5 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

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 Coffee

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.

Harry’s

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

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.

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4 Must-Try Coffeehouses in La Jolla

La Jolla Coffee

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.

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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 scone, checking in on which pastry types are being offered today. Blueberry? Cranberry? Everything is good, but the scones are the most famous item; more than 100,000 here are sold each year!

Starting around 11 am, lunchers arrive and decide between their two favorite sandwiches, excited to enjoy their order that will fuel them back up. If you have time to sit and really revel in your food, there’s no rush. You’ll see 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!

The Living Room

As the name implies, this spot makes you feel right at home. Instead of being in your own living area, however, you get to enjoy the food and drinks (and coffee) of the baristas, chefs and bartenders at this venue. It looks out onto the water and is also part wine bar and traditional bar!

The food 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.

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. It’s important to note that this cafe does double as a hookah bar. You can easily avoid this area, but it’s good to be aware of.

Pannikin Coffee

If this beach town has been hit with fog, head for the hills and straight into 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.

Harry’s

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! 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.

Drinkwise, 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.
The food makes you reminisce about your childhood and want to high five the chef at the same time. Some of the favorites include the blueberry pancakes, fluffy french toast, variety of omelettes (like the Spanish or Mediterranean), corned beef hash (famous here for its amazing texture) and the hash browns. You’ve never seen people energized about hash browns like this; it’s the way the perfectly crisp outside contrasts with the creamy interior.

The ultimate breakfast experience, however, is the Superfecta. You get pancakes, eggs made as you like, their famous hash browns and your breakfast meat of choice, bacon or sausage…plus your drink of choice. Yes, that’s unlimited coffee or tea. (Or soda if you’re feeling bubbly!) All of this is just $11.99 and often ideal for splitting between 2 people.

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