Whether you are going to meet a friend, a colleague, or new lover, the coffee date has come to be central meeting point that is common ground no matter who you are meeting. Upon my recent trip to LA I found myself meeting a friend at Alfred’s Coffee. This Instagram- famous coffee house in Los Angeles, on a weekend, is so crowded that it even boast it’s own valet parking. When I first went to Alfred’s years ago it wasn’t as big as it is now. It has grown to having many locations all over the city and also quaint tea room across the street from the mother ship on Melrose Place. This mother ship of a location is the first you should visit if you a limited on time in the city (just note that the queue can get horrendous). The actual coffee shop is downstairs once you enter on the second floor and it’s underground, hipster vibe is indeed instagrammable but don’t try snapping any pictures inside as they aren’t allowed.
Aside from it’s physical appeal and Instagram fame, the coffee is actually very good. The famous $10 latte is what it says, a latte but with frills, but if you’re going for novelty on your visit (and something a little different) than I recommend the Alfred Cone. It consist of a shot or two of espresso in a mini ice cream cone rimmed with chocolate.
If you want a nice cup of coffee then the latte in a “to stay” cup is nice for chatting with friends or hanging out with a date. I warn you though in Los Angeles expect to get many stares and maybe even a few questions as to why you are drinking in an actual coffee cup (speaking from personal experience here). Local visitors and tourist alike, take their coffee to go even if they aren’t leaving. More than likely they are taking Instagram photos left right and centre outside and just like to be seen there. The coffee house does many collaborations with different brands to design their to-go coffee sleeves so the to-go cups can be rather fun but I prefer my coffee in an actual cup the way it should be.
If you have more time in the city I recommend the Studio City or Brentwood locations. Both are smaller and more quaint. The aren’t a hassle and both are nice to stop and take a minute.