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The 24 best coffee shops in Los Angeles

From macchiatos to cold brews, lattes to espressos, here are the best coffee shops in the city to score your next cup

By Erin Kuschner and Stephanie Breijo
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L.A. is a city constantly on the move, even if we’re only moving at a glacial pace on the freeway. Our fuel to get through the day? Coffee, and lots of it. Whether it’s paired with a fantastic brunch or enjoyed solo, good java is as necessary to Angelenos as a solid taco stand. But where can you find a great cup? And what makes a good coffee shop? To help you find the perfect brew, we’ve sipped our way through the best spots in town—check out our guide, refuel and get back out there. You’ve got things to do.

Settle in at the best coffee shops in Los Angeles

1. Go Get Em Tiger

Restaurants Coffee shops Larchmont Village
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Go Get Em Tiger comes from the growing coffee empire by Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski, a duo whose G&B Coffee stall just so happens to be its own staple at Grand Central Market. With seven locations currently running throughout the city, Go Get Em Tiger has fast become a hometown chain with consistency, but enough charm and nuance at each outpost to keep things fresh. Customers can choose from to-go goods and grab-and-go bottles of house-made cold brew, or take a patio seat to take in the funky, fun spaces with pastries, brunchy bites and retail items. Looking to stock up? GGET locations now also sell pantry staples, limited produce, and even bags of their baked goods (don't leave without a few of their fresh English muffins). If you're looking for coffee‚ and why wouldn't you be?—there is, of course, an all-star lineup of drinks made with their own brand of beans, plus bags and equipment to bring home. Our pick? Try the almond and macadamia milk cappuccino.

2. Verve Coffee Roasters

Restaurants Coffee shops Downtown Arts District
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Santa Cruz's Verve expanded to L.A. in a big way—especially in its new-ish Arts District location, a 7,000-square-foot, two-story café and coffee roastery that's now the L.A. flagship. The all-day menu here features a flexible kind of global cuisine, not to mention a handful of truly good coffee-based mocktails exclusive to that space. (Cascara negronis, anyone?) Of course no matter the location—Melrose, West Third and DTLA, too—you'll find the signature Verve menu of espresso classics, nitro cold brews, by-the-cup varieties and a few comforting snacks, plus beans available for purchase, along with other home coffee staples like filters and pour-over systems, not to mention an entire system based on farmer support and sustainability. All L.A. locations are available for takeout and online pre-order.

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3. Civil Coffee

Restaurants Coffee shops Highland Park

This spacious and stylish coffee destination is busy no matter the time of day—no surprise, seeing as it’s one of the Eastside’s top shops to grab a cup and a croissant. Tall ceilings, tiled floors and an array of seating options spread between tables, a couple couches and a back patio make for a fashionable setting, while the toasts, breakfast burritos, and flawless baked goods by Sugarbloom Bakery always make for a solid meal. The espresso rotates frequently, but the handul of teas and specialty coffee drinks remain more or less the same. We love The Figueroa, made with sweetened condensed milk, espresso, milk and cinnamon, topped with a Maria Cookie.

4. Endorffeine

Restaurants Coffee shops Chinatown
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Endorffeine isn’t your cutesy, sun-dappled, Instagram-driven coffee shop—not that there isn’t a place for those, especially in L.A. This is Far East Plaza’s stripped-down espresso stop that fuels you with meticulously measured pulls from Drop Coffee Roasters and Sey Coffee beans, and offers a number of creative caffeinated options in a sleek, minimalist setting. Look for owner (and former biochemist) Jack Benchakul behind the counter, painstakingly preparing drinks like the Thai iced offee made with cold brew, Thai spice and palm sugar, or the fan-favorite vanilla pandan coffee—he's even launched a new line of canned coffee and tea drinks. But his most ambituous concept? That would be "9," a cocktail-and-dessert experience for only nine people each event (follow along on Instagram to hear about the next one).

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5. Doubting Thomas

Restaurants Cafés Historic Filipinotown
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This charming Historic Filipinotown café offers all-day fare that's worth lingering over—already an easy feat, given the free wi-fi and creative coffee there, too. Small-batch, seasonal pastries like passion fruit pie with graham cracker crust; pecan and caramel coffee cake; and blackberry rhubarb galettes are so good you won't want to share, and go great with pour-over coffee and specials like vanilla-and-orange cappuccinos. Looking for something more substantial? A casual menu of rice bowls, breakfast sandwiches and toasts should do the trick, and if you want to bring the magic home, Doubting Thomas has its own blend of beans—as well as house-made concentrates for matcha, chai and beyond—which you can buy onsite.

6. Cognoscenti Coffee

Restaurants Coffee shops Culver City
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After years of pop-ups, Yeekai Lim’s Cognoscenti Coffee found homes in Culver City, South Park and the Fashion District with carefully roasted beans galore. Every location spots a cool industrial-chic aesthetic, with espresso-based drinks and pour-over coffee using beans from its own roastery. Keep an eye out for seasonal drinks, guest appearances from roasters and indie tea companies, and select coffee-related retail like beans, grinders, aeropresses and scales at all three locations.

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7. Bloom & Plume Coffee

Restaurants Cafés Historic Filipinotown

Stradling Historic Filipinotown and Echo Park, Bloom & Plume is a gathering space for both neighborhoods—and communities beyond. The Black-owned, Black-uplifting café celebrates diversity, Blackness and community through its art, its collaborations and its entire purpose: Conveying—and proving—the South African belief of ubuntu, or "I am, because you are": meaning that everyone and everything is connected in community. It also happens to serve consistent and colorful espresso, matcha and chai creations, not to mention vibrant toasts, lemonades and floral arrangements to brighten your day.

8. Strings of Life (S.O.L.)

Restaurants Cafés West Hollywood

A sunny bit of Aussie life in West Hollywood, the restaurant group behind the neighboring E.P./L.P. gives Angelenos a breezy spot for sausage rolls, fairy bread, flat whites and an impressive all-day café menu that pops with color and produce. There are everything-bagel–inspired potato cakes with smoked salmon; grilled corn and pea fritters; chutney-tinged breakfast burritos; and, of course, a full range of espresso drinks including a mushroom "chagaccino" sweetened by dates. The house blend's spot-on, too, roasted in South Bay by Common Room. Find it all tucked away in the alleyway just off Melrose, then order a few lamingtons and take a seat on the patio to take it all in, or order ahead and grab it to-go out of the walk-up window.

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9. Dinosaur Coffee

Restaurants Coffee shops Silver Lake
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The indie darling of Silver Lake's coffee shops, Dinosaur is a neighborhood nexus and, for regulars, the coffee equivalent of Cheers. You'll find friendly staff, familiar faces and all the espresso classics—plus specials such as cacao cold brew—and you can also opt for house-made shrubs and tonics or a handful of specialty teas. On the food front, hulking ham and cheese croissants, caramel brownies and other Friends & Family baked goods rotate throughout the case daily, keeping things even more exciting. Don’t forget to wave hello to the t-rex mural in the restroom or snap a shot near the neon; things really will be fine.

10. Kumquat Coffee

Restaurants Coffee shops Highland Park
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Hyper curated and hyper technical, Highland Park's Kumquat Coffee is a caffeine lover's paradise. Rows of bagged coffee beans, ceremonial-grade matchas, jasmine-tea chocolate bars, and every imaginable appliance can be yours to bring Kumquat's clear eye for style and quality into your home—or you can leave it to the pros, who'll be more than happy to whisk, brew and steam you an array of cold brews, dirty chais, matcha tonics, and espresso pulls with milk tea. Hungry? They also offer fresh pastries and breakfast burritos, just in case all that caffeine isn't fuel enough.

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11. Menotti’s Coffee Stop

Restaurants Coffee shops Venice
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Menotti’s Coffee Stop—emphasis on the "stop"—feels like a friendly refuge from its locations' touristy bustles: the neighboring Venice Boardwalk and a trendy enclave in Culver City. The interiors are all welcoming but spartan, with most of the attention focused on the bean selection. You won’t find much seating, but you will find records spinning on vinyl and plenty of fun and on-trend house creations. So consider your brief "stop" and that espresso tonic to-go a dose of tranquility to tote along the Boardwalk.

12. Maru Coffee

Restaurants Coffee shops Los Feliz

Minimalist in that dreamy sort of "I wish my own home looked this cool" sort of way, Maru Coffee is a sleek and streamlined operation where the coffee and its technology take center stage in a sea of light woods and white walls. And there's good reason: The coffee here deserves the spotlight. The Los Feliz and Arts District coffee shops take their name from the Korean "San Ma Ru," or "mountaintop," a nod to the high altitudes that grow the beans in Columbia, Ethiopia, Kenya and beyond. Of course there's more than bagged beans on offer: Thoughtful pour overs, limited releases, bottled house-made syrups, espresso tonics garnished with dried citrus, and ceremonial-grade matcha have all made the menu here.

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13. Sightglass Coffee

Restaurants Coffee shops Hollywood

On of the Bay Area's biggest and most beloved roasters is finally in Los Angeles. From their massive outpost in Hollywood you can order bags of Sightglass coffee beans roasted onsite, not to mention a range of espresso drinks, teas and even house-made cascara shrub. (We're partial to the latte made with fresh vanilla paste, ourselves, but it's hard to go wrong here.) L.A.'s Sightglass Coffee also serves as a bakery with fantastic fresh pastries, loaves of bread, bagels and thick square slices of pizza, plus picture-perfect toasts and other snacks. Need to stock up for home? It also sells beer, wine and a brief list of produce from local farmers, plus coffee equipment, making this a serious one-stop shop.

14. Dayglow Coffee

Restaurants Coffee shops Silver Lake

Part coffee shop, part subscription service, Dayglow is all about showcasing its favorite independent and up-and-coming roasters from around the world. You can find them stashed in the monthly coffee boxes, or drop by either the Silver Lake or West Hollywood locations for a full espresso menu, neon-lit settings and of course whatever the daily selection of these faves might be. Expect tonics and canned coffees and bubbly shrub sodas in addition to every classic coffee drink you could want, as well as home equipment, trendy merch and pastries.

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15. Eightfold Coffee

Restaurants Coffee shops Echo Park
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There’s nothing but smiles and pleasantries behind the counter at this bright, airy and minimalist shop, where you’ll find pastries and other snacky fare such as avocado toast and matcha chia pudding. The coffee shop has a Japanese influence to its selection, so try their killer matcha latte while perusing Eightfold’s well-curated book selection, enjoy the serenity of some shade-grown gyokuro, and the buzz of a pull of meticulously sourced single-origin espresso.

16. Joules and Watts

Restaurants Coffee shops Malibu

This charming micro roastery takes its beans—and especially the flavors they impart—as seriously as it takes its gelato (which is quite seriously indeed). Joules and Watts brings single-origin, small-batch coffee to a corner of the Malibu Village shopping center along with matchas, house bottled cold brew, pour overs, fresh pastries, and scoops of Nancy Silverton's own gelato, and co-owner and coffee roaster Max Gualtieri ensures that the bitterness in both the coffee and your day to day life disappears—even if just for the duration of a cup of coffee.

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17. Highly Likely

Restaurants Cafés West Adams
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This sunny West Adams café is, quite frankly, one of our favorite spots to start the day. The space is modern and cool but friendly, the coffee menu is brief but creative, and Highly Likely happens to sport some of the best café fare in the city. Linger long enough on that patio and you'll see that it's not a bad place to hang once the sun goes down, either: In the evenings, it flips to a moody vibe, and it's also got beer and wine. It's a neighborhood coffee shop, a great spot for dinner, and a communal space for local shops, makers and guest chefs to collaborate.

18. Blackwood Coffee Bar

Restaurants Coffee shops Hollywood
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Blackwood Coffee Bar sits at the base of Runyon Canyon, a chic, 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 wi-fi, plus a magazine rack with plenty of reading material—while the outdoor patio provides a little more sunshine and some prime people watching. You’ll find standard cups of joe here, but you’d be missing out if you didn’t take a chance on some of the more out-there items: espresso shrub with sparkling water and orange zest, for example, or the Latin Cold Brew, which gets made with cashew horchata and Aztec chocolate bitters. Oh, and in the fall, you can forget about the typical pumpkin spice latte: Blackwood's take involves house-roasted kabocha squash and gets topped with graham cracker crumbs—they do everything just a little differently here and we wouldn't want it any other way.

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Mad Lab Coffee Hollywood
Mad Lab Coffee Hollywood
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19. Mad Lab

Restaurants Coffee shops Hollywood

What's in a name? Well for Mad Lab, one of DTLA's top up-and-coming roasters, the name says it all. The team at the DTLA base and in the new Hollywood coffee window love experimenting with seasonal, creative ingredients that morph their naturally fruity and sweet coffee beans into wild "fizzy lifters"—seriously good and bubbly caffeinated concoctions—and specialty drinks such as the amazingly balanced dreamsicle cappucino. At the Hollywood window, simply stroll up and order from the menu or let whoever's behind the counter whip something up special for you while you nosh on fresh Clark Street pastries.

20. Cafecito Organico

Restaurants Coffee shops Silver Lake
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Tourists and Westsiders may wait in 20-minute lines at Intelligentsia up the street, but Silver Lake locals prefer Cafecito, the quieter shop up on Hoover. Here you’ll find less pretension and more privacy, not to mention an ethos that's all about sustainability and social justice. The shop is small, with only a bit of counter space inside, but a spacious and pet-friendly patio makes for a good place to get work done, catch up with friends or make eyes at your neighbor. Street parking can be tough to find, but bike racks abound for two-wheeled commuters.

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21. The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa

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The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa is a haven for coffee lovers—and as the name suggests, it’s a haven for tea and cocoa enthusiasts, too. Ask the friendly staff to help you decide which beans to bring home, or which of their hundreds of teas to order, and you’ll get an education that isn’t intimidating or brusque. The café roasts its beans in-house and also fulfills online and wholesale orders. It’s a popular spot for writers and Sony employees, and you may see interns ordering a gaggle of coffees from a list on their iPhones—but there’s a good chance there won’t be a laptop in sight (it’s a no Wi-Fi zone). It’s a refreshing feeling to walk into a coffee shop and see people talking or reading books or writing with actual pens and paper—and it’s something the Conservatory wants to, well, conserve.

Guerrilla Cafecito
Guerrilla Cafecito
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22. Guerrilla Cafecito

Restaurants Coffee shops Downtown Arts District

What happens when Guerrilla Tacos opens a sibling spot right next door? A morning-to-lunch café serving Latin-inspired baked goods, lattes, fresh juices and a little kitchen magic thanks to the beloved taco team at the end of the block. Guerrilla Cafecito is full of the taco shop's flavor—including in the breakfast burrito, a former special at Guerrilla Tacos, which you can now find every morning here and stuffed with beans, hash browns, eggs, steak, avocado and cheese.

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23. Alfred Coffee & Kitchen

Restaurants Coffee shops West Hollywood
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It may be devastatingly cute in both attitude and décor, but Alfred Coffee & Kitchen wears its signature handlebar mustache well. Swing by one of their many locations—West Hollywood, Studio City, K-town, Brentwood, Pacific Pallisades, Beverly Hills and Silver Lake among them—to witness a young and tanned barista fashion you a mean Americano. The wi-fi is free, the coffee is straightforward, the tea selection is robust, the pastries are tasty and the experience is irresistibly Instagrammable. Seriously. That “But first, coffee” signage should have its own handle.

24. Aroma Coffee & Tea Company

Restaurants Cafés Studio City
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Formerly a private home, Aroma Coffee & Tea Company transformed itself into a darling café where you can grab a coffee, slice of cake or full-on meal. The expansive coffee and tea menu caters to everyone, from the espresso lover to the chai-latte enthusiast. Inside the cafe, a library-like atmosphere—complete with fireplace—makes it feel like you’re chilling at home, while outside is more casual with a back patio and some tables on the front sidewalk. Our favorite time to visit? Brunch, when omelets and French toast galore get shuttled out of the kitchen to chic Valley dwellers.

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