Ideally situated between the gems of San Diego and Los Angeles sits a diamond; historic Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano. Now if you have overlooked this destination don’t be too hard on yourself. Afterall, its neighbors are as infamous as its location. Now that you do know about it go.
San Juan Capistrano is not a new place. In fact, it has been around since 1794, with much of its history reflected in the sleepy downtown area. Uniformity is how I would describe my drive through the downtown area. Attention has been paid to the style and design of every building from the stand alone to the strip mall making it feel very quaint.
One of the things that most people know San Juan Capistrano for is its mission; Mission San Juan Capistrano which is a Spanish mission located in the heart center of this city. It’s a great testament to the overall history of the area and California as a whole, but that is a different post for a different time. This post is about an even more enchanting area, Los Rios.
Located a block and a half from the mission sits the historic district of Los Rios Street. This small stretch of road encapsulates much of what people tend to love most about California; laid back vibes and energy all its own.
What makes this area particularly interesting is that this section is a mix of cafes, shops, and even a petting zoo all seamlessly nestled among residential homes. Much like the area, it is in, each of the homes has their distinct personality so be sure to walk the neighborhood to check it out.
Where should be on your to-do list? I’m so glad you asked…
Hidden House Coffee Shop:
Located next to the entrance to the petting zoo Hidden House Coffee Shop is exactly that feeling. It reminded me of a cozy cottage you would stumble upon in the country side. Go inside to grab an espresso, coffee, tea, freshly squeezed juice and more. Sit inside or lounge on the porch outside and take it all in.
Hummingbird House Cafe:
Like its namesake, the Hummingbird House Cafe is encapsulated with flower filled trees surrounding the outdoor seating area give you an opportunity to view these beautiful birds up close. Specializing in Greek inspired foods, this place is a much of a visual experience as it is an eating one. Situated directly on next to the train tracks, you’ll be treated to the experience of sitting and listening to the train. Let your mind wander off and try to imagine this area when something like the rail road make it come to life.
The Tea House on Los Rios:
If you’re looking to channel your inner Downton Abbey, swing by The Tea House on Los Rios. Their menu focuses meals around tea pairings. Much like you would see courses paired with wine at a restaurant they manage to do the same thing but with tea. It’s another win solely on the experience you have while dining there. Kick it up a notch and dress the part!