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 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.

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. 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.


Civil Coffee


  1. 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

    1. 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˜‰

  2. 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!

    1. 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!

  3. 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


    1. 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!

  4. 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™‚

    1. 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!

  5. 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)

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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

    1. 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™‚

  8. 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!



    1. 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™‚

  9. 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™‚


    1. 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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