SILVER LAKE & LOS FELIZ
— SILVER LAKE —
A lovely, lovely shop from Michelle and Ben Hantoot. As you would expect, the overarching conceit here revolves around dinosaurs, but in a way that's less Jurassic Park and more Land Before Time: cute stegosaurs logo, wavy boards hanging from the ceiling that one imagines fowould be the cute fins on said cute stegosaurs, etc. It's fun, the folks are very friendly, there's ample seating, coffee (and tea!) is solid. Add this one to your regular rotation.
4334 Sunset Boulevard | Coffee: Four Barrel
To eat: FarmShop pastries, the ocassional pie from Nicole Rucker, Guerrilla Tacos parks outsisde on Mondays
Nearby eats: The Kitchen, Garage Pizza, Ricky's Fish Tacos
COUNTER CULTURE COFFEE (TRAINING CENTER)
Ok, this isn't technically a coffee shop, but it's worth mentioning all the same: the North Carolina-based coffee roaster just opened a training center in a cool teal Art Deco building behind El Condor. Counter Culture, as you probably know, doesn't have any retail shops; these training centers, rather, are intended to be spaces that function partially as an office for CCC staff, as well as a place where wholesale partners can come in and train and where professional baristas can take classes. Thus you have areas in this open floor plan dedicated expressly to espresso, and to coffee brewing, and to machine repair. All that said, the center offer tastings to the public every Friday at 10 a.m. as part of its Tastings at 10 a.m. series, and there will be public brewing classes in the future.
1601 Griffith Park Blvd. | Coffee: Counter Culture Coffee
Nearby eats: Pine & Crane, El Condor, Tacos Delta
The first Intelligentsia location in Los Angeles, and probably the one worth going to if you're intent on visiting an Intelligentsia outpost. A beautiful shop, with some seats along the counter and tables in front. If you wanted to know what Silver Lake looks and feels like, sit here for an hour.
3922 W. Sunset Boulevard | Coffee: Intelligentsia Coffee
To eat: Pastries
Other nearby eats: Tacos Delta, Pine & Crane, Ricky's Fish Tacos
For those who like dark roasts and/or want a wholly different cafe experience in Silver Lake: this coffee "boutique" is decked out in the sort of plushy decor you'd expect to find on the Westside, and it was impressing Huell Howser with the ooh and ahh of siphon coffee long before most anyone else had specialty coffee beans, much less a siphon, on their bar. Beyond the big menu of coffee drinks, there's also a big menu of food, teas and wine.
1636 Silver Lake Boulevard | Coffee: LAMILL Coffee
To eat: A whole menu of sandwiches and other lunch-ish offerings
Nearby eats: L&E Oyster Bar, Alimento
— LOS FELIZ / VIRGIL VILLAGE —
GO GET EM TIGER
Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski's second location of Go Get Em Tiger (the first is on Larchmont; they also co-own G&B Coffee, in Grand Central Market in Downtown) is the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard between Yuca's and HomeState, right before you leave Los Feliz and venture into East Hollywood and Thai Town. Similar to the duo's other locations, you are to order your cortados and milkshakes and Business and Pleasures at the bar; unlike their two other locations, there's a full kitchen here. Chef Ria Wilson makes the most of it: the menu is full of tasty things like Adobo Grain Bowls and Steak and Eggs and Dutch pancakes. There's a pretty patio where you can have your coffee and your pancakes. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday.
4630 Hollywood Blvd. | Coffee: Rotating; recently: 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, Heart Coffee Roasters
To eat: See above
To eat nearby: Yuca's, Ricky's Fish Tacos. Also, Thai Town isn't very far away ...
Before it closed, Gelato Bar was a decent place to grab a cup of coffee, so it's somewhat fitting that the new occupant of the space also does coffee. And does it very, very well: Maru Coffee has a short menu of the espresso standards, plus a nice selection of pourovers. The decor is minimal and subdued, nice to catch up on some work or with friends.
1936 Hillhurst Ave. | Coffee: Rotating; recently: Ceremony Coffee Roasters, Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters
To eat: Pastries
To eat nearby: Yuca's
If you ever popped into McCall's Meat & Fish Co. for a nice pork chop, you've probably also picked up a kouign-amann or a baguette. Because chef Karen Yoo makes some pretty awesome pastries, so it's only right, then, that the bakery part of the butchery become its own standalone thing. Twenty40 is this standalone thing, a small bakery inside the former home of San Sui, a stone's throw from McCall's. In addition to the pastries, there's fine coffee from 49th Parallel, and table seating inside and on the patio. It's still a bit under the radar — as of this writing, the San Sui sign is still up and prominent — but if you remember the name, you'll find it: twenty-forty refers to its street address on Hillhurst.
2040 Hillhurst Ave. | Coffee: 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
To eat: Terrific pastries
To eat nearby: Yuca's, Little Dom's
H COFFEE HOUSE
H Coffee House is a much needed coffee shop on the Hillhurst side of Los Feliz, located in an adorbable Craftsman-style bungalow next to Home (which is no coincidence -- this is a shop brought to you by Home's owners, Rose and Aram Serobian). It feels a bit like the late '90s crashed into the late '00s in here, as if you've walked into a version of Central Perk in which Gunther and company were trained by someone who used to work at Intelligentsia and Tonx (in this case, said trainer would be Nick Griffith). Meaning: solid coffee, including cold-brew on tap and often very fun people-watching. Seating includes booths (!), a communal table, tables and an outdoor patio.
1750 Hillhurst Ave. | Coffee: Counter Culture Coffee Roasters
To eat: Housemade pastries
Nearby eats: Home for breakfast any time of the day, Yuca's, Little Dom's