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.
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 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.
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.
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!?