Pannikin Coffee and Tea



I’ve always meant to go to the Pannikin Coffee and Tea in Encinitas, but never got there somehow. The one in Del Mar is where I used to go before it closed down. Now I think I’ll be hitting this place more often.


What I liked most about this place is that it’s located in the historic Santa Fe Railroad Station, built in 1888. I am drawn to old places with squeaky wooden floors, tall windows and doors and tons of character. I think it’s the perfect setting for what you can buy there:


Delicious-looking tea breads


All kinds of pastries that make it so hard to decide.


Awesome pies.


Sweets. I used to eat those Manner wafers in Germany. They’ve been around since 1898! The ones filled with hazelnut cream are the best.

Then there are teas…



and tees.




and teacups.


I got this pumpkin walnut muffin which was huge. So good. Everything I’ve had at a Pannikin tasted like it was just baked that morning. The muffins were still in their tins too. My husband’s bagel wasn’t real photogenic, so I skipped that.


The interior is decorated with antiques.


Is that an antique fire hose?


And speaking of antiques, surely this bike rack is one too?

When we got there, I was a little worried we wouldn’t have a place to sit (it was pretty crowded) but later realized there are all kids of seats:


That’s either an old church pew or one of the original station benches with a vintage sewing table.


Outdoor seating on the terrace and side,


Counters that look like they’ve been there forever,


and a long nice bench outside. It was beautiful that morning, as you can see.



Love the colors in this place.

Hope your week’s going well so far.


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15 Responses to Pannikin Coffee and Tea

  1. anroworld says:

    I also like old-style furniture and decor! This place looks so good that I won’t mind visiting it also! Wish you lovely Friday, the 13th!

  2. Caroline says:

    Looks like their cakes are really fresh. That must have been a difficult choice. I’ve never had these manner waffles before going to Vienna last autumn. They offered them in my hotel room. I really enjoyed them.

  3. Susan says:

    The dessert/sweets photos made me hungry ! I’m not inclined to bake, but sure would enjoy something sweet with my morning coffee . . . a left-over memory from Gram’s perhaps ?

  4. A difficult decision to make between all those delicious breads and cakes. I love coffee shops that have a nice atmosphere and good snacks. They make you want to linger. πŸ™‚ Next time, I’m in the SD area, I’ll make sure to have this one on my list.

    • I’ll be happy to take you there. I was really tempted to photograph the guy next to us–he had been there some time and had his laptop set up while doing a business call. Nice office!

  5. joshi daniel says:

    great ambiance πŸ™‚

  6. What lovely pastries and a wonderful place!

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