The 10 Best Coffee Shops in L.A. (For Food)

For when you want something to nibble on in between sips of your favorite brew
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Our Ultimate Guide to Coffee is proof that there’s no shortage of great coffee in Los Angeles. But what if you want to nibble on something sweet or savory in between sips of your cold brew? A select few of L.A.’s finest coffee shops (many of which also roast their own beans) also offer an excellent selection of breakfast pastries, savory snacks, or full meals. Here’s where to get good food with your great coffee.

COFFEE COMMISSARY | Every location of this L.A.-based brewer offers inventive and well-executed house-made pastries—both sweet and savory. The sticky buns are loaded with nuts, the seasonal fruit turnovers are topped with a craggly sugared crust, and the cheese scones are wonderfully light. > 801 N. Fairfax Ave., No. 106, Los Angeles, 323-782-1465; 3121 W. Olive, Burbank, 818-556-6055; Siren Studios, 6087 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, coffeecommissary.com.

BREW/WELL | This Koreatown shop only offers scones for breakfast, but they’re some of the plumpest versions we’ve seen. They’re made by John Park, the pastry chef and owner of Quenelle in Burbank. > 3525 W. 8th St., Ste. 101, Koreatown, 213-384-0884.

PAPER OR PLASTIK | What began as a simple coffee shop, turned into a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner production. We’re still partial to their pastry selection, which is curated by the owners and features offerings from Cake Monkey, Sweet Lady Jane, and other fine wholesalers around town. > 5772 W. Pico Blvd., Mid-City, 323-935-0268, paperorplastikcafe.com.

ALFRED COFFEE | This cafe on Melrose Place serves Stumptown coffee, but it’s the pastries—which they order from Brentwood’s Farmshop—that keep us coming back. The nutella croissants and buttermilk biscuits are some of our favorites, though the selection changes seasonally. > 8428 Melrose Place, Suite A., Mid-City, 323-944-0811, alfredcoffee.com.

STUMPTOWN COFFEE | One of Portland’s best roasters set up shop in a vast warehouse in the Arts District downtown last year. But what we love almost more than the coffee are Sugarbloom Bakery’s inventive pastries. Try the kimchi spam croissant with a cup of tea; dunk the miso-chocolate chip cookie into a creamy latte. > 806 S. Santa Fe Ave., Downtown, stumptowncoffee.com.

COPA VIDA | Go for the coffee, stay for the snacks. Pick from cheese-filled stromboli or pistachio-kumquat croissants if you’re in a hurry. Have time to linger? Try the French toast (a stack topped with sauteed apples and whipped cream), chorizo egg hash, or croque madame. > 70 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626-213-3952, copa-vida.com.

LAMILL | This is another shop that blurs the line between coffee roaster and cafe operator. No time for something savory? Get the doughnut holes with a cup of black coffee—or, just get their coffee and a jelly donut coffee drink to-go. > 1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake, 323-663-4441, lamillcoffee.com.

CAFE DEMITASSE | Both locations of this roaster and brewer offer FarmShop pastries to go along with their expertly pulled espresso shots. We’re also fans of their hot chocolate. > 135 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo, 213-613-9300; 1149 3rd St., Santa Monica, 310-260-6308, cafedemitasse.com.

COGNOSCENTI COFFEE | Because Cognoscenti brews coffee for Proof Bakery in Atwater Village, Proof supplies pastries to Cognoscenti’s spacious Culver City shop. And these pastries, they’re some of the best in town. Think: flaky chocolate croissants, delicate fruit tarts, and moist muffins to go along with each day’s brew. > 6114 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310-363-7325, popupcoffee.com.

CAFFE LUXXE | Based on the Westside, Caffe Luxxe’s single origin roasts tend to be pitch perfect. At their shops, find stacks of cookies, piles of croissants, and neat rows of buttery muffins. > 925 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, 310-394-2222; Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica; 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood; cafeluxxe.com.

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