A West Los Angeles Guide to Coffee

After living in Los Angeles for over a year, I’ve been on an ongoing search for the best coffee shops in my neighborhood. From Santa Monica to Venice, West Los Angeles is the home to some of my favorite cafes and coffee shops. Today I’ve put together a list of the best coffee: west of the 405.

Rose Cafe

Rose Cafe is a cafe, bakery, and restaurant based in Venice, CA, stocked with fresh pastries, delicious brunch, and speciality coffee drinks with a variety of alternative milk options as well. Featuring a rustic menu, Rose’s eatery has two gorgeous outdoor patios, a bar, and a bakery, serving both drinks and food from 7AM to 10PM every day on Rose Avenue. Try the lavender latte with hemp milk the next time you drop in!

Find it: 220 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Menotti’s Coffee Stop

Menotti’s is a small coffee shop that sits at the front of the Venice Beach Boardwalk. With an old-school vibe, Menotti makes classic coffee drinks with a unique twist, even including a secret menu that’s hidden behind their hanging photos. From charcoal mochas to vegan spanish lattes, Menotti’s creative coffee drinks are both daring and delicious, with the perfect drinks for those in the Venice Beach area.

Find it: 56 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Bluestone Lane

Bluestone Lane is a coffee shop in Santa Monica inspired by the Australian coast, with a quintessentially Californian feel. Bluestone Lane specializes in premium coffee and healthy treats, with a beachy atmosphere and delicious wellness drinks. Serve up the perfect start to the week with an iced Milo or an Aussie iced latte.

Find it: 631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Alfred’s Coffee Brentwood

Alfred’s Coffee is a Los Angeles staple, but their Brentwood location holds a special place in my heart on the west side. You might recognize them from their slogan, “but first, coffee”, but don’t let the cultish nature of the brand deter you: Alfred’s is truly one of the best coffee shops in Los Angeles, with espresso shots, cold brew, their famous iced lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, and even kombucha. For a drink that’s both Instagram worthy and delicious, find your new favorite at Alfred’s!

Find it: 11908 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Intelligentsia

If you couldn’t already tell, Venice is the home to some of the best coffee on the west side, and Abbot Kinney’s Intelligentsia is no exception. With an industrial atmosphere, Intelligentsia perfects handcrafted coffee with high quality flavors, mastering the art of some of my favorite coffee drinks like iced oat milk lattes or matcha drinks. Intelligentsia is almost always packed with customers, so get there early if you want to hang around for more than a quick coffee run.

Find it: 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

What are your favorite coffee shops in Los Angeles?

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