Welcome to the Pannikin. We have been in the business of serving the community with all of its coffee and tea needs since 1968. The La Jolla outpost of popular coffeehouse chain offers quirky decor & artisanal drinks, plus brunch.
Pannikin Coffee and Tea opened in 1968 in one of the cottages at the Green Dragon Artist Colony. Bob SinClair started roasting coffee and blending teas selling them wholesale out of his home. Bob’s vision of roasting craft coffee and blending the best teas and spices was one that would be followed by the likes of many craft coffee joints. Bob and his wife Gaye eventually opened seven Pannikin locations throughout San Diego. La Jolla, Point Loma, Encinitas, Del Mar, and two downtown locations. In 1971 he relocated to what was once a home on Girard Avene and convinced Dennis Wills of D.G. Wills Books to move with him. Now still there sit two of the longest holdouts of La Jolla’s old small business community. Obscured from clear view by trees and fancy car dealerships, Pannikin is a safe haven for the old, the young, and the black sheep of the family. We are a community of artists, dreamers, and outcasts.