So you’re driving down Melrose and realize you could really use some caffeine. But you’re not emotionally prepared to deal with the local Alfred crowd and definitely want to avoid the pink-wall-tourist-type spillover at Carrera Cafe. Where do you go?
That’s right, you go to Point Five, an elegant Australian day time cafe that blends in perfectly among the furniture and fashion strip of Melrose just west of Fairfax. If you didn’t look closely, you wouldn’t even realize it’s a cafe, but that’s what makes it a gem. It’s small, but well-curated. They have a simple menu of espresso drinks and light breakfast and lunch fare. It’s rare for any non-local to “stumble upon” this spot. It maintains style without being overly styled, as many things in LA tend to be, which is what makes it special.
2020 update: It looks like Point Five quietly closed early this year. Get you Aussie cafe cravings filled just down Fairfax at PCP.
|Address||7965 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA|
|Price||$$ – typical trendy cafe prices|
|Aesthetic||simple, minimal, a little industrial|
Go here for: a morning coffee stop, a quick breakfast or lunch
Order this: whatever your preferred form of espresso is, they do them all well
Amount of time to spend: great for a drive by, or a quick meal
When to come: any time, it never gets too busy
Parking: is not too bad in this neighborhood, unless it’s a street cleaning day. There’s usually free 1-2 hour daytime parking in the residential streets, as well as meters along Melrose. Be sure to triple check parking signs as some have more limitations on the weekends.
Last visited: April 2018
Last updated: August 2018