Celebrate National Coffee Day with us

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Columnists, Featured, Little Italy News | No Comments

By Chris Gomez | Little Italy News

Friday, Sept. 29, is National Coffee Day! Time to celebrate with a cup of java at one of Little Italy’s hot coffee spots.

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From new and hipster coffeehouses to traditional Italian cafes, this cultural urban neighborhood is the ultimate place to caffeinate deliciously.

With so many unique coffee shops in the neighborhood, it can get tricky to choose which one to go to on National Coffee Day. Here’s a breakdown of just some of the top places to sip some caffé.


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Pappalecco — This cozy coffee shop will make you feel right at home. Pappalecco offers a selection of Italian favorites, from its strong coffee to its pastries.

If you’re looking to really indulge, try Pappalecco’s signature beverage, the Marocchino — made with espresso, Nutella and frothy milk.

They will even be doing $2 cappuccinos from open to 11 a.m. on National Coffee Day.


Caffe Italia — Sip a cappuccino in the heart of Little Italy’s first café, Caffe Italia, established in 1992. Caffe Italia makes its robust coffee, cappuccinos and espressos with Lavazza coffee beans imported from Italy for an authentic Italian taste. Located near the Little Italy landmark sign, this café is what the neighborhood’s all about.


Lofty Coffee — Stop by this open, airy space and enjoy a latte made from locally grown, organic, sustainable beans. Lofty Coffee is a place where the community gathers to enjoy great food and drink. New to Little Italy, Lofty Coffee offers a great menu with unique coffee, tea, breakfast and lunch items.


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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters — Swing by this award-winning coffee bar in the north end of Little Italy. With a pour-over coffee bar and an exceptional artisan chai latte, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is the place to be. Bird Rock makes its coffee with the most sustainable and ecological coffee beans, so enjoy a cup of joe guilt-free.


Heartsleeves — Tucked away in a cozy cottage in Little Italy, Heartsleeves is a hidden gem in Little Italy. Cozy up on the patio with one of their specialty hot or iced drinks.


InFlux — This trendy café has a wide variety of coffee beverages, sandwiches, croissants, salads and more. If you’re craving coffee but want to try something a little different, order the blended “two drink.” Made with two shots of espresso, chocolate and an Influx brownie. What better day to indulge than National Coffee Day?


James Coffee Co. — Grab a cup at the picturesque James Coffee Co., and share a photo of your photogenic latte on Instagram. This place offers exclusive crafted blends and coffee made with distinctive single-origin beans. On National Coffee Day, you can celebrate with the highest quality coffee.


Make sure to join the Little Italy Association at one of our many hip coffee shops on National Coffee Day and share it on social media.

To stay connected with the neighborhood during community events, check out what’s going on in the neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter with @LittleItalySD and on Facebook, /LittleItalySD.

—Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at

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