Now that summer is knocking at the door, want to know the secret for inexpensive weekend fun? For wallet-conscious single parents in need of a cheap outing with friends or dates, skip the bars and try a coffeehouse instead. A few bucks will buy you hours of conversation in a sunny SoCal spot. If you are lucky, you might even stumble upon live music or an open mic poetry reading. A perfect way to kick off the summer!
With café locations in Encinitas, La Jolla, and Del Mar, Pannikin is a must go-to spot for coffee and tea lovers visiting SanDiego County. Situated in the 1888 Santa Fe train depot in bohemian downtown Encinitas, the first and original Pannikin offers up coffees, teas, and baked goods alike. Behind the glass case, you’ll be tempted by coffeecakes, berry muffins, and fruit tarts like Grandma used to bake from scratch. Also visit the gift store for further artistic inspiration or to purchase a souvenir of Pannikin’s own ground coffee to take home with you and keep the Pannikin memory alive. For more info, see their website: http://pannikincoffeeandtea.com/.
Want your latte and ice cream, too? Need to cool down after your hot coffee? Dripp coffeehouse in Chino Hills at the Shoppes is the perfect stop for a gourmet coffee drink to go with your ice cream. Select from a variety of ice cream favorites as well as mouth-watering desserts like dark chocolate pie pastries. Built with an artist loft, Dripp offers upstairs private seating perfect for a romantic talk with your date. Or for some sunny fun, opt for the patio with your girlfriends. Like hanging out in a NYC apartment, Dripp will definitely appeal to your bohemian side and maybe even inspire you to bring some classic reading along for the ride. The Great Gatsby, anyone? For further details, check out http://www.dripp.com/.
Winner of the 2009 Micro Roaster of the Year, Coffee Klatch has convenient locations in San Dimas, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, and even LAX. Featuring an exclusive drink flavor every month such as lavender latte, Coffee Klatch also offers gourmet Panini sandwiches for a hungrier-than-coffee-and-scones appetite. What could be better than music with your meal? For a relaxing date, head to Coffee Klatch on a Friday or Saturday night for free live music. And for the real coffee gurus, Coffee Klatch provides educational workshops so you can learn all you need to know about the magical bean. For more information about workshops, music line-up, or their cool blog, check out http://www.klatchroasting.com/.
Rumor has it that during its hippie days, Some Crust Bakery patrons included UCR students willing to drive from Riverside to Claremont for a good cup of joe. Located in the Claremont Village, Some Crust is a bakery and coffeehouse combined. Who can resist comfort carbs and flavored coffee to share with your sweetheart? Stop in for a melt-in-your mouth fresh baked buttery croissant or cheese Danish and good old-fashioned freshly roasted cup of java. Hungry for lunch? Venture next door into Some Crust’s take-out section for a warm cup of soup or fresh slice of quiche. Take your coffee to go (and your date as well!) to the Village’s Rhino records just a few doors down ,or even buy that special person an on-the-spot poem for $1 written by a starving college street poet. See their website at http://somecrust.com/bakery.html for more tempting treats.
Known for its premium organic coffee beans and selection of fine teas, Urth Caffé is the place to stop for a mood-boosting green tea latte, complete with a photo-worthy bird or heart design in the foam. Choose from epicurean coffee, lunch entrees, and desserts. With home-grown and roasted coffee beans in bins lining the walls, art deco tile flooring, and a colorful retro exterior, the L.A. art district Urth Caffé location is a unique sight to see for single parents and their kids alike or a nice place to venture for a midday date. Check out the Urth Caffé’s website at http://www.urthcaffe.com/for more information about the three L.A. area locations.
Can you smell the coffee brewing yet? Is your mouth drooling for a baked goodie? Whether you have the kids, your girlfriends, or a new date with you, make a coffeehouse your new summer treat.