1559 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002634.081384 -118.254667
Neighborhoods: Echo Park, East LA
Coffee is pretty good here, but they make a cappuccino as though it's a latte. Cappuccino is supposed to be only a little milk. Anyway, the vibe is nice and relaxed, not too bright, and they have really nice quick food selections too.
Chango new owners, new look, similar menu – I've been to Chango a few times, and since the new owners renovated and cleaned the place, it's a more comfortable place. The menu seems similar as before with some veg/vegan items, and a few sandwich choices. They've expanded the breakfast menu.
I don't really remember the service previously, but the new place seems friendly and service was quick.
A Unique Hollywood Hangout – I have to laugh at the reviews that criticize Chango for having too many "hipsters." This is a hipster cafe in a hip area of town -- a totally unique, one-of-a-kind hangout in Los Angeles. Alternative Hollywood local color. If you aren't enchanted by gloriously hot tattooed art chicks, there are an infinite number of of bland, cookie-cutter Starbucks and Coffee Beans around where you'll feel right at home. Now run along.
PS - the coffee, drinks, food, and service are excellent.
A Real Dump! – What a dump! - the attitude just really s$$$. The prices are inflated. The service is the worst and their stuff tastes like $$%%.
Paid 3 dollars for rank plain coffEe. The nimrod behind the counter pretended we where invisible when we asked for a pastry.
Corner is just very cool but these silly hipsters ought to learn to respect the neighborhood. This just to be a neighborhood where
everyone knew each other and said hello. Now these arrogant hipsters have taken it over. In a few years they will be gone to
orange county or santa monica...so what are they so arrogant about...they don't even care about the place..it is just something they can
tell their buddies back in the burbs: "wow dude. i lived in LA..."
This laidback neighborhood corner caffeine joint anchors Echo Park's boutique row. – Former Herbert Gallery owner Parris Patton brings an art-lover's eye to his coffeehouse (which literally means "monkey" in Spanish) from monthly exhibitions to a front counter mosaic featuring paintings of poultry leftover from its former incarnation as a grocery. Bright and welcoming, there are acid-etched concrete floors, exposed-brick walls and long benches. Coffee drinks feature micro-roasted Costa Java; loose teas are brewed to order. There's also daily packaged salads and sandwiches, Dandy Don's ice cream, soups and Italian sodas.
hipstered out – far too many tattoos and slinkly hipster chicks. amazingly pretentious and over-styled clientele. but on an quiet day it's amazing, when all the little hipsters are sleeping off their late nights and hours of posturing. sleepy little corner, good mint lemonades.
I like it – Love the selection on tea's. Good Coffee. Good vibe. Good Mixture of people not too many hipsters. Great music. And super friendly staff, cute lad's and ladies working. I didn't get the art work.
I love it! – I can say this is my favorite coffee shop. Unlike others, I find the staff to be friendly and helpful and the cleanliness of the location to be up to par. I have had coffee there nearly every morning since they've opened, and it seems to me they have been incredibly consistent with their brew. Such vitriol from the critics seems misplaced. The love is still there. Hope to see you back.
What happened? – I'm back in LA and visiting fave places, one of which is in my boyfriend's 'hood, Chango Coffee. After a year, I'm shocked at what's going on w/the place! We loved the coffee and my BF warned me when I wanted to go back...it's just not the same.
The service I got was rude and quickly dampened my excitement to be back there, or to pay for my coffee and food. It was like I was either invisible or the barista just had better things to do than deliver good service. OR a good cup of coffee, for that matter.
The Americano I got was weak and I even asked for "room for cream". When I took it back and said it was weak, the barista said, "Isn't that what you ordered??" Well, yeah, but they obviously don't know how to pour a good espresso. I just walked away and dumped the coffee out.
Later, we went to Intelligensia--yum!! This place is much more relaxed and casual and CLEAN!! The service was great, the baristas made eye contact and were polite and seemed happy that they had customers. The pastries looked good, but I didn't order anything.
I say if you want a nice cup of coffee with pleasant service in a clean environment, make the trek to Intelligensia. The gelato place also serves I-coffee, but it's more of a scene there. Sorry Chango, although I've returned to LA, I'm not returning to your coffee shop!
Not an anchor anymore! – This place used to be cool, but it's gone down the toilet. I chalk it up to all the good managers leaving-the manager now is totally not motivational and it's reflected in bad attitudes, bad service and really awful coffee at times. I can't say that I get a good cup of coffee consistently when I go here and I am not a regular anymore. I used to stop every morning (the morning baristas when it first opened were great! and the weekend people were awesome!!) I can't justify spending the money here--I've actually dumped cups of coffee in the trash before I even make it back to my car!! The other thing it really NEEDS to improve upon is the cleanliness--it's had problems, but neve to the degree it is now. Geez, someone sweep once in a while and clean that bathroom!! It's damn scary!! Overall, this is a 'skip it'...I heard the owners are in with the Madame Matisse owners now. I wonder how much of this is going to carryover because MM isn't that great now either. SKIP, SKIP, SKIP IT!!
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