The 16 best coffee bars in Los Angeles

The 16 best coffee bars in Los Angeles


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by Matthew Kang and Cathy Chaplin Updated Oct 17, 2019, 11:11am PDT

Los Angeles’ 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 16 essential coffee bars in Los Angeles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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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This coffee bar is quite possibly the best in Highland Park’s crowded caffeine scene. Civil has everything from well-made espresso drinks to fresh pastries and light dishes. Look out for an ever-changing roster of roasters including 49th Parallel and Heart Coffee,

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This shop offers the best of LA coffee culture: quality Four Barrel espresso, friendly baristas, and an airy room that is perfect for conversation or laptop work.

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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.

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This Australian outfit uses an ever-changing lineup of roasters in a narrow, but pleasant space on Fairfax. The food menu amplifies the experience, but the coffee is certainly world class, especially the espresso drinks.

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Find great coffee re-imagined from the ground up at G&B’s sister store in Larchmont. Espresso drinks, shaken lattes, and delicious ice cream shakes are the reason why GGET stands out among the crowd. Additional outposts in Los Feliz, Arts District, Highland Park, ROW DTLA, and The Music Center follow much of the same formula, with expanded food options to match.

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This independent coffee shop serving Intelligentsia beans is the brainchild of Sergei Dubinin. To sip there are single-origin pour overs, classic espresso drinks, and matcha beverages. 

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This ultra-minimalist space in Chinatown is part of Far East Plaza’s impressive resurgence. The rotating roaster selection gives coffee enthusiasts something new to try on every visit.

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This Portland-based, Brazilian-style coffee bar tucked into a Downtown office building might be a bit hard to find, but it’s well worth the effort. The historic lobby is open to the public and offers high quality espresso and filtered coffee drinks in light-filled Art Deco environs.

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This expansive cafe does more than just roast coffee for the Santa Cruz company’s Southern California accounts, it also doubles as a daytime restaurant, R&D lab, and is one of the more beautiful places to hang out in the neighborhood.

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There’s no better way to start the day than at Bon Temps sipping something strong and indulging in one of chef Lincoln Carson’s rightfully beloved croissants. Come early and linger a bit in this beautiful space. 

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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.

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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.  

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The expanded Venice shop is everything one needs in a great coffee shop: dialed in espresso, talented baristas, and quality tunes from a vinyl system. It’s a little too on the nose for the neighborhood, but the coffee speaks for itself.

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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.

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With locations in Redondo Beach and Culver City, Boy & 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.

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70 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA

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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.

5629 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA

This coffee bar is quite possibly the best in Highland Park’s crowded caffeine scene. Civil has everything from well-made espresso drinks to fresh pastries and light dishes. Look out for an ever-changing roster of roasters including 49th Parallel and Heart Coffee,

4334 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

This shop offers the best of LA coffee culture: quality Four Barrel espresso, friendly baristas, and an airy room that is perfect for conversation or laptop work.

3922 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Intelligentsia Coffee & TeaIntelligentsia 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.

456 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA

This Australian outfit uses an ever-changing lineup of roasters in a narrow, but pleasant space on Fairfax. The food menu amplifies the experience, but the coffee is certainly world class, especially the espresso drinks.

230 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Find great coffee re-imagined from the ground up at G&B’s sister store in Larchmont. Espresso drinks, shaken lattes, and delicious ice cream shakes are the reason why GGET stands out among the crowd. Additional outposts in Los Feliz, Arts District, Highland Park, ROW DTLA, and The Music Center follow much of the same formula, with expanded food options to match.

295 S Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

This independent coffee shop serving Intelligentsia beans is the brainchild of Sergei Dubinin. To sip there are single-origin pour overs, classic espresso drinks, and matcha beverages. 

727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

This ultra-minimalist space in Chinatown is part of Far East Plaza’s impressive resurgence. The rotating roaster selection gives coffee enthusiasts something new to try on every visit.

601 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

This Portland-based, Brazilian-style coffee bar tucked into a Downtown office building might be a bit hard to find, but it’s well worth the effort. The historic lobby is open to the public and offers high quality espresso and filtered coffee drinks in light-filled Art Deco environs.

500 Mateo St Unit 102, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This expansive cafe does more than just roast coffee for the Santa Cruz company’s Southern California accounts, it also doubles as a daytime restaurant, R&D lab, and is one of the more beautiful places to hang out in the neighborhood.

712 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021

There’s no better way to start the day than at Bon Temps sipping something strong and indulging in one of chef Lincoln Carson’s rightfully beloved croissants. Come early and linger a bit in this beautiful space. 

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.

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.  

56 Windward Ave, Venice, CA

The expanded Venice shop is everything one needs in a great coffee shop: dialed in espresso, talented baristas, and quality tunes from a vinyl system. It’s a little too on the nose for the neighborhood, but the coffee speaks for itself.

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.

350 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

With locations in Redondo Beach and Culver City, Boy & 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.

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