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Charming Downtown La Jolla

Stroll the lovely streets of downtown La Jolla, lined with specialty shops, top-notch restaurants and casual cafes all just blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Find the perfect gift or souvenir such as beachwear from a locally owned surf shop, artisanal jewelry sold by the designer, or fresh, handmade chocolates. Visit one of the area's art galleries, spend the day exploring word-class art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, and enjoy a meal to remember at one of the restaurants dotting the neighborhood's sidewalks.


  •  Fine dining
  •  Boutique shopping
  •  La Jolla Open Aire Market (every Sunday)
Before you go

Fine Dining

La Jolla’s prime location along the Pacific Ocean and its Mediterranean climate mean delicious, fresh food. The city’s best cuisine is reflected through such dining establishments as Roppongi’s French and Asian fusion menu, Crab Catcher’s fresh seafood and scenic views, Nine-Ten’s innovative and seasonal entrees, or Whisknladle’s California seasonal cuisine—just to name a few.

Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla

Located in downtown La Jolla, the Museum of Contemporary Art collects and exhibits world-class contemporary art, as well as supports, collects and exhibits art from emerging and established artists. And don’t miss the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the Edwards Garden Gallery.

What is the best way to get around? ?

Valet your car with us and walk from the Empress Hotel. View our Parking Package to save on valet parking.

Are there shops and cafes to browse?

The lovely streets of downtown La Jolla are lined with specialty shops and cafes like fashion boutiques, surf shops, chocolate and ice cream shops, outdoor cafes, cafes, art galleries and jewelry stores.
Downtown La Jolla
0.33 Miles from Hotel
Prospect Street. and Girard Avenue, La Jolla, California Visit Website

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