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.
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).
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Last visited: August 2018
Last updated: March 2021