Smashed avo and good coffee? It's a winning combination that's taking over the world. This is where to get your Aussie breakfast fix in La La Land.
Red Window Coffee Bar
Studio City is an area of Los Angeles where many business travellers end up but some of the eating options are subpar. Red Window Coffee Bar, a hole-in-the-wall
run by Sydney expats Dan and Leah Pringle, is not in the below-
average class. Grab a stool in the sunshine and enjoy some of the best coffee to be found locally
and breakfast pastries with a “Southern Hemisphere” twist, including bacon and egg pies.
12953 Venture Boulevard, Studio City
The go-to for avocado toast and flat whites, Gum Tree is the brainchild of Will Ford, who ran Eight Mile Creek, the first Australian restaurant in New York. The café has two locations but the top pick is the Hermosa Beach original, which is housed in a 1911 bungalow with a lovely patio.
238 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach
Once down-at-heel and now firmly up-and-coming, Echo Park is the vibrant LA neighbourhood that’s home to Pollen, an Aussie café serving superb breakfasts. During the week, enjoy flat whites and classics such as Vegemite toast. On weekends, go big with salmon eggs Benedict and lemon poppyseed pancakes on the generously sized terrace decorated with Australian flowers.
2100 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles
Paramount Coffee Project
The similarities between Sydney and Los Angeles are often noted. Now, they even share a café. Paramount Coffee Project still has a large space in Sydney’s Surry Hills. In LA it brings Aussie breakfast and brunch twists, including roasted lamb sandwiches. But this is West Hollywood, so it also has Persian cucumber, crushed hazelnut,
pea tendrils and Aleppo pepper.
456 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
Little Ripper Coffee
Since early 2017, Angeleno suburbanites have been flocking to Little Ripper
for Aussie-style coffee
and breakfast standards, including cheese-and-Vegemite jaffles. Founded by Melbourne native Rex Roberts, Little Ripper is in the north-eastern suburban village of Glassell Park, not far from Highland Park, the city’s newest arts district.
4155 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles
If evidence of the growing influence of the Australian breakfast on the Los Angeles palette were needed then observe Bondi Harvest (pictured top), a Santa Monica favourite that has proved to be much more popular than the now-shuttered Sydney original. Run by former Sydneysider Dave Harper and his American wife, Sabrina, this airy, informal café features outdoor seating and
a selection of the sort of health-
conscious brekkie bowls that are now a phenomenon both sides of the Pacific.
1814 Berkeley Street, Santa Monica