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La Jolla Like a Local: Coffee Shop Edition

October 20, 2023

La Jolla is brimming with incredible coffee shops — and each one has its own flair. Below, browse our all-time favorite local spots, set just moments from Orli.  

Better Buzz 

For the Instagrammable moment

Better Buzz is one of the trendiest coffee shops La Jolla has to offer it even has its own merch. This spot offers a fun, Instagrammable aesthetic, unique flavor combinations, and a delicious menu. While popular drinks include the Iced Best Drink Ever or the Hazlenut Divinity, we also love their iced latte with freshly muddled mint. Better Buzz also offers endless blended options, including a Mango Redbull smoothie because just like their slogan, “life’s better buzzed.” 

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters 

For the farm-to-cup experience

If you are a coffee traditionalist or dare we say, coffee snob, then BRCR is the spot for you. Recognized as one of the top roasters in the industry, the cafe works directly with farmers to bring you the best coffee possible and offers an extensive variety of brews with varying flavor profiles. Opt for one of their daily pour overs, or try out the Gold Digger or the iced Left Coast Latte. Don’t forget to buy a bag of your favorite beans on your way out!

Brick and Bell 

For the laidback atmosphere 

Brick and Bell is a local favorite for a reason. You’re likely to smell their fresh baked scones before you even make it through the front door – the blueberry and maple flavors are must-tries. As for your caffeine fix, we recommend a spiced chai latte or a flat white (best enjoyed on the patio for excellent people watching!). Still hungry? Opt for a delicious açaí bowl. 


For the healthy-yet-delicious menu

With an emphasis on organic, ethically sourced ingredients, this is the perfect cafe to complement your health routine. If you’re looking for a heavy dose of caffeine, the nitro cold brew is sure to give you the boost you need. For something a bit more adventurous, try a Mayan Mocha or a Lavender Latte. And for something with added health benefits? Try the Blue Mint Magic Latte, the Flat Black with activated charcoal, or the Magic Mushroom Matcha. Pro tip – don’t skip the zucchini loaf or vegan, gluten-free banana oat muffin.

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