For a town of its size, Santa Cruz has a surprising variety of great places to eat. From breakfast to fine dining, there’s several local restaurants that offer everything from basic dining staples to ethnic food, vegetarian dishes, and fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Santa Cruz has a reputation as a classic California beach town and it’s well deserved. With miles of beaches and countless tiny nooks among the cliffs, there are a ton of great beaches to choose from, depending on what sort of experience you’re after. Whether you’re looking for great surf, a beachside stroll, or just soaking in an evening sunset, Santa Cruz has something for every beach lover.
Santa Cruz may have a reputation as a sleepy beach town, but when the
day gets started, coffee is the first priority of the day for most of us. There
are many coffee shops and cafes tucked in just about every corner of town, and there are even multiple drive-through options for your morning Cup of Joe. We definitely love our coffee and local preferences tend toward small batch, fair trade, and organic options; as well as the occasional breakfast sandwich, snack or bagel to go along with it. With those criteria in mind, here is a list of the 10 best coffee shops you’ll find in Santa Cruz.