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Los Angeles Cafe Retrospective Coffee shops
Los Angeles Retrospective

Last time I was in LA my friend told me there wasn't such thing as good coffee; Jake Gyllenhaal had told her Victrola was better than anything in the entire city and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf was everywhere. That was about four years ago and at the time it was...

Toms Coffee

Yes, this is the same TOM's that started by selling shoes. I came into the bar with my trash talk ready, but there really isn't anything bad to say about TOMS Coffee. Abbott Kiney is saturated with the most popular coffee shops to move to LA, beginning with Intelligentsia and,...

Almond Macadamia latte from GGET in LA's Larchmont Village
Go Get ‘Em Tiger

Larchmont Village, a stretch of shops in the middle of many large beautiful houses, is one of the more perfect places in Los Angeles for a coffee shop. Large bushy trees shade the sidewalks and it seems like people don't stay in one place too long. The pair at G...

Blue tile in Intelligentsia's Silverlake location
Intelligentsia Coffee

I try to be as objective as possible when talking about coffee shops, but everyone has a place where they "drink the Kool-Aid" and my place is Intelligentsia Coffee. With that in mind, let me try to convince you that the seriousness with which they approach coffee is completely worth...

Blue Bottle Coffee Co. in the arts district Los Angeles
Blue Bottle Coffee

The neighborhood of Blue Bottle, formerly Handsome Coffee, is almost non-existent. There are warehouses with dusty lots on almost all sides, but there is a good amount of nice street art in the neighborhood, giving it the feeling of being lived in a little. The couple of restaurants on Industrial...

Kyoto Cold Brew from Cafe Demitasse in Santa Monica
Cafe Demitasse

I originally saw Cafe Demitasse at their Little Tokyo location: a stretched street-side bar, sparsely staffed and airy. Their Santa Monica cafe was very different, but in a nice way. It was quite crowded and everyone had come to meet at least two other people. Most were in their late...

Funnel Mill's front lounge in Los Angeles
Funnel Mill

When I walked in I was greeted by the slightly musty smell of aged Chinese teas and the comforting sound of flowing water and light classical music. Their furniture could never be described as industrial and had an unphotogenic old-world quality to it from the leather couches to the flowing...

Brewwell Coffee's Sweet E Espresso drink
Brew/Well

There are always people in cafes trying to get some work done be it course reading or plugging away at your laptop and I believe Brew/Well is the perfect study cafe. Tucked in a corner behind the Korean supermarket Assi, Brew/Well would have lingered in obscurity if it weren't for...

Latte from Bru Coffee Bar in Los Feliz Los Angeles
Bru Coffee Bar

Bru Coffee Bar is located within a short walk from Griffith Park, making it ideal for either starting your engine or recharging your batteries after a long sun-drenched hike. Convenience aside there are a lot of brunch places nearby with excellent food to boot so it's important for Bru to...

Document Coffee Bar's Sign in Koreatown
DOC.U.MENT Coffee Bar

If it hadn't been for their large billboard on Wilshire Blvd I believe I would have missed Coffee Bar Doc.U.Ment completely. This is the type of coffee shop I want to discover: tucked away in plain sight down a side street so it feels like your secret. Now I should...

A cup of coffee and a brownie crostada from The Pie Hole In LA
The Pie Hole

South of Little Tokyo is a pocket of coffee shops and eclectic stores with everything from the poems of Sun Ra to a $750 watch and on a corner of this hipster island is the Pie Hole and the best pie I have had for quite some time. The location...