There’s no shortage of coffee shops in Los Angeles, but it’s certainly come a long way from sugary Starbucks and filter coffee. Now, pretty much every neighbourhood has at least one standout coffee bar.
From single origin beans to activated charcoal lattes, the city has it all when it comes to caffeine. The traffic might be bad, but these are the coffee shops worth travelling to in LA…
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Go Get Em Tiger (GGET) and G&B Coffee is a collection of baristas and roasters who now have four stores across LA. Each of the two owners have a United States Barista Championship title, so you know these guys are gonna make great coffee.
Their signature blend of coffee is rich and chocolatey, and is roasted to go perfectly in a cortado or flat white. Order a coffee flight if you’re feeling indecisive.
Dayglow is a multi-roaster that sources coffees from some of the world’s best roasteries, with a new roaster featuring each month. As well as signature coffee drinks and coffee cocktails, Dayglow are passionate about educating people.
Basically, whether you are looking for quality professional brewing devices, retail coffee or literature, this is your go-to spot for all things specialty coffee.
This beloved Venice Beach spot began as a coffee truck and how now expanded into one of the city’s best places for a coffee hit.
As well as the classics, the store also features a secret menu on the back of namesake Cesar Menotti’s photo. Expect drinks like Caffe Rico, made with house vanilla syrup, half-and-half, espresso, a dusting of cinnamon, and orange peel garnish.
You’ll feel instantly zen when you enter this sleek coffee shop that perfectly sums up the word ‘minimalist’.
Special signature coffees including the spiced cold brew topped with sweet cream; iced long black topped with cream; espresso tonic served with a dried orange slice; and iced matcha latte made with authentic, ceremonial grade Ippodo matcha.
With three locations in LA (and stores in San Fran, Tokyo and birthplace Santa Cruz), Verve Coffee roasts all of their coffee on vintage roasters and pay their farmers premiums for quality coffees through direct trade relationships.
Their short but sweet coffee menu is available either hot or iced and each location has stylish seating and simply expert baristas.
Opened by two brothers, this Rampart Village espresso bar serves up beans from North Carolina’s Coffee Culture in some unique ways. Specialties include: Mocha with Dutch processed cocoa, powdered cane sugar, and sea salt; Black & Tan, either hot or iced with tan syrup; Blackstrap Latte with Blackstrap molasses syrup. Also find brewed pour overs and a cold brew.
Paramount Coffee Project comes all the way from Sydney, Australia, combining the talents of Jin Ng (Right Angle Studios), Mark Dundon (Seven Seeds), and Russell Beard (Reuben Hills).
The super stylish cafe has a three-group La Marzocco espresso machine, and multi-roaster line-up with beans from global brands like Heart, George Howell, and Reuben Hills. The best place to enjoy a proper flat white.