I love spending an afternoon in the vibrant Barrio Logan neighborhood. Known for its food, activism, and artwork. I first discovered the neighborhood because of the beautiful murals depicting indigenous deities, famous Chicanos, and local activists. Known for grassroots activism and good food, this makes for a great afternoon excursion while in San Diego.
While the area is geographically expansive, the business district, featuring shops, restaurants and galleries is roughly one mile from start to end. The resilient community of Chicano Americans has been empowered through grassroots organizing for years. Many of the businesses are owned by local San Diegans and even more so from Barrio Logan natives.
Here is a list of my favorite coffee shops in Barrio Logan and what each shop has to offer. Truly, you cannot go wrong with any of these! Enjoy a caffeine laden afternoon in Barrio Logan.
Address: (2619 National Ave, San Diego, CA 92113)
Owners: Torrey and Kimberly Lee
Opened: 1990, but family has been roasting since 1960s
What sets it apart: best grab and go, solar powered, started for a love of motorcycles and coffee.
Address: (1616 National Ave, San Diego, CA 92113)
Owner: Laurie Britton
What sets it apart: organic coffee and tea. Best for the tea lover!
Address: (1875 Newton Ave, San Diego, CA 92113)
Owner: Celina Hernandez
What sets it apart: End your day with a sweet and coffee from for those who like a little sweet to accompany their artisan coffee drinks! It’s in a garage with a hot pink door and sells trinkets from local designers.
Address: (2146 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113)
Owners: Carolina Santana and Milo Lorenzana
What sets it apart: best all around coffeehouse, featuring rotating artwork, frequent popup shops in the space.
Ryan Bros Coffee
Address: (1894 Main St, San Diego, CA 92113)
Owners: Brothers Harry, Carmine & Tom Ryan
Opened: 1994; 2003 in Barrio Logan
What sets it apart: runner up for best all around coffeehouse, industrial size coffee house next to the arches as you enter Barrio Logan.
Honorable mention: Storymakers Coffeeroasters (2309 National Ave Suite B, San Diego, CA 92113)