West Hollywood Specialty
8428 Melrose Place, West Hollywood
Now six 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, Beverly Hills, Studio City, and across the street in the alley off Melrose Avenue.
Alfred in the Alley
8509 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Now six 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, Silver Lake, Beverly Hills, and Studio City.
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.
All About the Bread
7111 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
As the name suggests, the sandwiches here revolve around the kind of loaf that’s ideal for an Italian sub, with that hard, almost waxy exterior and soft, light interior. They have all of the classics, but there’s also a build-your-own option. It’s the perfect place to pick up lunch for a group on the a weekend, on the way to the beach or a playground session at Griffith Park.
634 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
It has to be said: Assembly has the best iced almond latte in the city (and that's coming from some serious almond latte addicts). The interior is gorgeous—the bar is backed with sleek and light wood-paneled design, with artfully placed shelves displaying coffee, gifts, and other knick-knacks. The internet here is really fast and plugs are accessible, but there are only two tables, so you'll have to arrive early to grab a spot. If you're just coming for a meeting, benches and small tables are a lot easier to come by.
605 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
Beaming is most famous for being a smoothie shop (the Rockstar is a goop staff favorite), but their whole-food cleanses are extraordinarily powerful. There are three-, four-, and five-day options available, and each day includes one of their super-food smoothies, followed by cold pressed juices, shots, and raw soups and salads. Their bride-to-be program gives brides (along with their grooms, bridesmaids, mothers) a clean countdown to the big day. Besides West Hollywood, there are locations in Santa Monica and Brentwood.
Belcampo Meat Co.
8053 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood
Anya Fernald is a bit of a badass: Not only is she the co-founder and CEO of Belcampo Meat Co., which has quickly become the go-to purveyor of humanely-raised, sustainable meats, and poultry in California, she’s also a mom, cookbook author, and a master of open flame grilling. Go to her shops for whole-animal butchering (and the interesting, rare cuts of meat associated with it), seriously good hamburgers, and the best bone broth. There are other locations in Santa Monica and Downtown.
Blue Bottle Coffee
8301 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
Blue Bottle is a top-notch coffee roaster and café with a sustainable ethos, in multiple locations throughout LA, the Bay Area, NYC, (and Tokyo). This Beverly Grove outpost is one of the more spacious ones, with outdoor and indoor spots to sit and sip, including a communal table. It also offers a few snacks, sandwiches, pastry items. We're there for the coffee, though. Our picks: The siphon filter and the New Orleans iced coffee.
Cape Seafood and Provisions
801 N Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood
Los Angeles is home to an incredible new fish shop. Conveniently located on Fairfax, just north of Melrose, Cape Seafood & Provisions offers a prime variety of wild caught, fresh, and sustainable fish both to home chefs and some of the city's best restaurants. Chef and owner Michael Cimarusti—of Connie and Ted’s and Providence—founded LA's first dock-to-dish seafood program out of the space, agreeing to a CSA-style arrangement with local fishermen that guarantees a minimum annual order, giving him access to the freshest local fish while guaranteeing much-needed job security to the fishermen. Out of the actual storefront, Cimarusti has an amazing selection of prepared foods, like cured fish, fish tacos and lobster rolls, and holds regular cooking classes.
440 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood
Hands-down, Cofax serves the best breakfast burritos in Los Angeles (they are more than worth the wait). This place isn't at all divey—in fact, it's a whitewashed, tiled interior is a clean-cut tribute to the Dodgers. The coffee is excellent, as are the freshly made donuts and the kombucha on tap.
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