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La Jolla Locals’ Favorite Ocean View Café

August 17, 2011 | By | Reply More

Goldfish Point Cafe offers a great ocean view.

Goldfish Point Café is one of La Jolla’s best kept secrets. The regulars – and there are many – include La Jolla Cove swimmers, who gather here for coffee and conversation after their morning workout. The young and the restless also roll in regularly with their laptops and avail themselves of the free wi-fi. Other folks choose this breezy spot for the privacy it offers and the great ocean view.

The location – uphill from The Cove at 1255 Coast Boulevard – may account for the fact that few visitors find their way to this gem. In contrast, out-of-towners will wait an hour for a table at nearby Brockton Villa Restaurant because it’s larger and more visible.

At Goldfish Point, I love the “local hangout” atmosphere, the view, and the fact that the proprietor is so committed to our community that he provided free coffee to the volunteers in a recent Coast Walk clean-up. This walking trail (with a breathtaking view of La Jolla Shores) starts across the street – just around the corner from the Cave Shop.

My family and I recently lingered over lunch and the view at the cafe. I liked my Cobb Salad, while the others enjoyed paninis and a Greek Salad. The service was friendly and prices were reasonable.

La Jolla has other good places for coffee, breakfast, or lunch, but Goldfish Point is the most “local,” casual, and laid-back. Here, the only suits you’re likely to see are the “wet” ones that keep surfers and swimmers warm.

Open 8am to 3pm daily. (858) 459-7407.


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Category: cafes, dining with a view, Insider Tips

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I live in La Jolla and I'm a travel writer, so in addition to enjoying my home town's great weather, beautiful surroundings, and range of cultural and recreational options, I also see La Jolla - and the rest of San Diego - as a travel destination. And what I see sometimes drives me batty. People vacation in La Jolla, but don't take advantage of everything our community offers, so I decided to start this blog and provide insider advice for out-of-towners. Hey. I figure if I can write insider tips about exotic destinations on Authentic Luxury Travel, I ought to be able to lead readers off the beaten path that starts just outside my front door. In the process, I'm having fun revisiting my favorite places and discovering some new ones. Travel writers are naturally snoopy, and this blog is my excuse to have a good ol' sticky beak around my home town. I hope you find it helpful. If you are coming to La Jolla or another area of San Diego and would like my help in planning your trip, please read "Need Help Planning Your Trip" and then email me at ehansen298@aol.com. Elizabeth Hansen

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