Your Guide to La Jolla

August 20, 2017

My husband was asked to be a groomsman for his good friend Adam’s wedding.  Fun fact: Adam designed my Cohen Places logo! Adam and his (now) wife Katy are great friends of ours, so wherever the wedding was we would be happy and excited to go.  However, they happened to have their wedding in one of the most beautiful places in the country so we decided to make a trip of it!  Confused on where your next getaway should be?  CHOOSE LA JOLLA.  Perfect weather, beaches, and a relaxed atmosphere.  Below are all of the places that we went to that I would highly recommend (99% all within walking distance of our AirBnB).  Once you’re done reading, you’ll be booking your trip!

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Beaming Cafe

Before our trip, I was determined to do my research to find the best smoothie bowl in our area where we would be staying.  Safe to say, I think I found it.  Beaming Cafe has more than smoothie bowls (for my locals imagine Alchemy) with other healthy and organic options to choose from.  We got the pitaya bowls and picked our own toppings.  Super fresh and delicious!

Coffee Cup Cafe

This was our favorite breakfast spot we visited.  Recommend by my friend Alicia from Wander and Whine, we were blown away by this meal.  Think breakfast burritos, tacos, and egg scrambles with huge portions.  I would suggest selecting a dish that comes with a side of their infamous smashed rosemary potatoes.

The Cottage

We saw this breakfast place as we were walking one morning with a huge wait and crowd of people so we figured it was probably good.  After looking at some reviews, our thoughts were confirmed and we decided to check it out!  It did not disappoint.  The plates come with a home made scone which was the softest one I’ve ever had in the best way.  Such a treat!

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Duke’s La Jolla

We arrived on a Thursday and were so glad we did because we were able to get in on some happy hour deals!  Which with California prices is greatly appreciated. 🙂 Duke’s is Hawaiian themed with tropical cocktails and dishes inspired by that culture.  The Happy Hour deals are amazing, so I would definitely recommend going during that time!  We were headed to dinner so only got their pork tacos but they were phenom.


Besides smoothie bowls, I was also very serious about making sure we had our fill of tacos!  After doing my research, Puesto looked like a great option for a more upscale taco with unique options.  This place was awesome.  First of all, they serve free chips and salsa which I always appreciate (and their salsa was SO good, we couldn’t get enough of it).  You can mix and match your taco options and they were all fantastic.  My favorite one was the taco special of the day, so be sure to ask what they have rotating through.

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I would recommend this spot for either happy hour or a romantic dinner.  The atmosphere of this place is amazing!  Trees grow inside the space amongst the tables and are covered in twinkle lights.  It was super cool to be a part of.  We went for happy hour and got a flatbread pizza and some drinks while listening to live music and it was super fun!  We aren’t oyster people, but if you are they are known for theirs.

Trilogy Sanctuary

After all the taco eating we were doing, at the end of our trip we were desperate for something light and healthy.  Enter, Trilogy Cafe.  This place is super cool as it has rooftop seating where they also host aerial yoga.  We weren’t there during a class, but I imagine it’s some great people watching!  This place is all vegan and plant based and has really unique meals.

Bobboi Natural Gelato

Y’all.  We were OBSESSED with this place.  We went TWICE which is crazy for us as we don’t like to repeat places on trips—it was that good.  I mean, according to Yahoo this is the #2 ice cream spot in America.  This gelato is made fresh every day with all natural ingredients and tasted amazing.  They have standard flavors but also some unique ones too.  Some favorites we had were the red grape, the vanilla with activated charcoal, and the strawberry.

Believe it or not, we did more than just eat and drink….

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La Jolla Shores Beach

We went to this beach a couple times and loved it!  Way less crowded than a Pacific or Mission Beach, so if you’re looking for something more quiet, this is your spot.  It was also just under 2 miles away from our Air BnB so super close and easy to get to!

Pacific Beach

This is a more “famous” and popular beach in the area and was packed!  But it was fun to walk along the pier and people watch.  Also, if you go over this way be sure to go to Oscar’s tacos.  Famous for their fresh tacos, this place was a hit with our group!

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Ellen Browning Scripps Park

We went to walk in this park several times and loved it.  Here is where you can see the famous seals/sea lions (not sure the difference!!!) at the cove.  It also has these Dr. Seuss looking trees and always a lot going on to look at and enjoy.

La Jolla Open Aire Farmers Market

We randomly decided to check this out after breakfast one day and are so glad we did!  It is HUGE and has tons of fun stuff to explore.  We unfortunately didn’t go hungry, but there were all kinds of foods and drinks to sample.  They of course had produce, arts, and locally made goods as well.


Ready to book your trip?  Thought so.


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