Best Coffee Shops in La Jolla

Our Recommendations For Finding
That Cuppa Joe For Some Get Up and Go

Our inquisitive Insiders staff members have personally and happily visited each of the coffee cafes in La Jolla and carefully compiled a list of those we feel are the best. Our criteria include not only the coffee but also briefly describe, in a few words, the variety of those spots that measurably reflect the Jewel’s coastal ambiance and efficient and friendly barista service – we guarantee a totally uplifting caffeinated experience. Enjoy!

“Just around the corner
There’s a rainbow in the sky
Things that really matter
Are the things that gold can’t buy.

So let’s have another cup o’ coffee
And let’s have another piece o’ pie!”

Insiders Note: ”Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee” was written by Irving Berlin for the 1932 Broadway musical Face the Music, in which two characters sing this romantic song in the humble surroundings of a Horn & Hardart Automat.   

“I love coffee, I love tea
I love the Java Jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup (Ah!)”

“I love java, sweet and hot
Whoops, Mr. Moto, I’m a coffee pot
Shoot me the pot, and I’ll pour me a shot
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup (Oh Boy!)”

Insiders Note: These “Java Jive” lyrics were pulled from The Manhattan Transfer’s earworm version, popular with ballroom dancers everywhere. Stream it while you sip and hear what we mean.


Best Coffee Shops in La Jolla

Better Buzz – High energy and high caffeine

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters – A wide variety from around the world

Brick & Bell – A local gathering place

Elixir – a comfy hideaway

Encanto – European café with a Mexican twist

Flower Pot – Homey and Funky AND they roast their own coffee

Harry’s Coffee Shop – You’re back in the 50’s

Lilli’s Coffee Shop and Italian Garden – All imported from Italy

Living Room Café – You’ll think you’re in Vienna

Peet’s – People watch on Gerard

Richard Walker’s – Great food and coffee

Better Buzz - 909 Prospect St

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters - 5627 La Jolla Blvd

Brick & Bell - 928 Silverado St

Elixir - 7863 Girard Ave

Add Your Harry's Coffee Shop - 7545 Girard Ave

Lilli's Coffee Shop and Italian Garden - 7567 Girard Ave

Living Room Café - 1205 Prospect St

Peet's Coffee - 7910 Girard Ave unit b

Richard Walker’s - 909 Prospect St

Encanto - 1261 Prospect St.

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