Los Angeles has its fair share of overly crowded hip coffee shops. In fact, I’ve been to most of them. But on my last day in LA I really wanted to find a little haven where I could just sit alone and enjoy my morning cup of coffee. Maybe I was feeling antisocial, or just sick of all the LA traffic and madness. Some mornings you just want that break from people, and all you require is warmth, good coffee, and friendly service. This is Civil Coffee.
Civil Coffee is located in Highland Park, which is still considered Los Angles, but it’s a bit farther out of the city. It made for the perfect stop before I headed home. My friend had recommend that we check out Civil Coffee among the other coffee shops we had on the list. I ended up loving this coffee shop way more than I thought I would and I am so excited to share it with you today!
Walking up to Civil looked slightly dodgy, but nothing any big city person doesn’t know the look of. The store front is really really beautiful. There are beautiful window bars in an angelic pattern that cover their top windows, or possibly apartments up above. You can see straight through Civil Coffee, as there is nothing but glass as their store front. The entrance design makes for some really great nooks too, but more on that later! Walking in we were greeted with friendly smiles from the baristas. It was only slightly busy for a Sunday morning, but we were also there around 7:30am.
The decor inside reminds me of a mash between Portuguese and nautical. They have a beautiful patterned tile across the floor that reminds me of my time in Portugal. I am not sure if it’s real tile or just a pattern, but it’s so pretty to look at! They have nautical blue moldings on the wall as a wall trim, which contrasts very well with the light blue tile work.
Last but not least, I could never ever forgot the day I saw the largest marbled wall I have ever seen. Behind the bar they have marble running up the wall and all the way to the ceiling. It’s really really incredible. There’s not much else to say except: this place just works. Everything contrasts and ties in so well together. Whoever designed the interior space did all the right things. This coffee shop feels modern, but with old world charm and coziness.
I ordered a latte to go and my friend ordered a soy mocha. Both drinks were very exceptional and I almost wanted to get another for the road. There is no shortage of good espresso here. When I realized the coffee here was just as good as the interior, my heart melted. I also ordered some egg toast which was so good you guys (their menu is ridiculous looking). I mean anything with an egg on top I am there! We found a little nook towards the front of the shop, which was great because you could also watch as people were coming in through the entrance. I forgot to mention actually, that this place is huge. However it’s not cold. It’s completely opposite of Holsem Coffee, and the space works brilliantly. Overall a really really delicious breakfast and experience.
Civil Coffee is a great coffee shop to just chill and read a book or scroll through your morning news feed. It is completely unpretentious and I noticed a lot of different age ranges. From the older gentlemen reading his morning paper, to the family stopping by for breakfast and coffee, and of course, to us out-of-towners taking a million photos. Civil Coffee is a gem in a city that feels rushed. If you are ever in the area, do stop by and marvel at the interior architecture and design. It will probably be the most comfortable caffeine fix your heart has experienced. Save a seat for me!
Do you prefer hip and lively coffee shops, or more chill, nook-ish ones? Leave a comment below! Would love to hear your thoughts on the perfect coffee shop combination.