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Ernie’s Coffee Shop – South Lake Tahoe, CA

Ernie’s Coffee Shop – South Lake Tahoe, CA

In the gorgeous town of South Lake Tahoe sits a local favorite and a must visit coffee shop called Ernie’s Coffee Shop. Ernie’s has been serving happy customers for 50 years and is consistently voted Best Breakfast and Lunch Restaurant in town. There are many reasons to go visit the beautiful and scenic Lake Tahoe but you cannot miss out on this cozy cabin and their classic homemade food.

Locals and visitors alike, love Ernie’s. Their coffee is drool worthy and a great start to your day. They use locally roasted Alpen Sierra coffee and espresso. Not only do they have great coffee but fresh squeezed orange juice for mimosas, bloody marys, and a large beer selection. You get a little bit of everything and exactly what you want before or after a day in the outdoors. The menu varies, ranging from everyone’s classic favorites to  gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options. With seasonal changes  the menu always has something new to try.

Over the years Ernie’s has had different owners but each of them have been local to and passionate about the town of South Lake Tahoe. You can feel the energy and the local friendliness the minute you walk through the doors. Ernie’s, a log cabin that fits its surrounding outdoor feel in this mountain town is a cozy shop that will leave you wanting to visit again. To top it all off, Ernie’s supports its local community through fundraising for Tahoe’s youth and their education. 

Lake Tahoe is a spectacular mountain town stretching from the lakes and beaches up to the peaks of the mountains; the views will leave you breathless. If you are there in the winter, you have endless options and can always find somewhere new to ski. Looking to explore the trails? The Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area boasts over 60km of carfully arrrainged and maintained trails. This area is a favorite for locals with amazing views of Lake Tahoe and perfectly groomed trails for all ability levels.  Royal Gorge is also nearby.

If you are there in the summer months you can take on the Tahoe Cross Country trails with mountian bikes.  Pack light because they have rentals for bikes and ski equipment.

Lake Tahoe is a number one outdoor travel destination. If you are looking for adventures with stunning views you have found the right place. You can explore the mountains hiking or skiing one day and relax by the lake the next. One thing you must do while visiting is grab a coffee or breakfast with the locals  at Ernie’s Coffee Shop. It is truly a priority during any Tahoe visit.  

About The Author

Lily Ford

Lily has always had a love of being outdoors. She was born to be an outdoor enthusiast with a family full of skiers. She studied journalism and writing at the University of New Hampshire and went on to write for Men’s Journal. She is also a certified yoga teacher and writes the blog for the studio where she teaches. Lily strives to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. You will find her outside running, skiing, or doing yoga whenever she can.


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