March 9, 2017

Best of San Clemente: Top Spots for an Amazing Cup of Coffee

Best of San Clemente Top Spots for an Amazing Cup of Coffee  Beachside Vacation Rentals

If you're a coffee lover, finding local coffee spots during your travels is probably a favorite pastime. Fortunately, in San Clemente we have plenty of top-notch cafes for you to choose from! Grab a cup on your way to visit the San Clemente Pier, refuel after a rigorous morning of surf lessons, or take an afternoon coffee break before heading out to shop at the Outlets at San Clemente. One of these top coffee spots will always be nearby, ready to serve up a steaming cup of brewed bliss.

Of course, you can always look up the local Starbucks or Coffee Bean for a reliable cup of coffee, but if you're looking for a spot with a little more local flavor, here are a few of our recommendations.

Bear Coast Coffee
618 1/2 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA 92672

San Clemente is our city of coffee, and Bear Coast Coffee is our top pick in the Pier Bowl. Located just across the street from the pier, Bear Coast is the perfect place to stop on a afternoon stroll on the pier. Occasionally, Bear Coast will host small pop up shops for local vendors-giving visitors a casual and pleasant experience. Try their classic Americano (if you like your coffee strong), Lavender Caramel Latte, or Cold Brew for hotter days. Definitely opt to grab your coffee and find a bench by the pier, or the Parque Del Mar too!

Zebra House Coffee
1001 S El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

If you are looking for a more unique location for some solid coffee, try Zebra House Coffee . Zebra house regularly showcases the work of local artists on their walls and also hosts open mic nights once a month, making this cafe a great place to experience local talent. Zebra House offers food friendly to dietary needs—like vegan or gluten free muffins in all different flavors! This zebra-themed coffee house crafts delicious caffeinated drinks like the Mexican Mocha and peppermint mochas.

Be sure to bring cash with you, Zebra doesn’t take cards. All in all, Zebra House is a must-visit for the adventurous San Clemente visitor, and a fun stop for a quick bite to eat or coffee date.

Ellie’s Table North Beach
120 W Avenida Pico
San Clemente, CA 92672

Looking for even more pastry options to accompany your cup of joe? Walk into Ellie’s Table and you will see rows and rows of delicious baked goods waiting to be tasted including a variety of croissants and scones, cronuts, sticky buns, danish, and more. Ellie’s also offers savory items items like the chorizo burrito, Greek quinoa salad, and delectable ham and cheese croissants. If you are in the mood for a handmade latte, try the honey vanilla latte or the iced white mocha. Customers rave about the friendly service, casual atmosphere, and affordable prices.

If you're staying at one of our North Beach vacation rentals you can easily walk to Ellie's Table. If not, be sure to prepare for metered street parking as well.

Kaylani Coffee and Nitrogen Ice Cream
San Clemente, CA 92672

So you want a coffee and the kids want ice cream? No problem. Kaylani Coffee serves both, with lots of ice cream flavors to choose from and is a great place to stop especially on a warm day. Try their soft fluffy shaved ice for a chilly treat, or the nitro coffee for a creamy brew that will keep you cool during the summer.

Kaylani is located in the North Beach area across from the Metrolink Station and North Beach, so it's a great place to stop after a train ride up and down the coast, or a day at the beach.

Pipes Cafe
2017 S. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Pipes Cafe is a super casual beachy spot with a full restaurant and an espresso bar on the patio. It's great place to stop when you just need to chill, or if any member of your group is craving breakfast food. Pipes serves breakfast all day long, so you can grab pancakes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or just drop by the espresso bar and get your cappuccino, baja mocha, or whatever beverage suits your fancy.

Antoine's Cafe
218 South El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 94158

Last but certainly not lease, we had to include Antoine's Cafe . Antoines is more of a breakfast cafe than a dedicated coffee spot... but it's been voted best coffee in San Clemente for 10 years in a row. Antoine's always has milder and stronger brews available, as well as a daily flavored coffee and, of course, classic espresso beverages like cappuccinos and lattes.

This local spot is popular, and often crowded, so if you plan to sit and eat, you may face a bit of a wait. Otherwise, you can always order to go.

Looking for more local dining spots? You might also like:

Have a Question?
Let us know by filling out the form below:

Whoops! There are errors with your submission. Please correct the errors below and resubmit.
Sent! Thank you for submitting your contact request. We have received your request and will be in touch with you shortly.
Tell us your name.
Tell us your email. This is not a valid email.
Tell us your phone number.
Start Planning
Take a look at some of our top vacation rental picks: