5931 Franklin Ave., Hollywood
Comfy sofas you could linger on for hours, a pool table, free WiFi, a jungle-themed room in the back, plus great coffee and an awesome chai tea (which can be made with regular, soy, rice, or almond milk) make this a go-to in Hollywood. Photo: Steven Damron.
6087 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
With four L.A. locations, you can count on this reliable coffee shop to be nearby no matter where you are. It's a very popular spot for work and study, which means they're used to having laptops—they also play a work-friendly soundtrack. Some locations have larger food menus than others, so make sure to check the website if you're hoping to stick around for lunch. In the coffee department, Coffee Commissary brings in a different guest roaster every few weeks, which mixes things up a bit. There are also locations in Burbank, West Hollywood, and Culver City.
1300 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
Because of its proximity to UCLA, this East Coast-style sandwich shack caters predominantly to the college crowd, and it shows. Everything is unapologetically glutinous, and stuffed with fries, mozzarella sticks, or onion rings; for tri-state area transplants, the sausage and pepper hero is an authentic taste of home. There's also something called the Big Fat Fatty (chicken fingers, marinara sauce, fries, mozzarella sticks, burger patties, bacon…) on the menu—if you finish it in 40 minutes, the fatty is free and you get a sandwich named after you. Many have tried but none have succeeded. The original location is in Westwood.
Hollywood Farmers Market
1600 Ivar Ave., Hollywood
See and taste the best of organic California produce here. They have coffee carts and tamales, in addition to great people watching
John Kelly Chocolates
1508 N. Sierra Bonita Ave., Hollywood
From the traditional (chocolate and sea salt) to the exotic (dark chocolate with Habanero and Jalapeno chile), everything here is handmade and delicious. There is also a John Kelly boutique on Montana in Santa Monica.
Juice Served Here (Closed)
6464 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
In addition to being incredibly convenient for satiating juice cravings (there are locations sprouting up all over the city) this the perfect juice gateway drug for cleanse newbies: Beyond their most popular drink, Green Milk, which is like having dessert for dinner, the Charcoal Lemonade is delicious, despite the suspiciousness of drinking montmorillonite clay and activated charcoal (in contrast, the jalapeño-laced beet juice is tough to swallow). You can also add in extras to ease the process: We opted for the raw soup (a carrot-based gazpacho) and the coconut superfood bar (nice when you miss the sensation of chewing). Bonus points for the DO ME (FIRST, 02, 03, 04, 05, LAST) directions on the caps and the recent addition of lifestyle-y giftables at most outposts. There are additional locations in Studio City, Pasadena, Venice, Downtown, Silver Lake, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood.
Lifehouse Tonics + Elixirs
7515 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Lifehouse makes custom tonics that are specialized to your specific ailment (fatigue, pain, congestion, etc.); they even have one for pregnancy. They make excellent meal replacement smoothies that are perfect for breakfast, but it’s also nice to stop by on a Sunday afternoon and stock up for the week ahead.
712 N. Heliotrope Dr., Hollywood
Owner Tai Kim creates delicious and imaginative flavors every day, always accommodating for four vegan options—our faves are maple Oreo and lychee grapefruit sorbet. One flavor that's always on the menu is brown bread, made from Grape-Nuts and caramel; it's creamy and amazing.
The Oaks Gourmet
1915 North Bronson Ave., Hollywood
The Oaks Gourmet is a classic small-town feeling gourmet shop—their Hollywood space is jam-packed with a huge selection of wine alongside sauces, jams, and other canned and bottled goods. Behind they deli counter, they have a little bit of everything—grilled cheese, an Italian breakfast sandwich, and even a short rib melt. It’s the perfect place to pick up dinner before a show at the Hollywood Bowl.
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