My Favorite Coffee Shops in Orange County

Dear coffee: What would I do without you?!

As an avid coffee drinker, there’s nothing I love more than finding good (and cute) coffee shops around my community. When I was living in LA a few years back, I was surrounded by SO many coffee shops, all over town, and almost all of them had realllllly good coffee, but were still super trendy and cute. So when I moved back to Orange County, I was always on the hunt for cool coffee shops. Sure, I love my Starbucks every once in a while, but when I want to get some work done I not only want good coffee, but I also want the ambiance. So I wanted to share with you guys a list of my favorite coffee shops (in no particular order) in Orange County. These places not only have good drinks, but the ambiance is super cute so you can be sure to get a little photo op out of your time there. 

1 – Portola Coffee Lab
Locations: Costa Mesa, Tustin, Santa Ana, Old Towne Orange, Huntington Beach, & Mission Viejo
My favorite location is the Costa Mesa flagship; it’s in a really cute area with some cool shops and good food around it. Lots of cute spots for an OOTD 😉 The Tustin one is really cool too! The Mocha and the Kyoto cold brew are a must!


2 – Honor Coffee Roasters
Location: Lido Marina Village, Newport Beach
I newly discovered this spot while shooting in the area and love it! It is so clean, minimal, and airy, It is in a brand new area in Newport, surrounded by cool shops and right next to the water! They also have some yummy donuts!


3 – Milk & Honey
Locations: The Camp in Costa Mesa & Huntington Beach
I love love love this spot! My favorite is the Costa Mesa location. It’s in a super hip and trendy shopping center. All the parking spots have some small motivational phrase! They have the cutest patio as well full of plants! It’s super earthy and they have some unique items on the menu. If you’re not feeling coffee, they also have great acai bowls and tea.
4 – Kit Coffee
Location: Newport Beach
Another cool spot in newport. KIT  stands for “keep in touch.” Love it! They also have some amazing toasts, the avocado is my favorite!! The spot has a lot of  natural light, perfect for that Insta!
5 – Hopper and Burr
Location: Downtown Santa Ana
I love the minimalistic vibes here! The coffee is great but they also have a great selection of teas, pastries, and other non-coffee drinks.
6 – Neat Coffee
Location: Costa Mesa
A super friendly coffee shop with cute cups and wall art!
7 – Vacancy Coffee Bar
Location: Newport Beach
Another cute spot in Newport with good coffee and even better cronuts!
Would love to know if any of you have been to these spots or to any other spots I didn’t mention! As always, thanks for reading xo


  1. jenellewitty
    May 25, 2017 / 10:06 am

    All of these look so good! As an Australian, I love my coffee and make sure it has to be a good cup or nothing. These definitely look like they can hold their own. We are so spoiled with EXCELLENT coffee spots here, so I am very lucky!
    x Jenelle

  2. May 25, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    Hey Beautiful
    Hows you?
    Love that you showed the Coffee Places:)
    I don’t drink Coffee, I am a TeaLover:)
    After Seeing the Photos I loved the “Milk & Honey” the most:) Sooo cute:)
    Love Kisses
    Open Kloset By Karina

  3. May 26, 2017 / 12:37 am

    I am not a coffee drinker however I love cute coffee shops!! I have one in my neighborhood called the Orange Couch and it is so cute. When I come to LA I’ll have to visit some of these on your list.

  4. May 26, 2017 / 5:46 am

    Wow I don’t live in the OC but I’m def saving this post because all of them looks so good and could be such a good place to just spend an afternoon!

    xo Sheree

  5. May 26, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    I’m coffee addicted too and I love to work at the coffee shops. If the coffee shop is cute and stylish it always bring me some new ideas for my blog or instagram in the end. That post is great and very useful for those who lives in Orange County

  6. May 26, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    This is just the coolest post ! So fun and I love how each coffee shop is so unique! My favorite is definitely the KIT !

  7. followmygut2014
    May 26, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I write about restaurants in LA so I can agree there are a ton of coffee shops here However, I love that you’ve been able to get your coffee fix in the OC and found a few that you love!

    Danielle | <3

  8. May 28, 2017 / 1:01 am

    I wish they had cute coffee shops like this around Baton Rouge! The only places we have are the general ones, PJs and Starbucks. Pretty boring if you ask me, haha! I’ll keep this list in mind when I visit Orange County 🙂

  9. May 28, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    All of these places you mention make me want to go to OC so bad like RIGHT now and I don’t have a single spot left for 2017 for any more trips so it’ll have to be part of my 2018 itinerary for sure. As an avid coffee shop lover these are true gems to me as well.

  10. May 28, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Coffee all day babe ! Great idea where to stop but unfortunately I live in Italy so in the next gutirr when I’ll visit Orange County I try to discover one of them .

  11. May 29, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Ok, why have I never been to any of these places… And I’m from the OC! Well, I’m glad I read this post because I’m going to hit up all of them when I am visiting next!

  12. May 31, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    OMG I love posts like these, especially since coffee shops are where I spend most of my time and it’s super helpful if they are super Instagrammable as well haha. Two birds, one stone, right!?


  13. June 1, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    All of these coffee shops look absolutely beautiful! Not gonna lie, I do factor in how Instagrammable a cafe is before deciding to go inside lol! Will definitely bookmark this post the next time I plan a trip to the west cost 🙂

    xo, Jo

  14. June 3, 2017 / 3:47 am

    These are so cute! I wish I lived over there just so that I could visit these adorable coffee shops!

  15. June 10, 2017 / 6:10 am

    I’m in OC all the time so I’m definitely going to be checking out these coffee shops. They all look super cute and Insta worthy for sure! Can’t wait to try them all!

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