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Coffee Spot Recommendations in Downtown Fullerton

A Guide to Local Coffee Spots in Downtown Fullerton

By: Ariana Hartman


Downtown Fullerton (DTF), a hotspot for Cal State Fullerton students and locals, has seen massive growth in local coffee spots throughout the past few years. Finding the perfect place for each person can be challenging with so many options. While this list doesn’t cover every shop you can visit, let this Fullerton local give you some recommendations!


MADE Coffee / @madecoffeeoc 


MADE has gained much popularity within the past year, and for good reason. They’ve created a modern ambiance with excellent lattes, yummy pastries and a fun group of baristas. The interior offers guests a space filled with plants and plenty of seating. They even have merch if you like sporting a hat or tote bag. It’s also next to HAPA cupcakes if you want a sweet treat.


Recommendation: An iced strawberry latte with almond milk OR an iced matcha latte.


107 W. Amerige Ave.


Pilgrim’s Coffee House / @pilgrimscoffeefullerton

While Pilgrim’s may be tucked away on the inner streets of DTF, that doesn’t mean it’s not one of the coolest spots in town. With a cozy atmosphere inside (plush seats? Yes, please!), coffee made with beans from a local business and one of the most diverse menus in the area, it’s sure to please everyone’s taste buds.


Recommendation: If you don’t like coffee, check out their kombucha on tap! Yes…on tap!


124 W. Wilshire Ave.


The Night Owl / @thenightowlfullerton

Who wouldn’t like a coffee place with owl paintings and sculptures? Not only does The Night Owl serve an assortment of coffees, teas and beers, they also host themed nights throughout the week, like jazz nights on Thursdays and open mic nights on Tuesdays. And yes, they are open until 10 p.m., the latest out of all of the coffee spots in DTF.


Recommendation: Listen to live music outside while sipping on a pancake latte (a barista specialty drink).


200 N. Harbor Blvd.


Qamaria Coffee / @qamariacoffee

Qamaria is known for its uniquely spiced Yemeni coffees with ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. Specialty drinks can be enjoyed in a kettle if you want to sit down and get an authentic coffee experience. However, they are most known for their pastries, such as their variety of cakes. Heads up, this spot is open until midnight on weekends and 11 p.m. on weekdays, which means it’s lively until closing.


Recommendation: Mufawaar coffee with a caramel milk cake slice on the side.


229 E. Commonwealth Ave.


Dripp /

Dripp has been a staple in the DTF community for a long time and has stood the test of time. With an aesthetically pleasing interior and natural lighting, Dripp is one of the most popular spots to study or catch up with friends. Even if you don’t like caffeinated beverages, you can enjoy their pastries or ice cream.

Recommendation: Peachy Keen Cofftail.

500 N. Harbor Blvd., Suite B


Sip & Savor / @sipandsavor.fullerton

A newer spot in town, Sip & Savor has taken advantage of its space by filling it with a wide variety of seating. Their pastry area is self-serve, with better options the earlier you go. Their menu also has coffee and unique Japanese tea options. 


Recommendation: Iced Asaam milk tea. 


106 W. Wilshire Ave.

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