Foodies Guide: La Jolla, California edition

Want to eat your way through La Jolla… Come along with me!

Foodies Guide La Jolla

all smiles while going to get a bite from la jolla

Because I landed into San Diego around lunch time we started our day with Lunch!

First Stop, Piatti’s!

an italien place to eat with a white front porch

My absolute favorite restaurant in La Jolla, for so many reasons. One of the main reasons, I think is that it has become such a family tradition that we don’t ever go to beach without eating here at least 10 times a summer or ordering as much bread and Pittai oil (also known as crack sauce) to go, as we can on daily haha.

But in all seriousness the food, the atmosphere and the charming back patio under the tree makes this place a must try!

From Pizza, to Pasta, to the fresh salads, you can’t go wrong… But my advice is to order it all and share so you can taste a bit of everything.

piatti is part of a foodies guide la jolla tour

bread and oil on a white table cloth

a girl smiling at her food

a close up of a salad with egg on it and tomatoes

a girl eating food with a table of pizza, a salad and umbrellas in the background

& to continue on with my perfect day in La Jolla, after lunch I would drive to La Jolla village which is only 10 min away, park in town and walk around to all the shops (AV Nation, Cos Bar, lulu lemon, Ralph Lauren, etc), walk down by the cove to see the seals and water then grab a little afternoon pick me up at one of the yummy gelato spots.

ice cream scoops is part of foodies guide to la jolla

Full & happy I would head back to the hotel to relax by the beach and then get ready to head over to one of my favorite hotels…

La Valencia

la valencia hallway is a perfect place to eat in san diego foodies guide la jolla includes this pink house with white trim

They have a beautiful patio where you can enjoy some drinks while watching the sunset. You can also decide to stay for dinner or hit up a different spot. For me I like to get the most in so I would have an appetizer at La Valencia then head to Georges at the Cove, Eddie V’s or many of the other amazing spots in the Village. I name those two first because they also have the best patios if you want to continue enjoying the ocean view.

pony room in la jolla, a room with seats that is a must go for a foodies guide la jolla tour

the view of san diego with palm trees and a pool

After a full day and a full belly, I’m ready for bed especially so I can wake up early to enjoy the amazing coffee and breakfast spots La Jolla has to offer.

a girl in a jumpsuit with an iced coffee sitting in a car

a jumpsuit to wear onto a foodie la jolla day

a foodies guide to the beset bites in la jolla, like this breakfast spread of eggs and toast and hash browns

My La Jolla Recommendations:

Where to Stay:

La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

Grande Colonial

La Valencia

Hyatt Regency La Jolly

La Jolla Shores

Where to eat:

Coffee & Breakfast:

Brick & Bell: Coffee Pastries and light Breakfast

Parakeet Café: Coffee, Pastries and light Breakfast

Barbarellas: Highly recommend the Huevos Rancheros

The Cottage

Sugar and Scribe: My go to order: Breakfast sandwich without the croissant, sub sourdough, add avocado, light on the cheese, eggs over medium, add bacon

Shorehouse Kitchen


Harrys Coffee Shop: One of my absolute old fashion breakfast spots.

La Valencia: THE MED



Cheese Shop: an old classic sandwich shop. We eat here every day for lunch when at the beach.

Puesto Tacos

Sammys Woodfire Pizza


Cody’s La Jolla


Prepkitchen La Jolla


Piattis: A MUST TRY.

Osteria Romantica


Eddie Vs

Georges at the Cove

Sushi on the Rock

La Valencia: Go for Sunset on the patio

Javiers @ UTC mall

Piazza: great pizza and Italian spot

**Downtown San Diego: La Jolla is just a 15 minute drive down the free from downtown San Diego, which is a great place to explore because they have a ton of great restaurants, new hotels, coffee shops and lots more to see.

Where to Go/Eat:

Little Italy: Every restaurant down that street looked better than the next, so you can’t go wrong when it comes to trying Italian.

Morning Glory: Amazing new Brunch spot. Highly recommend the egg fried rice.

Kettner Exchange: Great vibe and open rooftop area

The Nolan: amazing rooftop

Mister A’s: Incredible Views

The Pendry Hotel

The Mariana to check out the boats: you can rent one for the day and sail the harbor. Its beautiful to do at sunset!

What to do:

Spend your day at the beach: Kayak, snorkeling, jet ski


San Diego Zoo

UTC Mall: highly recommend walking around this amazing outdoor mall, with so many good restaurants and store fronts, I loved exploring it for the afternoon. They also offer 2 hours free parking.


A girl in a dress walking through little italy in san diego, foodies guide la jolla

If you’re headed to SD/LA JOLLA I hope you enjoy every step and bite :]

love, becca

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