I have to confess–I am not a big coffee drinker. I do on occasion like the odd frappuccino but you can’t really class that as coffee, not really. And whilst we’re on the subject, neither am I a big fan of hot drinks.
You’re probably wondering then how come I’ve chosen to write about coffee shops. To be honest, a coffee shop or coffee bar is not only a place where you can find really good coffee but there are other factors that have to be considered too. For example, the ambiance, the decor, the space, what other hot and cold drinks are on offer, and maybe, what pastries are on display. If all these get a tick then I’m good with it, more so if they do an excellent iced chai or green tea latte.
So, grab your laptop and pup, and maybe a friend and hit one of these cool spots in L.A.:
This Chicago based chain brought their first coffee shop to L.A. in 2007. On a side note: how did they know Silver Lake would become so uber trendy? Anyway, this place takes their coffee seriously. When I ordered an iced chai latte they nearly balked at me. Over the marble counter you can see the baristas taking pride in their work, waiting for that perfect water temp and keeping an eye on steeping time. My chai tea was fragrant and the taste slightly floral-y. It’s on the expensive side but a small price to pay for a see and be seen kind of place. The Silver Lake locale has a bigger outdoor patio (with cool tile inspo) than on Abbot Kinney Rd.–a little smaller on the outside but more space to hang inside. *The pic of me sitting outside is in Abbot Kinney road, the rest are in Silver Lake.
Silver Lake: 3922 West Sunset Blvd.
Venice: 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Pasadena: 55 East Colorado Blvd.
This popular chain is continuously growing, from Silver Lake to Melrose, and Pasadena. This is a seriously hip coffee shop with simple modern and black decor. It’s popular saying, “But First Coffee” is found in neon lights hung on floral patterned wallpaper. The iced chai was delicious and the breakfast pastries are not bad either. Seating indoor and on their outdoor patio is pretty limited in the Silver Lake spot so you might want to try Melrose and Brentwood if you plan to do laptop work.
Silver Lake: 3337 1/2 Sunset Blvd.
Melrose Place: 8428 Melrose Place
Melrose (In the Alley): 8509 Melrose Ave.
Brentwood: 11908 San Vicente Blvd.
3.Verve Coffee Roasters
Two spots have now opened in L.A., one in Downtown and the other newish hang out in West Hollywood, which we visited. We immediately fell in love with the space, the modern rustic decor and big glass windows let a lot of natural light in which is very welcoming. There’s a ton of seating from communal to individual tables, outdoor patio stools that run the length of the coffee shop to more cozy sofas outside. Turns out these surfers from Santa Cruz know how to make good chai latte too. *I was so engrossed in conversation with my reluctant travelling hubby that we both forgot to take photos! When I'm next back I'll show you the lovely outside area.
West Hollywood: 8925 Melrose Ave.
Downtown LA: 833 S Spring St.
What's your go to coffee house, leave a comment below and share it with everyone. xxx