After I recently did a post on my favorite restaurants in Tulum, I realized that I haven’t done one of these for Los Angeles in some time, and we have so many great ones. So if you live here or plan to visit, here are my favorite lunch and brunch spots in LA:
Cafe Flora – beautiful cafe to grab something light and quick to eat while shopping at newly opened Mansur Gavriel on Melrose place. A ton of healthy options there—I absolutely loved their carrot salad, it’s very light and simple yet tasty. My husband ordered avocado toast and scones, both were delicious as well. I know Alfred’s Coffee is right around the corner as well, but my iced almond milk latte from Cafe Flora was one of the best I’ve had lately.
Catch LA – although I love Catch for dinner, brunch is definitely something I prefer more when heading over there. Last time I was there I got to try the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, and I can confidently say that they were the best pancakes I’ve ever had—fluffy on the inside and a bit crispy on the inside, basically pancake perfection in every way possible. Aside from the food, I love the decor of this place–perfect opportunity to take some photos.
Alfred’s Tea – technically not a lunch or brunch spot, but I can’t publish this blog post without mentioning this place. I really love their tea and pastry selection, and it’s a perfect place to stop and grab something to-go if you’re short on time. Their boba milk teas are such a treat too! Matcha one is my favorite for sure.
Cafe Gratitude – this one has been my favorite for some time now. Everything on the menu is vegan but so delicious. I love their pizzas—they’re not on the menu so you have to ask what their pizza of the day is ( my favorite is Hawaiian or Mexican but all are yummy ). Their salads and bowls are very good too if you are looking for something lighter (recommend the Mucho bowl). Also, their desserts are incredible, you’d never think they’re vegan! Grab their tiramisu to-go if you’re too full, it’s amazing.
Le Pain Quotidien – favorite part about this place is that there are so many locations around LA, there’s one nearby no matter where you are. I love their tartines and egg dishes the most. The menu is pretty versatile with some really healthy options and then not so healthy (obsessed their mini pancakes and French toast). Their coffee is amazing as well, love their lattes (especially iced).
Ivory on Sunset – favorite place for a brunch with a side of beautiful view of LA. It’s located inside the Mondrian Hotel on Sunset Blvd and is a perfect place to spend Sunday afternoon with your girlfriends—take in the sun and enjoy some brunch. I love their croissants, they’re super flaky so I definitely recommend trying those. Last time I was there I tried the Farro bowl and french toast, loved both!
What are your favorite lunch/brunch spots? Always on the hunt for good food!