14 Top Coffee Spots In Venice
With so many startups, side gigs and passion projects, is it any wonder that Venice is fueled by some of the best coffee in LA? Our mugs runneth over with premium roasts and specialty blends, Buttery Brew and award-winning latte art, and these impeccable pours are made even better when paired with baklava croissants, paleo granola and all the other delicious treats from our neighborhood cafés. So whether you're a local or just living like one for the day, here's where you can find the best coffee in Venice.
Gjelina's sister spot Gjusta is much more than a bakery. This all-day eatery tucked into the neighborhood on Sunset Ave. near Gold's Gym is more like a gourmand's food court with offerings that range from baklava croissants and chocolate chess pies, to veggie frittatas, rotisserie meats and charcuterie. Here you order cortados not lattes, and whippersnappers on a hot afternoon, and they're all delicious with whatever you decide to eat.
Gjusta // 320Sunset Ave., Venice 90291
New to Lincoln Blvd., local designer Sean Knibb took over the space next to his design studio and opened a bodega-style café offering Vittoria coffee, fresh flowers and a fun retail mix of home goods and accessories featuring Apolis, Alchemy Works, some vintage pieces and a few Knibb designs too.
Flowerboy // 824 Lincoln Blvd. Venice 90291,
Menotti’s Coffee Stop
Christopher ‘Mr. Nicely’ Abel Alameda is a competitive latte art champ with three Coffee Fest World Latte Art victories. After supporting the openings of Intelligentsia Venice and spending time at Handsome Coffee Roasters, he opened Menotti's Coffee Stop just off the Venice Beach Boardwalk where he brews up Four Barrel and spins vinyl in the background. You'll find some of the best coffee in town without the snobbery here. In fact, Nicely shares his passion and knowledge of great coffee by holding free coffee tastings on occasion. Menotti's is located next to The Townhouse, Venice's oldest bar that's been around since Prohibition, so you also have the option of taking your coffee next door and spiking it with a shot of whiskey.
Menotti's // 56 Windward Ave., Venice 90291
Superba Food + Bread
This all-day eatery on Lincoln Blvd. transitions from fresh pastries and egg dishes in the morning to savory meals at night, but many people come simply to enjoy a great cup of coffee in the gorgeously appointed, indoor-outdoor gathering space designed by L.A.'s celebrated duo Design, Bitches. Ask about the new signature Superba coffee roasts the next time you're there.
Superba Food & Bread // 1900 S. Lincoln Blvd, Venice 90291
Deus Ex Machina
Once a Conroy's corner flower shop at Lincoln and Venice boulevards, this biker/surfer lifestyle emporium/coffee bar was one of the first on the block to create a welcoming space for locals on the now rapidly-developing stretch of Lincoln Blvd. Order a flat white, an Aussie-style cappuccino with a higher proportion of espresso to milk, and ask about the next Sunday Mass, a group ride up the coast to Malibu, usually followed by a BBQ and live music back at the shop.
Deus Ex Machina // 1001 Venice Blvd., Venice 90291
Groundwork (2 Locations)
One of the first certified organic coffee roasters in Southern California, this local chain with Venice locations on Rose and another on Westminster (just off the Boardwalk), pioneered sustainable, organic coffee sourcing before it was the standard. Here you'll find great coffee and a casual neighborhood vibe. Try the new affogato while the weather's still hot—a scoop of Coolhaus ice cream in a double shot of espresso for a sweet afternoon pick-me-up.
Groundwork // 671 Rose Ave. // 3 Westminster Ave., Venice 90291
Zinque Coffee and Wine Bar
Coffee bar by day, wine bar by night. Frenchman Emmanuel Dosseti knew what he was doing offering free wi-fi, open-air seating and inspiring architecture to multi-tasking Venice locals. Brewing up La Colombe coffee, Barista Erik Taylor is known to write sweet nothings in your latte art. Try a tartine on the Poilane (famous French bread flown in two to three times per week from The Poilane Bakery) or stay the day and wait for happy hour to begin.
Le Zinque // 600 Venice Blvd., Venice 90291
Locals flock to TOMS café/retail shop/backyard hangout on Abbot Kinney for the camp-like community feel, weekly events and a global brew that gives back. Under the canvas tent in the back yard, you will find sunbathing pups on the grassy knoll as their humans type away on Macs, and tourists pop in to snap pics. In TOMS 1 for 1 style, with every bag of coffee you purchase, TOMS will give one week of clean water to a person in need. Order up the hemp latte and tell Barista Nick that you cannot wait to see him grab his Oscar one day.
TOMS Flagship // 1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice 90291
An industrial space reminiscent of a hip laboratory, Intelligentsia has its coffee brewing down to a science. This beauty was designed by Ana Henton of LA-based MASS Architecture. (She's also behind the mod interiors at Komodo on Main Street.) Known for its knowledgeable baristas, they deliver consistent and artistic espresso, perfectly steamed milk and the ever patient pour-over. They also brew and carry their own brand. Drip coffee is on point and the mocha is out of this world. Be prepared to wait in line and people watch, this hipster hotspot is known to see its fair share of celebs.
Intelligentsia // 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice 90291
Another Kind of Sunrise
Tucked away down an alley off Abbot Kinney, this food-cart-turned-café was way ahead of the butter coffee craze. Try the signature Buttery Brew from owner Lela Buttery. It's is a rich, paleo-friendly concoction made with coconut oil, grass-fed, dairy-free ghee and organic coffee that's roasted fresh each week by Jones Coffee Roasters in Pasadena. Pair your brew with the paleo granola and almond-coconut milk or a savory muffin made with farm fresh eggs.
Another Kind of Sunrise // 1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, 90291
Butter coffee is one thing. "Bulletproof" coffee requires a shot of Bulletproof brand Brain Octane Oil, which you can now order up at one of the first Bulletproof Cafés right on Main Street, just north of the Venice divide. (It took over the former Starbucks earlier this year.) While you're there you can also order a high protein salad of the day, some bone broth, or buy all your own supplies to make Bulletproof coffee at home.
Bulletproof Cafe // 3110 Main St., Santa Monica 90405
Blue Bottle Coffee
The sleek 650-square-foot space on Abbot Kinney features a Kees van der Westen Spirit espresso machine, drip coffee bar, and pulsing LED panel art installation. It's spare with minimal seating, so this will not be a likely sub for the third-space vibe offered a few blocs down at TOMS, but the premium coffee roasted on vintage gear, packed in compostable bags, and poured for customers within 48 hours of roasting, guarantees one delicious wake-up call.
Blue Bottle Coffee // 1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice 90291
The cold-brewed Intelligentsia iced coffee at this little coffee window on the Venice Beach Boardwalk is even better when enjoyed with a slice of wild whiskey bread pudding.
Espresso Yo'Self // 1827 Ocean Front Walk at 29th Ave.