West Hollywood has a storied history with legendary music venues - The Viper Room, The Roxy, Whisky A Go Go, to name a few - and tales of rockstar encounters that ride the boundary of unbelievable and almost too believable. A visitor to the area would be remiss not to spend a night on the town. But to strike a chord of balance, we recommend this unofficial Coffee Crawl in the heart of WeHo for a perfect daytime activity. Walk this iconic stretch of Melrose Avenue to wake up, greet the day, and perhaps even give a helping hand to the effort of recovering from a night out.
Your Coffee Crawl begins at Alfred. Their mantra is, after all, “but first, coffee.” Your mind will wake up first as the vibrant decor takes over. The rest of your body will wake up after a few sips of their delicious coffee.
8509 Melrose Avenue
Stop #2 on the crawl will further wake you up by building the excitement of people-watching and potential celebrity spotting. Urth Cafe personifies the quintessential LA lifestyle: embracing the scene and a healthy, holistic diet. The cafe’s commitment to eating and drink whole, organic products extends to its delicious menu.
8565 Melrose Avenue
Le Pain Quotidien
Where else in LA can you feel the cosiness of being home? At the third stop on the crawl, Le Pain Quotidien, visitors will find community and a “down-home” feel, a juxtaposition next to the high concept eateries in LA. Their pastries are fresh, even though LPQ is a chain, and the menu features a number of health-inspired items perfectly suited for the locale.
8607 Melrose Avenue
Verve Coffee Roasters
This is not your run-of-the-mill cafe. Thoughtful design, great attention to detail, and carefully crafted coffee brews are some of Verve’s best features. But what sells it for most patrons is the luscious-looking outdoor patio.
8925 Melrose Ave
You’ll find yourself walking back a few paces down Melrose, but it’s worth your while. The coffee crawl ends with a proper meal - and cocktail - at Zinque. This restaurant has an excellent brunch with the tasty coffee to match. And if you want to stay longer, watch as it turns into a chic, glamorous lounge in the afternoon.
8684 Melrose Avenue