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2881 W. Olympic Blvd., Koreatown
Memory Look has good coffee and a big outdoor patio that’s great if you need to post up with a laptop for a while. The space doubles as the flagship store for their in-house sunglasses brand, too. The pastries are skippable; come for a matcha einspanner.
3033 W. 6th St., Koreatown
This coffee shop only has a couple seats, so it’s best for grab-and-go. The strawberry milk matcha is exceptional.
450 E. 2nd Str., Little Tokyo
Tea Master serves some of LA’s best matcha in a Little Tokyo strip mall. This place is the real deal; the owner is a student of Edosenke, a centuries-old Japanese school of tea ceremony. And their matcha soft serve is a treat after lunch at Sushi Gen across the way.
970 N. Broadway #112, Chinatown
By day, this Chinese tea house and restaurant in Mandarin Plaza serves excellent noodles and small bites along cups of oolong. By night, people flock here for tea cocktails, which are a little unexpected—you might order a drink with pu-erh, tequila, chili pepper, and lime, for example—and always fabulous.
1019 S. Santa Fe Ave., Arts District
Any given morning, you can expect the line for Maru to dribble down the block. The crowd skews creative, and the craft of coffee is taken seriously. They also make delicious tea drinks, including one of our favorite matcha lattes in the city. There's another location in Los Feliz.
5009 Melrose Ave., Melrose Hill
The Ggiata founders are three twenty-something buddies from New Jersey who sought to bring the east coast deli sandwich to LA. The highlight of the menu is the chicken cutlet sub, which is dressed in pesto and spicy vodka sauce. And the vegetarian options—portobello mushroom and eggplant parm—are thoughtful and satisfying. Ggiata is best for delivery and pick-up, but there are a few counter spots if you’re sticking around to eat.
318 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park
Laveta is minimalist and meditatively austere. And it’s a great spot to grab a coffee and gab with a friend. (If you’re posting up with a laptop, you’ll be most comfortable outside on the patio.) And for such a small coffee shop, their food menu is impressive: The kimchi fried rice, mushroom porridge, and an assortment of toasts are some of our favorites, though the menu varies by season.
811 Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena
This South Pasadena spot makes incredible French pastries—shiny globes of mousse, tiny tarts, and picture-perfect croissants.
1936 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz
Any given morning, you can expect the line for Maru to dribble down the block. The crowd skews creative, and the craft of coffee is taken seriously. They also make delicious tea drinks, including one of our favorite matcha lattes in the city. There's another location in the Arts District.
goop Kitchen Studio City
5643 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
You asked for healthy takeout; we delivered. Our take on takeout is a menu of hearty bowls, vibrant salads, delicious handhelds, pizza, pasta, rotisserie, and more—all gluten-free and often finished with goop Certified Clean sauces, dressings, and marinades.