LA's Best Cafes

Los Angeles Bucket List By Los Angeles Bucket List

An article best paired with a cup of coffee.


Cafe culture is universal but no city does it with quite as much flair and flamboyance as Los Angeles. Whether you’re looking for cozy, chic, classic or above all, just plain caffeine, we’ve rounded out some of our favorite coffee shops throughout LA. 

Flowerboy Project

 

 

 

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Does anything beat coffee shops and flower shops? Answer: A coffee shop that doubles as a flower shop. At Flowerboy Project you can have your cake flowers and eat them too – literally. In addition to coffee staples, their menu includes floral delicacies like toast topped with lavender peanut butter and a matcha bowl infused with hibiscus powder. Plus, their eight types of toast will put avocados to shame (Editor’s Note: This is not avocado toast slander 🥑).

Where: DTLA (614 W 8th St Los Angeles, CA 90014) 
Venice (824 Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA 90291)
Wifi: Yes

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Bondi Harvest

 

 

 

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Step into Sydney at this Aussie-born coffee shop, inspired by the Bondi Beach lifestyle and stacked with healthy menu items. Start your day with some sweet squash pancakes or opt for an ancient grain midday pick me up; regardless of the time, lounge back on their outdoor patio, close your eyes, transport yourself to the ocean and imagine you don’t have to head back to the office for your 3PM touch base with Susan.

Where: 1814 Berkeley St, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Wifi: Yes

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Good Boy Bob

 

 

 

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Retreat to this hidden coffee oasis the next time you’re in need of a little R&R. Its no frills menu makes for simple ordering, while the indoor seating situation will instantly transport you to the well furnished living room of your Pinterest dreams. If sitting back in a slightly worn-in caramel chaise of luxury doesn’t interest you, first of all how dare you? But second of all, just head outside to their wooden table lined patio to sip in some sunshine and your housemade almond milk latte.

Where: 2058 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Wifi: Yes

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Civil Coffee

 

 

 

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Civil Coffee, a colorful tile connoisseur’s fantasy, looks as though it’s been plucked straight from a West Elm catalogue – really, where can we find these gold wall sconces? Divulge in some slow drip coffee or take a bag of your favorite beans home with you. But with the sweeping, stylish space and sweet potato-filled breakfast burritos, what’s the point in ever leaving?

Where: 5629 N Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Wifi: No

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Great White

 

 

 

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The only great white we’d like to encounter in Venice isn’t in the Pacific ocean but rather on Pacific Avenue. Its plush, earth-toned benches and hanging wicker lights make for an atmosphere of true Californian coastal living. Whether you opt for the breakfast sandwich with gouda and tomato jam or salmon tartine with housemade ricotta, take it outside for a view of the ‘Venice’ string lights straight from the terrace.

Where: 1604 Pacific Ave, Venice, 90291
Wifi: No

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Deus Café

 

 

 

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Deus Ex Machina, described as an “emporium of postmodern activities,” is a hub of surf, bike and motorcycle culture. Head to the back of this gas station turned flower shop turned Deus Ex Machina to find Deus Café, a cozy coffee shop with communal tables and most importantly, Toasted Levain bread. Though the open indoor/outdoor space is WiFi-friendly, there are no power outlets; just charge up with some espresso instead.

Where: 1001 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Wifi: Yes

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Verve Coffee Roasters

 

 

 

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Regardless of which Verve location you step into, you’ll be welcomed by a lush green sea of wall plants and standing trees. This Santa Cruz transplant brings its earthy vibes in the form of craft coffee from Kenya, Ethiopia, Honduras, Guatemala and more. Each location has varying seasonal food offerings, with the Spring St. location even collabing with Café Gratitude.

Where: Various locations
Wi-Fi: Yes

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Matchabar

 

 

 

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As you drive down Sunset Blvd, it’s hard to miss this green-accented white brick shop. This Williamsburg hotspot went bi-costal in 2017 and planted itself in the artsy neighborhood of Silver Lake. Per the name, their specialty is clearly matcha but they have plenty of specialty espresso drinks as well. Fun fact: If you’re worried you might not get enough of a jolt from your matcha, the green powder actually has the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. 

Where: 3534 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90026
WiFi: Yes

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Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

 

 

 

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Though Intelligentsia actually got its start in Chicago, the hipster haven you’ll find on Sunset Blvd fits perfectly in with the LA scene. We can’t argue with those who say Intelligentsia started LA’s craft coffee scene. Walk through the rusted clay archway, grab some coffee steeped to order, step on the blue tiled patio and people watch on the Silver Lake Sunset Junction. 

Where: 3922 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
WiFi: Free

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Counterpart Deli

 
 
 
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Going green and looking for a plant-based bite? With an agglomeration of Edison bulbs strung from the ceiling, a flamingo-printed bathroom, and an all-day brunch (need we say more?), Counterpart Deli is our one-stop (coffee) shop for health, vibes and a delightful turmeric ginger latte.

Where: 1550 Echo Park Ave
Wifi: Yes

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Espresso Profeta

 

 

 

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Tucked between rust colored bricks and tangled green vines, Espresso Profetta is a hidden gem in the heart of Westwood. You’ll find UCLA students sipping classic espressos while studying for their Classics 10 midterm on the back patio and CorePower yogis popping in for a post-class energizer. Though there is free WiFi, beware of the nonexistent outlets.

Where: 1129 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
WiFi: Yes

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Neighborhood

 
 
 
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Contrary to what the name may suggest, this isn’t your average neighborhood joint – with its Spanish tiled steps, marble countertops, rose gold accents, pale blush walls and vegan ice cream, it’s a millennial dream. The ideal spot to set up shop is at the street-facing bar, where the large windows open out when the sun is shining (read: most LA days). Even the bathroom – with its green tiled walls – is mirror-selfie approved.

Where: 133 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
WiFi: No

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Eightfold Coffee

 

 

 

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Eightfold Coffee occupies a bright, open space with welcoming white brick walls, instantly creating a place you’ll want to sip the hours away at. They have strong coffee and strong WiFi but the latter is less of a match for their wooden bookshelves lined with a curated book and zine collection. Sit back, sip back and enjoy not having to pick up your phone for a while.

Where: 1294 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Wifi: Yes

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Dinosaur Coffee

 

 

 

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Dinosaur is the quintessential Los Angeles coffee shop - cozy and chic. With minimal decor enriched with wooden accents and coffee drinks made from Four Barrel espresso, the Silver Lake indie shop will invite you in and make it hard to leave. Though there isn’t any WiFi here, just repeat the mantra of their neon wall sign in your head: Things will be fine. 

Where: 4334 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
WiFi: No

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Rubies + Diamonds

 

 

 

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Though you may not be able to frost yourself with rubies or diamonds at this Hollywood spot, you can refuel with a selection of flavored cold brews. Adorned with millennial pink chevron walls and elaborate chandeliers, the decor of this fashion-forward coffee shop is only half of its appeal. Even more alluring, are its nitro drinks; try the nitro flight for tastes of hibiscus, turmeric lemonade, ginger ale green tea, creamy matcha green tea and cold brew. In addition to teas and coffees, R+D also has an array of veggie-friendly burritos, rice bowls, sandwiches, sweets, as well as wine and beer.

Where: 6115 Sunset Blvd #150, Los Angeles, CA 90028 
WiFi: Yes

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Bon Temps

 

 

 

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Bon Temps is all about good times – literally. Though a true café between the hours of 8AM to 11:30AM (un pain au chocolat, s’il vous plaît), during lunch and dinner hours, this French spot in DTLA turns from petite patisserie to full-menu restaurant. Post up on the grand wrap-around leather couch inside or enjoy your café au lait on the outdoor terrace.

Where: 712 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
WiFi: Yes

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Nossa Familia

 

 

 

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In the restored lobby of the Southern California Edison company building, you’ll find this Portland-based Brazilian-style coffeeshop. Order a high quality espresso beverage and soak in the light-filled Art Deco ambiance from Monday to Friday. 

Where: 601 W 5th St, The CalEdison, Los Angeles, CA 90071
WiFi: Yes

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G&B Coffee

 

 

 

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Serving up coffees, espresso drinks and teas from the world’s top roasters and farms, G&B is a must-stop stall in downtown LA’s open-air Grand Central Market. With a menu featuring specialty drinks like the coffee milkshake and hop-infused carbonated ice tea, you may be confused by someone ordering a simple iced latte; however, that iced latte happens to be declared the best one in America by the New York Times.

Where: 317 S Broadway, Ste C19, Los Angeles, CA 90013
WiFi: Yes

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Cofax

 

 

 

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Small and simple with a no-frills aesthetic, Cofax’s focus is not on creating the most Instagrammable coffee shop, but rather on crafting the best food and drinks for its customers. Pull up to the counter and order a sea salt and honey glazed donut with an iced horchata latte or take one of their breakfast burritos (with slow cooked potatoes and your choice of meat) to go. There’s no WiFi to connect to but trust us when we say you will have a spiritual connection to those breakfast burritos.

Where: 440 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
WiFi: No

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