TOP 5 LOCAL COFFEEHOUSES IN CAPITOLA
Coffee has been a highly desired drink for hundreds of years, with the first evidence of its consumption in the mid-15th century. By the 16th century, its popularity had spread around the globe. In the early 2000’s, today’s “coffee craze” officially ignited, brewing fervor of connoisseurs in search of the ultimate morning pick-me-up at specialty coffeehouses.
Residents and visitors to Capitola can always find the ubiquitous Starbucks and Pete’s but for a truly distinct coffee experience, try these top 5 local coffeehouses, all offering a wide selection of creative craft coffees and locally made sweet and savory foods.
1. Toots Coffeehouse
Perched above the infamous Margaritaville restaurant in Capitola Village, Mr. Toots is the second-oldest coffeehouse in all of Santa Cruz County. In business for over a quarter century, Mr. Toots is a favorite among residents. Drawn by the unique coffee drinks crafted from local, Fair Trade beans and the selection of pastries, sandwiches in addition to the stunning ocean views, live music and quintessential Capitola vibe, Mr. Toots is the place to hang out with friends, study, work or read a good book.
231 Esplanade, Capitola
Hours: Open daily from 7am to 10pm
2. Calypso’s Cove
Calupso’s Cove is a picturesque cottage coffee shop located in Capitola Village has an inviting ‘surf shack vibe’ as well as an enticing array of fresh-baked goods and top-notch coffee, tea and even drinkable chocolate. Owner and Calypso chef, Justina Hillbrandt, serves her buttery house-made scones, hearty breakfast burritos, Paninis, sandwiches and other delightful desserts. She strives to use locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible. Calypso’s also offers a selection of gluten free foods as well as Acai bowls. Known for their “perfect lattes”, high quality coffee and “chai that’s to die for,” Calypso’s Cove also welcomes customers of the canine persuasion.
311 Capitola Avenue, Capitola
Hours: Monday, Wednesday-Friday 7-2
Saturday and Sunday 8-5
Closed on Tuesday
This quaint European café serves up a taste with its espresso-inspired coffee drinks, cappuccinos and lattes in addition to artisan foods that include British favorites like coronation chicken and cucumber sandwiches in addition to a variety of worldly pastry delights. Indulge in a warm chocolate croissant, a Paris-Brest almond & butter cream pastry or a variety of savory foods, including sandwiches to appeal to even the most devoted foodie. Bouchees, which means “mouthful or bite” in French, has outdoor seating, free WiFi and also offers organic coffees as well as a selection of tea and juice.
110 Stockton Avenue, Capitola
Hours: 8:30am-5pm daily
4. Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Wine Bar
Coffee shop by day and wine bar by night, Zizzo’s is located in Brown Ranch Marketplace, blending the best of craft coffee and specialty wines in a relaxing, upscale atmosphere. With a coffee menu that is “completely modular and infinitely customizable,” Zizzo’s allows enthusiasts to design the ultimate in distinctive coffee drinks, just how they want it. Starting at 4pm on Thursdays through Saturdays, wine lovers can indulge in local and international wine menu and delicious small plates at Vino Zizzo. On Sunday’s there is a Jazz Brunch from 11am to 2pm with live music.
3555 Clares Street, Capitola
Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 6am-6pm
Thursday- Saturday: 6am-10pm
5. Verve Coffee Shop
Though not technically in Capitola, Verve Coffee Shop on 41st rounds out our list. They roast all their own beans at their state-of-the-art facility on Bronson Street. Driven by a passion for crafting and serving the finest brews, Verve Coffee Shop on 41st is a relaxed yet hip environment, ideal for grabbing a quick cup to go, working remotely or catching up with friends. For purists looking for Verve drip blends to those who love a foamy, rich latte or flat white, discerning coffee lovers are guaranteed a rich, aromatic experience every time. Tea aficionados aren’t overlooked at Verve; in fact their “Bowl of Soul,” consisting of a choice of hot tea, steamed milk and honey, is a crowd pleaser. (Make it a Dirty Soul by adding a shot of espresso for an extra caffeine boost!) Manresa Bakery goodies are in abundance, including Ginger Loaf, Pumpkin Bread and Carrot & Walnut Bread as well as incredible cookies and delicate croissants. Verve offers free WiFi and an outdoor patio to soak up the sun. Verve also has other locations in Santa Cruz and their coffee is served in numerous restaurants and cafes in the Silicon Valley.
816 41st Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Hours: 6am-8pm daily