Brunch at Bottega Louie

I’ve just arrived in Beijing in the dead of winter. One step outside and I’m left wondering why I ever left the eternal warmth that is Southern California. While I do appreciate seasonal changes, the California native in me still craves year-round sunshine and blue skies. A couple weekends ago, we had one of those perfect summer-in-January days, and a friend and I decided to make an impromptu trip to LA for a lazy Saturday brunch.

Most locals will guide you to West LA for the best food in a great atmosphere, but if you’re stuck in downtown, don’t miss Bottega Louie. And it’s likely you won’t, due to its commanding presence. Housed inside a grand former bank, the restaurant has been restored to its former glory with its vaulted white ceilings and marble floors.  You’ll likely find a line here at any time of day, but don’t let it stop you–it moves fairly quickly and the wait isn’t as long as you would expect. Any of the brunch staples are a safe bet, but keep in mind they’re only available on weekends! If you’re a fan of macarons, pick up a box of the candy-colored cookie sandwiches on the way out; they’re the most popular item in the bakery section.

Lobster Hash with Poached Eggs and Smoked Paprika Hollandaise

Patisserie Counter / Green Tea Mojito

Assorted Breads & Cakes

Boxes and piles of their famous macarons

Bottega Louie
700 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017


  1. gemma says:

    Oh WOW. Now the banana with a side of natural peanut butter I’m devouring doesn’t seem so decadent. Crystal, thanks for the tip!

  2. natasia says:

    Looks divine. Brunch is one of my favorite “times” and unfortunately I’ve had pretty disappointing meals in Beijing. Still on the hunt for a good one so share on Herb & Lace!

  3. cindy says:

    Love the photo of the kid in front of the rows of delicious cake. I can really relate. Thanks for sharing, I love brunch! Seems like all of us out of the US dearly miss brunch.

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