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Top cafe recommendations from locals

Coffee Shop
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“Locals spot... very casual, even a little bit bohemian, but they have great coffee & baked goods!”
  • 65 locals recommend
Café
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“One of our favorite cafes near Moonlight Beach. Go for a walk on the beach just down the street then have breakfast at Lofty ...a great weekend starter. We love the avocado toast and lattes. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Café
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“Swami' has two locations; the original outdoor seating only cafe is on historic 101 downtown Encinitas, and the other is just 5 minutes away near Trader Joes. Named after the historic surf spot and across the street from the Self Realization Center, Swami's is loved by locals and has a hearty açaí bowl - an Encinitas original creation. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Great coffee, quick walk to great beaches for views or hanging there after. Yummy food! Tell Jose we sent you!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“This is a locals hangout with great food, good portions, and a relaxed vibe. Grab a table outside, grab a coffee and enjoy the morning with a view of the beach beyond. The egg tacos are great, and the Pipes special is big enough to share.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Café
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“Excellent for breakfast or lunch. Gluten-free and vegan options. Love the pancakes! ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Café
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“There is no shortage of good coffee in Encinitas. The service here is nice and there are more places to sit than most venues. The vibe is pretty hipster so I like to roll in with my huge stroller.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Our go to for breakfast. Mostly indoor dining. If you want to sit outside, try Swami's, their sister restaurant.”
  • 21 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“This place is epic whether you're looking for a fun coffee, regular coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads, desserts you name it. Patience will be required at times but I assure you it is worth the wait.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Chocolate croissants here helped me survive pregnancy. Grab a cup to go and walk down to the beach. Perfect way to wake up!”
  • 14 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Great organic, vegan, vegetarian options! Quick to go or sit down. Certified B corp. Mostly organic, biodynamic, no soy.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
“Tasty, uber-healthy restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Acai bowls, smoothies, and all sorts of creative vegetarian burritos. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Tea Room
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“Great local spot - They have the most delicious baked goods and pastries too!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
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“Located in the Cardiff Village Center right next to the Seaside Market. Good for internet and coffee!!! ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
“This iconic breakfast and lunch place has been here foreverrrr! I've seen the same waitresses for over 20 years and just good food. Seating inside and outside.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
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“It's in the heart of Encinitas and close to shopping, restaurants, SRF, etc. ”
  • 2 locals recommend