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Navigating the Best of La Jolla; My Hometown Picks From Design to Delicious Eats


Founder, Katharina Thinnes Real Estate Group  Committed and tenacious, Katharina found herself working in the real estate market at age 19 and wo...

Founder, Katharina Thinnes Real Estate Group  Committed and tenacious, Katharina found herself working in the real estate market at age 19 and wo...

Oct 14 3 minutes read

KT List: La Jolla

A round-up of La Jolla favorites hand-picked for you.

Treasured by generations of families, La Jolla brings an unmatched quality of life. There is a reason homes are sold over asking and buyers remain confident in future market escalation. It is a world-renowned locale, affording a mix of unparalleled lifestyle and legacy.

I, of course, have my own list of local favorites having grown up in this beautiful seaside enclave. This list of the best-of-the-best in La Jolla embraces my lifelong eye for design. From gathering sand dollars along La Jolla Shores to shopping at Mythos in Bird Rock, I’m always finding new pieces to bring to personally-curated projects and home staging.

It’s no secret that navigating the La Jolla market takes expertise. You’ll find every little tight-knit pocket of the community has its own energy, price range, and feel. But don’t worry, I’ve down the leg work for you. Here are a few of my personal go-to's for design, style, & deliciousness in the area:

Bird Rock

I always find an incredible piece at Mythos. Their curated selection of gems, minerals, and artifacts create a grounding and curiosity in my designs, paired with special finds at Bard’s. And, we love a client get together at Beaumont’s. Don’t miss their spicy margarita. While you’re there bring home some coffee and homemade bread from Bird Rock Coffee and Wayfarer.

  • Mythos
    5628 La Jolla Blvd Suite B
  • Beaumont’s Eatery
    5662 La Jolla Blvd
  • Bard’s Decorator Custom Shop
    5643 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Wayfarer Bread
    5525 La Jolla Blvd
  • Bird Rock Coffee
    5627 La Jolla Blvd

The Village

Design and dining are combined with my go-tos for style – for the home & my own closet too! I absolutely love Sunday brunches, happy hours overlooking the sea, and sweet treats to bring to clients. The Village is the ultimate spot to do it in a day!

  • Laura Gambucci
    7655 Girard Ave.
  • Aja Rugs
    955 Prospect St.
  • Eddie V’s
    1270 Prospect St.
  • Puesto
    1026 Wall St.
  • Catania
    7863 Girard Ave.
  • Sugar & Scribe
    7660 Fay Ave.
  • Duke’s
    1216 Prospect St.

La Jolla Shores

There’s nothing better than warm evenings with the sun setting and a toast to good company. In addition to great eats, La Jolla Shores always offers an air of excitement for everyone, from tennis and cocktails at the Beach Club to kayaking in the ocean with Everyday California.

  • La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    2000 Spindrift Dr.
  • The Shores Restaurant
    8110 Camino Del Oro
  • Galaxy Taco
    2259 Avenida De La Playa
  • Piatti
    2182 Avenida De La Playa
  • Everyday California
    2261 Avenida De La Playa

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