Coffee houses that offer more than just a stark appearance and a rushed crowded atmosphere are plentiful in Los Angeles. Here are some of the best choices below.
Tarte Tatin Bakery
9123 W. Olympic Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Tucked in a small shopping center is Tarte Tatin coffee and pastry shop. Grab a table out front where you can sip coffee and have a small meal and pastries with friends. It has some of the best pastry choices in Beverly Hills. Coffees are about $3 and it offers a selection of cappuccino, espresso, americano, latte, organic coffee and iced drinks.
12224 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Popular and longstanding on the Mar Vista area close to Venice Beach is the Venice Grind Coffee Shop. Residents attest to the great coffee and casual, friendly environment. Offering coffees from Columbia, Guatemala, Indonesia and its own house blend, you are sure to find an aromatic drip perfect for your palate. This shop cares so much about coffee and your repeat business that it offers coffee tutorials about the different ways coffee is made. There is an outdoor patio out back shared with Earl's Sandwich Café.
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3838 S. Centinela Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
The Coffee Connection offers certified, fair trade organic coffee and over 20 varieties of coffee. It is located in the former space of the longstanding famous Italian restaurant Bruno's Café. There is a beautiful interior of stained glass, original baroque architecture and a water fountain wall and high ceilings. It is a great place for a romantic cup of java. There is a lot of space for small group gatherings and college students looking to study with friends. Meeting rooms are also available. Coffee Connection hosts music entertainment in the evenings. Get 10 cents off your coffee by bringing in you own coffee cup.
Joni's Coffee Roasting Café
552 Washington Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Joni's Coffee is almost a landmark in Marina Del Rey. Close to the beach, many regulars come here every morning to eat breakfast and to sip coffee and tea. Joni's offers full breakfast and lunch choices. Omelets are stuffed and salad choices are plentiful. Fresh fruit juice blends are healthy and the soups are homemade. The cafe even offers 100 percent Kona coffee by the cup. Seating is inside or outside. This spot also serves as a great networking and meeting place for new friends. Show up early as it closes after lunch.
The Cow's End
34 Washington Blvd.
Venice, CA 90292
You certainly will find some of the best coffee and great food at The Cow's End. The rustic two-level interior makes you feel right at home. This is a place where you could sit outside in your bathing suit sipping coffee as it's a stone's throw from Venice Beach and the Venice Beach pier off Washington Boulevard. Salads, sandwich wraps and huge omelets taste even better when you're sipping Cow's End java. It is especially known for its espresso and lattés. Lots of eclectic and artsy types hang out at Cow's End, one of Venice Beach's favorite coffee spots.
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