In a city where everyone is constantly on the go, many people drop in and out of cafes so they can grab a quick cup of Joe to keep moving. But for those working and living near downtown LA, there’s a great little spot where you can actually sit and enjoy your coffee, without feeling rushed or hurried. Not too far from USC is Nature’s Brew, a wonderful café with a European feel that invites its customers to come in and stay for a while. Their lovely staff provides the speedy service you’d expect from any coffee shop in LA, but with a more welcoming and personable attitude. The baristas expertly pull each espresso by hand, surpassing the both the quality and service seen in other high end coffee shops.
Their sweets are phenomenal. No plastic wrap here- Nature’s Brew bakes all of their pastries fresh in house every day, and offers a wide variety of choices sure to satisfy every sweet tooth. Their brownie changes every day- sometimes you’ll find Nutella, or chocolate chips, or almonds, or all of the above! The flakey pain au chocolate and butter croissants rival those found in France. For those who want something smaller, try the cookies. They’re ridiculously gooey and taste just like they’ve come out of Grandma’s oven. And at $0.50 a pop (or three for $1.25) they’re a steal! The kitchen creates new and different desserts for daily specials, and for those with gluten allergies, Nature’s Brew offers delicious gluten free brownies and muffins from local Culver City bakery Rising Hearts. (Check out their site here)
In addition to coffee and fresh squeezed juice, Nature’s Brew also offers a wide array of delicious fruit smoothies. Three standouts are:
- Noa’s Breakfast (frozen bananas, vanilla, granola, maple syrup and milk)
- Tropic Pinch (watermelon, pineapple, mango, ginger and agave)
- Berry Good (mixed berries, apple juice, pineapple, and agave).
For those who want a healthy boost, they can also add chia seeds, hemp protein, or hemp seeds to any smoothie.
Nature’s Brew also has a full breakfast and lunch menu, makes everything to order, and uses only the freshest ingredients. The spacious dining room and free WiFi make it an ideal place for lunch meetings or study groups. Check out the link to their website here for hours and special events like live music and comedy shows.