I love a good coffee shop! The best ones make you feel instantly like a welcomed local the moment you step in the door. The aroma of coffee brewing, the sweet smell of scones and coffee cakes, and sound of coffee grinding are all the things that make me feel like I’m sitting in a good friend’s kitchen about to indulge in a comforting cup of coffee and conversation. So when I travel, I look for these hidden gems that bring that feeling back and provide a bit of the familiarity and comfort when exploring the new and exciting. Old Town Temecula is just a hop and a skip away from my home, but I still love to explore the coffee shops when I’m there and I’ve put together the list of the best coffee shops in Old Town Temecula for you to enjoy!
Though there are many restaurants and places to have a cup of coffee, there are three full service coffee shops in Old Town Temecula, each with their own character. I love the Press Espresso for the ambiance and ice tea, and Le Coffee Shop Bistro for the breakfasts and lunches with a French flair. And though there is a Starbucks on many a street corner, it is an old comfortable standby that fits well into every community.
Why visit Old Town Temecula
Old Town Temecula is six square blocks of coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques and specialty shops that make for the perfect day trip destination. Every block has character of its own, from the old-fashioned western style store fronts to the European style architecture with flower-laden awnings to the more modern brick buildings with a minimalist but chic look.
The restaurants cover the entire range of food from Italian to Cuban to Spanish to Mexican to American. There are quick-food eateries with walk up counters, elegant sit-down restaurants with fabulous patios, pubs with every possible beer on tap and cornhole in the side yard, and everything between. Mad Madeline’s Grill offers award winning hamburgers in a funky, diner setting that opens onto the sidewalk below. Texas Lil’s has the best BBQ in town. Diners at Luke’s look out from above the rooftops to the city below and the mountains beyond.
The shops offer everything from second hand records to trendy fashions. The Sweet Shop has the best fudge ever (trust me on this!), sticky and wonderful caramel apples, and gorgeous chocolate covered strawberries. The Temecula Olive Oil Company is a never ending surprise of fantastic oils, vinegars, foods, and olive oil based soaps, balms, and lotions. The fantastic aromas of Old Town Spice and Tea Merchants hits you the moment you walk in the door. Order a fresh cup of tea and browse the vast treasures packed into this little shop.
Coffee Shops in Temecula
Whether you are starting your day with a hearty breakfast, a baked delight, or just a great cup of coffee, Old Town Temecula has great coffee shops to choose from to suit any taste. Start your day at Le Coffee Shop for a gourmet and hearty breakfasts with great coffee. When you’ve explored town and need to rest your feet to enjoy a rejuvenating pick-me-up, stop at the Press Espresso for fresh roasted coffee and a tantalizing treat. Even the Starbucks on the edge of town has stayed true to the character of Old Town with a covered patio and bistro tables. Grab an ice tea or a latte, find a seat on the patio and enjoy the parade of classic cars that love to cruise through.
Le Coffee Shop Bistro
This french style coffee shop and bistro offers a great menu for breakfast and lunch, including berry covered waffles, french toast, quiches, soups, sandwiches and salads. Homemade pastries are baked fresh in-house, along with colorful macaroons. Le Coffee Shop prides itself in using fresh, organic ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible – with the exception of the imported french cheeses! Their dedication to only using the finest ingredients to produce exquisite tastiness is evident in each bite, leaving you wanting more.
The coffee menu includes espressos, Americanos, lattes, cappuccinos, and more to satisfy every coffee drinker, and hot and cold tea is available for the tea drinkers. The coffee at Le Coffee Shop is made from the best organic beans out of Central and South America, and then roasted by a local coffee roaster in San Diego. The attention to quality is apparent in every sip! Black coffee with a light, flaky pastry filled with delectable goodness enjoyed at an outdoor table is the perfect start to any day in Old Town Temecula.
The Press Espresso
I discovered this gem just recently and instantly fell in love! The Press Espresso coffee shop is in the center of all the Old Town activity located midway down main street. It is nestled into an old-fashioned building with a raised front porch that also houses an antique shop. Green plants adorn the porch and canopy the bistro tables overlooking the main street. There is plenty of seating inside, more plants, and an inviting couch along the back wall. The decor is a modern black and grey with eclectic fixtures, wall hangings, and accents of green plants.
The coffee shop is owned by a local couple with a sister location in Old Town Murrieta. They buy fair trade coffee beans and roast the coffee in their Murrieta location weekly, and all the syrups and sauces are made from scratch in-house. Homemade in the Temecula shop, the desserts are delicious but almost too beautiful to eat! Roses adorn cakes and dessert bowls, pastries overflow with mounds of cream and are topped with berries, bars and cookies make your mouth water to bite into them, and vegans will love the pop-tarts and donuts.
Because the Press Espresso takes their coffee so seriously, they have an expansive menu, including a coffee flight, lattes, and cold brews, all served in big, heavy cups or mugs. Along with coffee, they also offer a variety of teas both hot and cold. Personally, I prefer a really good iced tea over coffee, and so many coffee shops only offer one variety of iced tea, which is often lackluster…but not the Press Espresso! To my amazement and utter contentment, they had a variety of iced teas to choose from, including a fantastic green tropical that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The Press Espresso is everything anyone could ever want from their local corner coffee shop. Even if it is your first time here, you will immediately feel like a regular. Grab a cup of coffee, try to limit yourself to one pastry, cake, cookie, or bar, and settle onto the couch or the front porch because you are going to want to stay a while.
I know a lot of your are groaning right now because I’m including Starbucks in an article about the best coffee shops in Old Town Temecula, but I think they deserve some recognition. Besides being one of the first full service coffee shops to set up in Old Town, I appreciate the fact that Starbucks tries to fit in to the character of a place when they open a location, and they did not fall short here. The wrap around deck with bistro tables, and large windows with divided panes blend nicely with the character of the rest of the block.
This Starbucks is located inside the entrance to Old Town Temecula, at the beginning of all the action, one block from the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market, and in the perfect place to watch the classic cars as they parade up and down the main street. There is plenty of seating inside as well, with room to set up a laptop if needed.
No matter what your preference in coffee shop – french bistro style, modern eclectic, or familiar standby – you will have no problem finding the perfect cup of coffee in the perfect setting while in Old Town Temecula.