My travel tips include my favorite cool must go places in La Jolla, California! There are so many interesting things you should explore when you get in this part of the world. Using any travel guide you will find that you need to visit the San Diego Zoo, and San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. I can’t even count the times I have been to Sea World, the incredible animal theme park, oceanarium, and marine mammal park, located near La Jolla. As for, Balboa Park, I am preparing an outfit post as this is a must when you are in San Diego. This, however, is my list of the not so obvious amazing places you can go in La Jolla. Read about the best surfer’s beach. Find the top fashionable designer shops, enjoy coffee and breathtaking ocean views. Shop at the oldest family owned bookstore in the country which is also a stylish gift shop on Girard Avenue in the centre of La Jolla. Go for drinks to the trendiest cool bar in the area and try the top Asian fusion restaurant in California. Visit the most interesting Contemporary Art Museum and last but not least what to wear in California! Follow my travel tips, I know what I am talking about…:)
# The Beach- La Jolla Shores, Mission Bay
La Jolla Shores has breathtaking views of a wide beach area and plenty of grassy spots. It’s worth a trip for a fun day in the sun. It is the perfect beach for swimming, surfing and outfit post photo shooting. 🙂 There are stores in the La Jolla Shores area where you can rent everything from bicycles, kayaks, surfboards and boogie boards. You can even get surf lessons too…The unique colony of seals in La Jolla is a site you will never forget. However, a bicycle ride in Mission Bay Park is by far my favorite thing to do on Sunday mornings.
# The Shops- Fashion Valley, Anthropologie
When I am in La Jolla, I spend so much time in Fashion Valley that everybody is making fun of me. But you fellow fashion bloggers will understand how I feel. there are so many shops to see! I need to take my time! Fashion Valley is an upscale shopping mall with brands like Gucci, Hermes, Anthropologie, Abercrombie and Fitch and H&M. San Diego’s finest collection of stores in a beautiful outdoor shopping center featuring 200 stores and restaurants including an 18 screen movie theater. I love going to the movies AFTER shopping. You will fine the big five department stores Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and JCPenney. Featured stores include: Ted Baker, Omega, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Coach, Juicy Couture, Hugo BOSS, Gucci, Henri Bendel and more. Restaurants include: The Cheesecake Factory, Real Food, PF Chang’s China Bistro, California Pizza Kitchen, Stacked Well Built, Love Boat Sushi and twelve bistro cafes.
# The Coffee- Caroline’s
I love to drink coffee during the day with friends. I used to go to The Living Room Cafe in La Jolla because I liked the retro interior decoration and the relaxing atmosphere but now my new favorite is Caroline’s. The seaside amazing place that also serves healthy and creative California style cuisine with a focus on organic and sustainable sources, hormone free meats and poultry.
# The Gift Shop- Warwick’s
In downtown La Jolla, Warwick’s is my sister’s favorite destination. Warwick’s is one of the oldest family owned and operated bookstores in USA. It is an independent gifts, stationery, office supply and bookstore. Voted best stationary store, best bookstore and best place for unusual gifts. I will add also artistic jewelry and handbags. You can even find my favorite designer Ayala Bar, who is one of today’s premier Israeli Jewelry designers and avant garde artistic handbags!
# The Drinks- Herringbone
The best place in La Jolla for drinks and light dinner is Herringbone. Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey brings “Ocean Bazaar” cuisine in a chic indoor-outdoor open space. Leading the kitchen is Top Chef Season 7′s Amanda Baumgarten. I read, Amanda will be serving up creative surf and turf dishes including seafood specialties from around the globe. However, I just had pizza and drinks and that is what I recommend. Its unique interior makes you feel like you’ve entered into a Mediterranean-like courtyard with Olive trees planted throughout the open space!
# The Food- Roppongi
Roppongi’s. stylish and sophisticated cuisine is amazing. Roppongi is part of the Ladeki Restaurant Group’s portfolio of restaurants created by Sami Ladeki.La Jolla’s Award Winning Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Roppongi is located downtown La Jolla. It is among the “World’s Top Restaurant” by Zagat Survey and is a recipient of Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.” Roppongi’s bold menu invites guests to share dishes and try a mélange of flavors. “Roppongi unites Old World European techniques with modern flavors, creating its award-winning and signature New Asian cuisine that takes you on a culinary world tour. Combining the best fare from traditional Asian kitchens with French-style execution, Executive Chef Stephen Window infuses Roppongi’s dishes with the tastes of Asia and Europe.” according to San Diego Restaurant Week. I try to go Happy Hours which is daily from 3-6 pm, featuring half-priced tapas and specialty priced drinks. Remember to try the crab salad and the Mongolian Shredded Duck Quesadilla which is a mexican- asian fusion peking duck.
# The Museum of Contemporary Art- MCASD
I loved the exhibibtion “Behold, America” which I saw at The Museum of Contemporary Art, MCASD La Jolla because it was a visual testament to the history of the United States art from the colonial period to the present. Behold, America is a dynamic collaboration between three of San Diego’s most important art institutions: the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art, and the Timken Museum of Art bringing together the finest American works from these institutions. I was thrilled because I had the unique opportunity to witness the sweeping changes in art created in the United States across three centuries. The show presents a rich array of paintings, sculpture, and photography, most of which have not been together before. And by the way, I bought an amazing pair of artistic silver earrings at the cute art store inside the museum. Definitely, a place to visit when you are in La Jolla.
# The Dress Code- California Casual Chic
I was wearing:
Top All Saints find here
Shorts Abercrombie and Fitch find here
Baseball Cap Gucci find here
Bag Proenza Schouler find here
You know all about California casual chic dress code. Opt for effortless minimal looks even during the evening. La Jolla, trendy girls wear chic capri pants and loose tops matched with flat shoes and designer handbags. During summer days a pair of shorts, a trendy top and sandals is all you will need. Don’t forget your hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. I went to an amazing powerboat racing event celebrating the end of summer. San Diego BAYFAIR on Mission Bay brings the Fastest Boats in the World to the shores of sparkling Mission Bay for an exhilarating weekend of racing. So cool!!! Always,visit www.sandiego.org/eventcalendar to see what else is on because La Jolla and San Diego are a year-round travel destination offering a plethora of annual events.
MOST IMPORTANT TIP: RENT A CAR AND GET A CELL PHONE USA NUMBER
I love driving in California! This time I rented a cool jeep I found for at Dollar Rent a Car for 14$ per day.
Have a lovely Day!!!