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 Orli’s Underground Guide to La Jolla

June 9th, 2023

The best La Jolla experience is the local’s one. Explore our seaside neighborhood and discover our favorite hidden gems and lesser-known spots – all hand-picked by Orli co-founders, and proud La Jolla natives, Hailey and Max Waitt. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a foodie, here are five insider experiences that showcase the best of La Jolla.

1. Hike the road less traveled on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.


This coastal hike features breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, rugged terrain, wooden staircases, and hidden coves. Off the beaten path and perfect for unleashing your inner adventurer, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture unforgettable moments as you make your way through. Soak in the beauty of the crashing waves, majestic cliffs, and secluded beaches that keep people coming back for more.


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2. Get a taste of the local food scene at Girard Gourmet.


A La Jolla staple run by the same couple for decades, Girard Gourmet is a truly beloved culinary institution with a walk-up counter and casual deli vibes. Enjoy pastries, quiche, and breakfast sandwiches to start your day. For lunch, choose from delicious sandwiches, salads, and hot entrees. The insider recommendation is the BLT with sprouts and lemon pepper on French bread. And don’t forget a cookie — they’re famous for them. 


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3. Let your inner yogi and foodie out at Trilogy Sanctuary.


Here, you can follow an incredible yoga class with delicious food, smoothies, and desserts. Head to the rooftop for 100% organic, vegan, and gluten-free refreshments — an oasis for those with food allergies. Try the savory buckwheat breakfast crepe filled with sweet potato hash, spinach, cheesy sauce, avocado, heirloom tomato and a hint of hot sauce.


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4. Get secret tacos at Puesto.


Dining is even more fun when a secret menu is involved. At Puesto, locals know to order these three off-menu tacos: The Cali Taco — Puesto’s take on a California burrito — is a filet mignon taco wrapped in cheese and topped with guacamole, crema, pico de gallo, and super crispy housemaid chips; the Oscar combines filet mignon and crab; and The Hero is a surf and turf taco topped with buttery lobster.


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5. Get a unique speakeasy experience at Raised By Wolves.


Discover intrigue and sophistication at Raised By Wolves, La Jolla’s hidden speakeasy. Behind a secret entrance, the upscale cocktail haven whisks you away to a bygone era of glamor. Adorned with vintage decor and touting an impressive spirits collection, it’s a sensory delight. Talented mixologists craft imaginative, artful cocktails that push boundaries of flavor and creativity. With plush seating and an outdoor patio under the stars, this place offers a magical nightlife experience.


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Looking for more inspiration for your Orli itinerary? Discover 8 places to experience La Jolla’s vibrant art and culture. Or, be our guest and find your room.

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