Coffee is an important beverage in urban Los Angeles; it keeps local residents awake at the wheel and their feet on the gas pedal. Whether you live in the area or you’re just passing through, make some time to sit down at one of these shops for a haute cup of coffee.
1 Caffe Primo
Caffe Primo, literally meaning “first in class”, aims to offer a sophisticated yet down to earth café experience in the heart of Los Angeles. Their coffee is hand selected and roasted in-house to provide customers with the freshest cup of coffee possible. But the thing that seems to have patrons coming back for more is their homemade gelato, made fresh every day by restaurant cofounder Tony Riviera. All their edible sensations are paired with the charming atmosphere of the café. They strive to offer patrons an indoor-outdoor feel with outside seating, many open windows and lots of glass paneling. But don’t fret about weather, the outdoor tables are surrounded by tall heat lamps to counter those chilly desert nights. Be sure to check out their Glendale location if you find yourself in the area.
2 Urth Caffe
Urth Caffe is a staple for Los Angeles natives with casual atmosphere and organic fare. Although they have four locations, the Urth Caffe in Beverly Hills is our favorite. All locations carry organic coffees, teas, and juices (and their juice bar is quite extensive). Try a blend of beet, ginger, and carrot juice to get your morning going. Their sandwiches and salads are all freshly made and the ingredients, like the drinks, are organic. Breakfast is usually a busy time of day at the café with plates full of poached eggs and tables covered in cups of espresso. Don’t let the crows intimidate you though; the line moves quickly and a server will take your order before you even reach the cash register.
3 Lamill Coffee Boutique
Stop by Lamill for a haute cup of coffee. The boutique is located in Los Angeles’ trendy Silver Lake area and offers patrons a highly sophisticated coffee drinking experience. Lamill goes beyond the usual choices of coffee preparation and offers methods such as French press and hand drip coffees that go through crystal filters. And, their beans come from exotic places like Ethiopia, Kenya, and Guatemala.
This coffee shop specializes in both coffee and tea and their selection is incredible. They have multiple locations in California and all their roasting and brewing is done on site. They offer coffee workshops and tours of their factory so that customers can make confident and informed coffee purchases. The staff is very friendly and can answer any questions you may have about their products and the business itself. Decaf drinkers need not worry at this joint; special, flavorful blends of decaf coffee are served here.
5 Coffee Commissary
The Coffee Commissary is a true coffee shop indeed. They offer delicious little munchies along with a large selection of coffees, teas, and chai. Whole wheat croissants are a specialty of theirs. Make sure to try their house-made granola and yogurt parfait – it goes great with a creamy ice coffee. Their large patio area is perfect for everybody, equipped with lots of tables and large umbrellas to block out the sun if necessary. Also, they have free wifi, which is perfect for anybody who wants to get some work done on their computer while sipping on a cappuccino.