Looking for great coffee? Willing to strike out past the classic Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf? Then head out to Silver Lake and take your pick of several amazing places to go.
One of my faves is Intelligentsia at the Sunset Junction intersection on Sunset and Sanborn. The decor is open and clean, with plywood walls and lots of seating (the store design actually won an AIA Award). The coffee is nothing short of amazing. To have a cup of coffee here is to taste coffee for the first time. (This place always reminds me of The Cupping Room in SoHo in Manhattan...you never forget your first time). ;-)
Another great place is Cafecito Organico at 534 Hoover St., serving very specialized, niche coffees only from Central and South America, grown on organic farms. Each cup is made individually...and lovingly (you’ll know what I mean after you’ve had it...!). This place feels good...you know you're in Silver Lake, and not on the Westside!
3) Lamill Coffee at 1636 Silver Lake Blvd., is a bit different. Known not only for amazing coffee, but also for it's elegant cafe serving breakfast, lunch dinner...and with a great wine list put together by a sommelier. This place has a very upscale, European feel to it. (Amazing dessert menu!).
Check these out when you can, and let me know which you like the best. And especially let me know if any other new places pop up!