Blacktop Coffee

Restaurants, Coffee shops Downtown Arts District
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Blacktop Coffee
Photograph: Erin Kuschner

"Would you like the quiz?" you might be asked at Blacktop Coffee's counter. There's no right or wrong answer here, just a friendly barista wanting to make you the perfect cup of coffee. "Hot or cold? Big or small? Do you want to sip it or shoot it back? Sticking around or taking it to go?" Then he'll whip up a tailored cup of Sightglass coffee, and it somehow tastes like exactly what you were craving. Would you expect anything less from Blacktop's founder, Tyler Wells, who also started the beloved Handsome Coffee Roasters (bought by Blue Bottle in 2014)? This tiny shop feels more European than anything else, with a few chairs and benches on the street and a small menu that reads White (lattes, cappuccinos), Black (Americanos, shots), Chocolate (mochas) and daily specials. You don't come here to work (there's no WiFi, nor any real table space). You come here for a quick cup of coffee among friends and a pop quiz from your neighborhood barista.

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Venue name: Blacktop Coffee
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Address: 826 E 3rd St
Los Angeles
90013
Opening hours: Daily 7am-7pm
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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On a morning stroll through the Arts District a friend and I popped in to Blacktop for two coffees and shared a single croissant. "Ah, the Fancy French Lady breakfast for you two!" the adorable barista joked. We went on to have a fairly long chat about where they source their croissants, how they stack against other local bakeries and so forth. His mix of cheer and knowledge felt pretty representative of this tiny cafe, where everything is simple but bright and executed with care, and the staff seem consistently delightful.