My Favorite Cafes and Small Restaurants


“One thing ’bout me, I am a foodie, so you know I take you for a bite to eat.” -Coast Modern in their song Cute, but also many other people in this world.

Although I don’t consider myself a major foodie, I do love coffee, tea, cute cafes, and finding new places to visit. Therefore, after being asked to write this blog post, it only felt right to follow through.

I’m not going to be naming any chain coffee shops (but Starbucks, if you’re reading this, please do give me a sponsorship). I wanted to focus on places that are more unique and in big cities so that more of you have access to them. Of course, since I’m from/lived in California my whole life, many of these will be located in Los Angeles. There are also going to be several in New York because you guys know that I travel there often.

Anyways, let’s get on to the actual post. (P.S. These are in no particular order.)

  1. Le Pain Quotidien: I fact checked the locations that Le Pain has since I have one that’s local but also see them everywhere in New York, and they’re in 17 different countries! This is a restaurant that you should definitely check out. They have a great selection of brunch items, drinks, and pastries. This is my favorite place to get avocado toast. I also really love the atmosphere of Le Pain; the one by me has the cutest outdoor seating but also an adorable French bakery looking interior.
  2. Sarabeth’s in New York City: My dad and I had breakfast here when we were in New York, and it was so delicious but also so cute inside. They had a huge menu with a lot of different types of foods. It’s also right by Central Park so it’s a great location if you want to explore more of the city afterwards.
  3. The Butcher’s Daughter: This is an awesome restaurant in both NY and LA. Well known for their cute paper straws with avocado print, The Butcher’s Daughter specializes in plant based meals. I really love this because I’m a big fan of salad and like pressed juice just as much as the next person. I had their kale caesar salad and water flower juice. It was really delicious, and again, the atmosphere was incredible; there were plants hanging everywhere and fresh, white walls. I went to the one in the West Village.
  4. Alfred’s Tea Room: This is such a cute spot in LA. I finally decided to check it out a few months ago after seeing so many photos of it. It definitely lived up to my expectations. The drink I had was super good, the people working were friendly, and it was an awesome spot to chill out at. If you love pink and tea, you must try this place!
  5. Carrera Cafe: This is another cafe on Melrose. Once again, it’s another place I found out about through Instagram. The cafe has a big painted wall outside, which is so pretty. One thing I’ve noticed about Carrera is that it has a lot of tables inside and is bigger than Alfred’s Tea Room. It’s also right on Melrose, so you can stroll down the street and do some shopping or plug in your laptop and do some work inside!

These are the first five places that I thought of. If you liked this blog post and want more in the future, be sure to let me know! What’s your favorite cafe?

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol


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