A refreshing change from your typical global coffee shops chain, this local café boasts of serving organic varieties. This coffee shop offers in-house blends of coffee like Scandinavian Cupp, Urth Italia Espresso and teas like Darjeeling Shiva Gardens, Moroccan Mint Certified Organic, The Mystical Traveler and so forth. That’s not it, along with fine drinks, it also serves delectable platter that includes salads, sandwiches, baked goodies and even special vegan items.
Sometimes the simple things in life are the most pleasant. Simply Coffee, an independent specialty coffee bar in the heart of Burbank, lives by that motto. The coffee bar is a wood panel spectacle, though it offers a neighborhood vibe and friendlier attitude than hipster coffee joints. There’s a generous collection of organic teas and coffees along with salads, a few lunch items, and ten flavors of latte. Enjoy a sunny day with a cold brew or Mexican Mocha on the Zen patio.
In the heart of Magnolia Park, Romancing the Bean is a local favorite founded by a culinary arts specialist and her family. It’s a great option for consistently good coffee, fresh-pressed juices, desserts, sandwiches, and tasty small dishes. There’s some outdoor seating out front, but the interior is a gem with all-marble countertops, plush-leather seats, and exposed brick. Many, if not most of the ingredients are bought at local farmers’ markets, and the quality is evident.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters is trendy coffee shop that has some of the most delicious coffee in the neighborhood. They roast their own coffee beans there, and you can actually see the process through a clear window behind the counter. Their iced latte is perfect for a hot day in LA - thick almond milk and no bitter coffee flavor, smooth and creamy. Their coffee has no bitterness and is really aromatic, you can try one on their public tasting on Wednesday, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at noon. The decor is clean, chic and minimalist with a cool and industrial vibe.
Café Dulcé, as its name suggests, is a charming bakery and coffee shop in Little Tokyo, with charming interiors and patio seating. It is popular for its green tea donut and spirulina churro. Guests can enjoy a selection of cakes with beautiful decorations, sandwiches, brick toast, roti buns and home-made baguettes. Its donuts are available in a variety of flavors like fruits, bacon, custard and cream. It also boasts of a selection of milk tea and iced coffee infused with Hong Kong or Vietnamese flavors. A favorite with kids and adults alike, this is a great place for a cup of coffee and delicious confectioneries without paying a bombshell.
While the charming and hipster-chic decor of Sqirl is sure to catch your eye, the serpentine line of enthusiastic patrons spilling through the door, and on to the side-walk, is simply impossible to miss. The cafe is best known for its delectable organic jams, prepared using fresh fruits sourced from small, local farms. While waiting in line may be frustrating, especially when you can smell the delicious aromas wafting from inside, the wait is certainly worth it and gives you a chance to examine the chalkboard menu. The brown rice bowl, quiche and brioche sandwiches are especially popular, however a meal here is simply incomplete without a pastry and some of their amazing jam.
Justice Urban Tavern has an airy and swank look to it due to is high ceiling and industrial-chic decor. This gastropub is a great place to drop in for any time of the day or night. Taking pride in their inventive menu which focuses on seasonal and local farm-fresh ingredients, you can check out their dishes from the chalkboard. Enjoy their happy hours with wines and beers from Californian wineries and breweries.
Black and white accents, trendy orb-shaped light fixtures and dark wood furniture lend Baldoria a sleek look. This casual diner where the emphasis is on creative shared plates and craft cocktails is a welcome addition to Little Tokyo's dining scene. Meat lovers and vegetarians alike will find their tasty bite options and pizzas very tempting. Savor their dishes like Fried Shortrib Ravioli and Smashed Fingerlings. Or dig into their delicious pizzas such as Wild Funghi Conserva and Mrs. Croque. Enjoy their happy hours over cocktails like Bay of Pigs and Nessie’s Bath Water. Their bar also stocks a curated list of fine spirits, wine, bottled beer and draft beer.
Le Petit Paris is a quaint, romantic restaurant that will surely impress your date. The upscale decor, slow music and dim lights set the mood for a pleasant dining experience. Menu offerings include classic dishes like Caesar Salad, Seared Tuna and Lobster Linguini along with a number of house specialties like Le Petit Paris Signature Cheeseburger prepared with bacon and Lamb Shank cooked for 48 hours. Don’t forget to complement the flavorful meals with a glass of French wine for a more authentic experience. The prices may seem to be on the steeper side, but the quality of the food and the ambience are well worth the money spent.
The Escondite in Downtown Los Angeles is most popular for its burgers and its generous Happy Hour offerings. Cocktails, wines, and beers, as well as, appetizers are available at an average of USD4 on weekdays from 5p to 8p. Among their cheeseburgers, the Boss Hog and Slim Pickens are crowd pleasers, while the Escondite Beef Sandwich and fries are also delicious. An added feature of this bar is its showcase of local musical talent through concerts that start every night at 10p. Offering pretty views of the city, Escondite is here to stay.
Otium, roughly meaning leisure time in Latin is a great way to describe this contemporary restaurant. Bringing great food and fun vibes to the neighborhood, Otium is the ideal dining destination to celebrate a special occasion or to enjoy a hearty meal. Serving an assortment of globally-inspired dishes, the restaurant offers patrons the chance dig into delicacies like Foie Gras, Falafel and Tai Snapper under one roof. The delectable meals can be complemented with cocktails, beers or wines. Once you are here, consider sitting at the counter to see the chefs work their magic on the ingredients. If you are in the mood to try some extraordinary food, head to Otium for a meal that you are unlikely to forget for a long time.