The Best Places to Find Coffee in Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney
There’s only one way to start your magic morning right at Disneyland and that’s with a fresh cup of nature’s best creation: coffee. I know it’s a little dramatic to proclaim “don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee,” but that sentiment rings true for me and many others. As a native to the Pacific Northwest and having lived in Seattle for the past 9 years, I can fairly say that I’m a coffee snob and a Caffeine Queen. I’ve made it my mission to find the best coffee in Disneyland and share it will all my fellow coffee lovers!
A Little Bit of Caffeinated Disney History: In 2013, Disney knighted Joffrey’s Coffee as the official coffee of Disney Parks and since then, the quality of drip coffee has increased substantially across Disneyland and Disney World. If you’re not in line for Starbucks, you can assume you’re drinking Joffrey’s. Joffrey’s is delicious and you can buy beans inspired by Disney theme parks online!
Starbucks on Disneyland Property
Luckily for Starbucks lovers, there are four locations at Disneyland. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get your fix! They usually have special drinks inspired by the theme parks and it’s where you’ll find the “Been There” mugs that everyone is crazy about. The downside is that the lines are usually very long. Take advantage of Starbucks ‘ mobile ordering to cut down on the wait time!
Where to Find Starbucks in Disneyland
- Market House: Disneyland on Main Street
- Fiddler Fifer & Practical Cafe: California Adventure on Buena Vista Street
- Starbucks: Downtown Disney near World of Disney
- Starbucks: Downtown Disney near Earl of Sandwich
Jolly Holiday Bakery
A true Disneyland classic. This where you can find light snacks, sandwiches, and the infamous Matterhorn Macaroon. They have a real cappuccino machine so you can order an espresso or a latte if you prefer something more than drip coffee. Also, I recently saw a Pineapple Upside Down Bundt Cake on the menu and I’m so ready for it.
If the line is too long at Starbucks then head over to the small cappuccino cart right next to the castle. You’ll find freshly-made lattes and mochas straight from an espresso machine. None of that drip coffee nonsense! This cart is also famous for its delicious and unique pastries. In the past, the menu consisted of Dole Whip, cappuccino, Fruity Pebbles, and Gummy Bear doughnuts.
Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the only location in Disneyland that serves alcoholic beverages. It seems appropriate that they serve a (non-alcoholic) coffee cocktail too! The Black Spire Brew is outta this world and made with Cold Brew Joffrey’s Coffee, Honey, Falernum, Passion Fruit, and Citrus. This drink is only served at breakfast so be sure to get a reservation for the morning.
The perfect way to start your Morning at Disneyland:
- Head straight to Galaxy’s Edge
- Reserve your boarding group for Rise of the Resistance
- Ride Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
- Grab a Black Spire Brew from Oga’s Cantina
P.S. Oga’s also serves lattes and cappuccinos if you would rather have a classic brew!
Hungry Bear Restaurant
Hungry Bear serves up featured cold brew concoction that changes every so often. In the past, they mixed their cold brew with honey and vanilla syrup or hazelnut and caramel. The specialty brews tend to be hit or miss. If you’re not a fan of sweet cold brew, stick with regular drip coffee here. The scenic view makes this place worth the stop too. It’s hardly ever crowded and you get a beautiful view of Tom Sawyer Island and the entrance to Galaxy’s Edge.
California Adventure Coffee
Much like the Cappuccino Cart in Disneyland, this cart always some fancy treats in the display case and the line is usually pretty short. The only difference is that this cart serves spiked coffee made with Bailey’s and Kahlua. It’s located at the entrance of Pixar Pier, which makes a great way to start your morning. Rope drop Radiator Springs Racers and head straight for a coffee kick.
You know what Heaven is? Getting an iced hazelnut latte from Schmoozie’s then heading into Animation Courtyard for a midday cool-down. Schmoozie’s is my personal favorite and has some of the best blended coffee in all of Disneyland. Yes, that’s including Starbucks. They are known for sweet indulgences like the Make Mine Mocha, a frozen chocolate espresso with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Flo’s V8 Cafe
Schmoozie’s may have the best coffee, but Flo’s is the best place to enjoy your coffee at Disneyland. The atmosphere is breathtaking with a view of Cadillac Range in Cars Land and the crowds are quiet on the back patio. The coffee is plain drip, but it’s not the quality that makes it great, it’s the whole experience. Watching the cars zip by while sipping on a fresh brew on an early California morning. *sigh* So lovely.
Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Shop
Here, you can grab a made with Ghiradelli’s signature white and dark chocolate syrups or a fresh-brewed latte. You can also get a little creative with their ice cream selection. The old trick is to order a scoop of the Espresso Chip and a cup of drip coffee for a DIY affogato. Or, how about a hot fudge sundae and a latte before the 9:00 PM showing of World of Color? Yes, please! The yummiest place for an after-dinner pick-me-up!
Coffee Outside of Disneyland
Hearthstone Lounge Grand Californian Hotel
In the morning, Hearthstone serves a full-service coffee bar complete with fresh pastries and hot cocoa. Later, it transforms into a full-service lounge and coffee bar. If you want to take a break from the parks, head into the hotel via the not-so-secret entrance from California Adventure and take a load off at this lounge. Last time I visited, I had a very special caffeinated beverage called the Cold Brew XO. Joffrey’s cold brew coffee with a splash of XO Patron coffee liqueur and heavy cream. It was so good!
The Coffee House The Disneyland Hotel
This little nook is the perfect pit stop if you’re staying at the hotel or exploring the property. I like to enjoy my coffee on the steps of the wedding pavilion located closer to the Paradise Hotel. Picture perfect morning routine! The Coffee House is also the only place where you can find a Dole Whip with a shot of rum at Disneyland. YAS.
La Brea Bakery Downtown Disney
Ever had a Nitro Brew coffee? It’s basically a cold brew on tap so the coffee comes out super smooth. La Brea Bakery serves this yummy drink and also has the option to either sit down or use their quick service line for breakfast on-the-go. It’s my first choice for a quick breakfast on my way into the parks. Freshly baked pastries, sandwiches prepared to order, and fantastic coffee!
For all you coffee lovers out there, never fear! Each of the locations I listed has decent coffee whether you’re a lover of Folger’s or a lover of French Pressed. Also, although I feel like I can survive on cold brew alone, it’s better if you hydrate and eat healthily throughout the day. Coffee will perk you up, but healthy snacks will sustain that energy.
Want more Disneyland tips for grown-ups? Head to these resources for more!
Disneyland Planning Resources
- The Adults-Only Guide to Disneyland and California Adventure
- The Best Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels for an Adults-Only Vacation
- 10 Disneyland Hotel Activities for Adults
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