Ace Hotel : Stumptown Coffee Roasters

The Caffeine Chronicles

The Ace Hotel in Downtown LA had its grand opening this year in the United Artists Building. Both the interior and exterior of this historic building, open since 1927, is inspiring. The Ace has perfected its image with the hotel and all its amenities – one of which is the Stumptown coffee bar. I love the design of the crisp, clean black and white tiling with accents of gold. The entire lobby, restaurant, coffee bar, and check-in counter were integrated so beautifully.







Stumptown Roasters & L.A. Chapter Restaurant



Enjoyed our cold brew while seated in the upstairs lounge area.




Blacktop + Arts District Flea

The Caffeine Chronicles

We hit up two new(ish) spots in our favorite area of downtown LA – the Arts District. Blacktop, a compact espresso bar founded by the brains behind Handsome Coffee Roasters, opened up in April of this year. Arts District Flea is a unique indoor flea market that also debuted a couple months ago. After filling our veins with some caffeine, we ventured a couple blocks to explore the flea market.

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The 240-square-foot café is minimally equipped with a coffee bar, pastries, a mixing station, and beans for sale. The idea is to grab your coffee to go or enjoy the outdoor seating. The Arts District is decorated with street art so we took advantage of the sidewalk space.

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Arts District Flea

This up and coming flea market was such a treat to explore. The exposed brick warehouse space was filled with vendors that carry art, antiques, clothing, homeware, and random goodies. It truly is a community built for artisans. Here are a few snapshots…

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The Caffeine Chronicles: Daily Dose Cafe

The Caffeine Chronicles

Before Audrey left for San Diego, we decided to visit Daily Dose in the Industrial District of Downtown L.A. The location, vines on the brick walls, string lights, and picnic benches made this spot a hidden coffee paradise.

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final cupI got the Buena Vista (Latte with Creme and Brown Sugar) and Audrey got a chai latte. The coffee was good and the environment was even better. We absolutely love the ambiance of this place and it’s one we will return to time and time again.