10 Best Cafes in Los Angeles That You Absolutely Must Visit
There's no shortage of cafes in Los Angeles these days, with new roasters popping up all over town. We've picked 10 of the hottest spots for your enjoyment!
The coffee scene is undoubtedly percolating across Los Angeles these days, with more pour over stops, local roasters and coffeehouses operating in every part of town. Raging enough, even many outside brands have opened up their shops to keep visitors’ collective coffee heads humming. Coffee is undoubtedly our spur to get through the hectic day whether paired with delicious brunch or enjoyed alone so here are the best cafes in Los Angeles I would suggest you should visit, both tourists and newcomers, whether for a cold brew, an espresso or thick coffee shake.
1. Coffee Commissary
801 N Fairfax Ave # 106, LA
Opening hours 7:00am to 8:00pm
Official Website: http://www.coffeecommissary.com/
As one of the desired neighborhood meeting place for locals, The Coffee Commissary is the no. 1 choice for them to rest on the patio and coffee geeks who visit for cold brews and pour-overs. Wifi is free so writers also stop by and stay with their laptops staking out seating at the corner tables inside the working inconspicuous space. The cafe is replenished with house-baked items made from granola, and crispy salted caramel bars and home-made chai tea. My personal favourites are Sightglass and Victrola Coffee that I would love to have one sip of comfort every time I drop in. This FairFax Storefront has limited number of tables inside the house so you have to be ready to work outside. Cost is $4 per pour which is quite affordable for everyone.
2. Funnel Mill
930 Broadway, Suite A, LA
Opening time: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-7pm
Visit their website at http://www.funnelmill.com/
This coffee shop has taken coffee to the level of an art with faultless rows of glass siphons and a science with their spick and span counters. Coffee is conscientiously prepared in siphons and ginger tea is brewed which you should not miss. The menu is extensively filled with single-origin coffees and teas and the selections of baked gluten free cookies, breads and vegan. You can either choose to sit at one of the tables or prefer to arrange your work place near the calming water fountain. But I prefer front counter every time I stop by in case of distraction caused by the robot like crew in the kitchen. Coffee cover is $4.25 with free Wifi. Despite being considered as a low-key coffee shop, Funnel Mill has rare collection of coffee which makes it quite obvious that they are not gone the wrong way. I remember taking their $80 cup Kopi Luwak few months back which is now at the top of my favourites list.
3. Casbah Café
3900 W Sunset Blvd, LA
Mon-Sat 6am-11pm, Sun 7:30am-11pm
Visit Website: http://www.casbahcafe.com/
Somewhat bohemian choice for refreshment and relaxing, Casbah Café is housed in a beautiful turquoise shop. This French-Moroccan Café is specialized in fresh mint teas, strong coffees and simple salads. The patio is covered with bougainvillea with a number of small tables to seep in sun; however, the inside of café mostly crowd with people working on their laptops at small tables in a fête of home decors, Mexican accessories and clothing. i love to order baked empanadas with bucolic bowl of chicken soup and definitely a cup of fresh mint tea to fill my ‘chaotic’ appetite.
4. Graffiti Café
108 S La Brea Ave, LA
Opening hours: 7am-10pm daily
This uber-chic café is a complete transformation of Sonora café into a roomy, indistinct space with white-ceiling beams, artistic vibe, and a white fireplace. The staff at the counter is not so friendly and overly stylish (you can imagine a hunky guy in XS shirt brewing artisanal coffee that is served with animal crackers on a square white paper napkin). Music is played randomly. There is an upstairs attic with eight seats that rents for as high as $35 an hour. You can purchase soups, beverages, baked items and sandwiches making Graffiti Café a fantastic place to work despite overprice of coffee, somewhat ludicrous rules ( outside food items even water bottles are not allowed) and snobbish staff. Nevertheless, the supercilious space offers spacious, cozy seating in a art gallery like space that kindle creativity. Wifi is allowed with a drink and limited to use only for an hour and half. The music shifts from offensive to nostalgic, but an incredible menu-Fonuts, Bouchon, Lamiliteas, Cake Monkey pastries, intelligentsia coffee and an inclusively in Los Angeles experience makes this coffeehouse one of the best cafés in Los Angeles to visit.
5. Café Vita
4432 W Sunset Dr, LA
Mon-Fri 6am-10pm; Sat, Sun 7am-10pm
Visit their Website at http://www.caffevita.com/
Café Vita is Seattle’s trendy coffeehouse at the Sunset Boulevard storefront of uncovered bricks and huge windows. People from East can enjoy espresso drinks and coffee made in siphons. The café is divided into double story space. You can either head to upstairs mostly crowd with hard workers or ground space for socializing while sipping your alfresco and surf the internet with free Wifi. Freelancers choose this space to stay caffeinated with blended and single oriented coffee and tasty espresso-based drinks. Singles as well as groups can get perched on the mezzanine level or snag a place by the huge windows. Coffee price ranges from $2.50 to $5. One of the best thing is triple-filtered water is served free. Café Vita definitely cannot be missed especially while living in Los Angeles.
6. Copa Vida
70 S Raymon Ave, LA
Opening time: Mon-Thu 7am-10pm; Fri 7am-11pm; Sat 8am-11pm; Sun 8am-9pm
Visit Website: http://www.copa-vida.com/
Copa Vida holds the whole gamut of tea and coffee experiences with conventional counter services, $2 cup coffee during morning hours, a live music night on weekends, and a chic leisurely bar experience. The front part of the bright clean room shows the captivating Castle Green, side space, on the other hand offers a more intimate yet controversial atmosphere attached by a dark wooden cabinet. Sam Hong and Frank La manage a flotilla of gleaming contrivances that offer best tastes as their looks. One of the strongest reasons for me to linger there is day time study recluses together with chaotically delicious smoked turkey melt and Croque Madame.
7. Espresso Profeta
1129 Glendon Ave, LA
Opening hours: 7am-7pm daily
With a pleasing amalgam of Social environment and Tuscan furnishings, Espresso Profeta serves locals as well as unequaled Americanos who are searching for pre-deadline and post exercise coffee cravings. As dropping in you would see UCLA students as well as young professionals having precocious taste of foamy coffee while using free Wifi on Ivy-covered patio of Espresso Profeta. As soon as you visit this café you’ll find yourself experiencing the joy of an amazing cup of coffee with pastries. I would recommend my own hot favourite ‘Caffe Nico’, an orange and vanilla flavoured espresso shot. You don’t have to miss jam and toasted baguette which is delicious yet simple. One interesting thing about Espresso Profeta is when you visit this café regularly, ask the crew to add your name to their client system- you will get 1 cup of coffee after having 10 cups. Espresso Profeta has been added to my list of best cafes in Los Angeles.
8. Alfred Coffee & Kitchen
8428 Melrose PI, LA
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am-7pm; Sun 8am-4pm
You can visit their website at http://www.alfredcoffee.com/
Both Décor and attitude of Alfred Coffee & Kitchen is incredibly in vogue. To witness a young, bone clad, invariably Rag and tanned Barista fashion A.K.A Americano, you have to visit this Hollywood java Coffeehouse where you can sip on an amazing cup of coffee whether at inside counters, communal tables or on patio outside. The coffee at Alfred Coffee & Kitchen comes from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, the pastries are delicious and the experience there is undoubtedly worth sharing on Instagram. Their label, “But first, coffee” but have its own connotative power. The classic yet high chic experience makes it one of the best cafés in Los Angeles.
9. The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa
10117 W Washington Blvd, LA
Opening time: Mon-Sat 7am-6pm, closed on Sun
You can visit their website at http://www.conservatorycoffeeandtea.com/
I would call it a paradise for coffee and cocoa lovers. Staff at the Conservatory for Coffee, Tea and Cocoa knows their bits and pieces. You can ask for their help to decide which beans to purchase for home, which of their menu teas and coffees to order and yes, this is how you’ll seek knowledge that isn’t curt or menacing. This coffeehouse also takes wholesale and online orders and roasts its beans in-house. It’s a favourite spot for Sony employees, moms and writers where you will see them ordering multitude of coffees from their iPhones. Whenever I enter into the coffeehouse, I feel inspired to see people writing with pens, reading books and talking which is highly conservative and compliment their label ‘The Conservatory’.
10. Aroma Coffee & Tea Company
4360 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, LA
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6am-11pm, Sun 7am-11pm
An amazing café where you can get a slice of cake and grab a cup of coffee to enjoy at one of the many tables, Aroma Coffee & Tea Company provides everyone with an expensive tea and coffee menu from the tea latte aficionados to the espresso lovers, and great quantity of milk choices to make your drink easy to tailor. The café has library like inner environment which makes it feel like chilling at home, while outside patio is filled with some sidewalk tables and seats. Brunch is what I prefer to have at Aroma Coffee & Tea Company which is, abundance of French toast and flavorful omelet together with coffee and a comfy look at chic valley buildings through the kitchen. I would love to add this to my list of best cafés in Los Angeles.
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