also provided. This is not only one of my favorites, but my husband, our teenage girls, and our eighteen month old also enjoy it as well. Even though we are residents of East County, we will make the drive up to Oceanside just for a latte from Revolution Roasters. If you’re in the area, I recommend the butterscotch latte or one of their seasonal mochas! Smooth and delicious.
3. Brew Coffee Spot (6101 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942)
Brew Coffee Spot is the newest addition to East County, and just had their grand opening this month. They use coffee beans from local Cafe Virtuoso, which has some of the highest scoring roasts in the nation. Additionally, they offer a wide variety of food, including both vegetarian and vegan options, as well non-coffee drinks such as teas and sodas. This location has quickly become a favorite of mine, for a wide variety of reasons beyond just the location and the coffee. Firstly, it is the perfect workspace. As a full-time student, it is so important to have a place with wifi, wide tables, outlets, and long hours. Brew Coffee Spot offers all of these, and more. Every time I have visited, there is at least one other mom who is working or studying.
Secondly, it is family friendly. There is a shelf of both board games and board books for young kids, teens, or even a casual date night. On Thursday nights there’s live jazz and on Fridays there is a game night, as well as occasional class offerings (like their upcoming painting workshop) and other events (such as “Coffee with a Cop”). There is also a park within short walking distance if you’d rather take the kids outside to play (Tip: There is a Little Caesar’s Pizza next door, and the perfect family date is grabbing coffee and a $5 pizza to go and waking down to the park for a little picnic). Brew Coffee Spot is quickly growing in popularity, and it will only continue to do so! Check it out with the kids next time you’re in La Mesa.
Which of these coffee shops have you visited? Let me know in the comments below!