The 5 best cafes around Los Angeles


Starbucks may have locations all over the place, but independent cafes run their own ways to keep locals caffeinated and happy. What makes the best great? Is it the quality of the beans, daily roasting, tasty espresso-based experiences, the art of latte, the pastries, or maybe the food, the live music, or the general mood? Or a mysterious combination of the above.

Hoodline filtered the numbers to find the top five cafes in town, using both Yelp data and our own blend of analytics to produce a data-driven breakdown of where coffee drinkers go out of their way. to get the best cup (s) in town. of coffee.

Urth Cafe

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From its beginnings as a one-off cafe in Manhattan Beach in 1989, Urth has grown to become one of Southern California’s leading names in the industry and one of the nation’s leading organic coffee roasters. Signature blends in small batches are available at its few locations across the region, although the company has larger expansion plans including a new large facility, coffee bar and restaurant, and an organic garden of 1, 5 acre in Hawthorne. Blended coffee drinks are a favorite, including chai and green tea lattes (even the latte art stands out from the serious competition).

Pie republic
North Hollywood

Photo: Ty W./Yelp

This famous restaurant-bakery-café doesn’t put coffee in last place – it offers pour-over drinks and specialty drinks like a Nutella-based latte. The laid-back establishment encourages you to feel right at home with a delicious slice of berry or cream pie, your choice of premium coffee, and your sketchbook, notebook or even your laptop. Stick to the side later and you’ll also be listening to live music.

Copa Vida

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Part of wholesale coffee roasters, part of Pasadena’s small group of stores serving house blends including single origin espresso and worms. Fine teas and food are also available (including brunch). Discover the coffee-based “elixir” which tastes more like tea and is made using sound waves.

Bricks & Scones

Photo: Chanel M./Yelp

Homemade scones and pastries, Intelligentsia coffee, a huge outdoor patio, and a quieter upstairs room make this unpretentious place a favorite for everyone from local celebrities to USC students who studying for the finals. Single origin options are available, as well as specialty coffee drinks like Sea Salt Caramel Latte.

SteamPunk CoffeeBar & Kitchen
Valley Village

Photo: Susana F./Yelp

The cafe-bar’s extensive menu includes Cuban shots and a range of other Latin-inspired drinks, latte art, and a great French press. The caffeine choices pair well with the creative breakfast / brunch menu, and the local artwork on the walls complements the relaxed and tasteful vibe.

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