Downtown L.A. has become affectionately known as the “Coffee District,” home to some of the top third wave coffee purveyors in the city. Read on for the best places in Downtown L.A. to get your caffeine fix and more.
This lively neighborhood gathering spot offers Intelligentsia coffee, hot teas from Art of Tea and a selection of healthy beverages like the Breakfast Drink (orange juice, flaxseed oil, banana and silky tofu). To nosh, there are specialties like avocado breakfast toast (smashed avocado, butter, radish salad, chives, lemon zest), various egg dishes and omelettes, and counter service with a European display of pastries and baked goods.
The company opened its bustling Arts District location at the Barker Block lofts in 2008, well before the area’s current renaissance had begun in earnest. The most popular house blend is the Manhattan Mudd - dark roasted, strong and highly aromatic. Other offerings range from the lightly roasted Rainforest to the full-bodied Milano.
Located just steps from Bestia and Bread Lounge, Stumptown features a retail bar, roastery, training lab and warehouse. The space is dominated by the roastery, which includes a 60-kilo Probat roaster. Espresso shots are pulled in the front bar from a custom La Marzocco Strada MP.
The latest outpost of L.A.’s homegrown coffee and tea destination, originally founded at Venice Beach in 1990. In addition to its signature organic coffees, Groundwork offers an expanded food menu featuring house-made baked goods, salads, sandwiches and more. The Traction Avenue space features a minimalist interior of exposed beams, brick walls and plenty of locals with open laptops.
A popular coffee shop and cafe that serves a variety of coffee and tea beverages, as well as a seasonal food menu with whimsically-named dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. The 16-ounce Buena Vista is a popular order, featuring two shots of espresso, two teaspoons caramelized sugar and 14 ounces of milk.
Blue Bottle features a rotating selection of blends and single origins as drip coffee, the L.A.-exclusive Dandy Espresso, and the ever-popular New Orleans–style iced coffee, a chicory-infused cold brew.
The 200 square-foot coffee bar offers a menu that features Sightglass Coffee from San Francisco. Espresso options include white (with milk) and black (straight espressos and Americanos), along with brewed coffee, mocha, chai and tea. On Thursdays and Fridays, the Guerilla Tacos food truck is parked in front of Blacktop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.