With so many options, the LA food scene can be overwhelming. But in a good way! Think: matcha shaved ice in Koreatown, the perfect multiple course French bistro dinner...the list goes on. Having spent the last couple years working out of DTLA, I’ve had the opportunity to try out so many spots to grab a quick cup of coffee, meet with the AYAI team, or enjoy a cocktail after a long day of work. Below, I’ve jotted down a few of my faves to share with you guys:
705 W 9th St, DTLA
Classic American options with a romantic twist. Faith and Flower is perfect for that early evening oyster round and glass of rosé. Multiple things are served on toast, the cocktail list will make you feel like maybe you haven't seen it all, and there's something for every level of hunger.
401 S Grand Ave, Bunker Hills
I'm somehow constantly in the mood for chips and guacamole, so this was automatically a yes. But you'll stay for the more creative menu options—dirty horchata? Habanero mustard? K.
580 Mateo Street, Arts District
A spacious market style cafe with one of the cutest outdoor patio spaces in downtown LA. I love it for breakfast and lunch, but there's also a bar all the way in the back. Literally lacking nothing.
6115 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood
Located in between Sweetgreen and Sugarfish, Rubies+Diamonds is as innovative as it is actually good. Try the rose vanilla latte or the sea salt cold brew with coconut whipped cream—just as delicious as they sound.
1638 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood
An unassuming entrance is usually part and parcel when it comes to the best bars. I love Grandpa Johnson's for the vibe as much as the drinks. Art deco-inspired with a massive marble bar and mirrors everywhere, Grandpa Johnson's is glam enough to be from a different time. Just how I like it.
8265 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood
Terrine is pure romance—one of my favorite date night spots. Trees laced with lights set the mood on the patio and the sommelier knows what she’s doing. Make sure to request to sit outside and order a few plates to share, ‘cause it's all good here.