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Sep 17, 2007 02:43 PM

Non-Starbucks coffee joint in Hollywood?

I'm looking for a quiet cafe or coffeeshop in the Santa Monica/Highland area that is not Starbucks or Coffee Bean. Someplace like the Alcove Cafe on Hillhurst would be ideal, if it were closer to that area. Anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. Definitely not quiet, but I love Urth Caffe's spanish latte and organic teas.....

    Great breakfast and lunch items as well as baked goods too

    1. There was a place I once stopped in for coffee after going to the Hollywood Farmer's Market one Sunday. It was very close to the market, and I think it was near Amoeba because I know I stopped in there after picking up coffee. I really liked it, and there seemed to be several people just chilling inside reading a book or working on their lap tops. I wish I remembered the name of the place. I think it was on Sunset and Cahuenga.

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      1. re: avena

        I looked up the place I was thinking of, and I think it is Groundwork Coffee Co.

        1501 N. Cahuenga Blvd

        1. re: avena

          Also, up the block on Cahuenga are two more non-chain coffeehouses.

          Caffe Latte
          Karma Coffeehouse

          1. re: SauceSupreme

            I keep calling it Caffe Latte, It's Caffe Etc.

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

            Caffe Etc
            6371 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            Groundwork Coffee Company
            1501 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

      2. Sabor y Cultura on Hollywood & Gramercy, north west corner.

        Sabor Y Cultura
        5625 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        1. Few of these kind of places have a full menu as does the Alcove.

          In addition to the places listed upthread, there's the Green Room on Hollywood Blvd. near the Egyptian, and the Bourgeois Pig on Franklin in the Bronson Village (which can get ... boisterous ... on Friday and Saturday nights).

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          1. re: maxzook

            I'm usually all for boisterous, but this is for a tame and boring business meeting in the afternoon...

            1. re: thegingerbreadgirl

              Bourgeois Pig is pretty mellow in the afternoon, and it has really big tables in the front room. On the down side, the parking sucks and it's pretty dark for a business meeting.

              I think your best bets are either the Karma or the Green Room.

            2. re: maxzook

              Haven't been to the Pig in awhile, but it used to use Illy beans, which are my absolute favorite. I studied for the bar exam there, so I can definitely say that you can conduct afternoon business without it being overly boisterous.

            3. Above are all good -- especially Sabor y Cultura and Bourgeois Pig -- with the exception of Groundworks. PAINFULLY bad service. (I think the staff gets paid in heroin.) But none of them are that close to Santa Monica & Highland.

              Stir Crazy on Melrose just west of Highland would be the best closer bet for an indie coffee hang.

              And the new Doughboys on Highland might be a good alternative to Alcove-style food.

              Stir Crazy Coffee Shop
              6903 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

              Doughboys Bakery
              1156 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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              1. re: wutzizname

                Two more options which might be better for the mid-day meeting, both a little further west on Beverly:

                Susina (great coffee and bakery, not so great sandwiches and salads)


                Insomnia Cafe
                7286 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Susina Bakery & Cafe
                7122 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036