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Aug 15, 2007 11:56 PM

quirky coffeehouses

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:

1) groundwork
2) insomnia
3) rumor mill
4) synergy cafe
5) zona rosa
6) novel cafe

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  1. There's a pretty quirky coffeehouse across the street from Caffe Latte in Hollywood, in the same minimall as Big Wangs and the Russian restaurant. I've walked back from bar-hopping to find live music being played there late at night also.

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    1. re: SauceSupreme

      Are you talking about the Karma Coffeehouse on Cahuenga? The only Caffe Latte I know is a restaurant on Wilshire near Crescent Heights ...

      Karma Coffeehouse
      1544 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

      1. re: maxzook

        That's it. In the Cahuenga Corridor, there's Karma, Groundwork and Caffe Latte, all with their own quirkiness.

        1. re: SauceSupreme

          That's Caffe Etc. in the Cahuenga Corridor.

          Caffe Latte, as mentioned, is a restaurant over on Wilshire and Crescent Heights.

    2. talking stick on ocean park between 17th and 16th
      is the cow's end still open on washington between pacific and speedway?

      1. Balcony Cafe at Santa Monica and Centinela.

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          1. re: mollyomormon

            Second the Balcony Cafe. There's also Cacao next to Le Saigon on Santa Monica Blvd., but I prefer Balcony...

          2. your post reminded me of how much i really miss anastasia's assylum.
            not just for the coffee, but for the food and for the place itself.
            it was really special.

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            1. re: westsidegal

              my friend and i still mourn over its closing- especially for their carrot cake. seriously the best carrot cake EVER.

            2. I'm partial to the 18th Street Coffee House in Santa Monica, on Broadway and (drumroll) 18th. Cool retro design with a nice outdoor patio. The only downsides: no credit cards, spotty Wifi.

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              1. re: nick_r

                it's really pretty inside.
                the food, though, imho, is not up to snuff.
                anastasia's assylum, R.I.P. , would NEVER have served turkey roll.