Civil Coffee – Los Angeles, CA

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 Los Angeles

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!

Civil Coffee Los Angeles

Walking upΒ to Civil looked slightly dodgy, but nothing any big city person doesn’t know the look of. Β 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.

Civil Coffee Los Angeles

Civil Coffee Los Angeles

Civil Coffee Los Angeles

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.

Civil Coffee Los Angeles

Civil Coffee Los Angeles

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.Β Overall a really really delicious breakfast and experience.

Civil Coffee Los Angeles

Civil Coffee Los Angeles

Civil Coffee Los Angeles

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.

BRANDS

Civil Coffee

57 Comments

  • Tamara
    7 months ago

    I’m gonna be in LA next week, I’m definitely gonna try to pass by this coffee shop!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Yay! It’s so pretty. Also check out Giorgi Porgi in DTLA. πŸ™‚

  • 7 months ago

    The floor tile captures my heart, it’s so rustic and a standout in these days where everything is ultra modern and where minimalism has pretty much taken over the world. It feels strange to read that you like anything with eggs as most health enthusiasts seems to preach about eggs being the 8th sins of the world or something along that line. I knew I like you for a reason…eggs, makeup, skincare, coffee and everything else. LOL! πŸ˜‰

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Right?! I have so many kitchens pinned with Spanish/Portuguese tiles. I think they add that perfect old world pop, especially with an all white modern kitchen. Definitely a dream! And people think eggs are bad for you?! NEVER. That’s so ridiculous! I can’t believe the things gurus write on the internet. That sums me up! Eggs, makeup, skincare, coffee. πŸ˜‰

  • 7 months ago

    This looks like such a cute little shop, I want to visit LA so badly!!x

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      You definitely need to visit one day! LA is so fun!

  • 7 months ago

    Unpretentious but it feels fancy nonetheless! I wish I had a coffee shop like this in my town πŸ™

    Xx, Lora | http://www.cherrycolastyle.com

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Yes I totally agree! That is the perfect way to describe it. Thanks for stopping by Lora!

  • 7 months ago

    I love the decor in this coffee shop. The coffee looks absolutely delicious too!

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Thanks Maya! It is gorgeous and the coffee is superb.

  • 7 months ago

    I love the look of this coffee place! Wish we had something similar where I live.

    ANOUK

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Me too! It’s so cute. I need it to transport to Phoenix ASAP! Haha πŸ˜‰

  • Gabrielle
    7 months ago

    The interior design of this place looks great, especially the tiled flooring. I’m not sure whether I prefer quiet or lively, I think it depends entirely on my mood πŸ™‚ Either way, if I ever find myself in LA this coffee shop will be on my visit list!

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      That’s a good point Gabrielle! I think it depends on my mood as well. That day I was particularly wanting to be alone away from the hustle and bustle. Though I do love lively coffee shops too!

  • 7 months ago

    Looks like a lovely place, If I am ever in LA I’d like to visit

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    • Emily
      7 months ago

      It’s beautiful! I hope you get to visit someday Elise!

  • 7 months ago

    I love the style of this coffee shop…it looks like such a beautiful place to relax!

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    • Emily
      7 months ago

      It is Valerie! I loved how laid back it was and unpretentious. πŸ™‚

  • The floor tiles, wall, and everything about the decor is just incredibly gorgeous <3 I will definitely add this to my wishlist of places to go the next time I'm in LA <3

    xo, Donna Belle
    http://www.sheselle.com

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      So glad to hear that Donna! You won’t be disappointed! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  • 7 months ago

    If I ever go to LA, I will definitly visit Civil Coffee! I love the interior of the shop ^^.

    TheNormcoreRebel

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Yay! It’s really beautiful and the coffee is so good. You can’t go wrong!

  • Emily
    7 months ago

    You have a knack for finding the most exception coffee places that fill me with jealousy! I’d love nothing more than to nurse a cup at Civil Coffee!

    Musings & More

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Thank you Emily! Civi is perfect for ‘nursing’. πŸ˜‰

  • 7 months ago

    The tile and the lights are so lovely together! What a beautiful space!

    District of Chic

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      They definitely are! Thanks for stopping by!

  • 7 months ago

    This looks like such a nice place!! Hope you had a lovely weekend! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Thanks Susanne!

  • 7 months ago

    Emily you always go to these trendy cafes and it makes me so jealous!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Thank you Camila! I love finding good coffee shops to write about and then sharing them!

  • Kay
    7 months ago

    Ohhh this place looks so interesting! I wish we had coffee shops like that where I live, all we get are your typical Starbucks and Costa (which are fun and all, but still!), and some proper dodgy, end-of-a-back-alley ones haha! πŸ˜› I still can’t make my mind up on whether I like the interior of this one, or not! I like how clean it looks, and like you said, there are definietly some lovely, nautical accents here and there. But I think that personally, I prefer smaller, more ‘cosy’ places, if that makes sense. I find ones like this slightly overwhelming at times, but perhaps that’s just me! The coffee still looks delicious, though, and that egg on toast – super yum! πŸ™‚ Wouldn’t mind waking up to a breakfast like this every day. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your thoughts, lovely! <3 xoxo

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      I totally get what you mean. I will say though that if you get a nook in the corner (where I sat) it definitely gives off that cozy vibe. I do think that this coffee shop is so large that it may not give off the ‘coziest’ vibe. So I hear ya! I saw Costa everywhere when I was in Eastern Europe haha, but I didn’t actually stop in to try it. Seemed decent though!

  • 7 months ago

    the interiors are just what i love a bit of subtle pattern and minimal! filing this for la!
    http://www.thestyletune.com

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Yay! You’ll love it if you visit!

  • 7 months ago

    This looks lovely!! You take some pretty wonderful pics, too! xx

    moorizZLA

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Thank you Alya!

  • 7 months ago

    LA is definitely a place I’d like to visit! You seem to have really cool establishments.
    This place is great, love the floor tiles and the decor. So unique.

    Funmi x
    http://www.funmialabi.co.uk

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      LA is definitely known for having some of the best coffee shops and restaurants. I only wish I lived there!

  • The design of this coffee shop is just something so theatrical. We NEED stuff like this here!

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      It really is! I want more coffee shops like this in my own backyard as well.

  • 7 months ago

    Civil Coffee sounds and looks wonderful! You were so early for a Sunday! That floor looks lovely, perfect for a cheeky #FWIS or #Showfie. I am embarrassed to say that I am just coming up to one year in LA and I have only been to Highland Park once at night. Living on the Westside can make it a pain getting through all the traffic you mentioned. I am sold on this place though and will be looking to pop over one weekend for an explore πŸ™‚

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Yay! I do hope you visit! If I lived in LA I would definitely visit all the time haha. Though I know Highland Park is a little out of the way. And yes, sooo great for a FWIS!

  • 7 months ago

    What a beautiful interior designs! Thanks for sharing love
    Much love, Len
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    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      You’re welcome Len!

  • Love everything about this post! So cute!
    Love, Hadasah Love
    http://www.styletolove.com | Instagram @hadasahlove

  • 7 months ago

    This looks like my kind of coffee shop =o) I love meeting with friends or having a cup of coffee in the afternoon, this would be the perfect spot =o)

    dreamofadventures.blogspot.com

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Yes it would be! I am the same. I believe an afternoon coffee with friends is just as important as my morning coffee. πŸ˜‰

  • 7 months ago

    What a cute shop! I haven’t spent much time in Highland Park yet but it’s on my list of areas of the city to explore further. I’ll definitely have to stop by Civil Coffee!

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Yes! Do it! I think you’d really like it Kasie. Just by following you on Pinterest and stuff haha. πŸ˜‰

  • 7 months ago

    Babe! I’ll be in LA in January so I’ll have to scroll through you whole blog and see all the places you recommend! I can’t wait! This place does have such a relaxed vibe to it, I dig! And I love that there is a mix between all types of people and ages. I definitely prefer more cozy nook type places rather than overly busy joints. I would have loved to see how that whole marble wall looked! If only I could have that installed in my own house =P

    xoxo Rina
    http://www.andshedressed.com

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Yay! Definitely! If you search ‘Los Angeles’ or ‘LA’ on my blog you should find the coffee shops I’ve blogged about so far! I totally forgot to snap a photo of the huge marble wall. I am so bummed about it!! Maybe next time. πŸ™‚

  • 7 months ago

    As a New Yorker, I live for places like this that make me feel at ease and relaxed, escaping the madness. The coffee looks so good, as does your egg toast (I love anything with an egg, too πŸ™‚ The decor is also quite lovely, I love the tiled floors! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have the best week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      I feel like I am a New Yorker at heart! Haha. I was just telling my boyfriend that the other night. My whole family is from the east coast though, so maybe it rubbed off. I could never say no to eggs! Glad you liked it Jalisa. πŸ™‚

  • 7 months ago

    Lovely post and amazing photographs dear, thanks for sharing!

    Faye .x

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    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/fayeisabella

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Thank you Faye!

  • 7 months ago

    I miss dropping by your blog. Been a bit inactive lately.

    I love going to coffee shops mainly because of my love for coffee; but there are a few notable ones I love hanging out at. Lucky me because there’s a coffee shop near my husband’s place (well my place now as well) where you get to choose which beans to brew and how to prep them depending on your own preference… And there’s this newly opened coffee shop near my parents place that looks really cozy but coffee is kind of so-so. I go there for the good food tho. πŸ™‚

    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

    • Emily
      7 months ago

      Aw thank you! I noticed I hadn’t been seeing you around lately! πŸ˜‰ A coffee shop like that sounds amazing! I definitely appreciate good coffee and I love the taste too. I am so addicted I don’t think it even does anything for my anymore, caffeine wise that is.

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