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From lavender-flavored lattes to single-origin pour-overs, here are our favorite coffee shops across L.A.
L.A. is a city constantly on the move, even if it’s only at a glacial pace on the freeway. Our fuel to get through the day? Coffee, and lots of it, preferably paired with a quick breather at one of the city’s best coffee shops. Whether it’s paired with a fantastic brunch or enjoyed as midday break from work, a good java spot is as necessary for Angelenos a solid neighborhood taco stand.
But where can you find a great cup? And what makes a good coffee shop? While opinions may vary, we’ve created a sprawling, citywide guide full of spots with excellent, thoughtfully sourced coffee, delicious pastries and other snacks, gorgeous interiors (and in some cases, exteriors) and other unique, sustainability- and community-minded touches. For caffeine purists, we’ve also included more minimalist spots that will happily sate any coffee nerd. To help you find the perfect brew, we’ve sipped our way through the best spots in town—check out our guide, refuel and get back out there. You’ve got things to do.
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Go Get Em Tiger is the growing coffee empire by Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski, a duo whose original G&B Coffee stall just so happens to be its own staple at Grand Central Market. With eight locations currently running throughout the city, Go Get Em Tiger has fast become a hometown chain with consistency, but with enough charm and nuance at each outpost to keep things fresh. Customers can choose from to-go goods and grab-and-go bottles of house-made cold brew, or take a patio seat to take in the funky, fun spaces with pastries, brunchy bites and retail items. Our pick? Try the almond and macadamia milk cappuccino.
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Santa Cruz’s Verve expanded to L.A. in a big way—especially in its new-ish Arts District location, a 7,000-square-foot, two-story café and coffee roastery that’s now the L.A. flagship. The all-day menu here features a flexible kind of global cuisine, not to mention a handful of truly good coffee-based mocktails exclusive to that space. (Cascara negronis, anyone?) Of course no matter the location—Manhattan Beach, Melrose, West Third and Downtown, too—you’ll find the signature Verve menu of espresso classics, nitro cold brews, by-the-cup varieties and a few comforting snacks, plus beans available for purchase, along with other home coffee staples like filters and pour-over systems, not to mention an entire system based on farmer support and sustainability. All L.A. locations are available for takeout and online pre-order.
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Menotti’s Coffee Stop—emphasis on the “stop”—feels like a friendly refuge from its locations’ touristy bustles: the neighboring Venice Boardwalk and a trendy enclave in Culver City. The interiors are all welcoming but spartan, with most of the attention focused on the bean selection. You won’t find much seating, but you will find records spinning on vinyl and plenty of fun and on-trend house creations. So consider your brief “stop” and that espresso tonic to-go a dose of tranquility to tote along the Boardwalk.
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This spacious and stylish coffee destination is busy no matter the time of day—no surprise, seeing as it’s one of Highland Park’s top shops to grab a cup and a croissant, now with a second location in Downtown L.A.’s Fashion District. The original location’s tall ceilings, tiled floors and diverse seating options spread between tables, couches and a patio out back make for a fashionable setting, while the toasts, breakfast burritos, and Sugarbloom Bakery pastries make for a solid meal. The espresso blend rotates frequently, but teas and specialty coffee drinks remain more or less the same. We love the Figueroa, made with sweetened condensed milk, espresso, milk and cinnamon, topped with a Maria Cookie. 
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Endorffeine isn’t your cutesy, sun-dappled, Instagram-driven coffee shop—not that there isn’t a place for those, especially in L.A. This is Far East Plaza’s stripped-down espresso stop that fuels you with meticulously measured pulls from Drop Coffee Roasters and Sey Coffee beans, and offers a number of creative caffeinated options in a sleek, minimalist setting. Look for owner (and former biochemist) Jack Benchakul behind the counter, painstakingly preparing drinks like the Thai iced offee made with cold brew, Thai spice and palm sugar, or the fan-favorite vanilla pandan coffee—he’s even launched a new line of canned coffee and tea drinks.
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Stradling Historic Filipinotown and Echo Park, Bloom & Plume is a gathering space for both neighborhoods—and communities beyond. The Black-owned, Black-uplifting café celebrates diversity, Blackness and community through its art, its collaborations and its entire purpose: Conveying—and proving—the South African belief of ubuntu, or “I am, because you are,” meaning that everyone and everything is connected in community. It also happens to serve consistent and colorful espresso, matcha and chai creations, not to mention vibrant toasts, lemonades and floral arrangements to brighten your day.
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In the sea of L.A.’s specialty coffee shops, goodboybob stands out for its lack of pretention, excellent, tightly curated food menu and, of course, the shop’s seriously good coffee. At all three locations in Santa Monica, Culver City and Manhattan Beach, you’d be hardpressed not to order their Rolex chapati—goodboybob’s take on a plain egg breakfast burrito. Each luxury watch-sized flatbread wrap comes with a side of tangy housemade hot sauce. Fans of pour-overs, take note: goodboybob’s Culver City location in Citizen Public Market offers several varieties of single-origin espressos, complete with tasting notes. 
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If you like the idea of a drive-through latte but not its typical dreary corporate chain reality, you’ll love Full Service Coffee, a dairy-free Koreatown coffee shop located inside a beautifully revamped 1940s gas station on Beverly Boulevard. Founded with future environmental sustainability in mind, Full Service also makes all espresso drinks with oat milk by default; hemp and almond are also available. Order at the drive-through window, park in one of Full Service Coffee’s spots and relax: In no time, a barista will run your order to your car (though the shop also has outdoor seating as well). We also enjoy their golden milk latte and lavender cold brew, flavored with infused agave syrup.
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This charming Historic Filipinotown café offers all-day fare that’s worth lingering over—already an easy feat, given the free Wi-Fi and creative coffee there, too. Small-batch, seasonal pastries like passion fruit pie with graham cracker crust; pecan and caramel coffee cake; and blackberry rhubarb galettes are so good you won’t want to share, and go great with pour-over coffee and specials like vanilla-and-orange cappuccinos. Looking for something more substantial? A casual menu of rice bowls, breakfast sandwiches and toasts should do the trick, and if you want to bring the magic home, Doubting Thomas has its own blend of beans—as well as house-made concentrates for matcha, chai and beyond—which you can buy on-site.
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Named after a competitive French cycling term, this small bike-friendly coffee shop in Culver City offers excellent breakfast burritos, market-priced single-origin matcha and a deep commitment to the surrounding community. Super Domestic’s larger Washington Boulevard sister spot, Mañana Coffee, also sells a bevy of plants and other assorted artisan goods. Both coffee shops roast their own beans and make all alternative milks and syrups in-house, for quality you can taste in every sip. 
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Hyper curated and hyper technical, Highland Park’s Kumquat Coffee is a caffeine lover’s paradise. Rows of bagged coffee beans, ceremonial-grade matchas, jasmine-tea chocolate bars and every imaginable appliance can be yours to bring Kumquat’s clear eye for style and quality into your home—or you can leave it to the pros, who’ll be more than happy to whisk, brew and steam you an array of cold brews, dirty chais, matcha tonics and espresso pulls with milk tea. Hungry? They also offer fresh pastries and breakfast burritos, just in case all that caffeine isn’t fuel enough.
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Minimalist in that dreamy sort of “I wish my own home looked this cool” sort of way, Maru Coffee is a sleek and streamlined operation where the coffee and its technology take center stage in a sea of light woods and white walls. And there’s good reason: The coffee here deserves the spotlight. The Los Feliz and Arts District coffee shops take their name from the Korean “San Ma Ru,” or “mountaintop,” a nod to the high altitudes that grow the beans in Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya and beyond. Of course there’s more than bagged beans on offer: Thoughtful pour-overs, limited releases, bottled house-made syrups, espresso tonics garnished with dried citrus, and ceremonial-grade matcha have all made the menu here.
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Part coffee shop, part subscription service, Dayglow is all about showcasing its favorite independent and up-and-coming roasters from around the world. You can find them stashed in the monthly coffee boxes, or drop by either the Silver Lake or West Hollywood locations for a full espresso menu, neon-lit settings and, of course, whatever the daily selection of these faves might be. Expect tonics and canned coffees and bubbly shrub sodas in addition to every classic coffee drink you could want, as well as home equipment, trendy merch and pastries.
There’s nothing like a hot americano on a gloomy spring day.
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Old Pasadena has its humble share of boutique cafés, but Copa Vida offers the entire gamut of coffee and tea experiences: A $2.50-a-cup honor bar during weekday-morning rush hour, traditional counter service, an upscale slow-bar experience, coffee classes and performances by local musicians. Oh, and did we mention brunch? The front section of the clean, bright space views the enchanting Castle Green, while the side room offers a more conversational-yet-intimate environment. Behind the counter, find a fleet of sleek contraptions that offer tastes to match their looks, particularly with a lever pull of the refreshing teas on tap.
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This sunny West Adams café is, quite frankly, one of our favorite spots to start the day. The space is modern and cool but friendly, the coffee menu is brief but creative, and Highly Likely happens to sport some of the best café fare in the city. Linger long enough on that patio and you’ll see that it’s not a bad place to hang once the sun goes down, either: In the evenings, it flips to a moody vibe, and it’s also got beer and wine. It’s a neighborhood coffee shop, a great spot for dinner and a communal space for local shops, makers and guest chefs to collaborate.
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There’s nothing but smiles and pleasantries behind the counter at this bright, airy and minimalist shop, where you’ll find pastries and other snacky fare such as avocado toast and matcha chia pudding. The coffee shop has a Japanese influence to its selection, so try their killer matcha latte while perusing Eightfold’s well-curated book selection, enjoy the serenity of some shade-grown gyokuro, and the buzz of a pull of meticulously sourced single-origin espresso.
What’s in a name? Well for Mad Lab, one of DTLA’s top up-and-coming roasters, the name says it all. The team at the DTLA base and in the new Hollywood coffee window love experimenting with seasonal, creative ingredients that morph their naturally fruity and sweet coffee beans into wild “fizzy lifters”—seriously good and bubbly caffeinated concoctions—and specialty drinks such as the amazingly balanced dreamsicle cappucino. At the Hollywood window, simply stroll up and order from the menu or let whoever’s behind the counter whip something up special for you while you nosh on fresh Clark Street pastries.
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Tourists and Westsiders might wait in long lines at Intelligentsia up the street, but Silver Lake locals prefer Cafecito, the quieter shop up on Hoover. Here you’ll find less pretension and more privacy, not to mention an ethos that’s all about sustainability and social justice. The shop is small, with only a bit of counter space inside, but a spacious and pet-friendly patio makes for a good place to get work done, catch up with friends or make eyes at your neighbor. Street parking can be tough to find, but bike racks abound for two-wheeled commuters.
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The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa is a haven for coffee lovers—and as the name suggests, it’s a haven for tea and cocoa enthusiasts, too. Ask the friendly staff to help you decide which beans to bring home, or which of their hundreds of teas to order, and you’ll get an education that isn’t intimidating or brusque. The café roasts its beans in-house and also fulfills online and wholesale orders. It’s a popular spot for writers and Sony employees, and you may see interns ordering a gaggle of coffees from a list on their iPhones—but there’s a good chance there won’t be a laptop in sight (it’s a no Wi-Fi zone). It’s a refreshing feeling to walk into a coffee shop and see people talking or reading books or writing with actual pens and paper—and it’s something the Conservatory wants to, well, conserve.
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Formerly a private home, Aroma Coffee & Tea Company transformed itself into a darling café where you can grab a coffee, slice of cake or full-on meal. The expansive coffee and tea menu caters to everyone, from the espresso lover to the chai-latte enthusiast. Inside the cafe, a library-like atmosphere—complete with fireplace—makes it feel like you’re chilling at home, while outside is more casual with a back patio and some tables on the front sidewalk. Our favorite time to visit? Brunch, when omelettes and French toast galore get shuttled out of the kitchen to chic Valley dwellers.
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