Get ready to fall in love guys! I am so excited to be sharing Giorgi Porgi with you today. They’ve only been open for a few months, but they’re already the hippest coffee spot in LA. This was by far the best coffee experience I have ever had. If you’re in the LA area, check out this hidden gem in DTLA for yourself and be prepared to stay for a very long time.
Saturday in downtown LA was such a b*tch to find parking. We walked for a few minutes completely confused at where Girogi Porgi was actually located. Google maps said it should have been right in front of us. After some searching through Yelp, we figured out this place stumped a lot of people. We crossed the street and went up a block, and there it was! Finally!
Immediately we were greeted by the owner Giorgi who asked us a variety of questions. That’s her MO. Since all the coffee is Italian, she makes people’s drinks based on what American coffee drinks they like. Sweet or bitter, white or dark, iced or hot, etc. It’s pretty impressive and unique!
When you walk in, you can’t miss the huge moss covered wall which makes for an incredible scene and even better photos. There is one long bar top that extends all the way down to the end of the space. Already I had noticed a bunch of regular customers sitting at the bar and chatting away. The vibe was underground cool, like being invited to an exclusive club. Seriously, I’m not making this up.
After snagging a bench by the moss covered wall (the entire bar area was completely full), that’s when I started to notice the beautifully designed space. There were no tables, only a single bar top with stools. It actually reminded me of a traditional bar that serves alcohol, which I think is what they were going for. Coffee bars like this are popular in Portugal and Italy. The entire space was concrete and like something out of sci fi novel. I had so much fun photographing this coffee shop. The light leaks through beautifully too, even with the small space and concrete design. This ended up being one of my most popular Instagram posts, so thank you Giorgi Porgi!
I got the ‘shakerato’, which is the owner’s Italian version of the latte. It was so delicious and I have no idea what was in it. It tasted like a more frothy and potent iced latte, and the espresso was absolutely everything I enjoy about Italian coffee; bold and balanced . It was so good that I ordered a second one and decided to stay for a while longer. By this time some bar seats opened up and we were able to snag some. We chatted with the barista for a bit about the owner and her vision for the place. Turns out, her and her husband completely designed everything themselves. They even etched out the lettering in their glass menu over the bar.
Giorgi Porgi was super lively on a Saturday afternoon. They played house music and there was even some dancing and singing going on from Girogi herself. I remember looking at my friend Krystle and mouthing O-M-G. Out of all the coffee houses in LA, I really couldn’t believe that we had found this place. It was such a gem! About this time the owner started passing out some free donut samples, and we chatted a bit with the couple next to us. Most of the conversations were other people wanting to know what the other one got to drink. There isn’t a drink here that doesn’t look curious and inviting.
I had the most fun I’ve had at any coffee shop in a long time. The experience is well worth the DTLA struggle. I could take photos of this place all day long, and it’s so inspiring to think about the creativity that went in to creating Giorgi Porgi. It’s such a unique coffee shop and I will always remember my experience here. Definitely check this place out soon, as it’s bound to blow up and get crowded.
What’s your favorite part about Girogi Porgi? How do you like the minimal underground futuristic look? Have you guys ever seen anything similar? I would love to know! Leave me a comment below.