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Local Coffee Shops in La Jolla

We all love Starbucks but there is something about sitting in a local coffee shop where the pastries are coming out of an oven instead of the freezer, the veggies in our salads were sourced locally and haven't been lying dormant in the fridge waiting for their turn in the refrigerator case. Here are three La Jolla coffee shops recommendations and our picks for your morning fuel.

Harry's Coffee Shop half-diner, half coffee shop Harry's Coffee Shop is a dying breed in a world obsessed with the newest trend. Old school in the best way, we are happy to recommend this long standing shop with our highest recommendation. The milkshakes make this place unique in a sea of cookie cutter coffee shops and their hash browns are crispy and worth the extra jog it'll take to work them off. The best way to describe Harry's is simple and just plain good.

Goldfish Point Cafe is an affordable European style coffee shop. The owners were inspired by the La Jolla coast which is reminiscent of the Southern France shores and decided to emulate the casual coffee shops made for sitting and sipping, reading and talking. They have an extensive drink menu that includes the simple drip coffee, the elegant and creamy cappuccino, and everything bitter and sweet in between. Their menu consists of light breakfast and lunch items such as bagels, sandwiches, salads and paninis. Don't pass up the Panini Classico which is a favorite amongst the regulars and features prosciutto, basil, mozzarella and pesto. They also have free Wi-Fi. See, they weren't kidding when they said to come and stay for a while.

Mission Coffee Cup is a coffee shop inspired by the idea that good food brings people together in a way unlike anything else. One of Isabel Cruz's three local restaurants brings together a rare but delicious Latin-Asian fusion. The breakfast quesadilla is brilliant. Why it took so long to put eggs in a quesadilla, we'll never! The Mocha Thai is also amazing. A mixture of Thai coffee and chocolate milk that cannot be denied. Mission Coffee Cup is open every day from 8 AM to 3PM.

Starbucks aside, there are coffee shops on every corner. Some are good, others mundane but these La Jolla coffee shops are steadfast in their mission to give their patrons a space to caffeinate and congregate.


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