Leslie YehLA Writer
Midwest-born and California-raised, Leslie lived in LA for years before moving to New York days before the world shut down in March 2020. Needless to say, she knows little of the city she now calls home, but can draw you a map of all her favorite cafes in LA ranked by ease of parking. In her spare time, she’s probably thinking about, talking about, or on occasion making zines about diasporic food cultures, or plotting her next escape to her happy place, Taipei.
The stories behind some of our favorite Asian-owned coffee and tea shops across LA.
Some of our favorite spots for everything from French Japanese pastries to Filipino pies.
JJ Bakery has locations across the SGV, and all of them have a great selection of Taiwanese breads and desserts.
KG Bakery has been selling cakes and Vietnamese pastries in Echo Park since 1980.
Laroolou is a Filipino pie kiosk operating out of Amboy in Chinatown.
United Bread & Pastry is a Filipino bakery in Silver Lake with great sweets and empanadas.
Sugarbloom’s pastries are available all over the city, and we especially love their kimchi and SPAM musubi croissants.
Amandine is a Brentwood bakery and all-day cafe that specializes in Japanese-French pastries.
Kumquat is one of the nicest places to sit and drink coffee in Highland Park.
Highlight is a Glendale coffee shop located inside a historic 1920s hotel.
Sachi.LA is a fun coffee shop, plant store, and retail space in Del Rey.