does anybody know of any fun and bohemian-esque coffeehouses in the westside? or even LA? ever since anastasia's asylum closed, i've been hard-pressed to find something similar. i went to lost souls cafe today in downtown and it reminded me of the many hours of good conversation i've spent at anastasia's. or even lulu's blue plate. where art thou westside artsy coffeehouse?
here are other coffeehouses i can think of:
3) rumor mill
4) synergy cafe
5) zona rosa
6) novel cafe
talking stick on ocean park between 17th and 16th
is the cow's end still open on washington between pacific and speedway?
The following aren't on the Westside, but my favorites of those not already mentioned are Psychobabble on Vermont in Los Feliz, Aroma on Tujunga in Studio City and Lulu's Beehive in Sherman Oaks. And best of all, the Equator in Old Town Pasadena.
I'm going to do links to everything mentioned so far ... this is a great subject!
Brū Coffee Bar
1866 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Groundwork Coffee - Traction Ave CLOSED
811 Traction Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013
7286 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
11739 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
4437 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
Zona Rosa Caffe
15 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
1630 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
34 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
12431 Rochester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Catalina Coffee Co
126 N Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Lulu's Bee Hive
13203 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
22 Mills Pl, Pasadena, CA 91105
Aroma Coffee and Tea
4360 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
Can't believe I forgot the Bourgeois Pig on Franklin!
Also a few others that slipped past
5931 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Lost Souls Cafe
124 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Bliss Art House Cafe
1249 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Sabor Y Cultura
5625 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
45 N Baldwin Ave, Sierra Madre, CA 91024
2419 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
A Coffee Gallery
2029 Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001
1359 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107
157 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Stir Crazy Coffee Shop
6903 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
18th Street Coffee House
1725 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Don't forget Stir Crazy
6917 Melrose Ave
I haven't been since they moved, but I used to smile everytime I went because of my midwestern childhood memories of some aunt or grandmother yelling, "Don't slam the screen door." Honestly, I don't remember if any patron at Stir Crazy slammed the authentic screen door and disturbed all the aspiring writers with their laptops. But I loved to ponder the temptation over a nice coffee.
I just remembered the name of a quirky westside (Santa Monica) coffeehouse:
3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Jones Coffee Roasters on S. Raymond in Pasadena. It is sort of a warehouse style place with some comfy furniture and the big old roasting machines all going kuh-swoosh-a-swoosh around you, with the smell of roasting coffee permeating EVERYTHING. Awesome.
Sacred Grounds in San Pedro. Order the Sacred Cow. Very boho vibe. Live music, poetry readings, art gallery, the real deal. Been in business for at least 12 years. It is located next to the Warner Grand Theatre. A restored Art Deco Movie Palace that shows old flicks on the weekends and ocasional live shows. I remember going to this same location when it was a tobacconist to buy cigars for my visiting Uncle. You will recognize the theatre and store fronts from film and TV.
Wow, I haven't been to Sacred Grounds for years! Very glad to hear it's still there ... just down the street from Papadakis Taverna, making it one of the coolest blocks in southern California!
468 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731
Jones Coffee Roasters
537 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
Casbah Cafe at 3900 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90029-2242 - chai tea from handmade tea bags instead of powder. Also Susina baked goods. Across Sunset from Silverlake Gelato, which has the seriously best ice cream this side of Florence.
Banquette on Main & 4th downtown (near Lost Souls). Not really a coffee shop, but that quirky non-corporate vibe you seek.
Too bad the Bishop on 8th and Grand closed! It was my daily morning stop. Now I go up to Organic to Go on 5th and Grand. No funky vibe at all, but decent organic coffee and baked goods.
Has anyone ever been to Velocity Cafe in Santa Monica? It's on Lincoln, just south of Pico. I remember a few years ago it used to be run by an awesome bohemian-ish biker couple and had a great staff (with a really cute manager!).
I remember it being quite off-the-wall with life-sized wooden animal sculptures and tons of unique artwork. It had to have been a bar at some point because of the vintage long wooden bar they served you from.
Don't know what happened to it recently, but it was FAR from what I remembered.