Roo is a sunny Australian coffee shop that joined the crowded Silver Lake café landscape in 2018. Ever since they set up shop, the tables out on Sunset Triangle Plaza are perpetually filled with the hippest of hipsters soaking up some sunshine while they sip on a flat white, perfectly posed next to fresh blooms and complementary pastel napkin atop a millennial pink terrazzo table.
Like most Aussie cafés, they don’t just do coffee, they also do food. Breakfast, not brunch, and some more lunchy selections. Think: toasts (yes yes, they have the obligatory avo smash), bowls, and pastries for the sweet tooth (yes, including a sprinkle adorned “fairy bread” that looks straight out of a child’s Willy Wonka dream). The point is, they have a solid selection of caffeine (including Counter Culture coffee, matcha, and smoothies and shakes that range from post-pilates pick me up to dessert in disguise), some photogenic food, and plenty of outdoor seating to live your best LA life, Aussie style.
Update: Roo closed during the pandemic and in its place is now a new coffee shop Coffee Memes, alongside a growing cast of popping establishments in this little triangle.
Go here for: quality coffee in a super cute cup that will look great on the internet
Order this: espresso any way, with a pastry or toast depending on whether you’re feeling sweet or savory
Amount of time to spend: great for a quick stop by, or for a casual breakfast.
When to come: weekdays are more calm if you’re looking to sit outside, sip and read. Weekends are generally pretty packed, but a lot of people come and go so shouldn’t be difficult to snag a seat, especially on a sunny and warm day.
Parking: is not great in these parts – you’ll probably be best off trying to find street parking on Griffith Park or Edgecliffe
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Last visited: March 2019
Last updated: November 2020