Regular Chai from Cafe Bassam

It’s raining in San Diego!? Since it’s such a rare occurrence, it’s almost transfixing to watch, hear and smell those much-needed water droplets. We’re in a drought, people! But this weather also makes me want to curl up on the couch with a good book and a chai latte (my hot beverage of choice), and do absolutely nothing productive.

Since I’m one of those people who opts to pay $3-6 dollars for a barista-made coffee-like drink, I usually walk over to Cafe Bassam to get my chai latte fix. And let me tell you, this little Bankers Hill gem serves the best chai in town. It also has the most eclectic atmosphere you could imagine for a coffee shop. In fact, it feels like you’re in an antique store, where you spot a new kitschy item every time you visit.

Interior of Cafe Bassam

After I get my overpriced but delicious latte, I know it’s only a matter of time before it stops raining. After all, a few morning sprinkles are a lot more than we’re used to getting. Since it’s usually best to stay off the roads when it’s raining here (seriously, WTF), I decide to walk over to the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge to feel like I’m in on some little secret. The Bankers Hill pedestrian bridge is hidden from the street, but you’ll run into it at the cross-section of Spruce and Front streets above Kate Sessions Canyon. A bit wobbly, this footbridge made of steel suspension cables hangs 70 feet above the canyon. I love to look out at all the lush greenery. Fun fact: the engineer responsible for this bridge, Edwin Capps, was actually the mayor of San Diego in the early 1900s.

Spruce Street Suspension Bridge