One defining feature of Los Angeles
is its artistic diversity. Take a brief pause from the busy, metropolitan life of LA and retreat into one of the city’s many earthy cafes. These are the best country-styled cafes with organic atmosphere.
Bakery, Cafe, Market, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Huckleberry is the place to go for a fancy, but friendly coffee date or brunch, with its welcoming interior and wholesome natural lighting. Inspired by a “family-run farmers’ market cafe,” at this place, everything served is handmade each morning from local produce, organic dairy, and sustainably farmed meats. It features a dainty atmosphere created by the handpicked flowers in crafted vases. Freshly baked breads and pastries are displayed near the kitchen, and decorative light bulbs frame the windows. Huckleberry has an earthiness that is delicate both in its theme and menu selections.
Huckleberry Café, 1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, USA, +1 310 451 2311
Thyme Café and Market
Widely known among the Santa Monica locals is Thyme Café and Market. Walking in here is like taking a trip to the commercial market in a rural neighborhood. The accent decor of the large, rusty clock on the wall and the wooden tables contrasting the metal chairs add a touch of industrial elegance to the local feel of the cafe. After a quick coffee or cup of Mighty Leaf tea, you can step around the counter to purchase one of their packaged soups, stews, curries, or their bottled juices and teas. Their menu offers both vegetarian and healthy non-vegetarian options, going along with their fused ambience of country and city. You’ll soon find yourself a regular, dropping by for a break whenever you visit the area.
Thyme Café & Market, 1630 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, USA, +1 310 399 8800
Fiore Market Café
Cafe, Restaurant, American, none
Fiore Market Café
The Fiore Market Café is casually nestled on the corner of Fremont and El Centro in heart of South Pasadena’s residential neighborhood. Inspired by their trip to Italy back in 2003, Bill and Anne Disselhorst built a market cafe with a refreshing community space for friends and family to relax. Here you eat homegrown tangerines, or sip on Fiore Café’s homemade lemonade served in a glass vase. The main seating is an outdoor patio cozily enclosed with flowered bushes, clay-potted plants, and patches of growing herbs and fruits. You’ll notice the homey details like the birdhouse, the fountain by the window, and the garden tools that create your daily space of comfortable intimacy.
Fiore Market Café, 1000 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA, USA, +1 626 441 2280
Cafe, American, $$$
Like a convenient place for an urban retreat, the Literati Café sits where Brentwood and West Los Angeles meet on Wilshire Boulevard. Inside this vine-covered building with a distinctive orange awning is the whole cottage deal: a stone fireplace, comfy sofas and wooden furniture. There’s also a collection of lamps occupying every corner of the room. Out on the side of this cafe house is a private, outdoor patio with a country-intelligentsia feel. The latte art on your coffee adds a touch of sentiment to your hearty, organic brunch. Literati Café is a rustic, literary house where you can settle down to read a book or have a personal chat to connect with your family or friends.
Literati Café, 12081 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 231 7484
The Daily Dose
Giving off the atmosphere of downtown LA’s Art District, The Daily Dose is located down a hidden alleyway running between vine-covered brick buildings on Industrial Street. In this area, a number of indie artists have settled in to do their work. While sipping one of their Ethiopian coffees under the twinkle lights hung between the walls, you are immediately immersed in the romantic environment of an artistically revitalized urban decay. As a testament to the new alternative lifestyle brought to the neighborhood by indie artists, and a celebration of the citrus orchards that once occupied the area, the cafe limits their menu to the most innovative selections. These selections are gluten-free, organic, and humanely raised. All ingredients are purchased directly from local farms. The Daily Dose is the perfect getaway to a artistic countryside, and it’s just around the corner from the heart of downtown.
The Daily Dose, 1820 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 281 9300