LA Coffee Shops With Outdoor Seating
photo credit: Holly Liss
Effective Wednesday 11/25 at 10pm, LA County has ordered restaurants and bars to cease outdoor dining - find more information here.
Like many things this year - birthday parties, college classrooms, our understanding of our parents’ emotional maturity, etc. - coffee shops are looking a little different. What used to be home base for freelancers, brunchers, and writers on deadline has been invaded by, well, everyone else, and become a confusing mix of takeout, delivery, and patio seating as a result. But fear not, fellow caffeine addicts; from cold brews to single-origin espressos to socially distant dog parks, we’ve got a list of 22 Coffee Shops with Outdoor Seating.
One of our favorite Historic Filipino coffee shops (and home to a particularly excellent breakfast burrito) has transformed their Temple St. sidewalk space into a socially distanced patio. Perfect for sipping oat milk cappuccinos, snacking on excellent pastries, and browsing Twitter while pretending to read.
Both Superba’s Pasadena and Venice locations (which we once referred to as “The ‘Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit’ of restaurants” for some reason) are back up and running with safe patio dining and pick-up/delivery services. Make sure to take advantage of their house-baked pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and cheesy soft-scrambled eggs - all of which are worthy of Miss Whoopi Goldberg herself.
Half utopic outdoor cafe, half bicycle-rental shop (and the most on-brand Frogtown coffee shop that has ever existed), Spoke’s socially distant patio is now open, and it’s a great spot to sip espresso or dine on their (really excellent) veggie burger or banana toast made with Bub and Grandma’s bread.
This longtime Venice staple - and one of the best places in town to drink with your dog - also boasts an expansive outdoor seating area complete with two covered tents, all-day breakfast sandwiches, wines by the glass, and of course, rows upon rows of string lights as far as the eye can see. It is Venice, after all.
With multiple locations throughout the city, Go Get Em Tiger is definitely in the running for the title of “LA’s Most Well-Known Coffee Chain.” It also doesn’t hurt that their latest Santa Monica outpost has an airy, outdoor seating area. The patio only has a few tables, but pair them with one of GGET’s excellent lattes, sandwiches, or simple and sweet iced coffees, and you’ve got a winning combination, ideal for everything from people-watching to killing some time between Zoom calls to finally penning your “Unnamed Pandemic Horror Screenplay.”
With 14 locations throughout LA County, you’re never too far from this Latin-inspired coffee chain’s horchata lattes, mocha Mexicanos, and cafecito Cubano con leche drinks. But if you’re looking for an outdoor spot to read guides on “Designing sensuous spaces and erotic interiors” - if you’re, uh, into that sort of thing - head to Tierra Mia’s Lincoln Heights and Highland Park outposts for socially distant patio seating.
This cozy coffee shop now features outdoor seating. Located in Highland Park, Civil Coffee has everything from socially distant picnic tables to an extensive menu of teas to specialty drinks like the Caramel Turmeric Sweetie, made with espresso, caramel butter, turmeric spice, and milk, as well as a variety of breakfast snacks. Open 7am-5pm.
One of our favorite Silver Lake coffee shops (and home to a few questionable WiFi practices), Dinosaur Coffee has introduced limited outdoor seating from 7am-5pm daily. So far they’ve only put out a few tables, so you might have to be strategic about snagging a spot. May the odds be ever in your favor.
In addition to espresso shots and pour overs, this Chinatown cafe also boasts one of the most creative patio set-ups in the city. Located right outside of their Far East Plaza outpost, Endorffeine has created a Lego-esque al fresco seating area complete with large, interlocking plastic bricks and socially distant tables - a fun, outdoor fortress worthy of being in one of the Danish toy company’s theme parks. Open Thursday-Sunday, from 9am-6pm.
If you’re looking to spend all day in front of your computer, Insomnia is one of the best cafes in the city to do just that. Sure, the coffee itself is nothing to write home about and the sandwiches can be best described as “does the trick,” but that’s besides the point. You’re not here to wax poetic about single-origin blends or foam art techniques - you’re here to plop yourself down at one of their outdoor picnic tables, pen your Rick and Morty spec script, and make the most of your Final Draft free trial.
Menotti’s flagship location now has a gorgeous outdoor patio right on the Venice Boardwalk, complete with socially distant tables, really cute mosaic flooring, and some of the best cold brews, Spanish lattes, and nitros in town.
Established in 2017, Sip & Sonder in Inglewood is not only the the area’s first specialty coffee house - they also function as a publisher, creative studio, event space, and bonafide community hub. In addition, their flagship outpost on S. Market St. now also has limited outdoor seating, where you can enjoy a variety of espressos, hot teas, and pastries.
Over in Leimert Park, Harun Coffee - which is run by the similarly named lifestyle brand Harun International - is now offering limited al fresco seating. In addition to a first-class collection of smoothies, cold brews, and teas, Harun also offers breakfast sandwiches, vegan donuts, and cookies made by Southern Girl Desserts.
This tiny cafe on Melrose Ave. has everything: Outdoor seating, cold brews, turmeric lattes, and winter specials like peanut butter mochas - as well as some of the coolest merch in town. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, and weekends 8am-5pm.
This outstanding Australian cafe in Venice - that just happens to serve one of the best breakfast burritos in town - is now offering limited outdoor seating. Soak in the last of LA’s winter rays while sipping on flat whites, enjoying an incredible brunch, and flipping through “something with culture,” like this collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designs or the Countess Luann’s guide to living life with “elegance and flair.”
Located in a beautiful, foliage-covered patio (and perhaps the only place where we’d allow you to publicly propose to someone) Alta Adams’ adjoining coffee and wine shop has everything to satisfy your outdoor dining needs - freshly brewed coffee, takeaway bowls of fried chicken and collard greens, and bottles of specialty wines produced by women and BIPOC, selected by their sommelier, Ruben Morancy.
Is there anywhere more chic than Laveta’s outdoor space in Echo Park? We’re putting our money on no. Outfitted with sleek, minimalist wooden furniture, austere slabs of concrete, and signature drinks like the namesake Laveta (made with two shots of espresso, organic maple syrup, and oat milk) and the berry mojito fizz, a refreshing mix of raspberries, blackberries, Korean omija berry extract, sparkling water, and mint, there’s no better place in town to put on oversized sunglasses and type away at your computer while narrating your life, Carrie Bradshaw-style.
The Semi-Tropic has long been our go-to destination for getting work done. And now that they’ve converted their large outdoor space to a patio with socially distant picnic tables and heat lamps, this Echo Park hangout remains one of the best places in town to study for an upcoming test or analyze your ex’s Instagram for clues if they’ve moved on or not.
Glendora’s leading purveyor of “serious gourmet sh*t” now has limited outdoor seating available at their Route 66 location. Open from 7:30am-4pm, this is a great place to get your daily fix of cold-pressed coffee, single-origin espresso, and freshly baked pastries.
One of Los Feliz’s most reliable coffee shops, The Guest House is a name that every self-respecting freelancer should know. Located in a converted Craftsman-style bungalow, this neighborhood cafe has reopened their patio with a variety of socially distant nooks and crannies perfect for taking general meetings or filling out invoices on.
There are two Muddy Paw locations in the city, but their Eagle Rock has an outdoor patio perfect for both you and your best friend. Well, man’s best friend, that is. In addition to an impressive menu of specialty coffee drinks like the “Golden Retriever” (a spice-y blend of turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon) and the “Salty Old Dog” (which contains a double shot of espresso, raw dark chocolate, and sea salt), Muddy Paw has also created a socially distant dog park, filled with benches for humans and fenced-in turf for man’s best friend.