The 5 Best Coffee Shops in L.A.

Think competition in LA is stiff? With brew rooms across the city now catering to caffeine-lovers and stylistas alike, Hollywood starlets and aspiring screen-sirens are no longer the only ones vying for Tinseltown's top titles. Here are five fab coffee shops that make the cut. 

Bar Nine

Industrial roaster-cum-cafe Bar Nine in Culver City’s Hayden Tract sports a raw timber bar, which is all the better for serving up niche global blends, including Tawo Mok and Nitsu Ruz — both sourced from Ethiopia. Don't leave without picking up a fun take-home coffee-making kit.

Bar Nine, 3515 Helms Ave, +1 310 837 7815,

Alfred Coffee & Kitchen

Melrose’s own Alfred Coffee & Kitchen is a one-stop shop for foodies and social media junkies alike; pairing lab-chic white tiles, insta-worthy floral wallpaper and bold graphics with Portland’s famous Stumptown coffee and an array of lean, healthy eats.

Alfred Coffee & Kitchen, 8428 Melrose Pl, +1 323 944 0811,

Paramount Coffee Project

Featuring minimal white-and-green tiles, wooden fixtures and leafy plants, Sydney-born Paramount Coffee Project on funky Fairfax Avenue offers a mean cuppa and an ace Aussie brunch to pair. Quality local and international roasters (from Ethiopia to Kenya) are served alongside delicious avocado on toast, buckwheat noodles and superfood bowls.

Paramount Coffee Project, 456 N Fairfax Ave, +1 323 746 5480,

Cognoscenti Coffee Bar

Behind a black-and-glass facade, Culver City's modernist Cognoscenti Coffee Bar ticks your Rooibos Latte box, with a side of on-trend drip, pour-over and cold-brew coffees. Hot and iced teas take their cue from China (think Liquid Jade). Remember to fix yourself up with the yummy pastries, such as the triple berry pie.

Cognoscenti Coffee Bar, 6114 Washington Blvd, +1 310 363 7325,

Demitasse Roastery

Demitasse Roastery makes all drinks to order, including flash-iced coffee via a Steampunk brewer. Enjoy it with Rejuice juices, Sugarbloom pastries, or gluten-free goodies from Erin McKenna’s bakery. 

Demitasse Roastery, 1149 3rd St, +1 310 260 6308,

- This article originally appeared on PenCities

- Published 10 February 2017

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