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5 Must Try Hot Spots for Breakfast & Bruch

We have all heard the saying that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” right? IT’S TRUE! Having breakfast has been shown to improve brain function and increase memory retention. And guess what-it’s simply delicious!  La Jolla is packed with so many places to grab that first meal of the day. Let the team with native knowledge show you our top picks to start our day!

Sugar & Scribe Restaurant and Bakery

Inspired by classic bakeries worldwide, Sugar and Scribe is designed to be relaxed and sophisticated. It is home to Food Network Champion Chef Maeve and has been deemed the quintessential La Jolla hangout.  Their space boasts sit-down dining, a bakery counter, a coffee bar, and a dog-friendly patio.

They source only the best ingredients, and virtually everything is made from scratch.  Their menu features something for everyone.  Beginning at 7 a.m, breakfast is served all day. Feed your sweet tooth with Brioche French Toast, or try a classic scramble. Want something healthy? They have that too.  Lunch is a delightful mix of sandwiches, soups, and salads.  All of this can be paired with any of their beers, wines, or cocktails. Mornings aren’t entitled to all the fun. Grab a lavender lemon mimosa and soak up the weather on the patio.

Before heading out, stop by the bakery counter for a fresh scone or have a barista craft you a specialty coffee.

Brick and Bell Café

Brick and Bell Café is located in the heart of La Jolla Village. Known by the red brick building, this coffee shop and bakery is one of La Jolla’s most popular gathering places.  Almost daily, you will find a steady stream of customers waiting in line for Brick and Bell’s scones.  They are so popular they boast the tagline “our scones are so delicious that we sell hundreds of thousands a year.” Baking fresh pastries and bagels begin at 3:30 a.m., and they open for business at 4 a.m. throughout the week.

This quaint coffee shop welcomes locals, visitors, students, seniors, and business professionals.  And if you happen to be a regular, you are greeted by name! Stop in for a fresh-baked snack on the go or relax on their homey patio and catch a refreshing coastal breeze. You won’t want to leave!  Brick and Bell is sure to become a favorite for breakfast, brunch, and lunch.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House

Since 1948, the Walker family has provided quality dining in a family atmosphere. Opening for business in La Jolla in 2014, they have now spread to Carlsbad and Del Mar. They continue the Walker family tradition by providing a menu with a large variety of options and unbeatable service.  Using the finest, freshest, locally sourced ingredients, you are guaranteed to enjoy the finest breakfast creations possible.

With a specialty in breakfast, there are options for everyone.  They boast 25 gourmet pancake varieties, more than 20 omelets, egg dishes, and Belgian waffles and crepes. Walker’s also offers gluten-free and vegetarian options as well as many other healthy choices.

Bring your whole family and enjoy breakfast at Walker’s Pancake House. You will always find comfort and feel right at home.

Coffee Cup

You will find the Coffee Cup near the heart of downtown La Jolla. Owner and self-taught chef Isabel Cruz draws influence from her Latino roots and is inspired by the area’s Korean, Thai, and Japanese cultures. Combining Latin and Asian-infused flavors, she transforms the traditional into exotic dishes that appeal to your senses.

Whether you are looking for healthy or indulgent, vegan, vegetarian, or paleo, Isabel has you and your guests covered and Coffee Cup. Come in and relax or enjoy the view from their patio seating. Settle in with pancakes or a power bowl paired with a mimosa or craft coffee. Need breakfast for an office meeting? The Coffee Cup Café offers catering and online ordering to make breakfast easy to grab.

Delight your senses and your taste buds.

Harry’s Coffee Shop

Harry’s is the oldest, family-owned diner in the La Jolla area.  Since its opening in 1960, it has become a beloved local icon and a must-visit. Harry’s boasts that old-school diner atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating.  Coffee is flowing before the sun rises at Harry’s. And in typical diner fashion, breakfast is not just a meal to be eaten in the morning.  It is served all day. Here you will find fresh eggs and produce to create anything you can imagine. Mouth-watering cinnamon rolls are just the beginning.

You may belly up to the counter or get cozy in a booth and become part of what Harry’s is.  Pair your coffee with a fluffy stack of pancakes and relax in a piece of La Jolla history.

La Jolla is packed with places to grab a quick breakfast or coffee.  But we all want to feel like we are in a place where we feel at home.  Check out these delightful La Jolla favorites for your next food adventure.  And remember, breakfast is just for mornings.


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