Cafe

3 Square Café + Bakery

1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-399-6504

Hans Röckenwagner’s new bakery and café are set side by side. Pick up Julius Meinl coffee or tea, house-made bread, pastries…

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Aroma Bakery Cafe

18047 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA, 91316

818-757-0477

Pastries emerge from the stone oven hourly, and the house makes a grand array of fruit preserves.

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Bloom Café

5544 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90019

323-934-6900

Somehow the blond wood, cement floors, and Technicolor chairs don’t seem out of place on this stretch of Pico with its hair salons and body shops…

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Café Midi

148 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-939-9860

This very French café with indoor and outdoor seating is open until 5:30 daily…

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Chado Tea Room

369 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Few cultural institutions can claim as essential a dining experience as the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.

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Flake

513 Rose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-396-2333

Finally, a Venice breakfast spot that’s open early—6:30 during the week, 7 on weekends. Cereal’s the star here…

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Milk

7290 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-939-6455

The gleaming white space is unrecognizable from its days as the Richard Tyler store…

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Mishi’s Strudel Bakery and Cafe

309 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90731

310-832-6474

The grandmotherly charm of Mishi’s Strudel Bakery and Café in San Pedro draws you in, but the polished eastern European cooking and the Hungarian-style pastries make this more than an old-world novelty.

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Superba Food + Bread

1900 S. Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-907-5075

If you read our article on the culinary rise of toast, then you know: Toast is hot.

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Urth Caffé

8565 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA, 90069

310-659-0628

It’s not hard to get a buzz these days. But the Urth Caffé, which started as a mail-order business in 1989, blends the most conscientious brews.

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