12 Essential Spots In La Jolla

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12 Essential Spots In La Jolla

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La Jolla, or the village, is a picturesque hilly seaside neighborhood with over 20 beaches! (24 to be specific). It can be hard to decide what to do in such a richly diverse area! With so much to choose from, La Jolla makes a perfect place to spend the day. Here are 12 of the best spots in La Jolla for an adventurous day out!

1.Better Buzz

But First Coffee…

This local favorite serves up a mean cup of joe. Their coffee beans are freshly roasted and of the highest quality. They are certified by CCOF as an ORGANIC Coffee Roaster. At Better Buzz Coffee, you’ll also find deliciously unique drinks such as their Iced Moroccan Spice. They serve up fantastic breakfast and lunch options like a variation of toasts and sandwiches. If you are craving something sweet, you should try their smoothies, particularly the Pink Dragon.

Located: 909 Prospect St. Ste 100A, La Jolla

2. Wayfarer Bread & Pastry

Anyone who loves baked goods in San Diego has to try the buttery and flaky goodness found at Wayfarer Bread & Pastry. Their delectable pastries are an excellent breakfast option. However, Wayfarer also has an amazing lunch menu along with a weekly pizza night!

Location: 5525 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037

3.Sunny Jim Sea Cave

Sunny Jim Sea Cave is the only California sea cave accessible by land. But how do you get in? Well, this cave is somewhat hidden. To get in you will first need to visit the Cave Store in the Village of La Jolla. Then you will make your way down an old wooden staircase leading into the cave! The spectacular view and inspired its name! The cave’s opening reminded people of British cereal’s who was also Sunny Jim. The wooden stairway is old and can be slippery so be careful.

Location: 1325 Coast Blvd, La Jolla

4. Ellen Browning Scripps Park

This wonderful green space is a fabulous spot to enjoy a picnic or play catch with your dog or even relax with yoga! The park tends to be quite calm most of the time, so it is a great place to wind down with a good book. Its windblown trees are thought to have influenced the Truffula trees in The Lorax, written by La Jolla’s very own, Dr. Seuss.

Location: 1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla

5. Children’s Pool

Perpahs there’s nothing more enjoyable to do in La Jolla than to take in its natural beauty! As make your way to the Children’s Pool the natural splendor of this California gem will be in full display for you. It is quite the treasure, as you’ll see numerous seals working on their tan! You can get pretty close to the seals but beware not to touch them. They are wild animals, and it is essential to respect their space

PS: Though adorable, their smell is…well, not that great! 

Located: 834 Coast Blvd S, La Jolla

6.La Jolla Cove

After making friends with the seals, you are a short walk or skateboard ride away from La Jolla Cove. This view is what might come to mind when you think of La Jolla! It is truly iconic and worth taking your own picture of! It is protected as a marine reserve and is rich in marine life. If you’re a snorkeler or diver it’s definitely worth a visit! 

Located: 1100 Coast Blvd. (at Girard Ave), La Jolla

7. Duke’s La Jolla 


After a day of beachside activities, you would have worked up quite an appetite. Overlooking La Jolla Cove, Duke’s is a fantastic lunch spot! Named in honor of native Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic swimmer, water polo player, AND the father of modern surfing! Duke’s serves contemporary interpretations of traditional island plates. Such as their Mango pork ribs, and Ahi Poke which will definitely put you in the aloha spirit. 

Located: 1216 Prospect St, La Jolla

8.The Taco Stand

If you happen to be in a taco mood (who isn’t always?) the O.G Taco Stand is a go-to. They are beloved by San Diegans for a reason and the reason is their several outstanding dishes, like their fish tacos, carne asada fries, and humongous burritos!

Location: 621 Pearl Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

9.Birch Aquarium

Visiting the Birch Aquarium is a must when visiting La Jolla for the first time. They have over 60 habitats of aquatic life like gorgeous fishes and curious invertebrates ranging from the Pacific Northwest to Mexico and more. They have immersive activities to both learn and have fun as well as many off-site activities like their Tidepooling Adventure and Perspective Lectures among other great programs.

Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037


The Anthenaeum is one of our favorite spots in San Diego! It is one of the most unique libraries, as it’s actually a Music & Arts Library! It is also only one of the 17 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. It was founded in 1899, and has been providing library resources in music and the arts, and presents over 200 programs and cultural events annually at four venues all over San Diego! We particularly love their jazz concerts, art lectures, and their Flicks on the Brick movie nights!

Location: 1008 Wall St, La Jolla

After a full day of adventure in beautiful La Jolla a delicious dinner is a perfect idea. George’s at the Cove is a mainstay of the food scene in San Diego. Their California Modern dinner menu includes mouthwatering gems such as Lobster Raviolis, Chino Corn Soup, and Summer Vegetable Lasagna. You’ll have to try one of their famous cocktails as well, as you take in the sprawling views La Jolla has to offer.

Location: 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037

12. Bobboi Gelato

How about something sweet to finish your La Jolla adventure? Bobboi Gelato has outstanding gelato and sorbets. Their flavor selection reflects both their traditional Italian roots and untraditional Californian flare. Bobboi sources all of their ingredients from California purveyors, explaining why their menu changes seasonally.  

Located: 8008 Girard Avenue, La Jolla


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