National Espresso Day

If you’re a coffee lover, then you’re in luck because November 23rd is National Espresso Day, a day all about the beloved caffeinated drink that energizes people around the world for work, or any busy day. This beverage, with an alluring aroma, helps us increase our physical activity, improve our concentration, and begin the day with gusto. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots in San Diego where you can treat yourself to a cup of aromatic coffee or a delicious cocktail, and celebrate the creation of espresso beverages.

You can start your morning off right at local coffee and bagel shop, Spill the Beanslocated in the heart of The Gaslamp and Seaport Village. Both shops serve Spill the Beans brand coffee, which surpasses expectations in both taste and sustainability. If you are a chocolate lover, try the house favorite, La Vida Mocha with espresso, milk, dark and Aztec chocolate. If you decide to customize your drink, you can add a flavor, such as vanilla or caramel, or an extra espresso shot. A fresh bagel, with your choice of delicious cream cheese spread, would be a perfect pair for your cup of coffee.

Looking to kick National Espresso Day up a notch? Visit a Louisiana Purchase cocktail hotspot found on Louisiana Street, in North Park. The restaurant yields a must-visit cocktail bar where you can enjoy exclusive craft cocktails, like the Rose Nicaud Espresso Martini. New Orleans-style coffee with flor de Cana rum and egg white, complete with praline, will not leave you indifferent. Enjoy your beverage in the lush patio or indoor dining space.

If you are a connoisseur of a cozy atmosphere filled with the rich smell of fresh French pastries, we recommend visiting Arely’s French Bakery, in the Clairemont area! Order a Green Eye Latte with matcha, espresso and steamed milk, in combination with an authentic French breakfast, like a delectable omelet or quiche. The restaurant, with both indoor and outdoor seating, is a great place to start your day extraordinarily, and feel like a real Parisian.

DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, in Escondido, is known for their authentic Italian fare, but you can also find espresso on their tasty dessert menu! Their Affogato is a traditional Italian coffee-based dessert, comprised of ice cream served with a shot of hot espresso. Yum! DiCicco’s also serves Lava Lei Espresso to be enjoyed alongside any of their desserts, or any dish you prefer.

Searching for a fun, downtown spot to let loose during this national holiday? Invite your friends to celebrate at The Smoking Gun. A lively atmosphere, inventive cocktails, and great music will make your gathering one to remember. You’re sure to love their Espresso Martini cocktail, made using Spill the Beans’ Cold Brew, a dash of Titos, Irish cream and agave.

If you are looking for a place to have a cup of coffee with friends or want to try something new, visit any of these spots on November 23rd to enjoy delicious espresso-based drinks.

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