document coffee bar

a bright ktown cafe reminiscent of better college days

Koreatown is a hub of study cafes which come and go like semesters of college. Document Coffee Bar is one that has withstood the test of time. The minimalist cafe tucked right around the corner from the chaotic Wilshire and Western intersection has been a hotspot for students for years. On any given afternoon, the tables will be filled with laptops and binders and half drunken coffee cups as a studious college crowd gets comfortable.

They serve up an extensive selection of espresso drinks (including some fun and creative ones like affogatos and a horchata latte), pour over brews, cold brews and organic teas (including a selection of premium Korean teas). They also have a pastry selection on display at the bar (including boxes of cookies from Bread Lounge – in case you’re really looking for study snacks). The space is well-lit and despite being relatively compact, the high ceilings ensure it doesn’t feel claustrophobic, even when you’re surrounded by cafe dwellers. At its heart, Document Coffee Bar is first a community space: for students to study off campus, for artists to display their work, for neighborhood residents to grab their daily coffees.

the details

Address3850 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
Hours7am – 6pm every day
Price$$ – pretty standard, ~$4-6 coffees and teas 
Aestheticbright, airy, clean space, minimal and industrial but in a warm way (weird bucket lamps)

good to know

Go here for: a study/work session

Order this: their specialty lattes and Korean teas are popular choices

Amount of time to spend: 10 minutes for a stop by, 4 hours for a study session, either one feels appropriate

When to come: weekdays for a more laid back vibe, but anytime

Parking: can be annoying (which is expected in Ktown), your best bet if there aren’t any meters out front would be on Ingraham. There’s also a parking lot in the back (valet and self park $2-4, free before noon and if you’re picking up).

Other things to note: 

  • There is free wifi, some outlets and plenty of seating (though it gets crowded, especially on weekdays), making it a popular place to work. 

Last visited: August 2018

Last updated: March 2021

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