World-class shopping and dining, splashy murals,
and a dramatic coastline ideal for swimming and
water sports make this scenic, upscale enclave
a must-see spot in San Diego.
AND ON A DIME
Many of San Diego’s best chefs
have set up shop in La Jolla,
from Jeff Jackson at A.R.
Valentien to Trey Foshee at
George’s at the Cove, but din-
ing on a dime is also a cinch.
For burgers and pizza, try The
Spot (1005 Prospect Street), or
sip handcrafted brews at Rock
Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
(8980 Villa La Jolla Drive).
La Valencia Hotel
Taste Daniel Barron’s imaginative fare at
The Med, the fine dining restaurant within
the recently renovated hotel, or enjoy
contemporary bistro fare at Café la Rue,
re-opening this fall. 1132 Prospect Street
La Jolla Shores
Snorkel, scuba, swim, surf, kayak, or just sit
and enjoy the sunshine. Be sure to check
out the new lifeguard tower, featuring an
observation deck held up by a cantilevered
arm. Barbarella’s restaurant tucked away
near the shores is a local favorite, especially
during the holidays when it’s decked out
with festive decorations.
Stroll through downtown in search of
all the artwork created for the Murals
of La Jolla project by The La Jolla
Community Foundation. Get a free map at
the Athenaeum & Arts Library (1008 Wall
Street) or online ( muralsoflajolla.com).
With everything from one-of-a-kind
boutiques and consignment stores to
surf shops, jewelers, and designer rug
galleries, La Jolla is one of San Diego’s best
Be sure to check out the seal and sea lions at the Children’s Pool
Ice cream bar from Bardot
La Valencia Hotel
Sprinkles Cupcakes (8855 Villa
La Jolla Drive) and Cups (7857
Girard Avenue) have killer cupcakes, while Michele Coulon
Dessertier (7556 Fay Avenue)
has bang-up baked goods and
Bardot (1025 Prospect Street)
serves ice cream bars gone gourmet. Bottom line: you’ll need to
make multiple stops for sweets.