Proof Bakery

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Photograph: Kate Wertheimer

Proof Bakery

Photograph: Kate Wertheimer

Proof Bakery

Photograph: Kate Wertheimer

Baguette sandwich at Proof Bakery

Photograph: Kate Wertheimer

Freshly-baked cookies at Proof Bakery

Photograph: Kate Wertheimer

Baguette sandwiches at Proof Bakery

Photograph: Kate Wertheimer

Proof Bakery

Atwater Village

Na Young Ma's bakery is where locals drop in for morning coffee from Cognoscenti (originally in Culver City) and baked goods like buttery croissants and brioche toast slathered with local Sqirl jam. The caffeine is tops here, don't get us wrong, but lines out the door mostly appear around noon, when the bakery brings out its famous sandwiches. Options include marinated beets, herb pesto and goat cheese; or salami, machego and chive butter (there are veg options as well) on lightly salted, still-warm-from-the-oven mini baguettes. Grab one—they go fast!—and snag one of the few seats inside or on the sidewalk patio, where you'll get a vista of pretty much the entire Village while you sip your joe.

Venue name: Proof Bakery
Address: 3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am-4pm
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Kate W

Proof Bakery is almost perfect. The coffee and teas are great, and all the sweet treats on offer are tasty. (Fun fact: This was one of the first places Jessica Koslow of Sqirl, now a national culinary name, sold her jams.) The real winner here, however, is the mini baguette sandwich. You basically haven't lived until you've had oneā€”and once you have, you'll be hooked. I could eat one every day... except for the fact that Proof is low on outlets, so I can't get much work done there, and also has no bathroom. (Is that even allowed?) So get in, get that sandwich and get out.