There are the best Huntington Beach coffee shops that offer a delightful atmosphere and delicious brewed beverages. When I spent three days in Huntington Beach, California, I experienced all of the best things to see and do in the city. This included visiting as many Huntington Beach cafes as possible during my short time in Surf City USA.
In terms of food and drink, I ate my way around the city, finding the best vegan food in Huntington Beach. At the same time, I visited as many charming and cozy cafes as possible, sampling the best coffee and espresso beverages. Come along with me on a coffee tour of Huntington Beach where I show you exactly what I ordered and highly recommend.
Best Huntington Beach Coffee Shops: Philz Coffee
Philz Coffee is a California-based coffee company, founded by Phil Jaber in San Francisco. After 25 years of experimenting with different brews and blends, Phil perfected the art of coffee and opened Philz Coffee with his exceptional blends. It’s expanded across California and even into Chicago. At the Huntington Beach location, I was met with friendly and knowledgeable staff who aimed to create my perfect cup of coffee.
Upon entering the Huntington Beach cafe at the Pacific City Mall, I was greeted by a barista who customized a coffee just for me. He asked me a few different questions about my caffeinated beverage preferences, and they created a coffee using two kinds of beans, oat milk, cocoa powder, and cinnamon in the filter. It was one of the best cups of coffee I’ve ever had!
The best part? If you don’t like something about your coffee, you can let the barista know and they’ll remake your coffee until they get it just right. Be sure to take a photo of the label of your perfect cup so they’ll know what to make for you next time. This is definitely one of the best Huntington Beach coffee shops as I’m still thinking about that amazing cup of coffee, even weeks later.
Sur Coffee Roasters
Sur Coffee Roasters in downtown Huntington Beach is the perfect place for that morning pick-me-up. I stopped by bright and early one morning for a delicious and flavorful cup of Joe. Sur Coffee started when four friends from San Diego traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico, to surf and meet coffee farmers. Through the continued exploration of coffee destinations worldwide and their humble beginnings roasting beans in their garage, Sur Coffee Roasters was born.
Sur Coffee Roasters works directly with coffee farmers in order to support their families and communities more. All of their coffee is roasted at their San Clemente location, and Sur Coffee has three locations in total, including one in Huntington Beach (all in Orange County and Southern California).
While you can order their coffee online, it’s one of the best Huntington Beach coffee shops, so why not stop in for a drink? Their coffee bar features an array of espresso beverages and specialty drinks, direct trade pour overs, tea and local pastries.
602 Coffee House
602 Coffee House in Huntington Beach is one of the best restaurants for acai bowls and avocado toast, as well as one of the best cafes for a decent cup of coffee. Right across from the Huntington Beach Pier on the Pacific Coast Highway, stop by for a cold brew before going for a walk around town and down by the beach.
This Huntington Beach coffee shop also sells coffee beans, including a unique variety of bananas foster beans. I am kicking myself for not buying a bag as that coffee bean flavor sounds so interesting. The cafe itself is quite small and mostly for takeout, though there is a spacious outdoor patio out front to enjoy a drink or a meal.
Watertable (in the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach)
Watertable is located inside the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, though I highly recommend dining here for breakfast even if you aren’t staying at the hotel. It’s a sophisticated venue in both design and cuisine, winning Open Table’s Diner’s Choice Award for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the United States.
While this is a restaurant and not a coffee shop or cafe, I knew that it was worthy of a place on this list because I had one of the best cups of coffee in Huntington Beach there. You need to try Pete’s Cup Cappuccino. It’s naturally vegan (made with oat milk) and the top of the cappuccino is finished like a creme brulee. It was so unique and so good!
Huntington Beach Coffee Shops: Milk & Honey
Milk & Honey is a cute coffee shop in downtown Huntington Beach with several vegan options on the menu. It’s a nice, quiet place to savor that morning cuppa. First, there are a variety of plant-based milks for your coffee and tea, as well as fresh fruit smoothies. Milk & Honey has espresso beverages and signature drinks, like a lavender americano, nutella latte, and honey americano.
In terms of food and small bites, Milk & Honey offers a vegan egg bagel, avocado toast (can be modified to be vegan), as well as vegan muffins, cookies and banana bread. Stop by Milk & Honey for your daily dose of caffeine or perhaps for breakfast, too.
Able Coffee Roasters
Able Coffee Roasters is a coffee shop in Huntington Beach that employs individuals with disabilities, providing those with autism and other special needs with paying jobs. We were warmly greeted by two friendly employees upon our arrival, and there’s also a little corner of merchandise for the shop, too.
Able Coffee Roasters has a selection of coffee specialties, tea and espresso drinks, as well as some signature favorites. As for my menu item, I chose the Sensory Latte (espresso, brown sugar and cinnamon). There are a few toasts on display that are vegan: crunchy peanut butter, harmony hummus and able avo. Stop by here for great coffee, great service, and to support a great cause.
Huntington Beach Coffee Shops: Java Point
Java Point is a coffee shop that would only exist in a surfing town like Huntington Beach. Located inside Huntington Surf & Sport in downtown HB, Java Point is a little grab-and-go cafe inside a surf shop. Order directly from the counter just inside the storefront. They have a variety of hot drinks, cold drinks, and a few food items like bagels, avocado toast, and donuts. There’s free Wifi, too.
I ordered an iced Americano and it was really refreshing. You’ll find all of your espresso-based favorites on the menu, like a cappuccino, latte, mocha, flat white, and even tea beverages like a matcha latte. Stop by here when you’re talking a walk around the Main Street in town, and maybe do a little bit of shopping while you’re here.
Where to Stay in Huntington Beach, California
Travelling to Huntington Beach? There are so many fun hotels right near the main beach and the Huntington Beach Pier that are the perfect home base during your stay. I spent three nights at the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel, a hip hotel with the best location. In fact, it’s a whole destination in itself with fun activities right at the accommodation itself.
The casual yet stylish beach vibes of my hotel room were a warm welcome to Southern California. Imagery of waves, surfers and sunsets compliment the earthy tones and shades of blue throughout the suite. Each room comes with its own record player and record (a larger library is available by the front desk), and my balcony offered brilliant views of beach.