We promise our tours will keep you awake, but you still might need a coffee fix before spending three hours eating and drinking your way around the neighborhood. Here are 5 places to get caffeine before your Venice tour. Venice’s funky neighborhood is filled with independent coffee and tea shops, which are favorites among locals.
Menotti’s Coffee Stop
Menotti’s mission is “inspiring the neighborhood together, one cup at a time.” The drinks here will definitely inspire you to wake up and explore all Venice has to offer. (Especially since all shots of Espresso are a double at Menotti’s.) Grab your Spanish Latte, Chai, Cold Brew, or Cappuccino to go and head for a walk on the neighboring Venice Boardwalk. Their latte-art is award-winning, so you’ll get coffee that’s both beautiful and delicious.
56 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Shuhari Matcha Café
Sweet dreams are made of green at Shuhai Matcha Cafe. The Japanese green tea café imports its teas from Japan and serves them up on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. They focus on classic green teas as well as reinterpreting and updating green tea traditions. The most popular drink is the Matcha Latte. Go old school with a Ceremonial Matcha or try something new like a Yuzu Matcha Sparkler. Matcha is also incorporated into baked goods, milkshakes, and ice cream.
1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Though Blue Bottle is not just a Venice coffee shop, locals still love it, as show by the constant lines. Blue Bottle fans are loyal, and the central Abbot Kinney location is perfect for strolling around with a coffee. The experts behind the counter know a LOT about coffee-from when whole beans are at their peak flavor to when you should brew your coffee. But if you just want a simple Macchiato, they’ll help you out with that, too.
1103 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
Groundwork is popular enough in Venice to have both a boardwalk location and a Rose Avenue location, so it’s clear Venice locals and visitors are big fans. It makes sense that Groundwork was started right here in Venice. Their hot drinks cover the bases of coffee selection, and most can be ordered cold as well, including an Espresso Milkshake, Horchata Cold Brew, and Vietnamese Iced Coffee. The organic tea selection includes many offerings of herbal, green, black, and rare.
671 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291 AND 3 Westminster Ave, Venice, CA 90291.
At Intelligentsia Coffee’s Venice location, you’ll find locals working on laptops at the counter, catching up at table’s, and enjoying some of LA’s best coffee. Their single-origin coffees are sourced from small farms so you can feel good about where your drink is coming from. The menu is a classic coffee menu that also has a large variety of teas and a few chocolate drinks.
1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Looking for more places to get caffeine before your Venice tour? Let us show you around and give you more ideas. Join us on a food tour in Downtown LA, Koreatown, Hollywood, or Venice to learn more about the culinary history of the neighborhood.