Retro L.A. Diners Where You Can Get a Late-Night Cup of Coffee

Turn insomnia into a chance to channel L.A. noir
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When you’re dealing with insomnia, a productive streak, or the sudden need to sober up, these vintage L.A. diners are the perfect place to post up with a cup of joe and, hell, some midnight pancakes if you’re feeling the urge.


The Original Pantry Cafe

Open 24 hours

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The place has literally never not been open since 1924. Swing by any time of the night for a cup of deep black coffee and a burnt-on-the-outside, soggy-on-the-inside (yet somehow perfect) mass of hash browns. 877 S. Figueroa St., downtown.


Norms La Cienega

Open 24 hours

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Due to its iconic Googie-style architecture, this particular iteration of the local chain is a classic. Does the coffee even remotely measure up to third-wave standards? Not really! Is it the beverage of choice for a “Screw it, I’m never falling asleep”-type night? Absolutely. 470 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove.


Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery

Open 24 hours

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The perks of coming to a place like this are: 1. You can camp out indefinitely and 2. You can drink an infinite number of coffee refills, so long as you ask nicely (and tip well). Get a stack of hotcakes while you’re here. 6333 W. 3rd St., Fairfax (locations in Studio City and Pasadena too).


The Apple Pan

Open till midnight on school nights and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday

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Whatever independent movie you’ve just seen at the Nuart deserves to be mulled over for at least an hour—accompanied by a hot cup of coffee and, honestly, probably a burger too. 10801 W. Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles.


101 Coffee Shop

Open till 3 a.m. every night

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Decked out with brown leather booths and those oddly comforting midcentury-style stone walls, this should really be your go-to place for diner coffee and reliable late-night breakfast. 6145 Franklin Ave., Hollywood Hills.


House of Pies

Open till 2 a.m. school nights and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday

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The last local relic of a once-ubiquitous chain, the place still holds its own as an unpretentious late-night haunt for aspiring writers and the only moderately inebriated. Narrowing down dessert options is gonna be rough, but the peanut butter pie is a failsafe. 1869 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz.


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