Over the years, the aesthetic arched façade of this quaint coffee shop space on a constantly evolving block of Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake has been adorned by many names. Before Dayglow it was Neon (and under the same ownership), before Neon it was Bardonna, and before that, Picnic. But since 2018, the name has been Dayglow, and perhaps its survival through the pandemic is a sign that this is the one that will finally break the curse to stay.
It’s safe to say Dayglow is the glowed up version of what this space could be as a thriving indoor outdoor all day coffee shop for the neighborhood. The glass doors at the front open up the retail space to the sidewalk, inviting passersby in with an obligatory neon sign and a tiled backdrop to the coffee bar. Those who know, know that the interior is pretty much a rebranded iteration of what Bardonna looked like. Complete with the strange wall tables and not the most comfortable wall booths. The vibe though? Impeccable. And now they have a location in Weho and Chicaco too.
And thankfully they don’t mess around with the drinks either. They curate beans from roasters around the world throughout the year. From classic third wave coffee shop espresso drinks to more creative signature concoctions that give “cocktail” more than “coffee” (for the record, most have some distilled form of coffee in it), Dayglow ensures cravings will be fulfilled and you’ll be surprised and delighted.
Go here for: creative coffee drinks + LA vibes
Order this: a sparkling tonic, one of their signature drinks (the belafonte is very refreshing, cafe coquito tastes like dessert)
Amount of time to spend: good for an hour to catch up with a friend, or even a couple hours to work
When to come: weekdays are the best, but honestly whenever
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Last visited: September 2021
Last updated: July 2022