Uplifters Kitchen on Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica is the kind of anonymous-looking place you could drive past a hundred times and never give a second thought. Which would be the wrong thing to do. The coffee is great, and the menu of pastries, salads, and sandwiches is simple and delicious. You’ll be finding excuses to get here on the regular just to eat the biscuit breakfast sandwich.
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The Father’s Office burger (in Santa Monica and Culver City) is amazing. If you don’t know that, you don’t get it.
Upper West might be in the Westside no man’s land, but this casual spot is definitely worth your time.
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Over in Leimert Park, Harun Coffee is serving a first-class collection drinks, operating an art gallery, and running a lifestyle brand.
JJ Bakery has locations across the SGV, and all of them have a great selection of Taiwanese breads and desserts.
Bohemian House Of Espresso + Chai
Bohemian House Of Espresso + Chai is a Downtown LA coffee shop packed with a sensory explosion of 1960s cultural icons.
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