The 16 best coffee bars in Los Angeles


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by Matthew Kang and Cathy Chaplin Updated Aug 27, 2020, 9:49am PDT

Los Angeles’s 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.

Removed: Bon Temps, Nossa, Greendoor, Paramount Coffee Project

Added: Compelling Coffee, Sightglass, VanillaBlack, Patria Coffee

A number of LA restaurants have resumed outdoor dining service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns for all involved. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website.

Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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 can feel a little too on the nose for the neighborhood, but the coffee speaks for itself.

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With locations in Redondo Beach and Culver City, Boy and 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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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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Here at a 12,000-square-foot warehouse in Hollywood’s Media District, Bay Area import Sightglass Coffee is roasting beans, making coffee drinks, and serving a robust daytime menu from Brett Cooper.

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After years of supplying coffee to some of the best restaurants and cafes in LA, local coffee roaster Compelling has opened a lovely cafe in Hollywood. In addition to a solid line-up of drinks, the cafe also serves open-faced sandwiches, and pastries and breads from Clark Street.

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Find espresso drinks, shaken lattes, and delicious ice cream shakes at GGET. 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 shop offers the best of LA coffee culture — quality Four Barrel espresso, friendly baristas, and in the Before Times, 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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From cold brew to lattes and espressos, there’s something for everyone at Echo Park’s VanillaBlack. Try the best-selling Layla Latte, an espresso with hints of lavender and vanilla.

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This ultra-minimalist space in Chinatown has settled in nicely to Far East Plaza. The rotating roaster selection gives coffee enthusiasts something new to try on every visit.

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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 and R&D lab.

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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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Patria is the work of Deanna and Geoffrey Martinez, longtime Compton locals who roasted and sold coffee beans for years before opening the cafe. The shop’s line-up of cold and caffeinated drinks includes an oat milk coffee slushy and coffee lattes.

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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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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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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 can feel a little too on the nose for the neighborhood, but the coffee speaks for itself.

350 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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

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.  

7051 Willoughby Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

A teal counter for ordering food from behind a glass case.Sightglass CoffeeWonho Frank Lee

Here at a 12,000-square-foot warehouse in Hollywood’s Media District, Bay Area import Sightglass Coffee is roasting beans, making coffee drinks, and serving a robust daytime menu from Brett Cooper.

1737 N Las Palmas Ave #100, Los Angeles, CA 90028

After years of supplying coffee to some of the best restaurants and cafes in LA, local coffee roaster Compelling has opened a lovely cafe in Hollywood. In addition to a solid line-up of drinks, the cafe also serves open-faced sandwiches, and pastries and breads from Clark Street.

230 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Find espresso drinks, shaken lattes, and delicious ice cream shakes at GGET. 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.

4334 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

This shop offers the best of LA coffee culture — quality Four Barrel espresso, friendly baristas, and in the Before Times, 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.

1825 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

From cold brew to lattes and espressos, there’s something for everyone at Echo Park’s VanillaBlack. Try the best-selling Layla Latte, an espresso with hints of lavender and vanilla.

727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

This ultra-minimalist space in Chinatown has settled in nicely to Far East Plaza. The rotating roaster selection gives coffee enthusiasts something new to try on every visit.

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 and R&D lab.

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.

108 Alameda St, Compton, CA 90221

Patria is the work of Deanna and Geoffrey Martinez, longtime Compton locals who roasted and sold coffee beans for years before opening the cafe. The shop’s line-up of cold and caffeinated drinks includes an oat milk coffee slushy and coffee lattes.

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,

70 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA

Copa VidaCopa VidaCopa Vida [Official Photo]

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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