The Best Third Wave Coffee Shops in LA

A good cup of coffee is essential to get you through the day, but nowadays not just any coffee will do. There’s a growing trend for artisan (aka ‘third wave’) coffee houses that are utilizing high quality organic ingredients and ensuring that their beans are grown sustainably.

Read on to discover our top five favorite places to get an outstanding cup of artisan coffee in LA.



Stumptown Coffee Roasters

With only one location in Los Angeles, the legendary roasters pulled out all of the stops to ensure that their Arts district coffee house became known as one of the city’s finest. Specializing in espressos, cold brews and drip coffee, they are proud to offer sustainable coffee from remote parts of the world renowned for their finest beans.




One of the very first certified organic coffee roasters in LA, Groundwork now have multiple destinations around the city. Whether you’re in Venice or Downtown, this super hip and super sustainable coffee shop is close by to provide you with freshly roasted coffee that you can sip guilt free.


Dinosaur Coffee

Dinosaur Coffee

Located in one of our favourite neighbourhoods (we’re looking at you, Silver Lake), Dinosaur may be new on the coffee shop scene, but it’s quickly become one of our favourites. Selling Fourbarrel organic coffee and putting on an interesting schedule of events has helped it to cement itself as a go-to destination.


Intelligentsia Coffee


Another Silver Lake hotspot, Intelligentsia may always be busy, but it’s worth elbowing your way to the counter for their made-to-order brews. Only selling in season coffee means that their flavours are always full and fresh, and that there is always something new on offer.


Bluebottle Coffee

Blue Bottle Coffee

Originating from San Francisco, the iconic roasters now have several LA locations, but it’s their Arts District spot that we keep returning to. Taking over from Handsome Coffee Roasters last year, Blue Bottle had big shoes to fill but we quickly fell for their rotating series of blends and exclusive to LA Dandy Espresso.

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