Cafes & Coffee Shops

Cafes and coffee shops abound in Los Angeles, and are overflowing with film industry hopefuls and professionals alike. Actors, writers, directors, agents – they all take meetings, often over a bite or a latte. Coffee shops typically have menus limited to baked goods and snacks, while cafes offer a much broader array. It’s not unusual to spot a small army of hopefuls diligently pecking away at their laptops at these places. After all, where else can an up-and-coming writer work on their breakthrough screenplay? While there are numerous fantastic local independent coffee houses such as Intelligentsia and Downbeat Cafe , coffee chains like Starbucks, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and Peet’s Coffee & Tea are prevalent – with Starbucks winning the prize for most ubiquitous (there are over 150 in the greater LA area). Cafe styles are all over the map, but tend to lean towards Californian fusion, integrating various cooking styles while using freshly prepared local ingredients – salads being popular with the locals. Typical hours of operation are from 08:00 to 22:00. Coffee shops tend to open earlier and close later, some as early as 05:00 and as late as 02:00.

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