Coffeehouses and Cafes
Santa Monica, Hollywood,
Los Angeles Extended Area
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Coffeehouses and Cafes in the Los Angeles Area

Anastasia's Asylum

1028 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica 310-394-7113 .. This hangout offers full vegetarian menu, coffee and teas. Relaxed cozy upstairs loft with free entertainment every night of the week starts between 8 and 9 pm so check the calendar. Anastasia runs a warm comfortable place that is 98 percent vegetarian. Freshly painted floor to ceiling on 1 January 1997, Anastasia's Asylum has a whole new look. Anastasia, the new paint looks good. Every day of the week 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM.

Joni's Coffee Roaster Cafe

552 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey 310-305-7147 .. Open at 5:00 am. Busy for breakfast from 8 to 10 am. Good Sunday morning crowd which sleeps in on Sunday. Extensive menu has lots of great hot choices. There is fresh fruit. The large bowl of fruit is enough to share with a friend. Fresh squeezed orange juice. Also good choice of fresh muffins. Joni roasts her own coffee beans on the premises. Each cup of coffee is brewed one cup at a time for always fresh coffee. House coffee is strong so if you like your coffee lighter ask them to add hot water or request a milder blend. Good lunch. Inside and outside seating. Outside works well on the hot summer days. Slower afternoon and evenings. Joni sets a small vase of fresh flowers on the table. They also serve lunch and dinner as well as beer and wine.

Little Frida's Coffee HouseFridasLogo

8730 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood 310-854-5421 .. Two blocks east of Robertson, corner of Huntley and Santa Monica on the south west corner. Open since September 1995, this delightful place has a selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches. New selected art is featured and displayed every 6 to 8 weeks. Relax in their lounge or sit outside. Very clean and well maintained. Tuesday is music. Wednesday is comedy. Thursday is special workshops or symposiums. Entertainment starts at 8 pm. They also sponsor special events. See calendar. Kathleen and Maureen have put together a wonderful place. There is free parking in the rear. Change in hours starting February 1997. Sun-Thur 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Fri/Sat 11:00 AM to midndight.

Mingle Cafe

11962 Wilshire Blvd., West Los Angeles 310-207-4674 .. New menus in July 96 which feature omelet, sandwich, pasta. Take a look we have them on the Web for you. Mingle Cafe will deliver. Lounge patio in the back. Thur Open Mike Musicians. Fri Stand Up. Sat Live Bands. Sun Open Mike Comedy. Entertainment starts about 8 pm. Partners Bobby Taheri and Ray Wiliani cover everything from food to entertainment. Sun-Thur 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Fri/Sat 6:30 AM to 2:00AM.

Pettersons Frisch Rost

10019 Venice Blvd., Culver City 310-839-3359 .. Corner of Clarrington and Venice just a short distance east of Motor. Good selection of coffees. Nice and clean. Second large room with a stage with casual seating. Some limited outside seating on the sidewalk if you want to watch the traffic instead of being the traffic. Good open mike for Comedy Night Tuesdays. Shows start about 8 pm. Sun-Thur 6:30-11pm. Fri/Sat 6:30-midnight. Check their monthly schedule of events. Gary has another place across the street for coffee which is open 6 am to 6 pm every day. Of course he roasts his own coffee beans.

Sidewalk Cafe

1401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice 310-399-5547 .. Just a few hundred feet north of Windward. Great location right on Venice boardwalk. Great place to sit outside on the covered patio and watch the people. Large menu and full bar. Nice lunch and afternoon place. Line on summer weekends forms as early as10:00 am so arrive early or be prepared to wait. Open for breakfast 7 days. 8 am Saturday/Sunday. 9 am Monday thru Friday. Satellite TV and Karaoke. Entertainment. Check out their current schedule of events. Cover varies.

Un Urban Coffee House

3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica 310-315-0056 .. Cozy, warm, and friendly in a living room atmosphere. Small gift shop in back. Drive by coffee at the curb in the morning. Nice evening crowd. Sandwiches, salads, soups. Entertainment starts about 8 pm. Monday mix of music, poetry, prose. Wednesday live jazz. Thursday comedy. Saturday singer and songwriters. Sunday Blues with BBQ 3-6 pm. M-Th 7-12am. F 7-1am. Sat 8-1am. Sun 8-12am. See calendar. The owners Denise (see picture) and Pamela are two of the nicest people you will meet.

Other coffeehouse and cafe entertainment in the extended area

Cobalt Cafe

22047 Sherman Way, Canoga Park 818-348-3789 .. Large comfortable hard-core. Cover varies. Entertainment usually starts about 9 pm.

Coffee Junction

19221 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana 818-342-3405 .. Entertainment starts about 5 pm on Thursdays and 8 pm on weekends.

Common Grounds

9250 Reseda Blvd., Northridge 818-882-3666 .. Salads, sandwiches, vegetarian, soups, chili, desert. Entertainment starts around 8 or 9 pm.

The Kindness of Strangers

4378 Lankershim Blvd., Universal City 818-752-9566 .. Books and beverage corner. Closed Monday. Entertainment.

iBrowse Coffee and Internet

11 West Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801, 818-588-2233 ... Located in downtown Alhambra. In addition to coffee and a collection of espresso drinks, this cozy place has an assortment of muffins, cookies, cakes, and pies. Photos and art work is featured on their walls. Entertainment includes acoustic, jazz, and poetry. For the more GEEK oriented, they have Internet browsing on their computers. Open everyday till 11:00 pm and till 1:00 am on Friday and Saturday. Check out their web site at for photos, directions, and schedule of events. Say hello to Ed Shorer while you are there.

Sacred Grounds

399 West Sixth St., San Pedro 310-514-0800 .. This little coffeehouse looks like a nightclub. What with its large stage and all. Entertainment starts about 8 or 9 pm.

Zona Rosa Caffe

15 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena 818-793-2334 ..

Portfolio Cafe & Gallery

2300 E. Fourth St., Long beach ..

Java Joint

7420 half Melrose Ave., W. Hollywood 213-951-0782 ..

Swing Cafe

8545 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood 310-652-8838 ..

Cafe Rhea

5640 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach 310-423-1966 ..

Albert Valdez

208 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale 818-551-9791 ..

Library Cafe

10144 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake 818-505-0930 ..

Eagles Coffee Pub & Newsstand

5231 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood 818-760-4212 ..

Jumpin Java Cafe

11919 Ventura Blvd., Studio City 818-980-4249 ..

The Coffee Merchant

407 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach 310-379-0494

Wednesday's House

2409 Main Street, Santa Monica 310-452-4486 ..

The Horse Shoe

14568 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks 818-986-4262 ..

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Updated 21 February 1997