College means spending most (if not all) days and nights wired with caffeine to get you through. To get your fix for the school year, here are the 10 best cafes in Los Angeles for when you’re back to school in the city!
1. Urth Caffe
Nothing’s more L.A. than going to Urth Caffe. This influencer hotspot is most likely crowded, but it’s so worth the wait for their amazing drinks to have alongside delicious meals and desserts. Urth Caffe is always a go-to for those days you want to feel like a tourist, since they are in popular locations scattered all over L.A. like Melrose, Santa Monica, and the Arts District downtown.
2. The Boy & The Bear
A lot more lowkey than other cafes, The Boy & The Bear is located on a small corner within Redondo Beach. They’re a “specialty coffee roastery” so you can be sure that their coffee is just as good as they make it up to be. This cafe is great for catching up on homework or studying, as it doesn’t get too busy, noisy, or overly crowded. They also have cute wooden benches outside where you can socialize with some friends without feeling like a disturbance.
3. Verve Coffee Roasters
Verve Coffee Roasters are one of the many cafes located in the heart of downtown L.A. There are many specialty coffee places around, but Verve Coffee Roasters is considered one of the best in Los Angeles. It’s also a great place to catch up with friends or study alone with spacious indoor and outdoor seating. This cafe is definitely Instagram-friendly with all the plants they have around!
4. Paramount Coffee Project
Another gem within downtown L.A. cafes, Paramount Coffee Project not only serves great coffee but also a variety of food, not just pastries. Many come for breakfast or brunch as it is a full service cafe, so more like a restaurant. It’s not your typical order-first-then-find-your-own-place-to-sit kind of cafe! It’s a bit small so expect limited seating, but Instagram-ready ambiance!
5. Highly Likely Cafe
Located in West Adams on Jefferson Blvd., Highly Likely Cafe also fits into a minimalist coffee drinker’s aesthetically pleasing setting. This place is special for having vegan and vegetarian options in their food menu and really emphasizing that farm-to-table element. Like a lot of popular L.A. cafes, be prepared for limited seating especially during the weekends.
Triniti is a small European-style cafe found in Echo Park. Serving seasonal food options, you can be sure to enjoy your coffee with the freshest ingredients of the season. Despite having the same minimalist interior with a few plants here and there as other Eastside cafes, what sets Triniti apart is that they actually make their food a main focal point rather than their coffee. It’s a little gem you can visit to enjoy tasty unique meals and hangout with friends.
7. Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
Locals claim Intelligentsia as one of their favorite cafes, rightfully so. Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea has a variety of yummy pastries you can enjoy with your cold brew or Americano. This cafe is known to have a very clean and neat interior, with a great ambiance for outdoor seating as well! You can study and linger for hours at this Instagram-friendly cafe.
8. Dinosaur Coffee
This hole in the wall coffee shop is a hipster’s paradise. It’s minimal with moderate noise, and of course, contains Instagram-able interior. Located on Sunset Blvd., it’s a great place to focus on your essay or catching up on lectures.
9. Tierra Mia Coffee
Possibly one of the most popular cafes in the LA area, Tierra Mia has a variety of amazing drinks (especially their fraps!). They also have vegan options for pastries, which is a plus! However, the only downside is that there’s no wi-fi available, so don’t come to Tierra Mia prepared to work on your laptop! Instead, enjoy the beauty of this cafe with a few friends or read a book on your own.
10. The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa
Located in Culver City, The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa is unique for their extensive menu of freshly roasted organic coffee with an amazing tea selection as well! Come by expecting long lines and no wi-fi to do any work, but hey, more reason to procrastinate right?