There’s no stopping Blue Bottle Coffee, the San Francisco specialty coffee brand that’s been slowly taking over Los Angeles. And their recent outpost, right in the heart of Echo Park on Sunset, might be their best Southland location to date.
Situated just about perfectly between Woodcat Coffee and Andante, Echo Park’s newest coffee shop is one of Blue Bottle’s more spacious offerings. At 2,500 square feet, there’s plenty of room for communal seats and two-tops, a massive new in-the-round coffee bar, and a retail wall selling Chemex coffee brewers and branded tote bags.
The 360 degree barista island is unique to Echo Park, and helps to break up the boxy brick-walled space. To-go customers can gather at the far corner to wait for their order to be called out, while multiple cashier stations keep the line flowing. Around the other side, built-in dark wood tables jut out from the brick and sit under hanging lamps, while long, low blonde wood boxes wrap the rest of the room and stand in for beautiful, if stiff, seating.
Wade Design Architects cleaned up the 1924 space, raising the ceilings and dropping in some unique lighting features, including these hanging rope strands that seem to magically glow from the inside. Mostly though, the front half of the place is bright enough thanks to a full wall of tall windows streaming in sunlight.
The new Echo Park location also goes bigger on their food menu, offering a wider selection of all-day toasts and lunch options. Of course, the usual selection of brews and espresso drinks are also available.
Blue Bottle Echo Park opens tomorrow, and will keep daily hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Blue Bottle Echo Park
1712 W. Sunset Blvd.Echo Park, CA