LA’s Most Trendy Coffee Shops

My favorite coffee shops in Los Angeles… oh boy, there’s quite a few of them! I’ll keep this list short and sweet *just the way I like my lattes*. My top picks obviously have to taste the best (considering how dang expensive they are) and also have to look aesthetically pleasing. Come on ladies, if we’re paying $5+ on a coffee… it better be making the ‘gram.

LA’s Most Trendy Coffee Shops Tara Michelle

One of my all time favorite coffee shops for the last 2 years, Verve.

I had walked by it multiple times before realizing it was a coffee shop, I always just thought “oh that place looks so trendy”. One day I decided to walk in and I never looked back. It’s usually pretty crowded inside, everyone is sitting and working on their computers but the line isn’t ever long. They have great outdoor seating which is perfect for a classic sunny LA day.

Their coffee, delish. My go to is their sweetened latte, and it definitely does the trick. It’s perfectly strong but satisfies my tastebuds!!

LA’s Most Trendy Coffee Shops Tara Michelle
LA’s Most Trendy Coffee Shops Tara Michelle

Alfred {Coffee + Kitchen}

8428 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

LA’s Most Trendy Coffee Shops Tara Michelle
LA’s Most Trendy Coffee Shops Tara Michelle


Alfred’s is all over Instagram and it’s definitely worth the hype. This place has cute decor everywhere that’s practically begging for a spot on your Insta Story! There’s inside seating and a small patio outside, but it’s usually pretty crowded. They have a pretty nice selection of flavored lattes, which is what I normally go for! I usually just go for the vanilla latte with almond milk.

Have you ever seen the phrase “But first, coffee.”? Well I’m pretty sure it originated here, but don’t quote be on that. The phrase is everywhere; on the walls, on signs… you really can’t avoid it (but why would you want to?).

LA’s Most Trendy Coffee Shops Tara Michelle

Carerra Cafe is THE CUTEST! Being directly across from the famous ‘pink wall’ on Melrose, it’s already a great hotspot. They also have their own mural which they switch out monthly depending on the current trend! The inside is so bright and open, which immediately got me excited the first time I went in!

The most unique part about their drinks is that they put custom art on anything you order!! You could choose your own photo for them to print, or they do have some presets you can look through as well! I picked ‘Boss Lady’ because how could I not?!

By now I’m sure you know that I almost always order an iced vanilla latte, and this one was incredible! Highly recommend checking it out if you’re in the area, they also have tons of healthy food options as well!

LA’s Most Trendy Coffee Shops Tara Michelle

One of my most recent discoveries, blue bottle coffee. For all you downtown ladies, this is the SPOT. They actually have locations all over Los Angeles but I went to the one in the Arts District. With the entire wall being a window, it’s incredibly bright in there. Interestingly enough, there was a ton of seating available and it was pretty quiet in there.

As per usual I asked for a sweetened vanilla latte, but to my surprise they didn’t have it on the menu (apparently). The barista suggested a sweetened cold brew with milk so that’s what I got! It was absolutely incredible, and tasted exactly like the vanilla latte I was originally ordering. It was definitely strong and I could feel the extra kick of energy from it. 10/10 experience.

LA’s Most Trendy Coffee Shops Tara Michelle
LA’s Most Trendy Coffee Shops Tara Michelle
LA’s Most Trendy Coffee Shops Tara Michelle

Last but certainly not least, Tilt Coffee Bar!

I stumbled across this place the other day when I was craving a new coffee shop to try out! This one was really close to where I was, so I took a quick little walk and was VERY pleasantly surprised.

It’s a small glass building in the middle of an apartment building courtyard… totally random but now I want to look into moving there haha! It was pretty empty when we got there so we got to chat with the super sweet barista while we waited for our drinks. I ordered a matcha latte which was the perfect amount of sweet! They have a fake tree stump in there (assuming it’s for Insta pics… or at least that’s what I used it for haha). I really loved the environment here and will definitely be going back!!

LA’s Most Trendy Coffee Shops Tara Michelle
LA’s Most Trendy Coffee Shops Tara Michelle

And there you have it, my favorite coffee shops in Los Angeles! There are PLENTY more on my list of places to try, but over the last 3 years of living here… here’s my top 5!

If you’re an LA local or visited and you have a really good coffee shop to recommend, please do!!! I’d love to go and try it out! ♥

Hope you enjoyed today’s post! See you next time! 🙂



  1. September 18, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    I’m so glad you decided to start a blog I love every single post❤️

    • Tara
      September 18, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      thank you so much 🙂

  2. Jennifer
    September 18, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Strawberry acai refresher from Starbucks!!!

    • Tara
      September 18, 2017 / 12:48 pm

      omg YUM! i love that one!!!

  3. Arianna
    September 18, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Omg Tara I love you so much❤️❤️ My favourite drink is an iced caramel macchiato with coconut milk from Starbucks. Love you

    • Tara
      September 18, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      ooohhhh thats such a good drink!!! 10/10! (also love it with coconut milk too!)

  4. Samera
    September 18, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    yes!! i was waiting for a blog about your fav coffee shops! 🙌🏻💘 thank u for sharing! 🙂 Also, if you haven’t tried Dialog Cafe u definitely should! hopefully u like it! luv ya! 🦋

    • Tara
      September 18, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      i’ve never heard of that!! but ill definitely have to check it out now, thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

  5. Vasiliki
    September 18, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    I’ve been watching these cool coffee shops you’ve been visiting at your vlog chanel and they look STUNNING. Hope one day to be able to try them out ad of course maybe see you therree?!? Haha love you so much❤

  6. Sierra
    September 18, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I love anything Carmel or lemonade!!

  7. Ola
    September 18, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    I love yours blog posts ❤️ The pictures are jus perfect 👌🏼 if I go to LA I will totally visit these places, thanks for recommendation 💋 Greetings form Poland 🇵🇱 Love ya x

  8. Marwa
    September 18, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    LOVE YOU TARA!!!♥️ My favorite drink is really basic haha but it’s the “caramel frappé with extra whipped cream”

    • Tara
      September 18, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      yummm!!! love you girl!!!

      • Marwa
        September 19, 2017 / 9:07 am

        OMG!!! I can’t believe you took the time to reply! Thank you soooooo much you’re such a role model from your YouTube to your Instagram to your Snapchat and twitter haha literally everything love youuuu♥️♥️♥️

  9. Shelby
    September 18, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    this post made me crave coffee…

    • Tara
      September 18, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      honestly same hahahah

  10. Bri
    September 18, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    Was journalism your major in college? You are a really great writer, you truly know ur audience. It makes it much easier, and more entertaining to read! Love u babes!

    • Tara
      September 18, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Wow thanks so much! I actually majored in communications at my first school, then I switched to digital media! But I seriously appreciate your kind words! 🙂

  11. Isabelle
    September 18, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Now I’m incredibly thirsty lol…such a cute post keep it up!

  12. katie
    September 18, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    One of my fav drinks is a iced caramel macchiato and after seeing this i really want one lol but ily Tara💘

  13. brooke
    September 18, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    OMG you have no idea how long i have been waiting to know what coffee places you go to! 😱😂 LOVE IT !

    • Tara
      September 18, 2017 / 7:16 pm

      YAYYY! ugh i love every single one on this list!!

  14. SHELBY
    September 18, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I’m crying rn, we were just out in LA and we were looking for trendy coffee shops the whole trip, this is the exact blog I needed a week late 😭 I still love it tho! So cute!

  15. Gillian
    September 18, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    I’ve been looking for a new coffeeplace since I recently moved back to LA. I had my Vegas coffee hot spot now I need a new spot for a spot to work and enjoy coffee

  16. September 19, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Literally, your personality is all over your blog posts. Great job customizing to making it who you are.

  17. kellie
    September 19, 2017 / 11:40 am

    What a great idea for a blog post. I am always looking for a new coffee spot in LA. I travel to LA several times a year from Kentucky and am planning on moving there (one day). haha! For now I live vicariously through you! I have been a fan for years but have never commented on your videos before.(even though I should!) I really appreciate all of your hard work on your channel and now your blog. You are always a bright spot in my day and I thank you for being YOU! 🙂

    • Tara
      September 19, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      wow thank you so much girl, seriously appreciate you taking the time to comment and support me! 🙂 hope you get to move out here soon!!! best of luck!

      • kellie
        September 20, 2017 / 7:04 am

        You are most welcome and you better get your packages back from those thieving neighbors LOL! I am seriously mad for you!

  18. Liz Huape
    September 19, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Awesome blog post! It’s the first one I’ve read and I’m excited to read the ones I’ve missed! A coffee shop that I recommend is called Tierra Mia it’s kinda like a Mexican Starbucks. It’s a little different but I’m sure it won’t disappoint! Love you girl ❤️ Thanks for just being you 😊

    • Tara
      September 20, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      sounds so cool!!! thanks for letting me know! 🙂

  19. September 24, 2017 / 5:39 am

    I really love the photos you used! They are amazing!

  20. Lilian
    October 2, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    Your pictures are so aesthetically pleasing😍😍

  21. Shikha
    October 3, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Your blog’s picture quality is good

  22. October 3, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Hopefully the next time I go to LA, I’ll be able to go to all or some of these really cute coffee shops! 😄

  23. Zabrinea R
    October 4, 2017 / 7:17 am

    Great blog, love you videos on YT!

  24. Septa Adriana
    October 12, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Alfred is so freakin’ cuteeeeee!!

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