Best '90s-style Coffeehouse, August 2012
Before the $7 slow-pour, single-origin trend turned drinking caffeine into an exercise of high snobbery, there existed a different kind of coffeehouse. It was a communal place where you picked up flyers for open-mic nights and asked tablemates which Nick Hornby novel they were reading. Well, the dream of the '90s is alive in Santa Monica. At UnUrban CoffeeHouse, community college students sink into mismatched furniture to leaf through art history books, and white-bearded hippies play chess and sip cappuccinos from roomy mugs. Cozy and unpretentious, the Central Perk-style java dispensary harks to the days of oversize flannel and undersize egos. » 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-315-0056.