East LA has no shortage of pretty coffee shops. Sunset Blvd in East LA is like an endless parade of pretty coffee shops. But Eightfold Coffee, tucked away in a quieter strip of Sunset (in that weird not-so-commercial part between Angelino Heights and Dodger Stadium), still rises to the top as one of my go-to cafes in the area.
Sure, it looks like any other pretty cafe. White walls, simple wood furnishings. Polished concrete floors. Super cute shelves filled with super cute succulents just waiting to be photographed. An even cuter wall of zines. Sure, the coffee is reliably good, and they source pastries from Proof. But I think the best part is just how quiet it is. It’s a popular cafe, no doubt, but you know it’s mostly east side locals since it’s a safe distance away from the heart of Echo Park and from Downtown. Which makes it a perfectly safe and reliably serene place to hunker down for a couple hours and actually get some work done in peace.
|Address||1294 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles|
555 Mateo Street, Los Angeles
|Hours||7am to 6pm everyday|
COVID Hours: 7am – 5pm daily, take out and delivery available
|Price||$$ – typical third wave cafe prices, $4-6 drinks|
|Aesthetic||bright, airy, industrial, minimal a e s t h e t i c|
Go here for: coffee + work session
Order this: your go-to espresso drink, or matcha
Amount of time to spend: perfect for grabbing to go or staying for the whole afternoon
When to come: weekends are certainly busier, but usually not too bad earlier in the morning or in the mid to late afternoon. Weekdays are generally pretty low key.
Echo Park: usually isn’t too hard to find on Sunset since this is past the super commercial strip of Echo Park, but it is not easy to circle around so beware of driving too far.
Arts District: also generally not too bad in the industrial area, it may feel a bit sketchy and the signage isn’t the most clear, but there should be plenty of free street parking.
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Last visited: November 2020
Last updated: January 2022