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Alfred Coffee

Blue Bottle Coffee (Arts District + other locations) – The company works with farmers around the world to source delicious and sustainable coffee. They sell their coffee within 48-hours after roasting, to deliver peak flavor. In the cafes they are constantly tasting each coffee to determine which day it will achieve peak flavor.

Alfred Coffee & Kitchen (Brentwood + other locations) – This is one of the most Instagramable coffee and tea shops in LA. It’s hard not to want to take a pic of a delicious latte, with a cute coffee bar in the background. Alfred is known for it’s motto that is displayed in every location, But First Coffee. 

Alfred Coffee LA

Aroma Coffee and Tea (Studio City) – Not only is it another cute place to grab a coffee, but it also has amazing food. This is a neighborhood hot spot with lots of industry professionals meeting and working. The cafe is located in a converted house with expansive yard, which is used as the patio.

Aroma Cafe Studio City

Coffee Commissary (Hollywood + other locations) – The shop offers a variety of boutique roasters, all brewed to perfection. The Hollywood location is located in the Siren Studios Building, where you can sometimes spot talent coming in and out. The outdoor walk-up window is a quick and easy way to get your caffeine fix.

Coffee Commissary Hollywood

Rubies + Diamonds (Hollywood) – I love the inventive infusions at Rubies + Diamonds, which isn’t a jewelry store. Some of my favorites are Rose Vanilla Latte and Coconut Sea Salt Cold Brew. This is the place for coffee with a twist and it will get you away from the regular black cup.

Best Coffee Shops LA

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea (Venice Beach + other locations) – Intelligentsia’s mission is to make the coffee experience a memorable one. It’s an experience, from the act of making and brewing the coffee to the ritual of enjoying it. This is definitely felt in all of their shops and in the experience of waiting for a fresh cup.

Note: The best coffee in LA comes from the neighborhood boutique-style shops.

Firefly Studio City

This past weekend I attended a press brunch at Firefly in Studio City. A Valley institutions since 2002, Firefly recently added brunch to the menu, so they invited me and some fellow bloggers to check it out.. The restaurant features a magnificent ambiance, covered in vines and outdoor greenery on the cozy covered greenhouse-like patio. The overhead natural light was perfect for taking brunch pics.

Firefly Studio City

We started off with a taste of the berry smoothie and an assortment of pastries. My favorite was the sticky bun, with roasted pecans and sweet cinnamon. We then moved on to avocado toast. It was some of the best avocado toast I’ve had, and there are a lot to taste here in LA. The next course was the steelhead salmon, which was beautifully presented with cabbage and a side of creme fraiche. It looked like a piece of art.

Avocado toast

The next item on the menu were the scrambles, lobster and a farmers market fresh veggies. I’m not a big fan of lobster, which is shocking to most people, so I dove into the veggie scramble. It had the best seasoning. A scramble with actual seasoning that wasn’t just salt and pepper.

salmon with creme fraiche

I ended breakfast with the thick cut brioche French toast. Dusted with powdered sugar and served with slices of warm cinnamon apples, I couldn’t pass it up. I washed it all down with a tasty cocktail.

Brioche French toast

Note: Did you happen to see the brunch on my Instagram Story? Make sure you follow to catch it all.

Topanga Table

If you’re looking for a romantic restaurant for Valentine’s Day that’s off the beaten path, then you have to stop by The Topanga Table. Located in Topanga Canyon, one of my favorite areas in Los Angeles, it serves all organic and locally sourced food. The rustic restaurant is only open until 4pm, so you will have to make it a Valentine’s breakfast or lunch. Or, grab a warm tea and head to the beach and make a day out of it. Be sure to keep your eye out when you’re driving, because you might just miss it. It’s not located in the main area of Topanga Canyon.

Romantic Topanga Table

This hidden gem plays old records from behind the bar, which brings you back to another time when life was slow and simple. Here you can have a relaxing leisure day with your loved one and enjoy just being together.

The Topanga Table

Note: If it’s nice out, take a seat on the patio and surround yourself in nature.


Located on the idyllic Malibu Pier, Malibu Farm is a romantic seaside restaurant where you can watch the sunset and children fish off the pier, while enjoying your meal or morning coffee. At the start of the pier is Malibu Farm Restaurant. This is a sit down restaurant with a large patio. There are two sections to the restaurant, one is the main indoor dining and patio, and the other is the walk-up coffee shop, which also has a ton of outdoor seating.


At the end of the pier is Malibu Farm Cafe. A bit smaller, with a smaller menu, but equally as tasty and cute inside. Here you order at the counter and take a seat. Everything at Malibu Farm is organic and locally sourced. There are vegan options and tons of healthy juices and elixirs to choose from.


After, you can take a stroll into the curated shop across the way. This isn’t your ordinary pier souvenir shop. Here you can buy specialty chocolates, soaps, and trendy gifts. Experiencing all three locations on the pier and enjoying the view makes for a relaxing time in Malibu.


Note: It’s also a picture perfect place for Insta pics and Snapchat stories.

Manuela DTLA

The downtown LA Arts District has come a long way. Just a few years ago it became a buzzy neighborhood with art galleries, trendy shops and tasty restaurants. Now, it’s even more so and I see it continuing to grow.

Manuela Los Angeles

One of the latest and already popular restaurants in town, Manuela, is located inside the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel art gallery in the Arts District. It’s such an amazing concept that blends together both food and art in an open air setting. Within the space there is a garden with fresh produce, herbs, and chickens that lay eggs for the restaurant. Talk about farm to table fresh. Within the gallery there’s a large courtyard with tables, sculptures, murals and street art. The restaurant also has lots of art on display and a sleek interior design, along with amazing Southern-style food.


Note: This is a definite must see for the food and art lover.