L.A.’s Best Coffee Shops

April 02, 2021

By BR Staff

L.A.’s Best Coffee Shops

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L.A.’s fuel to get through the day is coffee, and lots of it. But where can you find a great cup with just the right atmosphere? Here are six essential coffee bars to keep you caffeinated.

ALFRED’S COFFEE
8428 Melrose Place, Los Angeles

Order: A Vanilla or Matcha Latte.
WiFi:  Slow.
Parking: Difficult. Your time is valuable. Valet.
Accommodations: One seating area in the front, one in the back, and one out front so you can watch the Rolls-Royces drive by.
Vibe:  Hipsters outside. Loud music inside.
Did You Know: There’s also an Alfred Tea Room down the street?

BAR NINE
3515 Helms Ave., Culver City

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Order: A Pour Over and a Purple Egg Pot.
WiFi: Super fast so bring your laptop, too!
Parking: Only two parking spots in front but ample, two-hour residential street parking. Don’t forget to read the signs!
Accommodations: Lots of space in this industrial warehouse, including a conference room and high ceilings.
Vibe: Mix of production and tech folk that you can actually strike up a conversation with.
Did You Know: Baristas use the shop’s high-tech Modbar system with Chemex coffeemakers to serve you the perfect cup of joe?

BLUE BOTTLE
132 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills

Order: A New Orleans-Style Iced Coffee.
WiFi: Nope.
Parking:  Metered parking on Beverly aplenty.
Accommodations: The upstairs loft makes for a great workspace.
Vibe: A composed bustle of upscale suits and hip, street-style aficionados.
Did You Know: The Arts District location offers roastery tours on Saturdays?

CAFFE LUXXE
22333 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 160, Malibu

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Order: A Caffe Shakerato.
WiFi: Sorry, Charlie.
Parking: Free and convenient, and right in front.
Accommodations: Your choice: Inside or soak up some rays on the back patio.
Vibe: The Italian-influenced shop aesthetically transforms you to a café in Europe.
Did You Know: The baristas have to complete an extensive apprenticeship-training program for six to twelve months before they can call themselves professional baristas?

URTH CAFFÉ
8565 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood

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Order: A Spanish Latte.
WiFi: Check!
Parking: Challenging, but that’s what valet is for.
Accommodations:  Indoor tables are sparse, but the outdoor patio is where it’s at.
Vibe: After Entourage put Urth on the map, it has remained the place to be seen. Today, you can’t walk past a table without spotting the diverse crowd taking selfies or Instagram posts.
Did You Know: Urth Caffé roasts its own heirloom, organic coffee? Heirloom coffee trees aren’t genetically modified, making them a rarity.

VERVE COFFEE ROASTERS
8925 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood

Order: A Nitro Flash Brew and avocado toast.
WiFi:  Yes, and it’s Farmlevel!
Parking: Metered street parking can be found with a little patience.
Accommodations: Ample indoor seating, including a coffee bar, but score an
outdoor table on the wraparound patio.
Vibe: Bohemian.
Did You Know: Verve has a location in Tokyo, Japan? Kakkoii.