casual californian cuisine in Chinatown

Lately is firmly in the genre of Californian all day eatery. With cooler-than-you aesthetics, a menu of bright and sunny breakfast-y and lunchy-options and design-forward branding with personality, it’s no wonder this has become a darling eatery in the increasingly popular Chinatown neighborhood. Since opening in 2018, Lately has built up a local neighborhood fanbase.

Part cafe, part restaurant, Lately serves up a range of distinctly Californian bites (think: burritos, toasts, rice bowls, sandwiches) that span Southeast Asian, Italian American and Cali-Mex flavors. During the day, the minimalist and sunny space is filled with people who are “working” or at least come with the intention of working, with a side of coffee and light meals.

2021 Update: Lately is temporarily closed and will likely reopen with a new concept according to their Instagram.

the details

Address970 N Broadway STE 114, Los Angeles
Hours8:30 – 10p Tuesday – Saturday, 8:30 – 4pm Sunday and Monday
Price$$ – coffee is your typical third wave prices, food is generally <$15
Aestheticairy and minimalist in an artful way

good to know

Go here for: a casual lunch, coffee work sesh, a weeknight dinner

Order this: coffee and sandwich in any form

Amount of time to spend: 30 min for a short meal, an afternoon for working

When to come: whenever!

Parking: is available for the complex for $5, cash only. Otherwise try to snag a meter (but note that the time limits differ from block to block)

Other things to note:

  • They have free wifi, and a couple outlets. A decent place to set up shop on a weekday afternoon.

Last visited: September 2019

Last updated: February 2021

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