As one of the nation’s top college towns, San Luis Obispo has many independent coffee shops to support the student population. The coffee shops reflect the safe, community-oriented feel of San Luis Obispo and embody the city’s charm, character, and personality. Here are ten coffee shops in San Luis Obispo that you should try.
Lucy’s Coffee Co.
Lucy’s serves beans from local roasters, with a drink menu that includes all the typical espresso drinks alongside a variety of specialty drinks made with house-made syrups, like the oatmeal latte and the ginger tea latte.
Lucy’s offers a range of baked goods, oatmeal, and gourmet toasts for small bites. Open seven days a week until 4:00 p.m., Lucy’s is the perfect place to spend a slow morning or a relaxing afternoon with your favorite coffee drink.
Coastal Peaks Coffee
Coastal Peaks Coffee operates a café at the front of the roastery, serving up lattes, cappuccinos, and other espresso drinks made from their beans. They also have a small breakfast and lunch menu, offering breakfast burritos and bagels with your choice of topping.
Kraken Coffee Company
Active Coffee Co
Active serves the standard coffee shop fare, specialty lattes, americanos, and other espresso drinks. Their aptly named cloud menu consists of coffee drinks topped with flavored spun sugar for the more adventurous customers. While flavor offerings rotate, Active has around 25 cotton candy selections, including chai, gingerbread, peppermint, marshmallow, and strawberry matcha.
Active Coffee Co. is a truly community-oriented coffee house with courtyard patio seating, upstairs office space, and a conference area that can be rented for meetings or events. They host a monthly storytime for kids in their community event space, live music, and other unique, family-friendly events. Active Coffee Co. is a great place to swing by for a fun drink, hang out with the whole family, and make new friends. Check out their Instagram account for an up-to-date list of menu offerings and events.
Field Day Coffee
Libertine Coffee Bar
Libertine Coffee Bar offers a truly urban coffee experience with tables set up outside on the sidewalk. Libertine does operate on rather limited hours — 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on weekends — so be sure to visit early enough in the day.
Photo courtesy of Scout Coffee Co.
Scout Coffee Co.
Scout’s menu features a variety of espresso drinks, including a rotating selection of seasonal options. They make their baked goods daily in the commercial kitchen attached to their second location and serve everything from scones, croissants, and muffins to cookies, brownies, and dessert bars.
Scout uses their own beans, roasted under the brand name HoneyCo Coffee Roasters. Their six bean blends, five tea flavors, and homemade granolas can be purchased online in the retail sections of their storefronts. Scout Coffee Co. sells merchandise, branded apparel, mugs and tumblers, and local gifts.
With plenty of open seating indoors and outside, Scout is the perfect place to grab a coffee drink, meet friends, and browse a curated selection of local artisan goods. As a local favorite, Scout truly embodies the community spirit of San Luis Obispo.
Skippers Brew Coffee House
Skippers Brew has something for everyone with unique drink options like the spicy Mexican mocha, horchata latte, and turmeric ginger chai. Other crowd favorites include the iced apple cider chai, iced chocolate sea salt caramel latte, and iced Almond Joy latte. Skippers serves cold brew and kombucha on tap and offers unique flavors like bourbon caramel, sweet heat, sea salt caramel, mint mojito, and taro.
Don’t let the eclectic favor offerings fool you — Skipper’s Brew also has all the usual espresso drinks if you like your coffee more traditional. Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Skippers Brew is a fantastic choice whether you need your morning caffeine fix or an afternoon pick-me-up.
The community-oriented coffee culture that marks San Luis Obispo is just one of the things that make the city so welcoming. If you’re interested in San Luis Obispo real estate or want to check out homes for sale in San Luis Obispo, contact the Weber Team today!
*Header photo courtesy of Lucy’s Coffee Co.