LA Coffee Shops We Love July 07, 2015 16:08
Being in the heart of the Fashion District, Bailey Blue is just a few blocks away from some of Downtown LA's coffee hot spots. So we took it into our own hands to go sip away at some delicious java and give you the inside scoop on where to get your morning coffee fix. And of course what to wear while caffeinating!
Our First Stop: Blue Bottle Coffee
This Blue Bottle Café is the first of its name in the downtown LA area and is located in the middle of the Art District just across the street from the iconic Zinc Café. They serve a changing selection of blends and single origins as drip coffee. They also have a one of a kind Dandy espresso that is exclusive to their LA locations.
We went ahead and tried their most popular drink: the New Orleans Cold Brew. Perfect for a hot day, this coffee drink is cold brewed for 12 hours! That's a commitment. Mixed with creamy organic whole milk, this spin on the classic iced latte was far from ordinary and we will definitely be back for more. Aside from delicious drinks, Blue Bottle Coffee has a lovely modern and organic atmosphere. The coffee shop is spacious with high ceilings and bar seating that looks out at the bustling street, which is perfect for spotting some street style. Not to mention they have free coffee tastings every Tuesday at 2pm.
What's their back story? Blue Bottle was started in Oakland, California to bring people who love their coffee the taste of freshly roasted brew without all the sweet overdone syrupy nonsense. Not only do they sell their coffee less than 48 hours out of the roaster, but they also roast their beans in vintage gear! And for you eco-friendly coffee drinkers they also use compostable bags. Bonus points in our book!
Stop #2: Blacktop Coffee
Next up on our list was Blacktop Coffee, a Bailey Blue favorite. Don't let their small shop size turn you away. Blacktop Coffee is two steps off the blacktop tucked in next to Alchemy Works. Also located in the Art District, it offers cozy indoor/outdoor character, delicious iced coffee, and salted chocolate chip cookies to die for! Of course we wanted to try the prettiest item on the menu (we love latte art), which happens to be the Glass White. This creamy rich espresso drink was perfection all the way down to the last drop. And with one of their specialty cookies (this time we tried the PB&J cookie), you can't go wrong. If you are in the mood for something a little more filling they also have a selection of specialty toasts piled high with different things from smoked trout to avocado.
Right out front the sidewalk is cluttered with small tables and wood stumps that double as chairs, shady tree covered seating, and a perfect sidewalk view for scoping out the area (and of course lots of people watching!). And with the creative draw of the art district you'll be sure to spot some rad outfits. Just through the entrance you can turn left into the adjacent gallery and shop called Alchemy works. This neighboring gallery has fun pop-up shows ranging from collections of vintage surfboard fins and film photography to antique cars. It is nothing short of creative inspiration! On top of all the atmosphere and delicious beverages, the baristas are eager and friendly to satisfy your coffee needs.
Stop 3: Café Dulce
If donuts (dodos) are your guilty pleasure, Café Dulce is a must go! We like to follow the “donut a day” motto here at Bailey Blue. This one stop coffee and dessert destination is located right in little Tokyo and they have everything from blueberry roti buns filled with melted buttercream to ice cold Dulce Latte’s. Oh and don’t forget the bacon covered donuts. We've heard rumors that they have the best donuts in LA. For those coffee bean enthusiasts out there, they serve Four Barrel, Stumptown, and Verve coffee, which all translate into a perfectly delicious latte.
Final Stop: Coffee Colab
Because we drink coffee like water, we had to make a couple more stops. Next up: the Coffee Colab. Aside from the friendly vibes, creative crowd, and eclectic vintage inspired décor, Coffee Colab does a latte just right. They have all sorts of fun seating from refurbished rocking chairs to corner benches looking out at the street. All the way down to the latte art, they know how to whip something up. It was started by Sonny Mediana (owner of Taza Coffee House), William Miyazaki (roaster at Suits & Knives), and Leon Li (expert barista and co-owner of the Humble Cup). Together they have created an incredibly exciting coffee experience that is making waves in the LA coffee scene. A centerpiece in the shop is their vintage red espresso machine, you won’t miss it! And if you need a treat with your brew they also serve delicious pastries from Sugarbloom bakers. P.S. the baristas are beyond nice!
What to wear for your coffee date?
Whether you’re meeting friends or have a spur of the moment coffee date, you’ll need a perfect summery-chic outfit. Our Bailey Blue go-to is the Navy & White Amelia A-line Ruffle Dress paired with a simple pair of booties and statement hat. Top it off with a long gold necklace and your favorite purse and you’re all ready to sip some java!