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Wonho Frank Lee

17 Essential Coffee Bars in Los Angeles

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| Wonho Frank Lee

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 17 essential coffee bars in Los Angeles, presented from west to east (not in any particular order).

Added: Interstellar, Goodboybob, Milpa Grille, House Roots, Mad Lab, Dayglow

Removed: Verve, Sightglass, Dinosaur Coffee, Civil Coffee, Menotti’s

A number of LA restaurants have resumed outdoor dining service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns for all involved. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Interstellar

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109 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 310-8820
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Daniel and Angie Kim opened this well-placed Santa Monica cafe during the pandemic, enduring under difficult circumstances to serve some of the Westside’s best coffee. One of the few LA shops to serve Arkansas’s celebrated Onyx Coffee, Interstellar has an all-day menu of sandwiches, pastries, and innovative coffee drinks.

Coffee and pastries at Interstellar in Santa Monica.
Coffee and pastries at Interstellar
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2. House Roots Coffee

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16155 San Fernando Mission Blvd #3832
Granada Hills, CA 91344
(661) 857-7614
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From iced chai with added espresso shots to lavender lattes to straight drip coffee, House Roots manages to do it all well — and with a smile. This daily caffeine driver in Granada Hills also offers a robust collection of sweet and savory pastries to really get the morning going right.

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House Roots Coffee
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3. goodboybob coffee

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2058 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(323) 543-5973
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Located more inland amid Santa Monica’s production offices, hidden away Goodboybob coffee is one of the few shops to have a selection of Cup of Excellence beans, though they’re at a fairly hefty price point. Still, the standard coffee roasts and fantastic food menu are worth venturing to this location, which sports ample outdoor seating. Goodboybob also opened a Culver City spot inside Citizens Public Market food hall.

Goodboybob Good Boy Bob
Goodboybob
Good Boy Bob

4. The Boy & The Bear

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350 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

With locations in Redondo Beach and Culver City, Boy and the Bear is serving up some of the city’s very best espresso drinks in cozy-cool environs. As a bonus, the Redondo location roasts everything on site in a warehouse-style space with indoor and outdoor seating. Outposts in Westchester and Culver City area as well.

5. Cognoscenti Coffee Bar

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6114 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA
(310) 363-7325
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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 massive 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.

6. Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

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4427 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 815-9833
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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.  

7. Compelling Coffee

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1737 N Las Palmas Ave #100
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(818) 835-5135
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After years of supplying coffee to some of the best restaurants and cafes in LA, local coffee roaster Compelling has opened a lovely cafe in Hollywood. In addition to a solid line-up of drinks, the cafe also serves open-faced sandwiches, and pastries and breads from Clark Street.

8. Mad Lab Hollywood

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6515 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

This tiny pale green takeaway in Hollywood may hide one of the city’s best coffee menus, from its house-roasted beans to its creamy cappuccinos and rotating menu of speciality coffee drinks.

9. Go Get Em Tiger

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230 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 543-4321
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Find espresso drinks, shaken lattes, and delicious ice cream shakes at GGET. Additional outposts in Los Feliz, Arts District, Highland Park, Culver City, and ROW DTLA follow much of the same formula, with expanded food menu to match.

10. Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

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3922 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 663-6173
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LA’s craft coffee scene really took off at this Silver Lake coffee bar back in 2007. After all these years, Intelligentsia still has excellent coffee brewed by the cup and a patio that’s as inviting as ever.

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
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11. Dayglow

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3206 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 522-3764
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Arguably the most ambitious multi-roaster shop in LA at the moment, Dayglow combines a colorful, Instagram-ready interior with baristas genuinely interested in sharing over 30 of the best available roasts in the country, including from La Cabra, Sey, and Obadiah. Locations in West Hollywood and Silver Lake.

12. VanillaBlack

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1825 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

From cold brew to lattes and espressos, there’s something for everyone at Echo Park’s VanillaBlack. Try the best-selling Layla Latte, an espresso with hints of lavender and vanilla.

13. Endorffeine

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727 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

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.

14. Tierra Mia Coffee

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6706 Pacific Blvd
Huntington Park, CA 90255
(323) 589-2065
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This East LA and South LA chain of coffee bars goes into neighborhoods underserved by bigger names. The care and attention given to the coffee is on par with what one would find at the Blue Bottles and La Colombes of the world.

15. Patria Coffee Roasters

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108 Alameda St
Compton, CA 90221
(323) 513-4865
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Patria is the work of Deanna and Geoffrey Martinez, longtime Compton locals who roasted and sold coffee beans for years before opening the cafe. The shop’s line-up of cold and caffeinated drinks includes an oat milk coffee slushy and coffee lattes.

16. Milpa Grille Boyle Heights

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2633 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 269-2995
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Is there anything that Milpa Grille in Boyle Heights can’t do? The shop turns out incredible pre-Hispanic Mexican food from its small but mighty shop, while also playing host to in-house pop-up Macheen for breakfast burritos and tacos. In line with the restaurant’s deep roots, expect a similarly-focused coffee program with beans from Café Estelar as a base for drip, espresso, and specialty drinks galore.

17. Copa Vida

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70 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA
(626) 213-3952
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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.

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Copa Vida
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1. Interstellar

109 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Coffee and pastries at Interstellar in Santa Monica.
Coffee and pastries at Interstellar
Ariel Ip

Daniel and Angie Kim opened this well-placed Santa Monica cafe during the pandemic, enduring under difficult circumstances to serve some of the Westside’s best coffee. One of the few LA shops to serve Arkansas’s celebrated Onyx Coffee, Interstellar has an all-day menu of sandwiches, pastries, and innovative coffee drinks.

109 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2. House Roots Coffee

16155 San Fernando Mission Blvd #3832, Granada Hills, CA 91344
A hand in sunlight holds up a plastic clear cup of latte with black straw.
House Roots Coffee
Nancy Park

From iced chai with added espresso shots to lavender lattes to straight drip coffee, House Roots manages to do it all well — and with a smile. This daily caffeine driver in Granada Hills also offers a robust collection of sweet and savory pastries to really get the morning going right.

16155 San Fernando Mission Blvd #3832
Granada Hills, CA 91344

3. goodboybob coffee

2058 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Goodboybob Good Boy Bob
Goodboybob
Good Boy Bob

Located more inland amid Santa Monica’s production offices, hidden away Goodboybob coffee is one of the few shops to have a selection of Cup of Excellence beans, though they’re at a fairly hefty price point. Still, the standard coffee roasts and fantastic food menu are worth venturing to this location, which sports ample outdoor seating. Goodboybob also opened a Culver City spot inside Citizens Public Market food hall.

2058 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404

4. The Boy & The Bear

350 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

With locations in Redondo Beach and Culver City, Boy and the Bear is serving up some of the city’s very best espresso drinks in cozy-cool environs. As a bonus, the Redondo location roasts everything on site in a warehouse-style space with indoor and outdoor seating. Outposts in Westchester and Culver City area as well.

350 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

5. Cognoscenti Coffee Bar

6114 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA

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 massive 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.

6114 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA

6. Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

4427 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043

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.  

4427 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043

7. Compelling Coffee

1737 N Las Palmas Ave #100, Los Angeles, CA 90028

After years of supplying coffee to some of the best restaurants and cafes in LA, local coffee roaster Compelling has opened a lovely cafe in Hollywood. In addition to a solid line-up of drinks, the cafe also serves open-faced sandwiches, and pastries and breads from Clark Street.

1737 N Las Palmas Ave #100
Los Angeles, CA 90028

8. Mad Lab Hollywood

6515 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This tiny pale green takeaway in Hollywood may hide one of the city’s best coffee menus, from its house-roasted beans to its creamy cappuccinos and rotating menu of speciality coffee drinks.

6515 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

9. Go Get Em Tiger

230 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Find espresso drinks, shaken lattes, and delicious ice cream shakes at GGET. Additional outposts in Los Feliz, Arts District, Highland Park, Culver City, and ROW DTLA follow much of the same formula, with expanded food menu to match.

230 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

10. Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

3922 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
[Official Photo]

LA’s craft coffee scene really took off at this Silver Lake coffee bar back in 2007. After all these years, Intelligentsia still has excellent coffee brewed by the cup and a patio that’s as inviting as ever.

3922 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

11. Dayglow

3206 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Arguably the most ambitious multi-roaster shop in LA at the moment, Dayglow combines a colorful, Instagram-ready interior with baristas genuinely interested in sharing over 30 of the best available roasts in the country, including from La Cabra, Sey, and Obadiah. Locations in West Hollywood and Silver Lake.

3206 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

12. VanillaBlack

1825 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

From cold brew to lattes and espressos, there’s something for everyone at Echo Park’s VanillaBlack. Try the best-selling Layla Latte, an espresso with hints of lavender and vanilla.

1825 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

13. Endorffeine

727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

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.

727 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

14. Tierra Mia Coffee

6706 Pacific Blvd, Huntington Park, CA 90255

This East LA and South LA chain of coffee bars goes into neighborhoods underserved by bigger names. The care and attention given to the coffee is on par with what one would find at the Blue Bottles and La Colombes of the world.

6706 Pacific Blvd
Huntington Park, CA 90255

15. Patria Coffee Roasters

108 Alameda St, Compton, CA 90221

Patria is the work of Deanna and Geoffrey Martinez, longtime Compton locals who roasted and sold coffee beans for years before opening the cafe. The shop’s line-up of cold and caffeinated drinks includes an oat milk coffee slushy and coffee lattes.

108 Alameda St
Compton, CA 90221

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16. Milpa Grille Boyle Heights

2633 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Is there anything that Milpa Grille in Boyle Heights can’t do? The shop turns out incredible pre-Hispanic Mexican food from its small but mighty shop, while also playing host to in-house pop-up Macheen for breakfast burritos and tacos. In line with the restaurant’s deep roots, expect a similarly-focused coffee program with beans from Café Estelar as a base for drip, espresso, and specialty drinks galore.

2633 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033

17. Copa Vida

70 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA
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.

70 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA

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