Panini Paradise: The Best Cafés in L.A.
The City of Angels is a sunny, stylish haven where residents relish in the relaxed atmosphere found at their neighborhood coffee shops. But where should one go for a cup of joe and avocado omelet when hanging out in the heart of this sprawling metropolis? Thankfully some of the best cafés in Los Angeles are located within a couple miles of each other, so you won’t have to travel far to find the right spot.
Cafés in Beverly Grove are where the cool kids and celebrities get their java. Joan’s On Third attracts everyone from Oscar nominees to Victoria’s Secret models with its fresh menu offerings, gourmet market items, an extensive selection of cheeses and olives, hot food bar, and freshly-baked pastries. Some argue that the joint serves the tastiest breakfast sandwich in town. Many would agree.
Not far from there is Kings Road Café, another venue frequented by Hollywood stars. The neighborhood staple has been around for more than 20 years, an incredible lifespan for any L.A. eatery. It’s a super hot brunch hangout that tends to be a little mellower than Joan’s On Third, with just as much patio seating.
For the café connoisseur who craves vino with their panini, Cuvée Wine & Food in Beverly Grove has more than 20 bottles to choose from. The menu also offers sophisticated takes on salads, sandwiches, and pastas. Grab a seat on the raised front patio for the perfect people-watching view as gussied-up gals shop at the pricy boutiques on Robertson Boulevard.
Over in West Hollywood, the many outdoor tables at Urth Caffé are often packed with 20- and 30-somethings savoring caffeinated drinks while reading scripts or contemporary novels. With more than 100 varieties of coffee and tea available, patrons can sip soundly knowing that everything served is grown sustainably under the highest ethical standards.
Then there’s Blu Jam Café on Melrose Avenue, one of the most popular places to grab a bite along this restaurant-heavy strip. Soon after the establishment opens, a line starts forming out the door as hungry denizens wait by the fortunate folks already noshing on the shaded front patio. The place is notorious for its brunch offerings, especially the house specialty – crunchy French toast served with fresh fruit and a vanilla-bean dipping sauce.
Anyone looking for things to do in L.A. should stop by one of the city’s carefree cafés and experience the laid-back lifestyle of lucky Angelenos.
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