The Best Coffeehouses in Los Angeles

September 28, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe
Yelp

Los Angeles offers plenty of excitement and activity for its travelers — but if you ever need a moment to just cool down and relax, taking a time out at one of their great coffeehouses may be just what you need. Be good to yourself by ordering a cappuccino and giving yourself an hour to chat with your friends. Take advantage of the free WiFi to get caught up on some work. Or enjoy any of the other amenities offered by the best coffeehouses in Los Angeles.

Do you like taking time out of your day to enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea? Then make sure to download a GiftYa e-gift card onto your debit card so you can enjoy the services of any of the coffeehouses listed below. This great e-gift card can also apply to many of Los Angeles’ tourist attractions, shops, museums, and restaurants, making it an essential part of your travel plans.

Coffee Prince

Great ice coffee at Coffee Prince

Friendly service and great coffee at Coffee Prince. Image courtesy of Yelp.

807 R. 12th St. | Downtown

Looking for a place in downtown Los Angeles to order a great coffee or espresso? Check out Coffee Prince, home of some of the best ice blended espresso drinks and smoothies. Want a nice lunch to go with your drinks? Order their chicken or beef teriyaki bowls, breakfast burrito, or a green salad with avocado. Reasonable prices, friendly staff, great coffee — make sure you try Coffee Prince.

“Owner is super friendly and jolly. Coffee and espresso is good quality here too.” — Yelp Review

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Art’s Coffee Shop

Delicious Mexican comfort food in a comfortable café setting

Authentic Mexican cuisine and great coffee at Art’s Coffee Shop. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1917 Zonal Ave | Boyle Heights

Enjoy great Mexican food at a comfortable café for reasonable prices. There are plenty of popular dishes to choose from, including their hard shell tacos, tortas, and avocado burgers. Order a cup of tea or coffee and relax in their patio area. Free Wi-Fi also makes working on your laptop a breeze. Come experience what many feel is some of the best Mexican cuisine in the area.

“Most people come to support the beloved owner – Maricela. She is hard working and often is the only one at the café. She can do it all. She is the cook, cashier, and waitress.” — Yelp Review

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Watts Coffee House

Eat meals full of love at Watts Coffee House

Enjoy hearty meals and great coffee at Watts Coffee House. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1827 E. 103rd St | Watts/ wattscoffeehouselosangeles.bestcafes.online

Re-opened in 1997 after the original Watts Happening Coffee House was destroyed during the 1965 Watts Riot, the Watts Coffee House holds a special place in the Watts community. Specializing in traditional American entrees, you can enjoy a nice breakfast or brunch here with their fried chicken, French toast, salmon croquettes, pork chops and chicken sausage — accompanied by a perfect cup of coffee. Order a meal here and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere.  

“This was exceptional fun fulfilling experience. This beautiful small gem has been serving the Watts community since 1965.” — Yelp Review

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UnUrban Organic Food & Coffee

Enjoy the bohemian-style atmosphere and organic food at UnUrban

Enjoy an organic chicken sandwich with your cappuccino at UnUrban Organic Food & Coffee. Image courtesy of Yelp.

3301 Pico Blvd | Santa Monica/ unurban.com

If you love organic food, you’ll definitely want to try UnUrban Organic Food & Coffee which offers 100% certified organic drinks and food. Order organic sandwiches, like their popular organic chicken sandwich. Or enjoy a bowl of their organic turkey chili accompanied by an organic espresso or latte. All drinks come with their own organic almond and coconut milks without any additives and you can sweeten drinks with natural agave, honey, and raw sugar. They also offer a selection of hot and cold fruit drinks and sodas.

“This place is legendary and the food is good. It’s always been more than a coffee house. It’s an experience.” — Yelp Review

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Portfolio Coffeehouse

Fine food and a fun atmosphere gives you a place to really appreciate your coffee

Order special drinks like this pumpkin spice latte. Image courtesy of Yelp.

2300 E. 4th St | Long Beach/ portfoliocoffeehouse.com

Check out the culture, fine art, and coffee in this coffeehouse where coffee connoisseurs have been enjoying good food and drink since 1990. You can order pastries, bottled drinks, and fine coffee from their lunch/brunch menu while appreciating the artwork on display by some of the West Coasts best emerging visual artists.

The casual but classy atmosphere offers a fun place to order your favorite latte or cold brew coffee, or a acai shake and blended chai tea. In the mood for more than just drinks? Snack on a ham & cheese croissant or vegan donut — or go all out and get a delicious breakfast roasted turkey & jack mini panini.  

“They have milk substitutions and their lattes are amazing. They do not taste milky and they have a nice strong flavor.” — Yelp Review

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House Roots Coffee

Quality lattes and espressos await coffee aficionados at House Roots Coffee

Matcha Latte at House Roots Coffee. Image courtesy of Yelp.

16155 San Fernando Mission Blvd | Granada Hills/ houserootscoffee.com

You’ll want to try the sweet lattes at House Roots Coffee, particularly the Lavender oat milk latte. Or if you’re more of an espresso drinker, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Customers also rave about their salted butterscotch lattes and iced lavender latte if you’re more of a cold brew fan.

Of course, while House Roots Coffee is well known for its java, you can order plenty of tasty treats, like their bacon scones, pork braised burrito, or lemon custard cake. A lot of talent goes into their food preparation, so you’re sure to find something good.

“There are not too many authentic tasting coffee spots in the valley and this place definitely fills the gap.” — Yelp Review

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The International Coffee House

Great brews, sandwiches, and a low-key atmosphere make this the perfect breakfast spot

Order something sweet like the Mexican Mocha and Coffee Crunch Muffin at the International Coffee House. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1015 E. Imperial Hwy Ste C1 | Brea

Want something sweet to start or finish off your workday? Then pay a visit to the International Coffee House and order one of their Mexican Mochas and Coffee Crunch Muffins. You’ll also be able to enjoy plenty of other coffee drinks, including espressos, cappuccinos, and iced coffee. Smoothies, shakes, and tea drinks are also available and you can snack on some of their breakfast croissants or panini sandwiches during lunch time. Customers love the low-key atmosphere at this coffeehouse.

“Super friendly barista and absolutely amazing coffee.” — Yelp Review

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Bagelmania & Coffee House

Quality bagels and great coffee

Not your usual bagels. Lemon pepper, avocado, cream cheese bagel. Image courtesy of Yelp.

8861 Adams Ave. | Huntington Beach/ bagelmaniacoffeehouse.com

As the name reveals, Bagelmania & Coffee House is famous for its bagels. You won’t find run-of-the-mill offerings here, as the menu choices reveal. Instead, enjoy a jalapeno cheese bagel or rainbow bagel. There are also bagel sandwiches like the Egg McBagel and even a Vegan Special with Tofutti, avocado, tomato and bac “un” bits.

Coffee-wise, you can order espressos and sweet drinks like their vanilla cream coffee. With its friendly service, Bagelmania & Coffeehouse is definitely the go-to place for bagel lovers.

“Fantastic bagels. I’ve been through New York, Brookline, chains, so on and so forth and the bagels here are the real deal.” — Yelp Review

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602 Coffee House

Amazing acai bowls and coffee you can enjoy by the beach

Fresh fruit acai bowls and quality 602 coffee. Image courtesy of Yelp.

602 Pacific Coast Hwy | Huntington Beach/ 602coffeehouse.com

In the mood for some refreshing acai bowls and avocado toast to go along with your morning coffee? Try 602 Coffee House. Locals love this coffee shop with its power bowls filled with acai, peanut butter, banana, strawberries, blueberries, and granola. You can also order California bagels and avo toast.

The baristas here can also make you special drinks like a Nutella Mocha (with oat milk) or their signature Bananas Foster Cold Brew that roasts its beans with bananas foster essential oils for amazing flavor. Only steps away from the beach, 602 Coffeehouse is the perfect eatery for a day by the ocean.

“Great Coffee, great service, a great overall experience. I can’t wait to go back!” — Yelp Review

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