To say Lamill has an established presence in the greater LA coffee scene would be an understatement. While it feels like the Silver Lake coffee boutique has been around for ages (in LA’s retail scene, 13 years does in fact qualify as “ages”), the coffee business behind it has actually been around since 1991, beginning as a wholesale business based in SGV and predating the wave of specialty coffee to come. In 2008, the second generation owner opened up in Silver Lake as its first retail store and today also operates a small outpost in the Tom Bradley International Terminal in LAX.
Lamill sources all of its beans from farmers around the world, roasting them locally in Alhambra. Their attention to quality extends from the wholesale level down to the details of brewing in retail. The cafe in Silver Lake serves up single origin and blends as well as tea, a host of pastries and a food menu for a more sit down brunch cafe experience. On any given morning, Lamill has an endless stream of loyal local customers popping in for their morning coffee. There’s plenty of seating indoor and outdoor and even some outlets at the bar for coworking, making it a reliable option in the neighborhood.
Go here for: coffee and a pastry, or more of a coffee and a meal situation
Order this: an espresso drink (if you’re into sweets – vanilla latte or honey orange cortado), breakfast sandwich, market salad
Amount of time to spend: good for coffee to-go, but better as a sit down place, you can get comfy and stick around for a couple hours
When to come: weekdays are pretty chill (mostly locals in the morning), weekends can get fairly crowded though
Parking: is limited, they have a few spots in the back if you’re lucky, but during peak hours you’ll probably need to find a meter on Silver Lake Blvd.
Other things to note:
They also sell coffee and tea by the bag, and have a wide variety available online.
Last visited: February 2020
Last updated: April 2021