6 Must-Try Coffee Shops in La Jolla
If you reside or work in La Jolla, you run around here with a to do list of important business and errands. Taking a break with a latte is time you need to rejuvenate…and caffeine to help get back to your bustling schedule! And hey, if you’re on a vacation, taking a breather from sightseeing mode to relax and have some energy-boosting goodness is just as vital.
Brick & Bell
Stroll up to this spot and feel the bustle before you even see it. This small cafe is always packed with loyal customers, reassuring you it’s going to be amazing. With the feel of a classic European cafe, you’ll hear regulars rattle off an order of a latte and a pastry. Everything is good, but the scones are the most famous item; more than 100,000 here are sold each year!
Lunch is served starting around 11 am. If you have time to sit and really revel in your food, grab a table at the outdoor seating out in front below the cafe’s steps. Take in the brick and vine-covered overhang as you bite into your decadent cinnamon roll and sip your rich coffee! Plus, they now have two locations — the original in downtown La Jolla, and a new location at La Jolla Shores!
The Living Room La Jolla
The Living Room is a coffeehouse, lunch place, bakery, and both a wine and a traditional bar. As the name implies, this spot makes you feel right at home, except here you get to enjoy food and drinks (and coffee) without lifting a finger. It even looks out over the water!
If you’re looking for a coffee shop with pastries as well as plethora of other desserts, this spot is prime. You’ll see chocolate eclairs, macaroons and amazing cakes like carrot, gluten-free chocolate and three layer mousse. The menu has a wide variety of options, from vegan bagels and veggie-lover omelettes to meat-and-avocado packed sandwiches and ravioli. There’s something extra special about their breakfast sandwiches, especially the Breakfast Club Croissant and Ultimate Bagel Sandwich. The combination of energy-rich carbohydrate and powerful protein really powers you up for the day.
Pannikin La Jolla
If La Jolla has been hit with morning fog, head straight down Girard Avenue to Pannikin. Its fireplace makes it the ultimate cozy place to hit when chilly and its outdoor patio the perfect spot the remaining 95% of the year! This coffee shop is in the design district of La Jolla. If you’re looking for new home decor or just dropped your little ones off at the nearby elementary school, it’s definitely convenient.
Pannikin is known for both food and drinks. People come back again and again for their Greek eggs, homemade granola (served with all types of fruit goodness) and pastries, which range from incredibly fluffy muffins to fresh bagels. Beverage wise, whether you order a dirty chai, iced mocha or regular coffee, you can’t go wrong. If you have allergies or simply prefer to avoid dairy, they offer both soy and almond milk too. As well as several roasts of coffee, they have a fantastic selection of teas, which is a pleasant change from most coffee shops.
This is a classic, old school diner spot from the 1960s. This family-owned cafe has been deemed one of the best retro coffee spots in the nation, and it’s easy to see why. It has a vibe of nostalgia and community. You’ll look to the walls and see memorabilia, like newspaper clippings from when the San Diego Chargers made it into the Super Bowl (which feels like decades ago now!) It’s friendly for humans, dogs, and cars alike: pups are allowed — the restaurant even provides water bowls for them — and there’s a free one-hour parking lot for your car. Drink-wise, basic coffee is always great. If you’re looking to get a little more adventurous, we recommend the decadent caramel-salted latte or heart-warming cafe mocha.
Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is a La Jolla gem! Their flagship location on La Jolla Blvd. is comfortable, spacious, and a perfect spot to curl up and read a book or catch up on work. Known for their ties with international coffee roasters and their dedication to serving green coffee, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters have been upping the coffee game since they opened in 2002. Their drip coffee is delicious, and their variety of international blends is spot on — from their Bird Rock Blend to a traditional French Roast and an organic roast straight from Colombia, you can’t go wrong with any of their roasted coffees. They have two other locations in Little Italy and on Morena Blvd.
A relative newcomer to La Jolla, Parakeet CafÃ© is our favorite spot for cute Instagram photos and great coffee! With a delicious selection of different toasts (avocado, salmon, and hummus to name a few), oatmeal, and matcha waffles, this is definitely a great place to grab a bite to eat, too. They have a nice selection of iced and hot coffees, including Nitro cold brew (on tap!), flavored lattes, and espresso. They make it easy to personalize your drink, which is a nice plus when you’re looking for something a little different. They’re located at 927 Silverado Street.