When you think coffee, LA isn’t usually the first place that comes to mind. We don’t have the indie vibe of Seattle or the chic atmosphere of Paris, but LA is developing a coffee culture all its own. It’s just a little harder to find. Awhile back Intelligentsia set off a trend of hip, industrial-modern cafes opening in the area. Though the trend has been met with somewhat polar reactions, no one can deny that these spots are lovely for relaxing in on a lazy afternoon.
LAMill Coffee is a staple in hipster haven Silver Lake, and it has great ambience for reading or getting some work done. I love the sleek interiors and mid-century furnishings. In addition to espresso and more creative coffee concoctions, they also serve food, wine, and dessert, so it’s a promising lunch spot if you’re in the area. I’m partial to the iced Valrhona mocha on a warm summer day.
Handsome Coffee Roasters doesn’t mess around. It serves coffee, and nothing fancy at that–espresso and milk, your choice being between different sizes. A constant flow of customers proves that the beans speak for themselves. Located in the Arts District in downtown, it’s quiet but worth the trek to hang out in their open, light-filled space.
1636 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Handsome Coffee Roasters
582 Mateo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013