Covert Coffee Spots and Cafes
You’ve no doubt heard about Handsome Coffee Roasters, Urth Caffe and the forthcoming Stumptown Coffee roaster and retail shop in the Arts District downtown. But tucked away down a little walkway near Church & State and the Biscuit Lofts is the Daily Dose, where you’ll find Intelligentsia coffee, fresh-baked pastries, great sandwiches and one fantastic secluded patio. It's a quieter way to enjoy the artsy urban vibe of the neighborhood (1820 Industrial St.; 213-281-9300).
Alfred Coffee & Kitchen, the stylish two-story coffee hideaway on Melrose Place, is the perfect stop for cinnamon rolls, sandwiches and Stumptown Coffee (cold, hot or latte-d). Everything’s on-trend: the mustachioed cup sleeves, the Hedley & Bennett aprons and the Pressed Juicery juices in a reach-in cooler (8428 Melrose Pl.; 323-944-0811).
Short Cake at the Original Farmers Market has amazing sweet and savory pastries, but the coffee program is so good it has its own entity. Single Origin was conceived by coffee geek Nik Krankl and is now overseen by Short Cake’s Hourie Sahakian, who sources the best coffees for hand-brews and espressos. The Shakerato is a hit, an iced drink made with Verve coffee, which he cold-brews with fresh-roasted chicory over a 24-hour period, plus milk and a touch of simple syrup (6333 W. Third St.; 323-761-7976).