Here’s the short of how to navigate this list. Every coffee shop I’ve been to is here. Some appear more than once because they fall into more than one category. Whenever I am looking for a coffee shop, these are the areas I’m most interested in. If there’s something missing, let me know below!
Q: Is this a sit and chat type of coffee shop or a GSD coffee shop?
Q: Let’s be honest… are people there for the Instagram opportunity (or the place is a scene) or are they there for the coffee?
Q: Where are these coffee shops?
S A N T A M O N I C A
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Carrera Cafe (coming soon)
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Q: What are your top three favorite coffee shops in LA and why?
One // Carrera Cafe
I gush about Carrera Cafe in this post. But the short of it is that for being as popular and original as it is, it’s not pretentious at all which is AMAZING. Latte art is their specialty, their interior is super IG friendly and they always have a fun mural. 100/10 If you choose one place off this list, choose this one.
Two // Primo Passo
This is a very local spot that’s super great but filled with cool moms and people who should be working but for some reason aren’t (#LA) The coffee is great and it’s one of my favorite spots to sit and get some work done.
I mean… can you really talk about coffee in LA without talking about Alfred. He’s part coffee, part tea. I originally went to Alfred Coffee about two years ago and while it was super cute, I personally think it shows the power of aesthetics. I loved the aesthetic but didn’t find it overwhelmingly amazing. But then I kept seeing on Instagram that they opened up maybe the most photogenic store of all time. Enter Alfred Tea Room. Just go to the post. You’ll get it. Like I said before, it’s all a scene… but it’s one that I wanted to experience.