Ace Hotel : Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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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.

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Stumptown Roasters & L.A. Chapter Restaurant

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

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Blacktop + Arts District Flea

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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: Bricks & Scones

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Bricks & Scones is one of my personal favorite coffee shops from the ones that we have visited so far. If I had to describe it in one word it would be….quaint. The entire atmosphere was just so cozy. Even though we went on a gloriously sunny California day, I would absolutely love to frequent this place on a rainy day and curl up (as much as is possible in a public place) with a scone, a latte, and a book.

After walking the adorable walkway to the shop, you are greeted with a completely different vibe on the inside. Of course the first thing you notice is the spectacular chandelier hanging in the entryway. Also notable are the chalkboard menus, exposed brick walls, and winding staircase off to the side.

There are two options for seating. There’s the chic downstairs area:

And then there’s the upstairs, also known as The Study. Each desk comes with its own lamp. Oh and the greatest part? “The Library”, based on a swap-in/swap-out system. I could die.

We nabbed a corner table in the study. The scone and latte were among the tastiest I’ve ever had.

The unique environment, delicious product, and awesome perks (B.Y.O.Mug 10% off drinks, Free WI-FI, library & board games) make this place a winner for me.

If you’re ever in the area, definitely check this one out.

-Audrey

The Caffeine Chronicles: Joan’s on Third

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Audrey and I had never tried macaroons before, so we were on a mission to try the best ones we could find in L.A. After some research, Audrey found this charming place called Joan’s on Third. We drove about 30 minutes to get to Joan’s and right when we entered the doors, we knew it was well worth it! To the right of the store was a little bakery/ coffee bar and to the left was a café where you could eat your lunch or dinner.  We got our coffee and choice of macaroon and took a seat outside. We found out a fews days later that actor Jake Gyllenhaal sat in the same seat as we did! Joan’s was very lovely and we’re definitely going to go back but this time for lunch.

Latte and Macaroon. One of the best lattes I’ve had!

Pistachio, Raspberry, and Violet Macaroons. Taste as good as they look :)