Coffee on Melrose: Cups of Pleasure

Coffee on Melrose: Cups of Pleasure

Looking for a spot to sit down and sip a cold brewed coffee or try a delicious crepe with your latte? There’s something for every coffee lover on Melrose.

Coffe La Creme exteriorLa Creme Café
7376 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 951-1007

At La Creme Cafe, a modern, cozy European-style café, owner Stoian “Stoli” Genoff hails from Bulgaria, and with his sister, packs plenty of diverse flavors into the coffees and cuisine he serves up. “We have 29 different organic coffee drinks, salads from the Mediterranean region, French crepes both sweet and savory, and Italian paninis,” he proclaims.

Despite his international flare, Genoff’s prices are down to earth, matching that of corporate chains but offering organic, fair trade coffee. “We put a lot of love in our coffee,” Genoff attests. His most popular drinks are an iced coconut coffee latte with French vanilla, and an iced frappe.

On the food side of the equation, Genoff’s most requested offerings include the Napolean French crepe, made with smoked Atlantic salmon, cream cheese, onions, and capers and the Le Creme, made with banana, Nutella, coconut flakes, Grand Marnier, and almond flakes.

Drooling yet? Genoff and his sister also serve up 27 different handmade macaroons, all of them gluten free. A variety of gluten free cakes are also on the menu. The accommodating café also offers several crepes and paninis for vegetarians.

6903.stircrazyStir Crazy
6903 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 934-4656

Dino Trucco, owner of Stir Crazy also serves a variety of delicious eats along with his coffees. The friendly owner even provided handmade cannolis to his regular customers during the holidays.

Popular items on the menu include the Coffee Stir Crazy CoffeeGreek Salad packed with fragrant feta cheese, breakfast sandwiches often served on fresh and flaky croissants, and of course, its coffee. The shop is known for providing free Internet and displaying local art on its cozy walls. This is a quiet spot that draws laptop writers and locals looking for a hearty breakfast sandwich or delicious desserts such as the lemon bundt cake, while perusing one of the free newspapers the shop sets out. Hot coffee can be ordered bottomless – for only $2. What’s even better? The baristas rotate through the shop topping off caffeine-craving customers.

Coffee NeveuxNeveux Creamery
7407 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 951-1002

Owner Leo Neveux operates a warm and friendly shop that’s known for both its fragrant coffees and its innovative ice creams. The unusual combination of rich organic sweet and savory tastes in the ice cream are a strong draw; combined with his renowned coffees, Neveux Creamery is the perfect stop for after dinner or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

“My most popular drink is definitely a Neveuxlatte, but it’s a toss up between vanilla or mocha, iced or hot,” Neveux attests. His most popular ice cream flavors include salted caramel, roasted banana, and honey lavendar. “Blueberry chevre is another flavor that our customers love.”

Neveux has been in business for five years this September, and serves only fair trade and organic coffee from 49th Parallel, coffee roasters based in Vancouver.

“We offer unique organic ice cream flavors, coffee, and pastry in a nice quiet sort of oasis away from the loudness and antics of Melrose,” he laughs.

7801.detention.cafeDetention Cafe
7801 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 951-9573

Popular with everyone from Fairfax High School students to shoppers looking for an inexpensive and refreshing ice cream or well-brewed American java, Detention Cafe sells everything from Nutella waffles to $1 ice cream cones. Owner Mojgan Solemani even offers a hot dog and a soda as a combo for a bargain $2 price.

Umbrella Company

Melrose Umbrella Company
7465 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 951-0709

Looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary, but sleek and sophisticated? Then you’ve found it at Melrose Umbrella Company. This unique lounge and coffee shop offers craft cocktails by night and coffees by day. Decorated with umbrellas, whether you’re choosing an evening Umbrella Co 1libation or an entry from the shop’s specialty coffee program launched last September, the environment is as comfortable as it is charming. A coffee drinkers’ magnet from 9 to 5, the shop also provides morning sandwiches by chef Eric Greenspan and Farmshop breakfast pastries. The menu was curated by Matt Sala, an expert in both craft coffee and cocktails. Featuring nitro cold brew drip coffee, espresso beverages that change seasonally, organic tea, and cold pressed seasonal juices, this is a daytime menu that encourages guests to linger until cocktail hour.

7624 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 852-9690

Starbucks also has an outpost on Melrose, with a large outside patio that’s perfect for people watching. As with each of this chain coffee shop’s stores, signature drinks from Frapuccinos to Macchiatos are available with a smile, crafted by hard working baristas.

About Genie Davis

GENIE DAVIS is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer living in Los Angeles. Her novels range from suspense to romance, mystery, and literary fiction, with titles including mystery thriller Marathon, the noir Gun to the Head, and the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse, Between the Sheets and Animal Attraction. In film, her screen work also spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy, has written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and wrote and co-produced the independent film, Losing Hope. As a journalist, you can see her work in many publications including her own