We asked “What’s your favorite coffee?” You told us. Here is our list of locally selected sipping joints.

Whenever I move to a new place, finding a good coffee is almost mandatory.

Before leaving El Sereno, I practically lived on Cafe Tierra Mia because the atmosphere was perfect for studying and the iced horchata filled me with nostalgia.

Going to a coffee shop can be like having a favorite bar: the barista will eventually memorize your name, and you’ll get that infamous question – “regular?” – which lets you know that this cafe is now your local restaurant.

If you’re looking for a new brew somewhere in this vast region, here’s where the Angelenos say to check, courtesy of our newsroom’s public affairs program, AirTalk.

Close to downtown and the Eastside

burrito break“It’s more of a breakfast place, but they do an amazing Café de Olla. Whole milk and half and half go very well with this! said Claudia from downtown.

  • Address: 888 W. 7th Street Los Angeles, CA 90071
  • Hours: Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Holy Grounds coffee and tea: “Holy Grounds is a local cafe in El Sereno with welcoming staff and a serene garden space to enjoy your drink,” said Nate of Hollywood. “If you’re looking for a caffeine boost, they have an Ojo Rojo with espresso added to their house brew.” (There’s also a “not-so-secret secret menu.”)

  • Address: 5371 Alhambra Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90032
  • Opening hours: Weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bloom & Feather Coffee: “Amazing coffee, relaxing vibes, beautiful cups! This is a cool black owned business. I had a latte the day of my first shot and it was so good that I called on the way home to tell them it was the best latte I’ve ever had,” Eagle Rock’s David said.

  • Address: 1638 W Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026
  • Hours: Every day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Good coffee“It’s just a kiosk with a small counter, but Elliot, the owner, and Alissa, the longtime barista, are the best. We talk about dogs, music, theater, whatever,” Ruth said in Loz Feliz.

  • Address: 555 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles CA 90071
  • Hours: Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Northeast LA

The village bakery and café“During the pandemic, they stayed open and were a rallying point in the neighborhood. They know my children and my dog. I so appreciate their welcoming atmosphere in my neighborhood,” Emily told Atwater Village.

  • Address: 3119 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039
  • Hours: Every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

San Gabriel Valley

Cafe de Leche: “Café de Leche in Highland Park and Altadena are excellent Latin cafés. I usually get the cold brew, but the horchata is good too. They have other Latin specialties,” Maria told Altadena.

  • Address: 2477 N. Lake Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001
  • Hours: Every day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ground coffee“I go there for their wellness tea. It contains turmeric, ginger and other things that make you feel good,” said George de Montebello.

  • Address: 871 N. Garfield Avenue, Montebello, CA 90640
  • Hours: Every day from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jones Coffee Roasters“It’s a wonderful outing, and they grind their own coffee. It’s delicious,” Barbara said in Pasadena. (Pro tip: Many KPCC/LAist staff also recommend Jones, which is a 5-minute walk from the building.)

  • Address: 693 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
  • Hours: Every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Parrot Parrot Café: “[The cafe] is my preferred. It’s dog-friendly and has a great vibe to give you avocado toast,” Margo told South Pasadena.

  • Address: 1929 Huntington Drive, South Pasadena, CA 91030
  • Hours: Every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cafe Rad: “[It’s a] very good punk rock atmosphere. The coffee is of good quality. Very affordable,” Olivia told Azusa.

  • Address: 145 Citrus Avenue, Covina, CA 91723
  • Hours: Every day from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

West Los Angeles

Mavro Cafe: “I love vegan matcha drinks, and the owner Nicos is wonderful,” said Michelle of Mar Vista.

  • Address: 12224 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90066
  • Hours: Every day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MillCross“They make their own cold beers and syrups. Everything is so handmade. Small little place, but always inventing new recipes,” Grace said in Culver City.

  • Address: 11050 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

South Bay

The boy and the bear: “[It] has fantastic quality coffee. All Colombians including the owner which is quite unusual and very cool. I’m a coffee enthusiast, and they might have the best espresso in South Bay. Matt said to Long Beach.

  • Address: 350 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
  • Hours: Every day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LA County Staff Picks

My co-workers are pretty LA-connected. We drive, commute, and savor LA every day. So when listeners talked about their favorites, we couldn’t help but share some of our own. Here are some of the places we like to sip:

Aspara in San Marino: Content manager Kristen Muller says the shop has “amazing cinnamon rolls.” According to its website, the shop uses organic, fair trade and sustainably grown coffee, tea and spices, with an emphasis on women-owned farms.

  • Address: 2461 Mission Street B, San Marino, CA 91108
  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Cos & Pi in South Pasadena: Senior Producer Michael Cosentino recommends this spot, a family-run restaurant and cafe that bills itself as a neighborhood eatery.

  • Address: 303 Pasadena Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030
  • Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hilltop Cafe + Kitchen in Inglewood: Associate Editor Aaricka Washington suggests visiting here. The cafe and restaurant were created by Angelenos. According to their website, the name is inspired by “climbing our own peaks…like everyone else.”

  • Address: 170 North La Brea Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90301
  • Hours: Every day from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

KAFN in Glendale: Kyle Stokes, an education journalist, says it’s “a great neighborhood spot well off the beaten path” with “delicious maple lattes.”

  • Address: 1019 East Palmer Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205
  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Miss Melbourne Cafe in West Hollywood: Nicolas Perez, AirTalk news apprentice, says, “This was the first coffee I tried when I moved here… The coffee is good, it has a nice patio and they have these unique sausage rolls which are fantastic. I find myself going back there every few weekends.

  • Address: 1051 Havenhurst Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90046
  • Hours: Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The back door bakery and cafe at Tujunga: Web developer Melissa DeMund says it has “the biggest selection of savory and sweet pastries I’ve ever seen, and damn good coffee!”

  • Address: 8349 Foothill Boulevard, Sunland, CA 91040
  • Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The coffee roaster in Studio City: Audio production engineer Scott Kelly calls this place “the best.” It has been around since 1987.

  • Address: 13567 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
  • Hours: Every day from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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