Best Coffee Shops in LA

February 20, 2018

Best Coffee Shops in LA

Because, who doesn’t love coffee?


ALFRED COFFEE, Beverly Grove

Alfred’s iconic sign, “But first, coffee,” is inherently Instagrammable and reinforces the shop’s core focus: pumping out plenty of espresso drinks and cold-brew coffees, and all using Stumptown beans. Since the opening of Zad’s first cafe in 2013, he’s expanded his stylish brand to half a dozen locations all over the city, and even launched a new concept, the Alfred Tea Room, where you can take an equally postable pic of your iced matcha green tea. And on top of all that, you can regularly find Yeastie Boys’ ridiculously tasty bagel sandwiches at the Alfred in the Alley and Alfred Silver Lake locations.


CIVIL COFFEE, Highland Park

Alex Morales and brother Alan spent time at Handsome Coffee Roasters and Tiago Coffee Bar + Kitchen before branching out on their own with Civil Coffee. Their stylish café on an emerging stretch of Highland Park sports an eagle logo and contains a white-and-blue color scheme and a high ceiling. The baristas brew Coava and Heart coffee, and Roomforty contributes ambitious coffee bar fare, including vegetarian avocado toast topped with shiitake “bacon,” and hearty grain bowls topped with all the fixin’s, like spicy merguez, feta, and pepitas.


DINOSAUR COFFEE, Silverlake

Given the name, we were hoping for a T-Rex, and we found a miniature version on one of the gorgeous Douglas fir shelves (and a bigger beast on the bathroom wall). A longtime hospitality pro and her husband, who co-created Cards Against Humanity, serve Four Barrel coffee in a sharp space, which used to be an audio speaker repair shop.


BALCONI COFFEE COMPANY, Japantown

We never get tired of percolating siphon brewing systems like the ones Balconi has, which produce coffee with clean and crisp flavor profiles. If you need a little more oomph to your drink, get its popular almond essence latte, a sweetened beverage that’s made with organic Straus milk. The baristas there take a little extra time with their latte art, sometimes conjuring up images of bears and swans for some truly Instagram-worthy drinks.


WOODCAT COFFEE BAR, Echo Park

Janine Awan and husband Saadat got the Echo Park coffee scene rolling with their rustic café just north of the lake. Reclaimed wood, box seating, and red walls give life to this neighborhood favorite. It also helps that they brew expertly roasted beans from San Francisco’s Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters on their sleek Faema espresso machine, which sports a racing stripe

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