12 Must-Visit Los Angeles Coffee Shops

By Melissa King, Joyride LA Intern

Whether you’re a coffee aficionado, or just want a great place to relax and enjoy a latte, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Joyride, we know coffee, and after being in Los Angeles for years now, we decided to take a look into some of LA’s must-visit cafes. 

If you’re an LA local, you certainly may be familiar with one, two or perhaps all of these, but hopefully we can inspire your next coffee adventure. This list is meant to highlight some personal Joyride suggestions as well as industry-insider picks from our partners, with some detailed information on each location to ensure it's the perfect cafe for you!

 Stumptown in Downtown LA, where the coffee and the atmosphere are both gorgeous.

Stumptown in Downtown LA, where the coffee and the atmosphere are both gorgeous.

1. Stumptown Coffee, DTLA  

A third-wave coffee pioneer and long-time Joyride partner, Stumptown opened their doors at this downtown location back in 2013.  Hailing originally from Portland, Stumptown has been providing delicious pour over coffee, espresso, and hand-crafted lattes to all of their patrons since coming to town. It's a beautiful space with, arguably, even more beautiful coffee.

Hours: 6:30am - 7:30pm, everyday
Location: 806 S. Santa Fe Avenue
Must try menu item: The go-to is their latte, but also check out the nitro cold brew
Lunch venue: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes, small patio out front
Parking: Street parking is available on Santa Fe
Dog Friendly: Yes
Website: https://www.stumptowncoffee.com/locations/losangeles

 You simply can't go wrong with Blue Bottle in Los Angeles.

You simply can't go wrong with Blue Bottle in Los Angeles.

2. Blue Bottle, Arts District

There are a several different Blue Bottle locations in the greater Los Angeles area, but the one we chose to focus on is nestled in the Arts District in DTLA.  Blue Bottle, another long-time Joyride partner, offers an array of coffee delights and roastery tours every Saturday! Serving a rotation of blends and single origin drip coffee, Blue Bottle’s selection is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

Hours: 7:00am - 6:00pm, everyday
Location: 582 Mateo Street
Must try menu item: We're in love with their Macchiato
Lunch venue: No
Outdoor seating: No
Parking: Street
Dog Friendly: Yes
Website: https://bluebottlecoffee.com/cafes/arts-district

 A look inside Groundwork's Traction Avenue shop.

A look inside Groundwork's Traction Avenue shop.

3. Groundwork Coffee Co, Venice

Growing from the ground up, Groundwork’s story begins in Venice, CA a little over 25 years ago. Starting out as a small cafe offering coffee and tea beverages, they also doubled as a destination to find old and rare book.  They’ve kept to their name, and have since grown to meet demand and now offer their 100% organic and kosher coffee in 10 locations in California, with two locations in Portland.

Hours: 6:00am - 8:00pm Sun-Tue, 6:00am - 9:00pm Fri-Sat
Location: 811 Traction Avenue
Must try menu item: Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Lunch venue: Yes
Outdoor seating: There are a couple tables located outside
Parking: Street
Dog Friendly: No
Website: https://www.groundworkcoffee.com/

 Verve's beautiful Los Angeles cafe

Verve's beautiful Los Angeles cafe

4. Verve Coffee, DLTA

This specific Verve location is quite unique; It’s a collaborative space that serves both Verve and Juice Served Here. The space offers the DTLA vibe, which for newcomers, consists of exposed exposed pipes, scaling plants, with an unfinished, industrial style throughout. Whether you love this recurring DTLA vibe, or not, we guarantee there is something to please every palate!

Hours: 7:00am - 7:00pm Mon-Fri, 7:00am - 8:00pm Sat-Sun
Location: 833 S. Spring Street
Must try menu item: 1 & 1; a double shot of espresso split into two demitasses. One is straight espresso and the other is a Macchiato.
Lunch venue: No
Outdoor seating: Yes, there’s a patio!
Parking: Street
Dog Friendly: Yes
Website: https://www.vervecoffee.com/pages/los-angeles

 LAMILL's Silver Lake Cafe is a must-visit for anyone in Silver Lake

LAMILL's Silver Lake Cafe is a must-visit for anyone in Silver Lake

5. LAMILL, Silver Lake

LAMILL's Upscale cafe offering premium leather seating to all of their Silver Lake patrons.  A great spot to come with a friend for breakfast, or dinner! They have an exquisite menu that offers breakfast all day and a delectable array of salads, sandwiches, and pasta.

Pro Tip: The LAMILL cold brew on tap is made by Joyride, and the very same kegs are available for offices in the Los Angeles area!

Hours: 7:00am - 9:00pm, everyday
Location: 1636 Silver Lake Blvd
Must try menu item: You gotta try the Cold brew!
Lunch Venue: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Parking: Parking lot available, and street parking
Dog Friendly: Yes
Website: https://lamillcoffee.com/

 At Intelligentsia, your coffee is always handled with extreme care.

At Intelligentsia, your coffee is always handled with extreme care.

6. Intelligentsia, Silver Lake

Originating from the Midwest, Intelligentsia brings quality and care into each cup, and has been a long-time partner of Joyride. Their commitment to direct trade has allowed Intelligentsia to not only put quality first, but also demonstrate the care they put into sourcing their beans. Just walking into their cafe, you can feel that every detail is taken care of.

Hours: 6:00am - 8:00pm Sun-Wed, 6:00am - 10:00pm Thurs-Sat
Location:  3922 Sunset Boulevard
Must try menu item: Double shot of Black Cat Espresso
Lunch venue: No
Outdoor seating: Yes
Parking: Street
Dog Friendly: Dogs are allowed on the patio, but not inside
Website: https://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/silver-lake-coffeebar

 Once you walk in to G&B, you'll be left wanting more!

Once you walk in to G&B, you'll be left wanting more!

7. G&B, DTLA

Located in the Grand Central Market, G&B has been welcoming friends since 2012. When you walk into their cafe, you enter an extremely inclusive and warming space that welcomes you back and sets up a great place to relax and . Come with a friend, grab a coffee, and walk around the historic Grand Central Market.

Hours: 7:00am - 7:00pm M-W, 7:00am - 8:00pm Thurs-Sat
Location:  317 S Broadway
Must try menu item: Almond Macadamia Cappuccino
Lunch venue: Yes
Outdoor seating: Yes
Parking: Street parking, and nearby parking garages are available
Dog friendly: No
Website: https://gandb.coffee/

 

 Dulce Dos, don't miss it if you're in the area!

Dulce Dos, don't miss it if you're in the area!

8. Dulce Dos, DTLA

This must-see spot is an encore to the popular Cafe Dulce in Little Tokyo, and the second location doesn’t disappoint. Dulce Dos offers all of the same pastries, sandwiches, salads, and beverages that their parent cafe offers, along with the signature artistic feel. If you find yourself near Cafe Dulce or a few blocks over in at "Dos", we recommend that you enjoy the light and airy feel and the wall art with a popular Blueberry Matcha Latte in hand.

Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm M-F, 10am - 4pm Sun, Closed Sat
Location:  777 Alameda Street #150
Must try menu item: Blueberry Matcha Latte
Lunch venue: Yes
Outdoor seating: No 
Parking:
Street
Dog Friendly: No
Website: http://www.cafedulce.co/

 If you see the Blu Elefant logo, be sure to stop in!

If you see the Blu Elefant logo, be sure to stop in!


9. Blu Elefant Cafe, Mid-City

If you’re looking for your new go-to spot for your early evening adventures, this might be just what you need! Filled with soft couches and lacey frills, Blu Elefant creates an inclusive environment with their intimate feng shui and thoughtful design. Bring your guitar to one of their open mic nights, it will feel like you’re playing a private show in someone’s home.

Hours: 6:15am - 11:00pm Mon, 6:15am - 9:00pm Tue-Sat, 6:15am - 9:00pm Sun
Location: 2024 W Washington Blvd
Must try menu item: La cafe de hoya
Lunch venue: Yes
Outdoor seating: Yes
Parking: Street
Dog Friendly: Yes
Website: http://blu-elefant-cafe.cafes-city.com/

 

10. Urth Caffe (Multiple locations)

 Urth's cafe in Beverly Hills

Urth's cafe in Beverly Hills

Launched as the world’s “first exclusively organic, heirloom coffee company,” Urth derived its name from the aspects they found in their coffee - stemming from how naturally rich it is. Urth since it’s  start in 1991 has expanded to 7 different locations throughout Southern California... with some truly distinct cafes!

Hours: 6:00am - 11:00pm Sun-Thurs, 6:00am - 12:00am Fri-Sat
Location: Check website for multiple locations!
Must try menu item: Urth Bread Pudding Breakfast with a honey vanilla latte
Lunch venue: Yes
Outdoor seating: Yes, most locations have a patio
Parking: Some parking, mostly street parking.
Dog Friendly: Yes, where outside seating is available
Website: https://urthcaffe.com/

 

 Paramount sports a professionally-designed shop!

Paramount sports a professionally-designed shop!

11. Paramount Coffee Project, West Hollywood

Known locally for best Vanilla Latte in Los Angeles, Paramount offers national and international roasters along with offering unique and delicious food options ranging from short rib mole tacos to Atlantic smoked salmon. With a cafe look that is designed by Sydney-based architect Alana Cooke, this spot is clean and inviting, a great spot to share a contemplative moment. Come experience this little cafe getaway next time you find yourself in LA!

Hours: 7:00am - 5:00pm, everyday
Location: 456 N. Fairfax Avenue
Must try menu item: Vanilla Latte
Lunch Venue: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Parking: Street parking
Dog Friendly: Yes
Website: http://www.pcpfx.com/

 Dinosaur Coffee is as impressive looking as its drinks are tasty!

Dinosaur Coffee is as impressive looking as its drinks are tasty!

12. Dinosaur Coffee, Silver Lake

Deciding where to take your afternoon coffee break? Look no further,  providing Four Barrel and Song Tea, this independent little coffee shop is a perfect place to grab a quick coffee or tea! If you become a regular here, be sure to check their website to be up to date with events going on that give you a reason to visit beyond just the amazing coffee!

Hours: 7:00am-7:00pm, everyday
Location:  4334 W. Sunset Boulevard
Must try menu item: Cold brew and almond milk
Lunch venue: No
Outdoor seating: No
Parking: Street, and there’s a private lot
Dog Friendly: No
Website: https://www.dinosaurcoffee.com/


We hope you enjoyed our rundown of highlights of the Los Angeles coffee scene! Here are Joyride, we make cafe-quality coffee available in offices, just like the enviable establishments above... no barista required!