Day Trip: Vegan Food + Beach Spots on San Diego’s Hwy 101
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite vegan food hot spots on San Diego County Highway 101. Rent an e-bike or pedal a cruiser up the coast and make a day of it!
Take a day trip through Solana Beach and Encinitas via US Route 101, aka Pacific Coast Highway, and fuel your day with delicious vegan food + plant-based eats as you experience San DIego surf culture, sea and sand.
Start: Drive to Solana Beach along the 101 to our first stop. Or, rent a electric bike or scooter from one of these friendly bike/surf rental shops in Solana Beach:
437 Hwy 101, #118, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Start with the right fuel for the day with breakfast from Choice Juicery. Everything on the menu is gluten free, dairy free and plant based.
Favorites include the Spicy Armor smoothie (almond milk, date, banana, maca, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, cacao) and the gluten-free “Suntana” Toast, avocado “pâté” with a cashew “cheesy” drizzle and a fresh leafy green salad on the side.
111 S. Sierra, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Grab your plant-based, vegan breakfast and head down to Fletcher Cove for a quick swim or walk on the beach. Kids can enjoy the small playground while you rest and watch the waves.
2591 S. Coast Hwy, Cardiff, CA
Pedal up the coast for ocean view dining at Ki’s Restaurant, a local favorite since 1997. Ki’s offers gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan food menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Menu highlights: Butternut Squash & Corn Enchilada, Fajitas, and Spicy Nomnam Bowl with Thai peanut sauce and rice noodles.
As a community- and environmentally-conscious business, Ki’s is also certified by the Surfrider Foundation as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant.
Located one mile south of Cardiff on Old Highway 101.
After lunch, head across the street to enjoy the waves at Cardiff Reef, a sandy beach offering swimming, surfing and beachcombing. Since it’s a popular surf spot, the parking lot can be quite busy so you may need to look for parking on the 101.
1051 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Feeling a little sleepy after all the surf and sand? Stop into GoodOnYa for a quick organic coffee or tea with housemade organic nut milks for a little pick-me-up.
GoodOnYa menu also features 100% non-GMO, plant-based breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, burritos, salads and sweets to grab and go for a picnic or fuel you to your next stop.
215 W. K St, Encinitas, CA 92024
Escape from the sun and rest in the relaxing meditation gardens at the Self Realization Fellowship. This tranquil spot features koi ponds, meditation nooks, lush colorful foliage and breathtaking ocean views. No admission fee, closed on Mondays (visit website for hours).
400 B St, Encinitas, CA 92024
Catch the sunset at Moonlight Beach, a favorite spot for families with a playground, volleyball court, swimming and surfing.
Find More Vegan Food Hot Spots
Explore our Events Calendar for upcoming vegan food / farm to table food festivals, healthy cooking classes and restaurant events around San Diego. Or browse all of our Recipes for healthy meal ideas and tips!