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!
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!
Nekter Juice Bar is a chain juice bar with a spot near La Jolla Cove as well as a few locations throughout San Diego. Here you’ll find healthy snacks, cold-pressed juices, delicious smoothies and an extensive menu of açaí bowls. They have nut-based milk that makes their smoothies and bowls creamy while adding nutritional value. Most of their offerings are vegan-friendly as well!
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.
Bird Rock Coffee is a local and trendy coffee roasting company. A lot of cafes and establishments around San Diego serve their coffee, but they also have a small coffee shop in Bird Rock, just a short drive south of La Jolla Cove. If you love coffee, this is a must-visit coffee shop!
Pannikin is one of the older establishments in La Jolla, founded in 1968, and is a popular coffeehouse chain, with seven locations across San Diego. The atmosphere is meant to attract a community of artists and dreamers, and you feel it the minute you walk in the door—there’s quirky décor, artisanally crafted drinks, plus delicious breakfast and brunch options.
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!
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!
Häagen-Dazs is a big name in the dessert world, and this ice cream shop is worth a trip. They offer shakes and sundaes made from premium ice cream flavors, and you can always expect excellent customer service when you step in the door. Yum!
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!