Intelligentsia CoffeeBar Venice Beach: good espresso in an airy industrial space

If you find yourself in Venice Beach (Los Angeles) craving a good cup of espresso and a vastly different cafe experience, head over to Intelligentsia Coffeebar on Abbott Kinney Boulevard. Intelligentsia roasts their own coffee and sources them directly from coffee growers they work with to ensure high quality. The coffee bar is a cross between a chemistry lab and a high-tech Italian bar/cafe.

Intelligentsia’s website says:

“[G]uests are not met with the standard experience of waiting in line. After passing through the iron gates facing the bustling boulevard, visitors walk down an ivy-covered hall open to the sky where they are greeted at a butcher block “concierge desk.” From this point, they are taken to one of four custom-fabricated espresso machines where their espresso drink or coffee-by-the-cup is prepared. The idea is for a barista to stay with one person throughout the interaction to create an individualized experience for every customer, regardless of how many are being served.”

There are hardly any tables, just an open space with stadium-like concrete steps on which people sit with their coffee, croissants and newspapers (make sure you grab one of the cushions if you are going to linger).

Intelligentsia Coffeebar
1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
+1 310 399 1233
6am – 8pm Monday – Wednesday
6am – 11pm Thursday – Friday
7am – 11pm Saturday
7am – 8pm Sunday

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