What exactly, characterizes an Australian cafe? Outstanding espresso, a focus on healthy fare, and plenty of sunny, laid-back vibes. Los Angeles has recently been the beneficiary of an explosion of such easygoing eateries that has resulted in the widespread growth of avocado toast, grain bowls, flat whites, and Instagram-friendly interior design. Without further ado, 11 Aussie cafes in Los Angeles that assure a g’day, presented from west to east.Read More
11 Australian Coffee Shops for Laid-Back Morning Vibes in LA
Avocado toast and espresso drinks galore
Breezy Australian import Little Ruby checks all the boxes for a relaxed afternoon meal in Los Angeles. A neon sign-adorned patio that begs for mass Instagramming? Check. Unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and avocado toast? Check and check. Put it all together, and there may be nothing more quintessentially LA than snacking on that toast made with Gjusta bread while taking in the millennial-approved surrounds.
This cafe set up shop on Pacific Ave last year, and the airy confines and healthy-leaning all-day menu quickly made Great White a welcome addition to Venice. Are there avocado toast and grain bowls? No need to ask.
Nestled in an industrial stretch of Santa Monica sits Bondi Harvest, the local go-to for breakfast classics, healthy bites, and plenty of espresso drinks. Diners can enjoy a menu of grain bowls and tartines on communal picnic tables while the sun kisses their face.
Ministry of Coffee
Westwood’s Ministry of Coffee became an immediate hit with the college crowds. The compact space is crushed near daily with students and office workers looking for a little afternoon pick-me-up, while the kitchen turns out classic, simple, cafe fare.
Gum Tree Shop & Cafe
With its 1911 classic beach bungalow space, idyllic Aussie cafe Gum Tree is a boon for the South Bay, with a retail shop and cafe where beachy vibes are omnipresent. There’s Lavazza coffee, sandwiches, and Aussie pies to fuel the perusal of global goods.
East Coast micro-chain Bluestone Lane is certainly making a splash in Los Angeles. The company has already signed on for multiple locations from the Valley to Venice, including a bright new option along La Brea. The Melbourne-inspired restaurant is more than just coffee and pastries, opening up several locations for dinner service as well, which means burgers, roasted vegetables, and of course a fried chicken sandwich.
Roo Silver Lake
Silver Lake’s newish Roo shows off the Instagram side of the Australian cafe movement. Littered with colorful touches and carrying a menu that includes rainbow sprinkle toast and lots of latte art, this is the place to go for that perfect ‘gram.
Providing a much-needed respite from the bustle of Downtown LA is Bronzed Aussie, a quick-service establishment that slings meat pies and the requisite shots of espresso.
It wasn’t easy taking over for Fix Coffee, but Pollen seems to have fit right in to the hillside neighborhood of northern Echo Park. The decidedly Australian cafe still gives people what they want, from breakfast burritos to toasts to all kinds of coffee, and has recently added beer and wine as well.
Paramount Coffee Project (PCP)
Fairfax’s cool kid coffee shop hangout made its sophomore debut in the Arts District, with all the stylish vibes of the original. This new location of the Aussie shop has bites by Ria Dolly Barbosa, which means there are plenty of tasty morning toasts and eggs to nibble on, sometimes with Filipino flair.
Little Ripper Coffee
Verdugo Village option Little Ripper sits just north of Glassell Park and on the edge of Glendale. The tiny shop is easy to miss from the street, but once inside the options expand well beyond flat whites to include traditional espressos and jaffles, small pressed sandwiches served as snacks in Australia. Linger out on the side patio or the benches up front for maximum effect.