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Downtown La Jolla
Downtown La Jolla

Downtown La Jolla

Prospect St. and Girard AveLa JollaCalifornia
Category: Shopping & Nightlife
Before you go

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 areas 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
  • World-class shopping
  • La Jolla Open Aire Market
    (every Sunday)
  • Art galleries

Fine Dining

La Jolla’s prime location along the Pacific Ocean and Mediterranean climate mean great, fresh food. The city’s best restaurants reflect this with dining establishments such as the French and Asian fusion menu at Roppongi, the fresh seafood and great views at the Crab Catcher, the innovative, seasonal entrees at Nine-Ten, or the California comfort food served up at Whisknladle, just to name a few.

Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla

Located in downtown La Jolla, the Museum collects and exhibits world-class contemporary art, as well as supports, collects and exhibits art from emerging and mid-career artists. If you want a break from viewing art, don’t miss the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the Edwards Garden Gallery.


  • What is the best way to get around?

    Walk from the Empress and valet your car with us! 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, coffee bars, art galleries, and jewelry stores.


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