Housed in a quaint 100-year old brick building, Brick & Bell Cafe has been a favorite hangout among locals and visitors alike since it opened in 2003. A rare sight among La Jolla’s modern architecture and constantly evolving landscape, the cafe is something of a cult favorite among coffee-loving La Jollans and those who prefer smaller, independent versions of the big-box coffee shops. And now, frequent visitors will be able to visit the cafe at its new location at La Jolla Shores starting June 2015: 2216 Avenida de la Playa.
There are countless reasons to love this tucked-away little cafe, but here are our top five.
1. The scones. As their most popular treat, they can, and often do, serve up to 1,000 per day. The consistency is perfectly crumbly with just the right amount of thickness and sugar, and the recipe is influenced by the traditional English version of the delicacy so you know it’s authentic. For the lighter appetites and those wanting to feel a bit less guilty about indulging, they offer mini scones, which are a perfect tasting size. The cranberry scones are our personal favorite!
Fun fact: they sold a whopping 150,000 of these bestsellers last year.
2. Early bird-friendly. They open at 4:00am weekdays (one of the only spots in La Jolla awake that early), so you can treat your super-early commute to a delicious cup of coffee. Their baker arrives at 3am every morning to start making the baked goods from scratch and they never freeze anything, so you know what you’re getting is fresh.
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3. The acai bowls. 100% homemade granola made fresh in-store, fresh fruit, and a creamy acai berry mixture that looks, tastes, and feels like ice cream – just way healthier, and one-of-a-kind.
4. The atmosphere. It’s comfortable. People in sweatpants will be standing in line next to people in business suits, but nobody judges and everyone is there for the same reason: some tasty food and a hot cup of joe.
Fun Fact: Why the name Brick & Bell? In dreaming up the idea for this little place, the owner, Peter Watry, was actually inspired by the names of pubs and gathering places on the east coast and in the UK – and maybe a little Downton Abbey, as well. In Peter’s words, “Where would George Washington have gone to grab a pint? Somewhere local, friendly and welcoming.” Back then, many customers couldn’t read, so the names of pubs and cafes were typically a short phrase coupled with an eye-catching image.
5. The coffee. Whether you want an almond milk latte or a traditional shot of espresso, the coffee here is on point – you can really taste that freshly-brewed flavor, and it won’t break the bank.
Bonus: if you’re in a hurry, download the EAT24 phone app to place your order AND pay before you get there – skip the line and pick up your food or coffee to go. It’s available for Android as well as iPhone users.
Brick & Bell Cafe is located at 928 Silverado St. in La Jolla. They’re open from 4am-5:30pm Mondays through Fridays; 6am-5pm Saturdays; and 7am-5pm on Sundays.
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