It’s no secret that I’m a big coffee lover. And while I miss very (very) little about living in LA, there are a few coffee shops my husband and I still pine for on occasion. Thankfully the cafes in Sacramento are vibrant and growing!
You can blame my husband for my affinity for coffee. When we started dating, I was in my second year of grad school and never drank coffee. He quickly introduced me to the idea of iced coffee (which he never liked) and I guess that was all she wrote.
The first few years we lived together, while I finished grad school and had approximately 6 cents to my name, he and I “splurged” once per week by buying coffee and a morsel out every weekend.
Each Monday, we’d start pondering where we’d go the next weekend. Though only $13 or whatever, it was the only part of our young, disposable income and we LIVED for those weekend coffee dates.
He and I still hold on to a lot of that love for going out to cafes and we’re getting C in on it too. He is very good at eating goodies and people watching (or train watching, et al).
So, while not exhaustive, here are some of my favorite cafes in Sacramento as well as my insider tips on what to order at a few of them!
Sacramento Coffee Shops
There are a few Old Soul locations around Sacramento. My husband actually went to this coffee shop between job interviews before we moved to Sacramento. He quickly introduced me and we were happy to find them around town.
So here’s my insider tip. First of all, the espresso is far better than the drip coffee, so I’d push you in that direction. Second, their carrot pecan muffin is my absolute favorite baked morsel in the city (even more than my homemade orange carrot muffins)!! And I’m not alone, because a few other coffee shops have started serving them as well! Third, the location at 40 acres in Curtis park has some AMAZING quiche and breakfast burrito offerings. If you aren’t into coffee, I quite like their lychee black iced tea as well!
Follow Old Soul on Instagram.
CAMELLIA COFFEE ROASTERS
Camellia Coffee Roasters SHOULD NOT be missed. They have some tasty morsels to go with their yummy coffee, but they’re best known for their breakfast sandwiches, that my small family easily shares! – Follow Camellia on Instagram.
Mast Coffee Co. is a recent sacramento addition and we love it! I won’t pick a favorite between the cortados and the Café au Lait, so you’ll just have to try for yourself.
Their dried flower decor has also inspired me!!
TEMPLE COFFEE ROASTERS
Temple Coffee Roasters has long been a Sacramento favorite. Years before we moved to Sacramento, we fell in love with their downtown location, meeting up with family and friends there a few times on trips north.
If you read my newsletter and recall a rant about a $7 coffee drink – I will tell you it was here at Temple. So while I adore their coffee, morsels, and the vibe at each location, my word to the wise is to know that the offer of a single origin espresso rather than the blend results in a decent upcharge, as does the request of non-dairy milk. Very delicious but I was certainly surprised that one time. Follow Temple Coffee Roasters on Instagram.
INSIGHT COFFEE ROASTERS
My first visit to Insight Coffee Roasters was just days before the pandemic, but it was one of our go-tos for afternoon coffee takeout for the duration. Since taking these photos in late 2021, this downtown Sacramento location has closed, but it sounds as though they’re reopening in West Sac – an area in need of some good local coffee shops! Follow Insight Coffee Roasters on Instagram.
CHOCOLATE FISH COFFEE ROASTERS
If you visit or move to Sacramento, you’ll quickly hear about and bump into a Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters location. They have tasty and light coffee – both drip and espresso are delicious.
They also serve baked goods from Old Soul, including the carrot pecan muffin (if you get there early enough). They’re also known for their toasts – avocado, adult pb&j, and a nut butter and banana! Follow Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters on Instagram.
Franquette recently opened in West Sacramento (near the baseball stadium) and it is drool-worthy! The French-inspired cafe serves coffee, bakery items, savory foods, and wine throughout the day.
Tucked into a small unassuming space, the owners have created a stylistic and delicious oasis. The space is small, so seating is at a premium if the weather is too harsh outside, but parking is easy and it’s worth a visit (and many returns). Follow Franquette on Instagram!
Visiting Sacramento? Check out a favorite spot – Betty’s Wine Bar!
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Photos by Sacramento Photographer Salgu Wissmath
Insight Coffee Roasters & Franquette Photography by Val Leddy