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.

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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.

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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!

Giorgi Porgi LA

Giorgi Porgi LA

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.

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Giorgi Porgi LA

Giorgi Porgi LA

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.

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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.

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  1. First of all, wow, I love the minimalist design of the place and the moss covered wall is unique, don’t think I’ve seen another coffee place like that before. And I love the way you described the place, makes me want to go for a visit and love that the drinks are made after getting to know the customer’s preference. That is genius!

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    1. I LOVE the moss covered wall!! Like how did they even do that?! The owner is super friendly and her approach is totally genius. 😉

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  2. I love how clean these pictures are, it looks like an amazing little spot! I am so glad to have found your lovely blog, it’s great to find new ones I like to read. Keep up the good work pretty gal! x

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  3. Whaaaat?! This is one ridiculously stylish coffee shop! The fluid lighting is so unusual and I feel as though exposed stone walls should become compulsory for cafés everywhere 😉

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    1. Right?! Ridiculously stylish is a great way to describe it. I had so much trouble describing it. All I could muster was ‘so cool’ haha. Thanks Gabrielle!

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  4. Wow, this is the most unique coffee shop I’ve ever seen! I love the whole underground, futuristic concept, very current and reflective of our culture, so this was such a great thought out vision! The coffee must have really been delicious, Italian coffee is so good and for someone like me who loves it strong, I’d be curious to know how Giorgi would make it! Speaking of her, I think it’s fantastic that she asks all these questions, it gives her better clarity and direction for what her customers like, want, and what may not be too popular. I always love when I dine at a restaurant and the owner and/or chef comes over and greets me, it makes it more personal and shows they really care that you’re there! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having the best week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    1. Thank you Jalisa! You always leave such thoughtful comments, and I love reading them! Giorgi herself is one of a kind, and I still can’t believe she created this whole thing! I mean, I consider myself creative, but she was like a hundred times more brilliant. I totally agree about the owner or chef greeting you. That’s usually my favorite part of a great experience!

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    1. Right!? I felt so dumb trying to describe it to you ahaha. I really think the photos do it more justice. I hope you get to check it out!

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  5. I’m highly obsessed w/ LA, everything they do is just… so much more innovative compared to other cities and countries (okay, NYC comes close but you get my point). This place looks and sounds awesome! I’m very picky with coffee cause I can’t really drink too much caffeine but I’d love to go here whenever I’m back in LA!

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    1. I totally get what you’re saying! I don’t think anyone says it, but let’s face it, LA and NY are just the places to be. I could totally live in NY. I think I would just love it! There’s always something new and trendy to do. Definitely check it out if you’re in LA! I think they serve a bunch of stuff and I’m sure if you told her that you can’t handle a lot of caffeine she could whip something up with less. 🙂

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  6. I bet the frustrating with the parking and getting lost was worth it once you finally found this gem of a joint. That shakerato sounds amazing and probably something I would order too. You seriously find the coolest places to visit with the best aesthetics! I need to do more of this around where I live!

    xoxo Rina
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    1. Thanks Rina! We don’t have too many cool coffee places where I live, so I do have to travel quite a bit, bit it’s totally worth it! I am so glad you like the places I find. The Shakerato waaasss bomb. 🙂

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