You don't come to Blue Bottle Coffee for the Wi-Fi (there is none). You don't come for the pastries (there are only a few options displayed under a glass case). You come for the coffee, for the Blue Bottle brand that started in Oakland and, after spreading to both coasts, has now planted itself in the former space of Handsome Coffee Roasters. But fans of Handsome Coffee shouldn't shun the newcomers. The small but curated menu caters to the Downtown Arts District clientele with shots of dense espresso and a few options for drip coffee and cold brew. Oh yeah, and about that cold brew: the New Orleans variety, which Blue Bottle has managed to box up in cute school cafeteria-style milk cartons and sell across the country, is a solid option here. It's at once creamy and bitter, and a great introduction to the cold brew craze.
The influx of quality cocktail bars and restaurants have been part of Downtown Los Angeles' latest renaissance, but coffee shops have played a huge role, too. While the majority of shops popping up tend to be espresso bars—tiny spaces where the emphasis is on standing at the bar with a shot in hand—there are also hardcore roasters and beautiful spaces for working. Here, we've rounded up the best places in Downtown to grab a cup of coffee.
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