explore la : nice coffee

Y’all know how much I love my coffee. In the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening with dessert. Popping into cafés when I travel, meeting girlfriends for a latte date, reading with a cup of joe. At this point, it’s not about the caffeine but instead about the warmth with which it feels my heart, like an old friend you’re getting to see after too long a period.

My point is, I’ve tried a lot of coffee shops – always searching for that perfect cup. So imagine how stoked I was when, upon my arrival back from my trip to Vancouver, I discovered this new café had opened nearby that coincidentally brews coffee from a Vancouver roaster, 49th Parallel (which we went to twice during our visit). The café lives outdoors (!!!), is beautifully designed, and offers delicious donuts and adorable bouquets for sale. It’s Nice Coffee, and a secret for you: the people here are actually the nicest.

Needless to say, I’ve been coming here a little too often for an afternoon almond milk latte (iced or cold, depending on the weather that day). It is so good that I could literally guzzle it down, and that’s a win in my book.

Photos by Tony Castle Photography, edited by me.

Nice Coffee Los Angeles Downtown Cafe

Donuts Downtown LA

Nice Coffee Baristas

Hot Fat Donuts LA

Nice Coffee and Hot Fat Donuts Downtown Los Angeles

Nice Coffee Bando Not Without My Coffee

Los Angeles Coffee Shops

Hot Fat Donuts and Nice Coffee

Not Without My Coffee Tee

Not Without My Coffee Tee - Bando

Retro Style Tee and White Pants

Coffee Break Los Angeles

Bando Not Without My Coffee Tee

Here is an interesting interview with the owner if you’d like to check it out. And if you’re down in the financial district, make sure you stop by. The one caveat is the shop is only open Monday through Friday from 7 AM – 4PM, but I promise it’s worth the trip.

Outfit: Bando tee, Target scarf, Everlane pants, Allbirds shoes, Beats By Dre Solo 3 headphones.

P.S. Easy ways to squeeze happy into the daily grind and Copenhagen pastries.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

-wonderland sam


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51 thoughts on “explore la : nice coffee

  1. I love the feel and atmosphere of coffee shops, I tend to be my most creative there. Also helps that I always have a strong cup of coffee in my hand! Thanks for sharing, will definitely have to try this place out next time I am in LA.

    1. Right?? Ducking into cafes is one of my favorite pastimes. Often I’ll go just to read because I love the atmospheres so much. I really, really love that this one is outdoors!

  2. Not a fan of coffee but I love your style. I can tell you have to say the coffee is delicious in German and French, but it would be lies in my case.

    Le cafe c’est delicieux. (French)

    Kaffee es schmeckt lecker. (German)


  3. Looks like a fun place to visit! I’m not big on coffee, but I do love cafes. Thanks for sharing!

    1. It’s so nice just to relax outdoors – there’s a water fountain too! Plus they’ve got amazing donuts and pastries if coffee isn’t your thing. 😉

  4. Ok so coffee sounds great and all but can we talk about those doughnuts?! Oh my gosh they look so yummy! I might need to make a special trip up from San Diego just to have some!

    1. FOR REAL. I only tried their “raised” donut, which is more of a traditional donut, and it was amazing, but I’ve heard their “brioche” is even better! DO IT. 😉

    1. Oh you’re making a trip out here? How fun!! Let me know if you’d like any more recs. 🙂

      Also, these shoes are the comfiest shoes I’ve ever worn. It’s like wearing slippers out of the house!

  5. I too am a coffee enthusiast, so I loved this post. Most of all though, I love your photography! I’m in LA as well. 🙂

  6. Your pictures are everything 😍 And i felt the same, I found the best coffee place down the road from me!! Xx

  7. Yum, now I want coffee. It looks like such a happy place! Also your outfit is so cute, love your shoes!

  8. You are adorable! Lol this post makes me want coffee right this second. I’m a socal native & always looking for new places to explore, especially in LA. Will def be stopping by here on my next trip out 🙂

    1. Thank you, thank you Joscelyn! The second I saw this tee, I knew I had to have it. 😉 The coffee and donuts are SO GOOD. Now I’m craving them, haha.

  9. Uuh, that donut with sprinkles looked aboslutely yummy! Love the design of your blog, keep up the great work ❤

  10. Great outfit Samantha! Like you I could drink coffee all day long. Fortunately I get mine at a place similar to “Nice Coffee” near my home. Thank you for sharing those superb photos.

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