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Alfred
8428 Melrose Place, West Hollywood
Now four locations strong and growing quickly, Alfred is quickly taking over LA's coffee scene, making it a definite favorite for screenwriters and freelancers during the week. We like this location best, as it shares its space with an adorably tiny Compartes shop in the back. If you’re feeling indulgent, ask for their famous off-menu Alfred cone—a macchiato served in a chocolate covered ice cream cone that tastes just as good as it sounds. They also have kombucha on tap. There's also a location in Brentwood, Silver Lake, and across the street in the alley off Melrose Avenue.
Alfred
11908 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Now four locations strong and growing quickly, Alfred is quickly taking over LA's coffee scene, making it a definite favorite for screenwriters and freelancers during the week. We like the Melrose Place location best, which shares its space with an adorably tiny Compartes shop in the back. If you’re feeling indulgent, ask for their famous off-menu Alfred cone—a macchiato served in a chocolate covered ice cream cone that tastes just as good as it sounds. They also have kombucha on tap. There's also a location on Melrose Avenue and in Silver Lake.
Alfred
3337 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Now four locations strong and growing quickly, Alfred is quickly taking over LA's coffee scene, making it a definite favorite for screenwriters and freelancers during the week. We like the Melrose Place location best, which shares its space with an adorably tiny Compartes shop in the back. If you’re feeling indulgent, ask for their famous off-menu Alfred cone—a macchiato served in a chocolate covered ice cream cone that tastes just as good as it sounds. They also have kombucha on tap. There's also a location in Brentwood and on Melrose Avenue.
Alfred in the Alley
8509 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Now four locations strong and growing quickly, Alfred is quickly taking over LA’s coffee scene, making it a definite favorite for screenwriters and freelancers during the week. We like the Melrose Place location best for working, but this tiny outpost across the street in an alley is adorably intimate. If you’re feeling indulgent, ask for their famous off-menu Alfred cone—a macchiato served in a chocolate-covered ice cream cone that tastes just as good as it sounds. They also have kombucha on tap. There are also locations in Brentwood and Silver Lake.
Alfred Tea Room
705 N Alfred St., West Hollywood
Regulars have always loved Alfred’s coffee shops for their design-conscious interiors, but their tea room (around the corner from Moon Juice on Melrose Place) is downright indulgent, aesthetically speaking. The teensy space is tiled floor-to-cieling in a soothing, feminine millennial pink, with gold finishes and one of Alfred’s signature cheeky neon signs, explaining “tea, yes, you, maybe!” The menu here specializes in tea; in addition to matcha (which you get at any Alfred location), there’s a lengthy list of loose leaf and several flavors of boba, which are made from scratch. P.S. Coffee junkies, don’t panic, the original location with a full coffee menu is just across the street.
Arlequin Wine Shop
384a Hayes St., Hayes Valley
This is an exceptionally well-stocked wine shop specializing in hard-to-find local and international spirits across all price points. Being that its something of a local secret, not many people are aware of the magical community garden out back, where you can drink any wine from the shop by the glass for a small corkage fee. There’s also a sweet little café right next door where you can snag a quick soup-and-salad lunch or pick up a to-go order.
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