San Luis Obispo is a prized SLO CAL (San Luis Obispo County) location, offering incredible natural beauty, charming local shops and restaurants, and a slower pace of life. Lucky for caffeine enthusiasts, San Luis Obispo also has no shortage of coffee. To help you with your coffee search, we’ve curated a list of five coffee shops in San Luis Obispo. Each offers a unique ambiance, so whether you are looking to catch up with a friend, cozy up with a book, study the day away, or grab a cup to go, we've got you covered!

Field Day Coffee

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Located right outside of Downtown San Luis Obispo, Field Day is not only a convenient choice – but also a delicious one! They offer a vast selection of coffee and tea, including matcha and flavored lattes. They also serve wine sourced from all over the world, if that is your beverage of choice. Their wide beverage menu and inviting ambiance makes them a great choice of coffee shop in San Luis Obispo.

Field Day also promotes community within their shop, offering a great atmosphere for socializing with other friendly coffee lovers. Furthermore, they also host a variety of different events at their shop, from surfboard swaps to live music, which make for a fun weekend activity!

📍 1185 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Active Coffee Company

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Active Coffee Company is locally owned and locally loved, which makes it a wonderful addition to our list of coffee shops in San Luis Obispo. They offer a large menu, including specialty drinks, which feature a “cloud” of cotton candy atop your beverage. Not only is this a delicious addition, but an instagramable one as well!

They are located at the Creamery Marketplace in Downtown SLO, close to a variety of local boutiques and restaurants. Grab a drink at Active and wander down to Trio Boutique to do some shopping, or, if you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, head on over to Nite Creamery to follow up your coffee with some delicious ice cream.

📍 570 Higuera St Ste 190, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Ascendo Coffee

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The word “Ascendo” is the Latin term meaning “I rise,” which perfectly resembles this coffee shop’s journey from a small storefront on Monterey Street to its beautiful shop on Higuera today! They offer an array of coffee roasts, all curated in-house.

Ascendo’s shop is inviting with lots of open air and natural light. Their store front opens up garage-door style, creating the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by. They have curated a very a warm and friendly environment that makes this spot a comfortable space to journal, chat, or spend an afternoon with some good friends and good coffee.

📍 311 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Lucy’s Coffee

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Lucy’s Coffee has a rich history, starting from humble beginnings as a traveling coffee truck named Polly, and expanding into the beautiful storefront they operate out of today. Their minimalistic interior design makes it a wonderful place to study, work, or read a good book.

In addition to fantastic coffee, they also serve an extremely popular avocado toast, complete with goat cheese and tomatoes. Not only delicious food and drinks, but also good vibes at this coffee shop in San Luis Obispo!

📍 1279 Laurel Ln, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Libertine Coffee Bar

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An extension of Libertine Brewing Company, Libertine Coffee Bar maintains the atmosphere of its other SLO CAL locations. It's cool-toned, street-style interior design is unique and makes for a special coffee shop experience!

Much like its counterpart, Libertine Coffee Bar operates as just that – a bar for coffee. Located on Broad Street, this shop is a wonderful place to stop by on a morning walk and grab a cup to-go before heading into town. They offer high-quality coffee and teas, as well as local pastries. They also specialize in making their own cold brew coffee, kombucha, and tea.

📍 1240 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

More Coffee Shops in SLO CAL

The City of San Luis Obispo has much to offer when it comes to coffee. From Active Coffee’s cotton candy cloud to Ascendo Coffee’s in house roast, there truly is something for everyone. Next time you're craving a cup or looking for a way to spend your afternoon, we encourage you to try out one of these coffee shops in San Luis Obispo!

Getting around SLO CAL (San Luis Obispo County) is easy. You can travel between all the different communities within minutes. Looking for more SLO CAL coffee shops outside of San Luis Obispo? Check out our other recommendations below!