Hollywood may be a battleground between sightseeing tourists and industry big wigs, but both need coffee to make it through the day (and to battle past aggressive superheroes on the Walk of Fame). Take a break from the Tinseltown madness with a stop at one of the the best coffee shops in Hollywood for a cold-brew, latte, espresso or whatever gets your heart pumping. And who knows, you may even see a celebrity or two.
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The 8 best coffee shops in Hollywood
Blackwood Coffee Bar sits at the base of Runyon Canyon, a chic yet comfortable space offering caffeine hits to both hikers and sedentary folks. Inside, plush benches and chairs make it easy to settle in for hours (there's free WiFi, plus a magazine rack with plenty of reading material), while the outdoor patio provides a little more sunshine and some prime people watching. On the menu, customers will find your standard cups of joe, but you'd be missing out if you didn't take a chance on some of the more out-there items: a horchata cold brew, for example, or Blackwood's namesake drink served in a martini glass. One of our personal favorites is the sparkling espresso, comprised of house-made espresso shrub, sparkling water and lemon zest.
Nestled between Columbia Square's Sweetgreen and Sugarfish is a treasure waiting to be discovered. This diamond in the rough pulls out all the stops when it comes to making a truly original cup of coffee or tea, like nitrogen infusion technology for a perfect cup every time. Their flavor profiles are just as outlandish—think: a smoked chili mocha latte—but the classic variety of lattes and teas, hot or cold, are also available for those who prefer a more traditional cup. Cheers!
This Hollywood outpost of the Fairfax coffee shop is a neighborhood hangout for industry types who laze on the Siren Studios adjacent patio. It's also a favorite among coffee nerds who drop in for single-origin pour-overs and cold brews from roasters like Sightglass Coffee, Coava Coffee and Victrola Coffee Roasters. There's also homemade chai tea and house-baked goodies like salted caramel rice crispy bars and homemade granola.
As one of LA's most reputable coffee chains (with locations in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Downtown, West LA and Venice), Groundwork sells Angelenos organic, custom-blended coffee to start their day. A favorite among regulars, the Bitches Brew is their darkest roast, and leaves a smokey aftertaste long after the cup is empty. Single origin variations come from all over—Brazil, Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru—while their latest addition, a cold brew coffee, has become so popular that it's also sold in bottles for wholesale.
Stop by La Monarca’s Hollywood shop for a coffee and some sweets. Sit down at one of the wooden tables and sip one of their specialty coffees: Cafe Oaxaca (with Mexican chocolate) and Cafe Taxco (with whipped cream and cinnamon). If you’re in the mood for something more LA-traditional, don’t worry: there are enough cafe lattes, mochas, and espressos to go around (as well as cafe con leche). Make sure to order one (or five) of the small, 50-cent cookies to go with your coffee. If you’re stopping in for lunch, browse the pastry display as well as their afternoon and dinner menu, which includes salads, molletes and tortas.
Expect quiet mornings and the occasional stand-up comedy evening—it is, after all, right across the street from NerdMelt—at this Hollywood coffee shop. The menu skews toward the sweet side, from caramel lattes to (mostly decadent) blended juice. But that’s not a bad thing: The Sunset Boulevard shop’s cozy collection of seating and canvases of Hollywood icons are a fine setting to while away the morning. It’s a good option to-go, as well; grab the breakfast sandwich with turkey bacon and egg whites on an English muffin, which comes with a free cup of coffee before 8am.
Koreatown's popular coffee shop has made moves to Hollywood, where they continue to sell outstanding cold brew, pastries, and a number of other coffee selections. Homemade pop tarts inlude red wine and fig, along with salted caramel cookies and lavender pistachio scones. Though the cafe has switch to a walk-up window format, it's still brewing Heart Roasters coffee and serving up pastries from Quenelle.
Take a break from bustling Hollywood Blvd and grab a coffee, lemonade or thai iced tea on Tiago’s patio. We recommend grabbing some food as well (just not during prime lunch hours—the wait will kill ya): try the chicken tortilla soup, house turkey panini and prosciutto di parma sandwich. If it’s early, a cappuccino and one of the breakfast meals (granola and yogurt or ricotta hot cakes) will do. If you’re in the mood to show off, whip out your laptop (using the free wi-fi, of course), order an Agave Matcha Latte, and have fun pretending to work. Feeling particularly adventurous? Skip out on their Cake Monkey typical desserts and order the one-and-only bacon donut (yeah, you heard right).