the pastry case of your dreams

When I dream of pastries (what, you don’t?) I dream of the pastry case at Republique. For a restaurant that isn’t exclusively a bakery, they take their pastries very seriously. 
But let’s back up a bit. Republique has been around since 2014. It carries an old world charm with a healthy dose of French. But the menu is distinctively, well, Californian. There’s excellent Middle Eastern inspired dishes, Asian twists, on a foundation of European carbs. There seems to be a perpetual line out the door throughout the day, but don’t give up too easily. They’re usually pretty fast. You line up by the pastry case and order at the counter before seating yourself during the daytime cafe. At night, it becomes a sit-down restaurant (reservations recommended). 
The open kitchen makes you feel like you’re a part of the story, as chefs carry ingredients from one side to the other, expertly dodging the inevitable influencer who’s trying to get that gram of the central space. But can you blame them? It’s pretty beautiful. The space is deceivingly cavernous: it was originally built by Charlie Chaplin and used as his studio. What could be more quintessentially LA? 
Republique is one of my favorite restaurants in all of LA because it 110% lives up to the hype. 

the details

Address 624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 
Website https://republiquela.com/
Yelp https://www.yelp.com/biz/r%C3%A9publique-los-angeles-2
Hours Cafe: 8-3p everyday
Restaurant: 5:30-10p Sun – Wed, 5:30-11p Thu – Sat

COVID Hours: 
8am – 2pm cafe takeout, 4:30-6:30 dinner package pick up orders, reserve orders via Tock
Price $$ during the day, $$$ for dinner 
Aesthetic rustic, slightly French, very photogenic, kind of like a place of worship for all food lovers

good to know

Go here for: the best pastries of your life

Order this: kouign amanns, bombolinis, shakshuka, hojicha latte 

Amount of time to spend: 1-2hrs

When to come: before 11am if you want any chance of pastries

Parking: meters on La Brea, usually not too difficult unless its weekend brunch rush or street cleaning morning. They have a valet lot too, pricing differs throughout the day. Otherwise try Sycamore for unlimited street parking.

Other things to note: 

  • Earlier this year, they began to offer a weekday takeaway breakfast service through a little window starting at 7am. As if I weren’t already prone to stopping by for a pastry and coffee on the way to work. 
  • During the day, you order at the counter and then find a table. At night, it is a sit-down restaurant.

Last visited: December 2020

Last updated: December 2020

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