About Old Cal Coffee

Old Cal Coffee History

“Waking up San Marcos since 1990”

Long before the big chain coffee houses moved here, a little coffee house – not much more than a stand opened up in Restaurant Row. It had one employee and limited hours. Soon the place was hopping and locals were lining up to order drinks not usually found outside of Seattle, at the little coffee house then known as Mocha Marketplace.

Fast forward thru the years, five remodels, and a name change later, and the once little coffee house now has a hand full of employees, lots of seating, and is open for 14+ hours each day, seven days a week.

A lot has changed over the years, but we still remain committed to providing the finest quality locally roasted coffees and ingredients that we always have. We’ve added a more diverse café food menu with many vegetarian and “vegan” selections. The comfort of sofas and chairs to lounge in, and access to free wireless internet has become a huge draw for business professionals and students alike. Nightly we light the fire pits for cozy gatherings and on Friday and Saturday nights we have live local entertainers on the patio.

Our Goals include being a haven from the sterile, cookie-cutter atmosphere of the corporate coffee house, and offer a relief from the hectic, frenzied pace of life. We strive to preserve the legacy of the coffee house as a place of community – a place to meet friends, hang out and relax, have stimulating conversations, listen to music, read, study, draw, write poetry, meet with business associates, enjoy the local flavor and have some great coffee and eats.


Congratulations are in order for the entire Old California Coffee House & Eatery team for earning the Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award once again in 2014!!!

Old Cal Coffee Wins “The Best Medium Size Business in San Marcos Award!” On January 24th, 2014 at The Twin Oaks Golf Course, The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Board of Directors Installation Luncheon. The day included the San Marcos Hall of Fame Awards, The Business of Excellence Awards, the Chamber Installation of the New Board of Directors and Gary Templeton, former Padre great and San Marcos resident, as the Key Note Speaker.


Old California Coffee House & Eatery has been named the best coffee shop in San Diego three years in a row, was honored as best medium business in San Marcos and is the Talk of Twon 5 Star Customer Service Satisfaction Award 5 years in a row! Old Cal Coffee House & Eatery is the original Coffee Shop in San Marcos and is celebrating its 24th year in business!

Old Cal Coffee has an expanded food menu and now serves morning scrambles, sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, vegan chili, gluten free sandwiches, vegetarian meals, smoothies, and desserts as well as a full line of gourmet coffees and teas.


Giving Back to the Community


Supporting Old cal Coffee is supporting the entire community!

Charity Wings
The Girl Scouts
The Helen Knoll Foundation
Meals on Wheels
Boys and Girls Club
The Kids College
Lions Club
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Palomar College
Wounded Warrior Homes
Solutions for Change
St Joseph Academy
San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
SMHS FFA Department

San Elijo Middle School
Discovery Elementary School
Paloma Elementary School
San Marcos High School
American Red Cross
San Marcos Firefighters
San Marcos Sherriff’s Department
Paws with Friends Friends of San Marcos and Parks & Rec
Rady Children’s Hospital
High Tech High Village
CSUSM – Alpha Chi Omega
SMHS – Music Department
Richland Elementary
Twin Oaks High School
Fortissimo Orchestra

St Marks Catholic Church