I like rituals. My weekly early morning latte at Intelligentsia is just that; a time when I read my book, work on some writing, or enjoy a little people watching. I get their early enough that there isn’t much of a line and the bar seat inside are mostly free. Sometimes this golden hour fluctuates a bit; sometimes it’s my arrival time that does. Either way, no matter how long the line is, I wait. I’ve never taken my coffee to go, but I have left without once or twice when the sacred bar space was full.
What I Order
A latte or a cappuccino. Occasionally a scone, try the bacon-Gruyère or currant-pistachio.
Reason To Love
The beverage quality and the service are consistently great. The barista’s are friendly and don’t make you feel rushed, no matter how busy it is. I don’t care how long I’ve waited (if you don’t have the time, why go?), eye-contact and a friendly greeting make all the difference. The bar sets are the best in the city, a view of the action behind the bar and the constant stream of locals in for their coffee fix. I’ve met some nice and interesting people sitting there.
3922 West Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90029