3922 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002634.078405 -118.266770
Sun-Wed 6am-8pmThu-Sat 6am-11pm
Neighborhoods: East LA, Silver Lake
Feel how you feel about the hipster baristas or the gentrification of Silverlake, Intelligentsia is serving some of the best coffee in L.A with their signature black cat blend - and probably the best cappuccino. This cafe is the beating pulse of Sunset Junction. One of the reasons I come here is because there's no wifi, so I can actually work instead of checking my email every 5 minutes. There's a great mix of writers, artists, and locals.
LA has gone crazy for this coffee. If you go, be prepared to wait in line and pay quite a bit for their delicious offerings.
I love my coffee how I like my men, very strong.
Perfect cappuccinos every time. Oh and they sell Short Cake pastries. Double win!
Considered among the best coffee in LA, this was the first location outside of its native Chicago. Expect lots of laptops, creative types and lines out the door. The patio is the place to be.
Outstanding, and yet still overpriced – Intelligentsia is a great coffee store, but only a decent coffee shop. The reason I make the distinction is that they roast the best beans in town, and fair- or even direct-trade offerings are available for $15-17/pound, which is completely reasonable considering the high quality. On the coffee shop side: the baristas are friendly and very well-informed, and their coffee and espresso drinks are hands down the best in LA, but are egregiously overpriced. Used to be you could get a $2 Clover, with more upscale selections for $2.75 or $3.25. Now, their cheapest cup of coffee - plain, albeit Clovered, coffee - is $3 or more. And why? Two words: Silver Lake. Prices like that don't prevent the line from reaching the curb at Sunset on a weekend morning, so there's no incentive to lower them. Except to please people who don't mind spending $17 on a pound of great beans, but do object to spending $3.50 for a cup that they were spending $2 on a few months ago. On top of that, a $3 cup and a $5 cup are made from beans that are around the same price per pound, so how to justify such a wide disparity in per cup price? It's a shame that Intelligentsia is pricing out connoisseurs of modest means like myself, and even more so that people who have yet to experience the revelation of their coffee may never take the chance. Intelligentsia could do for LA what Stumptown has done for Portland, but will have a hard time reaching the people at their prices.
Great coffee in a great environment – I had heard a lot of buzz about the opening of Intelligentsia in Silver Lake. I finally got over to Sunset Junction one Friday night around 10pm, hoping for a refreshing respite from the typical stale/burnt taste of my local coffee chain. Next door, Cafe Stella was in full swing and the little covered patio outside the coffee shop was sparsely populated, with candles lit on every table. I got a cappuccino, which came out adorned in their signature "latte art" style in an actual coffee cup, not made out of paper. The coffee, the candle-lit patio, the Sunset Junction setting; everything was perfect! I loved the design and simple decor of the seating area, complete with red walls and blue and white tiled floors, and the baristas were very friendly and helpful. Inside they also sell beans by the bag as well as a nice selection of coffee makers and accessories. It was a great relaxing activity for a cold night and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for good coffee in L.A.!
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