tilt coffee bar

a little coffee outpost hidden inside an apartment complex

You have to know what you’re looking for to get to Tilt Coffee. Unless you live in one of the buildings around it, you can’t simply “stumble upon” this place. In fact, going there you almost feel like you shouldn’t be there, like you just strolled onto some campus without checking in.

The coffee kiosk quite literally seems to grow out of the ground. There’s one little shack for ordering, and another with some seating. Both have ample windows making for a bright space despite the compact structure. There are also some tables outside, and some seating on top of the shack (sounds weird, but you’ll understand when you see it).


Their menu is simple but they do their signature coffees and teas well (seriously, their cloud latte is no joke, there’s a reason why they’ve developed a cult following despite the strange location). But the best part is that it feels insulated from the rest of downtown, so you can pretend you’re at a sunny park somewhere not in downtown LA.

the details

Address 334 South Main Street Kiosk#1, Los Angeles
Website https://www.tiltcoffeebar.com/
Yelp https://www.yelp.com/biz/tilt-coffee-bar-los-angeles-2
Hours 7am – 7pm Monday through Saturday, 9am – 6pm Sunday
Price $$ – typical LA cafe prices
Aesthetic minimalist modern, but like, in a slightly corporate park kind of way

good to know

Go here for: a peaceful place to catch up with a friend or catch up with some work

Order this: the cloud latte, they’ve been doing it longer than Starbucks and they do it better

Amount of time to spend: you could comfortably spend a couple hours here, it’s not the most convenient place for a quick drive by anyways, so you might as well stay a while

When to come: whenever, it’s kind of hidden so doesn’t get crowded; come on a sunny day so you can take your coffee outside

Parking: can be a hit or miss, but it’s not super close to the popular restaurants and such so you can probably snag a meter within a block or two. 

Last visited: August 2018

Last updated: December 2018

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