Enchanted Instagram Hot-Spot Serves Up More Than Just Coffee
Written and Photographed By: S. Alicen Reynolds Succulent Cafe
Drive through Carlsbad Village, heading south down State Street, until you reach the very end —that’s where you’ll find an enchanted garden café, which doubles as a secret hiding spot for gnomes, fairies and leprechauns alike. Okay, so that might be a little far-fetched, but really, if there were such things they would be found here among all the beautiful succulents and shrubbery. Although this quaint and enchanting space practically oozes pixie dust, perhaps it’s better known for it’s succulents and coffee.
Much bigger than the smaller, yet just as charming Oceanside location, the newly opened Carlsbad Succulent Cafe features a large outdoor patio that is surrounded by walls made of plants, rustic woods and quotes that read “Live, Love, Laugh and Dream.” Wine barrels, artsy decor and gorgeous live-edge wooden tables adorn the café along with a pretty waterfall that greets you as you walk in under a sign that says, “Have a succulent day.”
There’s a gift shop adjacent to the café, so there’s plenty of site to see as you sip a pour-over, nosh on a delicious danish or shop for greenery. There are literally thousands of succulents to choose from. There are many variations which come in plant-it-yourself containers or decorative pots, ranging in size from tiny to knee high. They come in many shades of green, mostly, but there’s a few shades of purples, yellows and pinks too. You can buy one, buy an entire arrangement or even adorable premade planters.
“The plants came first. It was all about the succulents at first, they’re extremely popular, especially with the drought conditions,” says owner Peter Loyola. “The coffee and café came second. The Oceanside location became so popular that the Carlsbad locals started asking me to put one over here. We’ve been here four months now and it’s a fantastic spot.”
The menu is that of a typical coffee shop with lattes, espresso, flat-whites and what not, however, it’s deliciously brewed Stumptown Coffee is a can’t miss. Fresh baked pastries, breads and croissants from Oceanside fave Petite Madeline Patisserie are brought in daily. There’s a luncheon menu and weekend brunch (with mimosas!) currently in the works as well as beer and wine.
Even if you lack a green thumb or you don’t like coffee, head here to do some work on your laptop or have a cup of tea or cocoa. This spot is super Insta-worthy, the staff is super friendly and you’ll surely enjoy some serenity of the “enchanted garden”…maybe you’ll even spot one of those pesky lil’ leprechauns!
Two Times the Succulents: This is Succulent Cafe’s second location in North County. The Oceanside location just celebrated their three-year anniversary!
Pete’s Top 5 Drinks
Iced Coconut Green Tea
505 Oak Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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