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Coffee drink from Cafe Santo in Montebello.
Coffee drink from Cafe Santo in Montebello.
Matthew Kang

17 Essential Coffee Bars in Los Angeles

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Coffee drink from Cafe Santo in Montebello.
| Matthew Kang

Los Angeles’s coffee scene has come a long way since the days of sugary syrups and poorly foamed milk. The number of local shops doing it right has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years, making it possible to find a great latte, cappuccino, or brewed coffee in nearly every corner of the city. Here now are the essential coffee bars in Los Angeles, presented from west to east (not in any particular order).

Added: Viento y Agua, Basecamp, Highlight Coffee

Removed: Patria, Mad Lab

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

10 Speed Coffee

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Appealing to bicycle culture on the Westside, this Calabasas and Santa Monica cafe does well-crafted espresso drinks and a light menu of teas and tonics to help cyclists to continue their routes. Otherwise, the Santa Monica shop is a light-filled oasis to work or host in-person meetings or just get out of the house.

10 Speed Coffee, Santa Monica
10 Speed Coffee, Santa Monica

Menotti's Coffee Stop

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Venice’s popular Menotti’s has become a beachside favorite, serving exacting espresso drinks with a creative flair, all coupled with curated tunes from the record player. Enjoy coffees out on the sun-soaked patio that’s taken over the street.

Menotti’s
Menotti’s
Menotti’s

Goodboybob

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Culver City’s outpost of Goodboybob does a fantastic job with its house-roasted beans and craveworthy chapatis served right at the entrance to Citizen Public Market. Goodboybob has a flagship shop in Santa Monica and another smaller outlet in Manhattan Beach, all with house-made pastries.

Chapati and cappuccino from Goodboybob.
Chapati and cappuccino from Goodboybob.
Goodboybob

The Boy & The Bear

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The Boy and the Bear’s Redondo Beach flagship serves up some of the city’s very best espresso drinks in cozy-cool environs just a few blocks fro the ocean. As a bonus, the Redondo location roasts everything on site in a warehouse-style space with indoor and outdoor seating. The Boy and the Bear has outposts in Westchester, Pasadena, and the Culver City area as well.

Cognoscenti Coffee Bar

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Culver City's modernist coffee bar is the perfect place for a late morning or early afternoon pick-me-up, with espresso and single brews prepared by affable baristas. With a wide selection of beans from roasters around the country, it's a coffee geek's paradise. Cognoscenti also has locations in Fashion District and Downtown LA.

Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

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It’s easy to see why Hilltop has settled in so nicely to its South LA neighborhood of View Park-Windsor Hill. The drinks, everything from the house brew to the lavender latte, are prepared with care while the food, like the bowls and toasts, are simple but effective.  

Sightglass Coffee

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San Francisco roaster and cafe Sightglass planted a flagship in Hollywood a few years ago right in the middle of the pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped it from establishing itself as a top-flight espresso and coffee bar in LA. The huge space has everything from pastries to bigger dishes for breakfast and lunch.

A teal counter and red floor of a new coffee shop.
Sightglass Coffee in Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Basecamp and High Horse Dinette

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Basecamp can feel a world away from the city some mornings, as horse riders trot down the foggy AM streets in search of nearby trails. Thankfully the coffee menu isn’t lost in the woods, opting instead to focus up on traditional espresso drinks, East Coast-style frappes, and teas. This is the cozy Valley spot for hunkering down with a warm up and a book that you’ve been searching for.

Alchemist Coffee Project at The Pearl

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This second outpost of a popular Koreatown coffee bar is quite the scene during the week, placed in the middle of the neighborhood and bustling with those seeking caffeine. The cafe serves Onyx Coffee from Arkansas and always makes sure the latte art is top-notch.

Maru Coffee

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An exercise in Korean minimalist design, Maru’s two locations in Los Feliz and the Arts District are incredibly pleasant places to enjoy coffee in Los Angeles, with coffee roasted at their larger Arts District space.

Maru Coffee
Maru Coffee
Maru Coffee

Bloom & Plume Coffee

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Easily one of LA’s most stylish coffee bars, this colorful flower boutique and espresso bar in Historic Filipinotown is one of the best local shops in town, with plenty of modifications like honey lavender or peppermint to spice up your every day latte.

Highlight Coffee

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This bright espresso bar and coffee shop in Glendale sits on the prime corner of an historic building in Glendale pulling strong shots and pouring beautiful lattes. Over the past year, Highlight expanded to a standalone building in Pasadena serving coffees from a variety of roasters.

Endorffeine

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This ultra-minimalist space in Chinatown has settled in nicely to Far East Plaza. The rotating roaster selection gives coffee enthusiasts something new to try on every visit. Try some of the Southeast Asian-influenced shaken ice drinks.

Kumquat Coffee Co.

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This delightful minimalist coffee bar in Highland Park serves beans from a variety of roasters, with an eye for pleasing latte art and proper brewing techniques.

Copa Vida

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Pasadena's best coffee shop may well be Copa Vida, a corner stalwart that also offers a full slate of food options to go along with its sunny vibe and well-calibrated espresso drinks. Try the different types of cold brew, or opt for a well-made iced latte for warmer days.

Copa Vida
Copa Vida
Copa Vida [Official Photo]

Viento Y Agua

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Long Beach’s 16-year-old Viento y Agua keeps things simple, by working with a limited food menu to accommodate the tiniest kitchen. But this neighborhood cafe also makes a spectacular cafe con leche or Mexican chocolate mocha. Both are worth ordering before settling into a cozy chair or one of the many spots to open a laptop.

Café Santo

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Oaxacan-inpired drinks reign here at Café Santo, a window and budding cafe from Pilar Casteñeda and Marlon Gonzalez, who used to operate in farmers markets. Try the memelas and the Oaxacan iced mocha for a proper late morning refreshment.

Oaxacan mocha at Cafe Santo.
Oaxacan mocha at Cafe Santo.
Joshua Lurie

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10 Speed Coffee

10 Speed Coffee, Santa Monica
10 Speed Coffee, Santa Monica

Appealing to bicycle culture on the Westside, this Calabasas and Santa Monica cafe does well-crafted espresso drinks and a light menu of teas and tonics to help cyclists to continue their routes. Otherwise, the Santa Monica shop is a light-filled oasis to work or host in-person meetings or just get out of the house.

10 Speed Coffee, Santa Monica
10 Speed Coffee, Santa Monica

Menotti's Coffee Stop

Menotti’s
Menotti’s
Menotti’s

Venice’s popular Menotti’s has become a beachside favorite, serving exacting espresso drinks with a creative flair, all coupled with curated tunes from the record player. Enjoy coffees out on the sun-soaked patio that’s taken over the street.

Menotti’s
Menotti’s
Menotti’s

Goodboybob

Chapati and cappuccino from Goodboybob.
Chapati and cappuccino from Goodboybob.
Goodboybob

Culver City’s outpost of Goodboybob does a fantastic job with its house-roasted beans and craveworthy chapatis served right at the entrance to Citizen Public Market. Goodboybob has a flagship shop in Santa Monica and another smaller outlet in Manhattan Beach, all with house-made pastries.

Chapati and cappuccino from Goodboybob.
Chapati and cappuccino from Goodboybob.
Goodboybob

The Boy & The Bear

The Boy and the Bear’s Redondo Beach flagship serves up some of the city’s very best espresso drinks in cozy-cool environs just a few blocks fro the ocean. As a bonus, the Redondo location roasts everything on site in a warehouse-style space with indoor and outdoor seating. The Boy and the Bear has outposts in Westchester, Pasadena, and the Culver City area as well.

Cognoscenti Coffee Bar

Culver City's modernist coffee bar is the perfect place for a late morning or early afternoon pick-me-up, with espresso and single brews prepared by affable baristas. With a wide selection of beans from roasters around the country, it's a coffee geek's paradise. Cognoscenti also has locations in Fashion District and Downtown LA.

Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

It’s easy to see why Hilltop has settled in so nicely to its South LA neighborhood of View Park-Windsor Hill. The drinks, everything from the house brew to the lavender latte, are prepared with care while the food, like the bowls and toasts, are simple but effective.  

Sightglass Coffee

A teal counter and red floor of a new coffee shop.
Sightglass Coffee in Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

San Francisco roaster and cafe Sightglass planted a flagship in Hollywood a few years ago right in the middle of the pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped it from establishing itself as a top-flight espresso and coffee bar in LA. The huge space has everything from pastries to bigger dishes for breakfast and lunch.

A teal counter and red floor of a new coffee shop.
Sightglass Coffee in Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Basecamp and High Horse Dinette

Basecamp can feel a world away from the city some mornings, as horse riders trot down the foggy AM streets in search of nearby trails. Thankfully the coffee menu isn’t lost in the woods, opting instead to focus up on traditional espresso drinks, East Coast-style frappes, and teas. This is the cozy Valley spot for hunkering down with a warm up and a book that you’ve been searching for.

Alchemist Coffee Project at The Pearl

This second outpost of a popular Koreatown coffee bar is quite the scene during the week, placed in the middle of the neighborhood and bustling with those seeking caffeine. The cafe serves Onyx Coffee from Arkansas and always makes sure the latte art is top-notch.

Maru Coffee

Maru Coffee
Maru Coffee
Maru Coffee

An exercise in Korean minimalist design, Maru’s two locations in Los Feliz and the Arts District are incredibly pleasant places to enjoy coffee in Los Angeles, with coffee roasted at their larger Arts District space.

Maru Coffee
Maru Coffee
Maru Coffee

Bloom & Plume Coffee

Easily one of LA’s most stylish coffee bars, this colorful flower boutique and espresso bar in Historic Filipinotown is one of the best local shops in town, with plenty of modifications like honey lavender or peppermint to spice up your every day latte.

Highlight Coffee

This bright espresso bar and coffee shop in Glendale sits on the prime corner of an historic building in Glendale pulling strong shots and pouring beautiful lattes. Over the past year, Highlight expanded to a standalone building in Pasadena serving coffees from a variety of roasters.

Endorffeine

This ultra-minimalist space in Chinatown has settled in nicely to Far East Plaza. The rotating roaster selection gives coffee enthusiasts something new to try on every visit. Try some of the Southeast Asian-influenced shaken ice drinks.

Kumquat Coffee Co.

This delightful minimalist coffee bar in Highland Park serves beans from a variety of roasters, with an eye for pleasing latte art and proper brewing techniques.

Copa Vida

Copa Vida
Copa Vida
Copa Vida [Official Photo]

Pasadena's best coffee shop may well be Copa Vida, a corner stalwart that also offers a full slate of food options to go along with its sunny vibe and well-calibrated espresso drinks. Try the different types of cold brew, or opt for a well-made iced latte for warmer days.

Copa Vida
Copa Vida
Copa Vida [Official Photo]

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Viento Y Agua

Long Beach’s 16-year-old Viento y Agua keeps things simple, by working with a limited food menu to accommodate the tiniest kitchen. But this neighborhood cafe also makes a spectacular cafe con leche or Mexican chocolate mocha. Both are worth ordering before settling into a cozy chair or one of the many spots to open a laptop.

Café Santo

Oaxacan mocha at Cafe Santo.
Oaxacan mocha at Cafe Santo.
Joshua Lurie

Oaxacan-inpired drinks reign here at Café Santo, a window and budding cafe from Pilar Casteñeda and Marlon Gonzalez, who used to operate in farmers markets. Try the memelas and the Oaxacan iced mocha for a proper late morning refreshment.

Oaxacan mocha at Cafe Santo.
Oaxacan mocha at Cafe Santo.
Joshua Lurie

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