If you ever watch any of my InstaStories, (as you should because I’m freaking awesome), then you would know that I have a thing for coffee. It’s part of my routine: morning workout, then an iced coffee/espresso/matcha beverage of some sort.
I recently did some math and figured out just how much I was spending on coffee on a monthly basis. You ready? $100! Yes, I am spending close to $100 per month on just COFFEE! It sounds like some serious first world problems, but I have an addiction for yummy, tasty espresso drinks that are served all over Los Angeles. With this kind of expenditure, you’d hope that I would know a thing or two about what’s good around town. So, here are my top 5 favorite coffee shops in LA:
ONE: BLUE BOTTLE
New Orleans. That’s the one and only drink I ever get at Blue Bottle and it’s all I ever need. It’s just an ice coffee with organic cane sugar and milk. That’s it. So simple, and yet oh so good!
Avocado Toast. I know we’re talking about drinks, but this particular dish is a staple at every coffee shop. I live in WeHo. Trust me when I say that I’ve had my fair share of avocado toasts from every freaking restaurant/cafe there is. Verve offers one of THE best avocado toasts in LA. It’s got butter on the toast before the avocado, which are in heaping chunks. I’m salivating as I type this.
Matcha, Chai, Espresso Latte concoction. This Andante drink has no name, but the barista, (possibly also the owner?), asked me to trust him, and he made me a phenomenal iced beverage that consisted of matcha, chai, a shot of espresso and milk. Sorry, I’m of no help here with the name of this drink, but their Lavender Latte is really delicious as well, (get it hot).
FOUR: CARRERA CAFE
Americano. I was very pleasantly surprised as to how good Carrera‘s coffee was. I went there simply to take photos of their beautiful interior, and I ended up falling in love with their Americano. The espresso beans they used are flavorful and aromatic. I recommend their hot lattes as well.
FIVE: ALFRED TEA ROOM
Iced Matcha Tea Boba. Need I say more? As an asian, I can say that their boba is right on point. It’s always warm, yummy and fresh. Their decor is just pink-rrific, and every spot is photo worthy. Go in for a boba drink, and be sure to take a gazillion photos, stories, and snaps.
I don’t recommend anyone spending $5-$7 each day on a caffeinated beverage. HOWEVER, if you were planning on doing it anyway you might as well make sure it’s worth it. I’m always down to try new places. Any coffee shops in LA that you absolutely love?
Photographed by Mire Yang