Girard Avenue and Prospect Street

Girard Avenue and Prospect Street, La Jolla: Address, Phone Number, Girard Avenue and Prospect Street Reviews: 4.5/5

Girard Avenue and Prospect Street

Girard Avenue and Prospect Street
4.5
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Fashionable streets in La Jolla that offer expensive shops, boutiques, art galleries and elegant restaurants.
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Traveler161
3 contributions
Loving La Jolla
May 2021 • Couples
We stayed at the Grande Colonial, right in the heart of the village. We had no car on this trip. One in our party has walking issues, so everything we did was geared toward that. The hotel currently only has room service breakfast due to COVID so we ate breakfast at Richard Walkers right across the street. Very friendly, short wait, and good typical breakfast food. We had dinner at The Spot. Great salads and burgers, and good vibes. Gerard Street has an Indy book store, Warwick’s, a hardware store to putter around in, and lots of other shops. Lots of coffee shop choices too, with plenty of outdoor seating. Less than a mile up Gerard is a farmers market, only open on Sunday’s. Going toward the water, Seal Beach is 5 minutes away and follows along the coast to La Jolla Cove and more seals and sea lions.
Written May 2, 2021
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Doug B
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States578 contributions
Great, vibrant area
Jan 2021
Lots of fun shops, restaurants (large and small) and a general good ambience. Plan to just roam around a while.
Written January 30, 2021
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Amaryllis P
Honolulu, Hawaii, Usa10 contributions
A must walk to see the seals
Sep 2019
Always love walking Prospect Street. So many tourist and trendy locals to watch. Is there a dog for every person in La Jolla?
Written September 25, 2019
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iluv2eatntravel
San Diego, CA1,872 contributions
Trendy, hip, fun
Aug 2019 • Family
This neighborhood is very explorable with plenty of trendy, upscale shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafe etc that will make your shopping or window shopping fun and you can also get some beautiful views of the ocean. Some of these restaurants have ocean views that will take your breath away, and yes, they do cost a lot to dine there but it’s good to splurge once in a while for special occasions 😄. It’s also not too far to walk to beautiful La Jolla Cove. Parking can be a challenge as this is an extremely popular spot for both visitors and San Diego residents and lots of the restaurants here have valet parking but if you choose to self park, patiently look for street parkings, a lot of them have a 2 hour limit. Be prepared to park a little further away in nearby residential neighborhood, it’s really not too bad a walk.
Written August 3, 2019
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GlobalGypsy_13
San Diego, CA2,687 contributions
Shopping Fun
Jun 2019 • Friends
It's fun to stroll through the village of La Jolla to enjoy the sights and sounds. The flower shops that spill out into the sidewalk beckon one to linger. It's easy to window shop and/or have coffee, a drink or meal at one of the many sidewalk cafes. The major drawback is the limited street parking available. It's always a challenge to find a place in the shopping district or in the nearby ocean area.
Written July 30, 2019
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Lynnea
San Diego, CA23 contributions
Prospect Street is a gem! Fun just to walk and browse!
Jun 2019 • Friends
Beautiful area and MUCH to see...it's always a "have to go there"
when I'm in town. Great place to walk about even if you just
"look".
Written June 16, 2019
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Dottie Chicago
Chicago6 contributions
Great shopping
Mar 2019 • Solo
great shopping and several nice restaurants. I liked Rice Kitchen-Thai food. Service was great one day, and a little slow another day. Not sure of consistency of service, but the pad thai is consistently good. Dessert--try the fried bananas--Great!!
Written March 22, 2019
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jessm531
Detroit, MI764 contributions
Cool Street
Jan 2019 • Friends
Lots of restaurants to choose from. So many cute boutique stores with clothing and accessories you can't find at every other store.
Written January 29, 2019
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2beans2000
San Diego, CA3,094 contributions
Boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops within 2 blocks of ocean!
Oct 2018 • Friends
A lovely area to stroll and window shop or find great gifts, books, or clothes whether you are looking for beautiful shawls and cashmere (Sigi Boutique or J McLaughlin), hip teen attire (LF or Zia) athleisure (Lulu Lemon or Lorna Jane).

Toys at Gepettos and taffy/candy galore at Balboa Candy Store. Jewelry at many stores but be sure to visit the long-standing Bowers Jewelers, a Village tradition.

Coffee and a cookie at Girard Gourmet or around the block to Brick and Bell Cafe for a walnut scone or acai bowl. Peets Coffee is next to Sigi on the west side of the street at Wall Street and Girard or Elixir is on the east side tucked in on the bottom level of the shops at the corner of Wall Street and Girard.

Do your shoes need a fix or polish? Stop by to see Turin at Cinderella Shoe Repair in Silverado just steps off of Girard. Or perhaps you’ve decided you need new comfortable walking shoes... then visit Eurocomfort Shoes on Girard. They have the most comfortable walking shoes in so many styles. I go there before every international trip to get walking shoes.

Feeling like cooking tonight, or need a hostess gift for your dinner at a friend’s hone? Stop by Sur la Table at the south end if Girard Ave. Always so many fun items as gifts or to finish off your own kitchen. They teach great classes there, also so sign up for your free night if you are visiting La Jolla!

Girard Avenue has so much to offer. By now you must be hungry.... interested in more than a cookie/coffee? How about the greatest diner in San Diego? Harry’s Coffee Shop, a family run, neighborhood diner beloved by all! It’s on the south end of Girard Ave open 6:30am-3pm.

Maybe a bit more elegant than a diner? Bistro du Marche is a fabulous French bistro open for lunch and dinner just a few more blocks south. They have the most amazing mushroom ravioli.

For something between diner and French bistro, there are Spice and Rice, a Thai restaurant and next door is Isola, an Italian restaurant... both are casual and offer a wide range of delicious appetizers and entrees.

By now you are ready to enjoy a passegiata, a leisurely stroll after your meal, so saunter back down Girard Ave to the north and you’ll happily find yourself walking down a small hill to the Cove park and watching the ocean waves break along the coastal rocks. It’s beautiful, breathtaking at high tide, and calming. Watch at sunset and you’ll close the afternoon with shades of blue, violet, orange and red.

Gaze north and you’ll see the famous sandstone cliffs of Torrey Pines State Preserve. That can be tomorrow’s adventure to explore!

Enjoy!

Written January 15, 2019
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Kitty272727
257 contributions
Something for everyone
Jan 2019 • Couples
A stroll along these streets plus Coast Road will let you see lots of fancy clothing boutiques, many face and body improvement centers, Peet's Coffee (my favorite coffee), several high-end multilevel restaurants all with spectacular views of the ocean. Along the water is the wonderful walk that allows you to see the seals, sea lions, seagulls, pelicans, and cormorants in their nesting places. Watch the surfers tackle the gigantic waves. Some striking murals add art to the scene. You can easily spend most of the day here.
Written January 12, 2019
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