Holsem Coffee – San Diego, CA

Last month while I was in San Diego I stopped by a few coffee shops, one of them being Holsem Coffee. I didn’t really know much about this place or their coffee, but found it on a whim and decided to check it out. I definitely couldn’t say no to their huge marble bar that I’d seen in photos. The interior of this shop did not disappoint.

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I stopped in on a Saturday afternoon and it was pretty packed. It’s in a pretty lively district of San Diego (North Park) and there were lots of people out and about even with the crazy heat wave that weekend. Holsem Coffee isn’t too much of a looker from the outside, but once you step inside it’s gorgeousssss. The space is quite large which I was surprised by because it looks so small from the outside. Never judge a coffee shop from its cover! Right? There were lots of two person tables and a rather large area towards the back of the coffee shop for lounging and hanging out.

Right away I noticed the front area was mostly full of serious studyers  and possibly freelancers, and the more lively bunch was towards the back. I think this place would be great for studying or hanging out. It really does serve multiple crowds of people. Typically when I visit a coffee shop it has the same vibe throughout, which can make Holsem Coffee slightly confusing. It’s like when you walk in to a library and it’s lively, but then once you get to the actual area with books it’s dead silent. The split wasn’t my favorite part about this coffee shop. There is also a ton of unused space in the center, and it’s just sort of awkward. Those small confusing vibes and interior architecture blunders aside, I did really enjoy the design of this place.

Holsem Coffee Menu

Holsem Coffee San Diego

Holsem Coffee San Diego

Holsem Coffee features an over the top (in a good way) marble bar that has to be the longest I’ve ever seen. It’s absolutely stunning. Their menu is really f*cking cool too. It’s insanely large and runs up the wall when you first walk in. They have the typical drinks a coffee shop would serve, and I ordered a cappuccino. A lot of the seats in this shop were full so I sat at a few stools they had by the bar. I have to admit I felt a little awkward. Again I think the layout of the shop is a slightly awkward and there is a lot of negative space in the center. Don’t get me wrong, I am in to minimalism and some negative space, but I just wasn’t in love with this one.

Holsem Coffee San Diego

Holsem Coffee San Diego

Holsem Coffee San Diego

My cappuccino was delicious and the art was beautiful. I didn’t have too much time to spend at Holsem because it was getting late and I had to drive back to Temecula, so I downed my cappuccino within a few minutes. The baristas seemed friendly, though not over the top. Typically I like to see a little more oomph behind the counter, but they weren’t unpleasant or anything. They have a few drinks that seem interesting on their ‘creations’ section of their menu which I would love to try! They have a rose and orange cappuccino and other things like a lavender and baklava latte/mocha.

Holsem Coffee San Diego

Holsem Coffee San Diego

Overall I don’t think there was anything particular that stood out to me. All the marble was absolutely stunning, and I would definitely return to try one of their creation drinks. However I don’t think I would go out of my way to make it happen. It’s a beautiful coffee shop to stop by if you’re in the area, but there are other coffee shops I love much more in San Digeo. Most of the reviews I write however are based off the interior architecture and design, and  solely judging on that, I think Holsem had some hits and misses for me. I don’t see them in an unfavorable light though, and this shop is worth a visit if you’re in the area! Very very Instagrammable with the nicest lighting towards the front of the store. Cause you know I have to always point that out…

Thoughts on this coffee shop? Would you check this place out if you were in San Diego? How gorgeous is the marble!?

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Holsem Coffee

75 Comments

  • 4 months ago

    I was just looking at this place on Yelp yesterday! I am so glad you did a review on it because I was debating whether or not to check it out the next time I’m in San Diego. The decor is pretty and I do like that they have an extensive menu! I may have to put it on list and check it out for myself when I get the chance.

    ~Crissy
    http://www.whimsicalfawn.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Haha what are the odds Crissy!? That’s awesome. Definitely check them out. They are worst a visit for sure. 🙂

  • 4 months ago

    I’ve been there once & it was nice. It seemed like a local coffee shop for people who like coffee & want to get work done. Overall, lovely interior but nothing much special beyond that. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      I totally agree Carmen! You put it perfectly. I wasn’t overly impressed but it was a nice coffee shop. 🙂

  • 4 months ago

    such a dreamy place!!

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Thanks Sabrina!

  • 4 months ago

    Oh wow, this place looks beautiful! I love the marble bar! I would definitely visit this place!

    http://roadesque.com
    http://ourruins.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Thanks Valerie!

  • 4 months ago

    I’ve seen you write enthusiastically about many coffee shops so I’m surprised by the vibe that I’m getting from this post. It must have been a really meh! experience and I think in the end the marble everything is what stood out to me the most.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Haha definitely. I did like this coffee shop, just not my absolute favorite. I have so many more in SD that I love. This one was very photographable though!

  • 4 months ago

    I’m impressed by the interior design! The marble countertops are so good!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Aren’t they?! It’s so pretty.

  • 4 months ago

    Absolutely love the marble counter tops!!!
    It looks like such a cool and relaxing place, shame a live in London 🙁
    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Booooo. Though London has some of my favorite coffee shops!! I want to visit again soon so I can check out their coffee scene. Thanks for stopping by Vanessa!

  • 4 months ago

    I would definitely stop over too, that marble bar would draw me in. Nice post, I like discovering nice cafes.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Thanks Mercy! Glad you liked it.

  • 4 months ago

    I love the interior of this place! It’s exactly my style and I’d love to go there for a good coffee one day. Now all I need is a plane ticket to San Diego 😀
    Love from Berlin,
    Charlotte Luisa | bycharlotteluisa.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Haha right?! I wish I could visit San Diego more often! They have so many cute little coffee shops. 🙂

  • 4 months ago

    this looks really nice, love the marble!

    http://claresloves.blogspot.com/

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Thanks Clare!

  • 4 months ago

    You’re so right, the interior is beautiful! I’m such a big fan of finding new independent coffee shops. Great post doll xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Thanks lady! Same here. They always look so beautiful.

  • Lorna
    4 months ago

    That place looks amazing!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Thank you Lorna! It was beautiful.

  • Rosy
    4 months ago

    I’ve never been to San Diego but I’ve heard really good things, I also love coffee 🙂

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Haha they have so many great coffee shops!!

  • 4 months ago

    Wow! This coffeebar looks amazing! I love the marble details.

    X Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Thanks Merel! It is so much prettier in person too.

  • Gabrielle
    4 months ago

    I’m guessing this place is popular because I’m sure I’ve seen photos of this place before a few times?! The interior is SO gorgeous, that marble….

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Oh really?! I had never seen it or heard of it before I went. I could totally see how there would be a bunch of photos floating around though. All that marble is totally photo worthy. 😉

  • Emily
    4 months ago

    You really are the Queen of Coffee aren’t you? This is certainly my kind of place though, I adore the marble! Can definitely imagine myself at the counter with a latte in hand and naturally I few instagram photos too!

    Musings & More

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Haha thanks Emily! Can I have that official title? Cause I’ll take it! I LOVE COFFEE. Hope you have a great week lady!

  • 4 months ago

    What a beautiful place ! I really like it. Thanks for this post.

    Have a nice evening Beauty.

    Manon
    http://www.chouquettes-mascara.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Thank you! You too!

  • 4 months ago

    This place really looks cool and so neat. I usually like coffee shops which are somehow more cozy but I can see myself in this one here too 🙂
    Sending much love!
    Xx
    Rosa Larissa Klara
    conscious lifestyle of mine

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Thanks Larissa!

  • 4 months ago

    The style of the coffee place looks gorgeous! I love the style x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Thanks Laura!

  • 4 months ago

    I´d check it out. Anything marble immediately grabs my attention.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Yay! Same here. I love marble so much.

  • 4 months ago

    Ah I’ve been living in SD for a year and had no idea this existed! Bless you… There are so many tasty coffee shops in this city—so glad you found an amazing one. That decor is outstanding… Definitely going to try it!

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Yay! So glad I could find you a new coffee shop. That’s what I aim for! So many of my readers are from all over, so very rarely will someone get to actually visit a coffee shop I suggest ha. But someone else in SD also put this one on their list to try. Makes me so happy! I really hope you like it!

  • 4 months ago

    That marble bar is so gorgeous. Love all these pictures. All your coffee shop posts give me serious coffee shop envy. Every coffee shop I go to here has dark wood tables, which aren’t my favorite for Instagram. I crave that white marble top table haha.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      I understand that all too well Yasmin! We used to have a ton of places like that (and still do), but recently in Phoenix people are catching on to the brighter interiors. It’s funny because people will recommend me coffee shops for my blog and my first response is “what does it look like?” I just can’t work with those dark cozy spaces unfortunately. I love my light and bright coffee shops with marble tables!

  • 4 months ago

    HAHA! I would feel totally awkward with all that empty space too! I mean I understand that they want to keep the clean and simple look but they could have probably added at least one more row of seats. That way you wouldn’t have been forced to stand at the counter and made to feel even more awkward by that empty space. You are too funny Emily! Have a great week!

    xoxo Rina
    http://www.andshedressed.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Right!? Glad you agree haha. I hope you have a great week too Rina!

  • 4 months ago

    I could not help but stare at the marble, how gorgeous!! oh and those hanging pendant lights too. I don’t read much in coffee shops but I often go there when I want to have a chat with a girlfriend or something…

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Same Sharon! I either go to a coffee shop to blog (figures haha) or to meet up with friends and chat. For me it’s more of a social experience so I like it to be a little lively!

  • Kay
    4 months ago

    Wow, the interior is definietly very interesting! I love that marble bar, but honestly, I’m not typically a huge fan of white, modern interiors like that. Something about them feels a little bit… cold, to me? I don’t know, maybe I’m just being weird! I definietly prefer more ‘cosy’, traditional and even old-fashioned interiors, especially for cafes. I really like the look of their menu, though! I would probably go for a Mocha myself as it is my favourite drink everrrr! 🙂 <3 xoxo Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts! 🙂 Kisses. x x

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      I totally get what you are saying Kay. I think that was sort of my problem with this one too. While it was gorgeous, it just didn’t have the coziness or friendliness vibe. Still a beautiful coffee shop, but I have lots of other favorites that accomplish both style and comfort. 🙂 I love mochas too! Mmmmm.

  • 4 months ago

    This is such a stunning place! I do have to agree, though, having this huge empty area in the center is kind of weird… I love the marble bar! Great post xx

    BeautyPepTalk

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Thank you Kelly! Glad you agree haha.

  • 4 months ago

    This place looks super cute. Next time I am in San Diego I’ll have to check it out!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      It is! Definitely check it out if you have time. 🙂

  • 4 months ago

    I love the decor! So sleek and the marble bar is gorgeous!

    District of Chic

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Yes, super sleek! Thanks for stopping by!

  • 4 months ago

    Oh my gosh, Instagram PERFECTION! I love North Park, it’s such a vibrant area full of amazing little finds like this place!

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      I know! I LOVE North Park! It’s one of my favorite little areas of SD.

  • 4 months ago

    Such beautiful place. Would love to visit someday. Thanks for the review, Samantha. 🙂

    amakamedia.com 

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      You’re welcome! I hope you get to visit someday!

  • 4 months ago

    This is such a gorgeous post – great review!
    Tania xxx
    http://thelondonthing.co.uk/

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Thank you Tania!

  • 4 months ago

    That marble bar is suuuuuch a stunner!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Yes, it’s totally gorgeous!

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      It definitely is!

  • 3 months ago

    Hahaha I do the same when it comes to my reviews. I focus on interiors more than the actual food. I think I’d probably hit this place up just to see that gorgeous slab of marble in person. Do you think they’d let me stroke it? In a non-creepy way of course

    Sxx
    http://www.daringcoco.com

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      You make me laugh Sonia! It’s so true though! And not weird at all. What’s weird is the 20 people staring at me while I’m photographing a coffee shop. Alwayyyysss awkward haha.

  • 3 months ago

    Girl, that place is pretty amazing! So gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy weekend!
    much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      You’re welcome!!

  • 3 months ago

    This place looks amazing!!! Loving the colors, simple and elegant.
    Awesome blog you got here, please do check mine out too 🙂
    http://dolvella.com

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Thanks Dolvella!

  • Dana G.
    3 months ago

    I love the location and I love the interior! That’s a place I’d like to visit next time I’m in the area. I;m a coffee loving freak and just love your site XOXO!

    Dana G.
    http://www.necklaceholder.com

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Thank you Dana!!

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