One thing I had my eye out for when I was in Long Beach was coffee. My favorite part of travel is hopping into local coffee shops, brushing shoulders with locals, and getting to feel the heartbeat of the city. I was really excited to see the up-and-coming coffee scene in Long Beach — some new, and some long time staples in the area. Each coffee shop had a different feel to it, some being more of a cafe, and others a neighborhood hangout. After trying multiple cappuccinos, iced lattes, and cold-brews, it was safe to say I was highly caffeinated.
Checkout these 5 coffee shops not to miss in Long Beach:
1. Lord Windsor
On a slow neighborhood corner, this unassuming coffee shop is the star of the street. You can see locals arriving by bicycle, foot, or skateboard to come grab a cup of coffee. It's hip, lush with greenery, and a sun-drenched cafe for a solid caffeine fill.
2. Recreational Coffee
Right in the heart of downtown, this coffee shops has become the regular for both those on the go, and those who are looking for a space to work in. It has baked goods and bites in addition to their wonderful coffee. I loved stopping by here to grab a cup each morning while in downtown.
3. Rose Park Roasters
Your ultimate neighborhood coffee shop, I loved the simplicity of the coffee shop yet phenomenal coffee. It was a cheerful space, and their service was phenomenal. I couldn't believe how friendly the baristas were!
4. Cuppa Cuppa
A newer spot in the neighborhood, this place has a great patio with a small menu in addition to the great coffee. The outfit is modern, sleek, and warm.
5. Berlin Bistro
Though it is a full sit down cafe, there's a coffee shop as well inside. I sat down for a weekend brunch, and watched many people walk up to the coffee bar to get a cup to go. I love how it's next to a record store, so you can hop over and browse records with a cup of coffee in hand.
*Bon Traveler was welcomed as a guest of Long Beach. As always, all opinions are own.