Amandine began as an intimate neighborhood cafe and bakery serving the Brentwood area. Back in my college days, it quickly became a tried and true favorite. A place I would frequently stop by on the way home to bring treats for the family. The ivy-covered storefront is pretty charming, but I usually rolled in from the back door, parking behind the back patio. There’s something about the un-fancy atmosphere in here that is so appealing. It feels homey. The customers feel like regulars, locals.
Of course, nothing is sacred in LA, and what once was a neighborhood gem has now extended to 4 locations. Being a creature of habit, I still only go to the Brentwood one though.
While their pastry case usually empties out in the morning, their cake spread is usually kept full with plenty of pretty cakes and tarts. Which is what you come here for. As for the rest of their menu, let’s just say it’s extensive, inclusive of everything from a breakfast burrito to a ratatouille omelette to a curry chicken melt to a lobster ravioli. In a way, that’s a part of the charm. But again, you’re here for the pastries and cakes.
|Address||Brentwood: 12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA|
Koreatown: 3121 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
DTLA: 650 S Hill St K-10, Los Angeles, CA
|Yelp||Brentwood | Koreatown | DTLA|
|Hours||Brentwood: 7am to 9pm every day|
Koreatown: 7am to 10pm Monday – Thursday, 7am to 11pm Friday & Saturday, 8am – 10pm Sundays
DTLA: 8am to 6pm Monday – Saturday, closed Sundays
|Price||$$ – pastries are generally $2-4, cake & tart slices ~$5-7, food ~$10-15, on the low side compared to others in the area|
|Aesthetic||tbh it’s not really aesthetic, but they get away with it because it is charming in that french-ish country way. The Koreatown location is a little more polished and new.|
Go here for: grabbing pastries and cakes to go, a french-ish breakfast or lunch, or an afternoon pick me up.
Order this: tarte citron, delice au chocolat, tarte rouge, ham and cheese croissant, as for food, their portions are quite generous, so I’d recommend sharing and saving room for dessert.
Amount of time to spend: it’s a cozy spot for a casual brunch or lunch, afternoons tend to be pretty chill, so some people post up with laptops to work.
When to come: earlier in the day is better, as they tend to run out of pastries by mid-afternoon, though they usually still have plenty to choose from in the cake section.
Parking: at the original Brentwood location, they have an endearingly tiny lot behind the shop, with like 5 spaces… that can be hard to maneuver (do not recommend if you’re driving a large car). But unless it’s rush hour (when you can’t park on Wilshire), it usually isn’t too hard to grab a meter nearby. Be careful about the residential streets, as most have a lot of restrictions. K-town location also has a parking lot. Downtown is the usual deal: find a meter or pay for a structure.
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Last visited: December 2020
Last updated: December 2020