Places to Drink Coffee in Los Angeles: Blacktop Coffee

Blacktop Coffee, in the Arts District, downtown Los Angeles, is simply awesome. As I have said before, I love G&B Coffee, but I think Blacktop might be my new favorite DTLA coffee shop. It’s small, yes, but the space is cool – a 240-square foot coffee bar which shares an open door with the ultra-hip Alchemy Works shop on 3rd Street. And owner/coffee pro Tyler Wells (formerly Handsome Coffee) and staff are really nice – really nice (unlike some shops which shall not be named). But, most importantly, the coffee is very good. When I was there in June, they were selling beans from SightGlass Coffee, but they were brewing coffee with their own proprietary Blacktop Coffee blend, and they said they would be selling their beans to the public soon. I had an iced latte, which just tasted so much better than other iced lattes I’ve had lately. Maybe it was the way it was made, but I think it might have been because of the Blacktop beans.

Photo entrance to Blacktop Coffee in Arts District, DTLA
Blacktop Coffee, Arts District, DTLA.


Photo of Interior of Blacktop Coffee shop in DTLA Arts District
Inside Blacktop Coffee’s 240 square-foot shop. This picture was taken from the shared door between Blacktop and Alchemy Works.

But maybe the reason I most love going to Blacktop is because it’s on a street with super cool hipster shops where you can laugh and laugh about the things available for purchase such as a $95 handmade tobacco-and-copy paper scented candle or a $105 graphic tee with a picture of a taco riding a unicorn*. You know, the kind of stuff that seems so dumb it’s cool but also has you wondering (perhaps) what type of people can justify spending $105 on a graphic tee with a picture of a unicorn-riding-taco? All I know is that I found myself saying “that would make a nice hostess gift” a lot. Alchemy Works is one of these shops selling such random variety of clothing and housewares.

Photo of Surf espadrille shoes from Alchemy Works
A pair of espadrilles (excuse me, “smoking slippers”) by Soludos Cuisse de Groenouille with the word “Surf.” $85 and you are guaranteed to be able wear them four times before they look like something you pulled out of a Green-Waste bin.

The other reason Blacktop Coffee is my new favorite is because it is in the middle of the Arts District. And street art is everywhere.  Exhibit A, B, C, and D below. Bottom line, Blacktop is now on annelovescoffeemore’s top 5 favorite Los Angeles coffee shops.

Photo of Vegan Soup Street Art Los Angeles Arts District DTLA.
Vegan Soup. Street Art. Los Angeles Arts District, DTLA.


Photo of Street Art - Downtown Los Angeles - Eye and Heart
It’s weird… I feel like I’m being watched. Street Art. Los Angeles Arts District, DTLA.


Man Turtle - Street Art Los Angeles Arts District - DTLA
Man turtle. Street Art. Los Angeles Arts District, DTLA.


Photo Blowing Bubbles - Street Art Downtown Los Angeles - DTLA
Blowing bubbles. Street Art. Los Angeles Arts District, DTLA.

Blacktop Coffee – DTLA
826 East Third Street (Arts District)
Los Angeles, CA 90013

* Made those up.

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Anne Stericker

City-dweller, designer, writer and lifestyle consultant practicing the art of living well in the 21st Century. Fixated with good coffee, great design, and any little thing that makes life better.

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