No one likes to “spring forward” but alas, until the time remains the same year-round, we’re all turning our clocks one hour ahead this Sunday. That means many of us will be a little groggy and grumpy and will require more caffeine than usual to make things better.
Here are some excellent coffee and tea places*, as determined by me and my fellow caffeine-loving coworkers, where you can fuel up. All of them are very transit-friendly, so you don’t have to risk driving while sleep deprived. (Which is a very dangerous thing indeed.)
*Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Dunkin’s are not included because they’re ubiquitous.
Smooth Ethiopian coffee, a fresh selection of tea and vegan food options!
A traditional tea house in Koreatown. It’s cute, it’s quiet and they also serve traditional Korean tea snacks. Don’t go here if you’re in a hurry though, this is a place for taking your time and relaxing.
How to get there: Take the Purple Line to Wilshire/Western Station or Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Wilton.
They put maple syrup in their coffee, and it’s pretty darn good coffee. If you show your TAP card you get 10 percent off your drink. (Good, because real maple syrup isn’t cheap.)
How to get there: Take the Purple Line to Wilshire/Western Station or Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Saint Andrews.
The mocha is great, and the Casanova latte is also good, especially if you like condensed milk. And your TAP card gets you 10% off your drink.
How to get there: It’s in the East Portal at Union Station — just steps from the Patsouras Transit Plaza — and also well served by the Red, Purple and Gold lines and multiple buses.
Their rotating roaster selection gives you something new to try every visit!
How to get there: Take the Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or Metro Bus 81 to Hill/Ord.
I’m fond of their café de olla — both hot and cold versions are good — and it goes well with some pan dulce.
How to get there: for the Boyle Heights location, take the Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station. For the South Pasadena location, take the Gold Line to South Pasadena Station. For the East LA location, take Metro Bus 68 to Cesar Chavez/Saint Louis.
They have a drink called The Figueroa that is a must-try.
How to get there: Take the Gold Line to Highland Park Station, or Metro Bus 256 to Ave 57/Marmion.
To me, this place is average, but quite a few of my colleagues have strong feelings about it. So here it is.
How to get there: It’s walkable from the Gold Line Del Mar Station, or take Metro Bus 256 to Raymond/Green.
Staff here is super friendly and they make a great cold brew.
How to get there: Take the Gold Line to Memorial Park Station.
The iced mint mojito coffee lives up to the hype! For those who like a darker blend, try the Tantalizing Turkish.
How to get there: The DTLA location is walkable from 7th Street/Metro Center, or take Metro Bus 66 to 8th/Grand. The Santa Monica location can be reached via the Expo Line Downtown Santa Monica Station, the Big Blue Bus or Metro Rapid 704 to Santa Monica/4th.
My recommendations include the horchata frappe and the café Cubano.
How to get there: for the DTLA location, take the Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and walk, or take Metro Bus 30, 45 or Rapid 745 to 7th/Spring. For the Highland Park location, take the Gold Line to Highland Park Station and walk, or take Metro Bus 83 to Monte Vista/Ave 56.
It’s a bit pricey, but as an occasional treat the fizzy hoppy tea and almond macadamia cappuccino are worth it. And if you want to spend the next four hours feeling like you might have a heart attack, try the G&B shake. 🙂
How to get there: Take the Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and exit towards 4th Street. G&B anchors one end of Grand Central Market.
Three words: sea salt affogato.
How to get there: any other time you could take the Blue Line there, but due to the Blue Line closure here are some alternative options. You can still take the Blue Line 860 Express shuttle to Long Beach and walk, or take Metro Bus 232 or a Long Beach Transit bus to Long Beach Blvd/3rd.
Enjoy a delicious cup o’ joe inside the historic Lankershim Depot in North Hollywood.
How to get there: Take the Orange or Red Line to North Hollywood Station.
They have weird special drinks that are pretty good. Plus, look how fancy the cold brew is.
How to get there: Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, or take the DASH A, Metro Bus 30 or 40 to 1st/San Pedro. There are also locations on Wilshire Boulevard and in Santa Monica, both accessible via Metro Bus 20.
For those who want to get fancy with their tea intake. They have an extensive selection of teas — the milk oolong is fantastic and I’m pretty sure there’s no milk in it, yet it tastes like milky tea??? And their tea sandwiches are good.
How to get there: For the DTLA location, take the Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, or take the DASH A, Metro Bus 30 or 40 to 1st/San Pedro. For the Pasadena location, take the Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or Foothill Transit Bus 187 to Raymond/Union.
Their hojicha latte is hearty and delicious, and you can consume it in soft serve form if you’re more in the mood for dessert.
I’m not personally a fan of their coffee, but I was overruled. 😉
How to get there: For the DTLA Arts District location, take Metro Bus 18 to 6th/Mateo. For the DTLA location near Grand Central Market, take the Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or Rapid 745 to Broadway/3rd.
A nice, quiet place to enjoy a latte and maybe a bite to eat.
If you’re looking for a place to caffeinate, have I got the place for you. Silver Lake’s hottest coffee bar is Caffe Vita. As Stefon might say, it’s got just everything: coffee, milk foam, non-dairy milk alternatives and your Great Aunt Shirley’s special stirring spoon.
How to get there: Take the DASH Los Feliz or Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Virgil.
The other super hip spot in Silver Lake. They have créme brùlée cappuccinos and maple espresso donuts. Yum.
How to get there: Take Metro Bus 201 to Silver Lake/Effie.
The sweet latte is sugary caffeine goodness, and treat yourself to a fresh scone while you’re there.
How to get there: Take Metro Bus 237 to Woodley/San Fernando Mission.
Have more recommendations that people should check out? Leave them in the comments!
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