Bay Park Coffee
4130 Napier St.
San Diego, CA 92110
I have 3 things I must do every December: see the Christmas lights on Garrison Street, see the Hotel Del Coronado Christmas tree, & have a peppermint mocha. Of course I do all the other frantic preChristmas activities, these 3 are my reward after the holiday prep is done. So after checking the first 2 off my list I set my sights on #3: finding the perfect peppermint mocha. It’s more fun if it’s a new place every year, so when my blog partner & I visited Bay Park Coffee I noticed with special interest their peppermint mocha sign…it was December, after all. I was sold when they told me they used real candy canes in their preparation. You judge for yourself how you think they did by the picture below.
They also win the friendly barista award. Add home baked goods like banana bread & scones, plus Cravory cookies, and I was in love. Their undoctored coffee (that is, without candy canes) was good, too. Award winning Klatch Coffee out of Rancho Cucamonga (https://www.klatchroasting.com/) does their roasting. Look for Klatch Coffee in LAX & Tokyo, as well. The Bay Park shop features a daily list of “Drinks of the World”. When we were there it was Vietnam & France. For tea drinkers they featured a London Fog Earl Grey creation, plus they sell loose leaf organic teas.
Other bonuses to this small neighborhood coffee shop is free street parking and a corner for kids to get creative. Open 6:00am -5:00pm Mon.-Fri. & 7:00am-5:00pm on weekends. (Note, their website says they’re open until 7:00pm, but that is not the case at this time.)
So when you need a break from the frenzy of December, head to this tiny café in quiet Bay Park, off Morena Blvd. (just off the I-5 between Sea World Dr. & Clairemont Dr.). You’ll be glad you did.