The great thing about coffee shops is the way they cultivate community through welcoming gathering spaces, just like how Dinosaur Coffee serves its local neighborhood (and greater LA, because lets be real a lot of us are willing to travel for an aesthetic coffee). As someone who used to live about a 5 minute walk away, I can attest to how this cafe draws a local crowd. The baristas are friendly, but not just in a 5 star service way, but in a they’re genuinely friends with each other way.
The space is airy and bright, centered around a wooden hanging sculpture that hosts the menu. The wood motif also follows the walls with shelving filled with plants, merch and coffee paraphernalia. Besides the cute prints on their cups and sleeves, there really isn’t much dinosaur happening as there is third wave minimalist hipster aesthetic happening. If Intelligentsia a couple blocks down is overly scene-y, Dinosaur is a much more tolerable scene (plus more indoor seating). PS: they brew SF’s Four Barrel and serve local pastries from Friends and Family.
|Address||4334 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles|
|Hours||7am to 7pm daily|
|Price||$$ – typical third wave coffee shop prices $3-5 drinks|
|Aesthetic||bright, natural, east side hipster-catering style|
Go here for: a morning coffee run, a coffee date
Order this: whatever your preferred preparation of espresso and milk
Amount of time to spend: if you’re staying around, maybe like an hour or so, it isn’t too crowded on weekdays so maybe a bit longer then
When to come: if you’re hoping to stick around for a while, avoid weekend afternoons, which tend to get pretty packed, but if you’re grabbing to go, any time is a good time
Parking: is usually not too difficult. There’s metered parking on Sunset, and free street parking on the residential streets a block in.
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Last visited: March 2019
Last updated: April 2019