Best Spots for Juice, Coffee, and Dessert in La Jolla

La Jolla’s dining scene is home to well-established restaurants that attract people from all over San Diego County. While La Jolla is known for being an expensive and affluent community, it is also a laidback beach getaway with some very affordable coffee shops and health food eateries.

Just like there’s no shortage of beer or Mexican food in San Diego, there are no shortages of juice bars or coffee shops in La Jolla Cove, especially with the rise of health food trends, San Diego’s coffee culture and an abundance of really amazing craft roasters. And who doesn’t have a sweet tooth for over-the-top desserts every now and again?

Here are our choices for the best coffee in La Jolla, great juice bars and La Jolla desserts!

Scoops La Jolla

Family-owned, Scoops believes ice cream is a dessert that is meant to be shared with everyone. Each flavor is a celebration of local and global artisans and farmers, delivering a truly exceptional ice cream experience.

Dr. Juice

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy pick-me-up, then Dr. Juice is the perfect stop. Local and family-owned, this shop offers that Southern California healthy living vibe along with fresh fruit juices, açaí bowls, and delicious sandwiches. You can expect quick and friendly service along with your fresh-squeezed elixir!

Living Room Coffeehouse

Living Room is an iconic spot in La Jolla Cove celebrating their 25th anniversary, and serving gourmet coffees, organic teas, pastries, as well as beer and wine. While the downstairs and patio area are more of a European coffee shop set up where you can hang out and study, the upstairs wine bar and Hookah Lounge offer some pretty ocean views.

Parakeet Cafe on the Cove

Snug & trendy cafe with a well-rounded menu, including artisanal toasts, bowls & breakfast eats. If you love coffee, this is a must-visit coffee shop!

Bobboi Natural Gelato

Bobboi is rated of the best dessert places in San Diego (and is top-rated by Yelp!), and rightfully so. The shop offers the best natural gelato made with organic ingredients. You’ll find tons of gelato flavors in addition to ocean views!

Le Macaron La Jolla

This new dessert joint offers handmade French pastries, amazing macarons, and some to-die-for truffles. Be sure to visit, and try their coconut salted caramel macarons as well as the creme brulee and chocolate truffles!

Encanto Cafe

Encanto is a great cozy breakfast place, located in La Jolla Shores on one of the most iconic streets. Great coffee drinks and small breakfast bites with great background music.


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No matter what kind of food or drink you’re in the mood for, you can find something delicious in La Jolla, and around La Jolla Cove. With warm temperatures year-round, it’s always a good time for a fresh juice, an iced coffee or a delightful treat.

Those are our favorite picks for La Jolla desserts, coffee brews, and juices!