The tech industry's favorite caffeine stop, Philz Coffee, has finally opened its Downtown location on the corner of Hope and 8th Street. Offering free coffee today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., founder Phil Jaber was on site handing out cups to customers. The line just to get into the place practically snaked around the block as eager fans stepped up for their gratis java for the day.
Last year, Philz opened an ideal outlet in Santa Monica, right at the hub of much of LA's tech industry (though that seems to be shifting south toward Venice and Playa Vista as well). Though Downtown doesn't nearly present the kind of tech-heavy crowd as the Westside, there are still scores of caffeine-starved locals and office workers who need their fix of hand-poured mojito iced coffee. One huge differentiator is that Philz does not offer espresso-based drinks. Everything is prepared to order straight from each barista, with a slew of various flavorings and customizations.
Similar to its SaMo sister, this shop will run daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., with early reports of strong WiFi for those who need a solid workspace during the day.
801 S. Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA