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13 Essential Coffee Shops in LA

by Fernanda DeSouza

posted on November 16, 2017

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One word: coffee. It's what gets most of us out of bed in the morning. If coffee isn't life, what is life even? Whether you're a hardcore roaster fan or simply need a cup to snap you out of that early morning/mid-afternoon fog, coffee is there for you. Angelenos aren't the first to worship the magical coffee bean. People from all over the world and history have bowed down to the mighty elixir that is java, from Ethiopian priests to 1840s French soldiers. It is our duty to keep this beloved drink alive. Below is our collection of the best cafés in Los Angeles to get your covfefe on.

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There are few better ways to wake up than with a visit to this effortlessly-cool neighborhood spot. Do what the pros do: grab a house-made nut milk latte, a fancy breakfast toast, and you're ready to take on the day.

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Almond macadamia latte, Pan de Sal breakfast sandwich, housemade chai

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This spot brings your caffeine fix to another level, offering creative coffees at a wraparound bar in Grand Central Market, served by the coolest, most knowledgeable baristas. The almond macadamia latte is a favorite, along with the crispy waffle.

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Iced almond macadamia latte, Business and Pleasure, yeasted waffle with ricotta and jam, turmeric/ginger almond macadamia

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This light-filled café offers high-quality coffee, tea, and baked goods from local purveyors. Sip on a freshly roasted cup of joe out on the patio, or admire your barista's impressive latte art among the sleek interior space.

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Bring your own coffee or espresso cup and come learn at this sleek and sustainable coffee roaster featuring communal tables and patio seating. Using cutting edge technology and Rwandan beans to craft the ultimate sip, you won't want to go elsewhere.

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Espresso, coffee, cold brew

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Hit the books, or even better, sip on crafty coffee and tea drinks at this hip and industrial cafe with a minimalist feel. Filled with books, desks, and plenty of outlets, come here to relax, gather with friends, or get some much needed work done.

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Coffee, Tea, Pastries

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If you're craving more than just the average cup of Joe, you will be blown away by the artisanal coffee drinks and powerful espresso crafted by the owner himself. This minimalist shop also holds weekly dessert tastings for the insatiable sweet tooth.

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Cold Brew, Espresso, Weekly Dessert Pop-Up

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From the outside, this coffee shop might not seem like much, but Commissary makes a mean brew and serves delectable pastries too. Pick a matcha latte, chai or cold brew and settle in front of the black & white mural to enjoy every sip.

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Vanilla latte, Homemade granola, Cold brew, Salted caramel rice crispy bars

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High-end coffee is served fresh inside this industrial setting that claims to be the first artisanal coffeehouse in LA. Come for the java and pastries but also pose outside this iconic Silver Lake digs where people come to see and be seen.

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The Angeleno, Pistachio tea cake, Black Cat cappuccino, Brioche

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You won't find a brachiosaur at this bright and airy Silver Lake outpost—sorry kids. But humans are welcome to take advantage of the free WiFi, Four Barrel Coffee and FarmShop pastries inside this cafe boasting prehistoric-inspired decor.

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Americano, Song Teas, Caramel brownie, ChocoVivo chocolates

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Hailing from Sydney, these coffee kings are brewing up some serious joe at this warmly decorated LA outpost. Order a flat-white or go sweet with a milkshake, and enjoy (relatively) healthy eats like a saffron bowl or the local burrata.

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Flat white, Vanilla malt milkshake, Local burrata

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Ideal for a quick stop to grab caffeine and some baked goods by Venice Beach, this sleek coffee shop with a vintage feel steams some of the best foam art around. If you really want something robust, it's Four Barrel coffee drinks will not disappoint

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Espresso, cortado, Four Barrel coffee, baked goods

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With glass windows from top to bottom, this hip hidden gem is filled with light, as well as chill vibes and vintage elements. Expect local hipsters drinking carefully crafted espresso, paired with simple pastries and cookies.

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Cold brew, Bruce Lee Coffee, cheese Danish

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If you’re looking for a space to hang out, study or simply enjoy a cup of coffee, this bright café has you covered. On weekdays, you’ll find students on their laptops, while the weekend brunch with healthy dishes attracts a larger crowd.

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Veggie breakfast burrito, chorizo egg hash, smoked turkey melt, croque madame

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