15 Best Coffee Shops & Cafes in La Jolla, California

15 Best Coffee Shops & Cafes in La Jolla, California

There’s never a bad time of the year to visit La Jolla with its incredible beaches and resorts to enjoy in the summer, along with a great selection of fascinating museums and art galleries to browse in the colder months, it’s an incredibly vibrant city bursting with personality that is always a treat to explore. 

This also goes for La Jolla’s coffee and cafes which are largely underrated when compared to the city’s attractions, despite offering some incredible-tasting coffee which some have even claimed is the best in all of California. 

Don’t just take our word for it, try out a few of these fantastic coffee shops and cafes next time you’re in the vibrant city of La Jolla (Also check out the Best Coffee Shops & Cafes In Santa Barbara, California).

1. Brick & Bell

Brick & Bell is well known around La Jolla for serving some delicious coffee and tea along with a great selection of quick bites that you can snack on while relaxing on the outdoor patio on some deck chairs, or you can take them on the go if you have a busy day ahead. 

Brick & Bell’s scones are especially popular, having an incredibly deep and rich flavor with 100,000 being sold every year, so it’s always worth a visit even just to try out this tasteful appetizer. 

Address: 928 Silverado St, La Jolla 

2. Better Buzz Coffee

With its bright blue covered floor tiles, crystal clear white countertop and bright pink chairs and tables, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a cafe more vibrant and artistic than Better Buzz which is the perfect spot for taking an Instagram-worthy snap of you and your favorite beverage. 

Speaking of beverages, from their Mocha de Mexico to their smooth and creamy Rose Water Latte, Better Buzz manages to pair an aesthetic and stylish atmosphere with a fantastic drinks menu. 

Address: 909 Prospect St, La Jolla

3. Rancho Roasters 

Just down the road from Better Buzz is what many consider a must-try coffee store for all visitors to La Jolla and that is Rancho Roasters, a small coffee spot run by incredibly friendly staff along who serve some of the best coffee in La Jolla with a good variety of teas and smoothies to also choose from. 

It’s always a magical experience picking up a warm Sweet Bee Latte and taking a few sips while overlooking the ocean. 

Address: 1258 Prospect St, La Jolla

4. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters 

Perfect for when you need a quick cup-on-the-go, Bird Rock pride themselves on selling some of the best quality coffee out there with an incredible mixture of flavors and spices combined with freshly brewed beans to make each cup incredible on the tastebuds. 

With its vibrant atmosphere and mixture of both unique and classic beverages to pick up, there’s no wonder Bird Rock cafes score such high reviews from local review sites. 

Address: 5627 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla

5. Michele Coulon Dessertier

Michele Coulon Dessertier

This family-run dessert shop offer their customers some of the most delicious cakes, muffins, cookies and really any deserts in all of La Jolla, perfect for if you have a little bit of a sweet tooth.

However it isn’t just the desserts that make this cafe so great, their fantastic coffee menu serves an appetizing selection of cappuccinos, lattes and Americanos that you can’t help but fall in love with after a single sip. 

Address: 7556 Fay Ave, La Jolla

6. Parakeet Cafe

While the name can seem a little confusing when you first see it, it all starts to make sense as soon as you glance at a Parakeet Cafe with its feather-based design and cute quotes dotted around the store such as ‘Birds of a feather’ and ‘A little bird told me’.

Paired with this colorful and vibrant aesthetic is an exotic menu of coffees, lattes and espressos to enjoy alongside a few delightfully warm pastries. 

Address: 927 Silverado St, La Jolla

7. Harry’s Coffee Shop

La Jolla’s oldest diner may have retained its classically vintage aesthetic, however this hasn’t stopped its menu from expanding tremendously since it first opened its doors decades ago.

The incredibly friendly atmosphere is perfect to relax in while sipping on a delightfully warm beverage, or even while enjoying one of their crunchy and creamy waffles that Harry’s is so well known for. 

Address: 7556 Fay Ave, La Jolla

8. Copa Vida

While it may have started out as a lone noodle shop, Copa Vida has grown into one of La Jolla’s finest coffee stores which is well known for its creamy white lattes and honeycomb tile walls that gives the store a relaxed and incredibly casual vibe that is a real treat to visit, especially when trying out the great variety of their coffee and teas sourced from multiple roasters. 

Address: 1273 Prospect St, La Jolla

9. Caroline’s Seaside Cafe

Just down the road from the famous La Jolla cove, and with one of the best views of the crystal clear pacific waves that you’l ever see, Caroline’s Seaside Cafe is a perfect spot to relax while sipping on a warm or chilled beverage with a few friends or family members. 

Surrounded by palm trees and with a fantastic Californa-style food menu that is light and refreshing to tuck into, there’s nothing quite like sitting back and watching the waves roll by at Caroline’s Seaside Cafe. 

Address: 8610 Charles F, Kennel Way, La Jolla

10. Sugar and Scribe Bakery Fine Food

Sugar and Scribe Bakery Fine Food

When it comes to baked goods that pack as much flavor into each and every bite as possible, it’s hard to get much better than Sugar and Scribe who offer one of the biggest dessert menus you’ll ever see.

From pancakes to chocolate-covered waffles and with chilled or warm beverages to enjoy alongside their tasty treats, we would definitely recommend their delicious iced chai lattes when you visit. 

Address: 7669 Fay Ave Suite, La Jolla

11. Cafe Vahik

Sometimes, all we need is a light and refreshing meal along with a warm cup of coffee to get us ready for the long day ahead, and Cafe Vahik knows this serving some of the best breakfast burritos out there along with some deliciously tasty salads for when you don’t want a meal that’s too hefty. 

With there also being free Wi-Fi in each of their stores, it’s very easy to lose track of the time when enjoying some scrumptious coffee in Cafe Vahik. 

Address: 6780 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla

12. Living Room Coffee

If ‘A European cafe with a Californian flair’ sounds intriguing to you, then Living Room Coffee is a must-visit being open everyday from 7am to 1am and having an incredibly homely atmosphere that really does make you feel like you’re enjoying a piping hot beverage in your very own living room. 

They also offer delivery options if you’re ever craving one of their delightful teas, and trust us, it’s hard not to once you taste how delightful they are. 

Address: 1010 Prospect Street, La Jolla

13. Smallgoods Cheese Shop & Cafe

While it seems like there is a huge selection of vibrant and unique cafes opening up around California each and every day, there’s nothing wrong with sticking with what we know, a small, quaint and cozy coffee store that serves your favorite coffee and tea options, along with a decent selection of tasty light dishes to snack on including their chicken and feta sandwiches along with a fruity selection of cakes and smoothies. 

Address: 7524 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla

14. Coffee Cup Cafe

While the international sourced coffee beans are what make Coffee Cup’s drinks so incredibly rich and tasteful, you also won’t want to miss out on their fantastic breakfast, lunch and salad selection, especially since they are known for serving huge portions to ensure each and every customer is fully satisfied with their purchase. 

While everyone has their own taste preferences, we would definitely recommend trying out the mouthwatering salted thick pancakes topped with strawberries and raspberries to keep you more than satisfied after you leave. 

Address: 1109 Wall Street, La Jolla

15. The Cottage La Jolla

The Cottage La Jolla

For over 25 years, The Cottage cafe has been serving their delicious American and Southern Californian dishes for all La Jolla citizens to enjoy.

It’s not just their food menu that stands out however, from a Mexican Mocha that uses Mexican chocolate to make the taste as creamy as possible, all the way to the Cottage Mocha that combines a smooth and rich chocolate mixture with whipped cream, the options are endless when it comes to The Cottage’s expansive menu. 

Address: 7702 Fay Avenue, La Jolla


La Jolla is home to some of the most unique and vibrant cafes and coffee shops in all of California, so no matter if you want to enjoy a sweet dessert with a cool iced tea, or if you just want to relax with a classic espresso, there’s always a cafe in La Jolla that has just what you need to keep you feeling energized and refreshed throughout the day.