Downtown’s Spring Arcade continues to get stronger, with the recent addition of Garçons de Café, a dual French wine bar and retail shop in the Historic Core. Rocking a variety of men’s and women’s wear options, the beautiful cafe space feels like a Parisian fashion boutique, were it not for the strong wine list and menu full of charcuterie and cheese.
The space itself is somewhat small, but impeccably styled with antique furniture and loads of light streaming in from the tall glass windows up front. There are a couple of patio seats out front and a handful of cozy options inside under some hanging pendant lighting, plus an apparent newspaper rack stuffed with French reading materials to further sell the theme. The whole idea of Garçons de Café was dreamed up by three expat Frenchmen living in California who seem to have hit on L.A.’s resurgent wine bar scene at precisely the right time.
The diminutive wine bar’s arrival at the Spring Arcade can’t have come soon enough, as the Spring Street enclave continues to grow into its fully-realized form. Stellar Austrian spot BierBeisl has been helping to anchor the walkable shopping plaza for some time, with Guisados and a handful of other tenants doing equal work to keep the area as vibrant as ever. Just down the line are plans for several other restaurants (a doughnut shop should arrive any day now) like Clayton’s Public House, which in all should help to firm up the Arcade for years to come. Garçons de Café is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Garçons de Cafè
541 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA