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Highland Park's Cafe de Leche Expands into Altadena Later this Month

It's a specialty coffee invasion for the quiet area.

Cafe de Leche, Altadena
Cafe de Leche, Altadena
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Highland Park’s Cafe de Leche is expanding, opening up a second location all the way out in Altadena. The new Lake Avenue space has been under construction since last September, but plans to be ready to serve by the end of the month.

Owners Anya and Matt Schodorf have been staples in the rapidly changing Highland Park restaurant scene since 2008, when they first opened Cafe de Leche on York Boulevard, bringing specialty Stumptown coffee to the market and immediately becoming one of the city's best places for a cup. They went on to open Schodorf’s Luncheonette not far away, though that casual daytime space fell away last year in favor of a new ramen concept from the Silver Lake Ramen people.

Cafe de Leche Chairs

The new Altadena outpost should be a fun one for Cafe de Leche. The neighborhood has been a thriving and diverse one for many, many years, but has a local focus as opposed to being a drive-through community for people living or working elsewhere. By serving the same mix of specialty coffees and pastries — yes, they're still using Stumptown — the Schodorfs hope to be able to work their way into the fabric of the neighborhood in a positive way, much like they did with Highland Park some seven years ago.

Cafe de Leche Altadena launches later this month on Lake Avenue. Once up and running, hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Cafe de Leche Altadena
2477 N. Lake Ave.
Altadena, CA