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The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Santa Barbara

Sunny Santa Barbara is home to a plethora of great cafes and coffee shops. Whether you need a morning kick, afternoon pick me up, or on the go caffeine fix, this list has you covered. Here are the seven best coffee shops in Santa Barbara.

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1. Low Pigeon Coffee Roasters

Quirky, cute and relatively new to Santa Barbara’s coffee scene is Low Pigeon Coffee Roasters. Here you’ll find all of your favourite coffees along with creative kicks like honey lattes and fancy cafe soleils. What makes them even more special is their message. At Low Pigeon, they believe in attitude, hustle and most of all, quality roasts.

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2. Santa Barbara Roasting Company

Santa Barbara Roasting Company is the place to be for coffee aficionados. In house micro roasts, 70+ varieties of coffee and seriously talented baristas make it one of the best in the city. Stop by and enjoy a macchiato and don’t forget a bag to take home.

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3. Bree’osh

Nobody does speciality coffees, and artisan baked goods quite like Bree’osh. While they are mainly known for their delicious breads, the coffee is what makes the place come alive. Treat yourself to a cortado and almond croissant at this Santa Barbara gem.

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4. Caje

Caje is famous for its craft coffees and killer bagels. At Caje it’s clear that the baristas know exactly what they are doing whether you’re feeling an Instagram worthy latte or stout espresso. We recommend grabbing an artsy latte and sesame bagel.

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5. Dune Coffee Roasters

Speciality coffee, loose leaf tea and sugary sweet pastries are what Dune Coffee Roasters does best. This quaint cafe serves up some of the best brews and soft jazz in the city. Whether you’re looking for a milky cafe au lait or handcrafted espresso, they’ve got you in mind.

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6. The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind has been a local fave since 1995. Originally an old gas station, it’s homey charm, and retro vibes are unmistakable. In addition to a great atmosphere and cult following, the coffee is out of this world. We recommend grabbing a classic Americano and a light meal.

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7. Handlebar Coffee

Just across the street from El Presidio de Santa Barbara, you’ll find Handlebar Coffee. This quirky coffee shop was created by professional cyclists Kim Anderson and Aaron Olsen, who discovered their deep love for coffee while cycling around the world.

They source their beans from Central and South America along with African roasts. We recommend starting with one of their creamy iced vanilla lattes. Don’t forget a scone on the way out.

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Melanie Hamilton

Melanie is an avid traveller with a passion for history and global foods. She is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia where most of her time is occupied with qvevri wine and Soviet history. Having do-si-do'd her way across Europe and Latin America, she's enjoyed some of the world's most exciting places firsthand and can't wait to tell you about them.

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