It is said that behind every successful person is a substantial amount of coffee. After all, nothing comes between a girl and her coffee! The LA coffee shops that are featured on this list are as varied as the kinds of lattes they serve, some are ideal for an afternoon city break, while others offer the perfect cup of joe to pick up on your way to the beach.
Here’s a list of my favorite LA coffee shops that will give anyone a caffeine kick! Whatever kind of experience you crave, this city has a coffee shop for you.
LA Coffee Shops: Westside
Neighborhood: Sawtelle Japantown
Get yourself a Tomo Latte or one of their specialty cold-brews! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to order a pretzel or sweet butter bread. They roast their beans in-house and pride themselves in serving gourmet hand drip coffee, with whole beans available for purchase for those who want to enjoy their cup at home.
Emil’s Swiss Pastry
Neighborhood: West LA
If you often crave a taste of Switzerland, then Emil’s Swiss Pastry is the place to go! They’ve been around since 1962 and I can’t tell you how much their Cafe Mocha makes my day. In addition to their extensive drink menu, they have a full patisserie with delicious cakes, pastries and cookies. Get one of their tarts for a special dinner or potluck!
It feels like you’re in Paris instead of Brentwood when you step into Amandine. There’s free wifi, outdoor seating and a lovely breakfast and brunch menu that makes this a popular spot on weekends. Their breads and pastries are made from scratch in-house and baked fresh daily.
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
You’ll have to try their Mint Mojito Coffee and they’re so great about making sure you like your coffee. If you don’t, you can get something else and not have to pay for the one that wasn’t up to your standards – talk about excellent customer service. The baristas are very knowledgeable so I think they were a bit disappointed when I had nothing to say but, “This is so good.”
LA Coffee Shops: Mid-City & West Hollywood
Go Get Em Tiger
Neighborhood: Hancock Park + other locations
Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski continue their growing G&B coffee empire with Go Get Em Tiger. The light-filled, minimalist space features grab and go bottles of house made cold brew, pastries and retail items from brewing supplies to beans. There’s an all-star line-up of coffee—expect four to six rotating varieties at a time—from San Francisco (Ritual), Vancouver (Forty Ninth Parallel) and PDX (Heart Roasters). Take a seat at one of the wooden stools or tabletops by the bar for toast and jam to go with your coffee.
Neighborhood: Hancock Park + other locations
This dog-friendly coffee shop with an outdoor patio is a neighborhood fave. There’s a delicious iced Cubano for those like me who like their drinks sweet and with free parking, what’s not to love? Prices are pretty typical and even on the low-end of the LA scale, if that’s even possible. It’s a great place to work during the day and their food is to die for, try the avocado toast or the kale salad.
Alfred Coffee & Kitchen
Neighborhood: West Hollywood + other locations
Alfred Coffee & Kitchen is devastatingly hip in both attitude and decor. Swing by this West Hollywood java shop to witness a young, tanned barista fashion you a mean Americano. The Wi-Fi is free, the coffee is courtesy Stumptown, the pastries are tasty and the experience is irresistibly Instagram-able.
LA Coffee Shops: Eastside
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
Here you’ll find a more private, intimate setting as well as the addictive Espresso Clandestino! The shop is small with only a bit of counter space inside, but a spacious covered and pet-friendly patio makes for a good place to get work done and catch up with friends. Street parking isn’t tough to find and bike racks are available for two-wheeled commuters.
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
Also one of my favorite coffee shops in Silver Lake, Caffe Vita is a great place to have a cup and get some work done. There’s two levels with most people working upstairs and of course, free wifi. This independently-owned, Seattle-based coffee company sources the best coffee from 11 countries worldwide and work with farmers who are committed to sustainable practices.
Primera Taza Coffee House
Neighborhood: Boyle Heights
This is a neighborhood fave because of their excellent customer service. Some favorites include the Cafe de Olla and the Mazapan latte, but don’t forget to try the food because it’s to die for! The lonches are made with a specialty bread imported fro Guadalajara and the mascarpone cheesecake should not be overlooked!
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Neighborhood: Silver Lake + other locations
Okay, if you haven’t been here yet, you have to go. It’s like a rite of passage to drink coffee here, at this specific location. I don’t know what it is, but this coffee shop is always packed with people at all times of the day. According to their website, they ” believe coffee in all its forms—whole bean, brewed, and espresso—should be an approachable, accessible luxury.” And though a cup will set you back a little more than the regular ol’ coffee shop, it’s definitely worth the experience.
LA Coffee Shops: Downtown LA
I have a special place in my heart for Verve because I went to college in Santa Cruz and love everything about that town, and the coffee is no exception. Their coffee is roasted in Santa Cruz and the founders believe that “the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup.” And this is obvious from one sip of their coffee, yum.
This coffee shop is unique because they have such amazing signature drinks such as the Mocha Mexicano, Horchata Latte, Coco Loco Latte (my fave!), Cubano con Leche, and Horchata Frappe. They have other branches in LA located in Downtown Los Angeles, Highland Park, Long Beach and more, but this one is always my favorite one.
“Would you like the quiz?” you might be asked at Blacktop Coffee’s counter. There’s no right or wrong answer here, just a friendly barista wanting to make you the perfect cup of coffee. “Hot or cold? Big or small? Do you want to sip it or shoot it back? Sticking around or taking it to go?” Then he’ll whip up a tailored cup of coffee, and it somehow tastes like exactly what you were craving. You don’t come here to work (there’s no WiFi, nor any real table space). You come here for a quick cup of coffee among friends and a quiz from your neighborhood barista.
Neighborhood: Arts District
I brave through the long lines and celebrity sightings at this spot just to get a Spanish Latte or an organic Earl Grey boba. It’s usually busy, but that’s because it’s so good! I’m usually at the Arts District location and you’ll find me there writing these posts.
Hopefully this list of LA coffee shops will lead you to explore some undiscovered caffeine hotspots. May your coffee be strong and your week short! If you’d like to share an awesome coffee spot, tag me on Instagram!