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Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

Coffee Shop, Tea Room, and Café$$$$
Venice, Venice
379 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • angeleno
  • trendy
  • tea
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    This well-known coffee shop has become synonymous with high-quality coffee and carefully crafted beverages, and it remains the most reliable spot for a good, more often great, cup of coffee. Read more
  • CaliGirl S.
    CaliGirl SavaSeptember 18, 2014
    excellent ambient!!! the concept of this coffee shop is different than our coffee shops in Europe. They are very much into the quality of the coffee they offer, and the service is equally good
  • Rick N.
    Rick NijhuisOctober 8, 2016
    Similar to Blue Bottle but with more choice in (cold pressed) juices and more space to sit/work. You may want to out-"intelligentsia" them though and avoid the $12 price tag on their juices!
  • Nina M.
    Nina MoSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab a latte (LA's finest) for 5 bucks and a seat to get some work done (u may need to brin headphones as it does get noisy at times). Park in the back for free and use the back door entrance.
  • George P.
    George PeachDecember 27, 2014
    Amazing coffee and wonderful atmosphere. Love the background music, people watching and having a fun chat with the people that work there.
  • Angela W.
    Angela WebbSeptember 23, 2011
    Best coffee in LA. For NYers who know 9th street espresso level of coffee will be very pleased. Venice location is predictably cool. Staff dressed like Rosie the riveter and know how to make coffee.
  • Kyle Y.
    Kyle YoungAugust 13, 2016
    Quite busy on a weekday but it's a nice atmosphere and great coffee! The baristas are quick and great at handling the pace.
  • David B.
    David BanMarch 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Worlds away from the OG Chicago locations, this branch is an oasis of indoor/outdoor seating apropos to the general Abott Kinney vibe.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HartNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    It gets no better than this. From the playful architecture and design, to the sharply tailored and supremely knowledgeable baristas down to the very last drop of Black Cat - Intelli is a must do in LA
  • Eric H.
    Eric HinmanOctober 14, 2014
    One of the most beautiful cafes in the world. Incredible coffee as well. Bring your laptop and chillout inside or out.
  • Lucky Brand
    Lucky BrandAugust 13, 2013
    L.A.'s most buzz-worthy java joint crafts espresso, cappuccino and macchiato for the hipster set. Coffee connoisseurs will geek out over the store's custom-made machinery and well-versed baristas.
  • Fred W.
    Fred WilsonNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    They call a Cortado a Gibraltar here. Get it.
  • Ken S.
    Ken SJune 19
    Been here 50+ times
    There will likely be a line, but the coffee and service are worth the wait. Treat yourself to a treat with your coffee. Churro croissant for the win!!
  • Lore B.
    Lore BenaventSeptember 21, 2014
    This place is like the "mecca" for coffee shops... Their coffee making process comes to another level, very professional and clean! Intelligentsia is a must in LA.
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle R.August 13, 2014
    Deadly serious about perfect craft coffee, tea, and espresso. While the attitude may intimidate, it's worth hacking through the pretension, bc you'll realize they earned it.
  • Intelligensius A.
    Beautiful space, perfect espressos and flat whites, relaxed atmosphere and free wifi :-). Will be back!
  • Zia Pip L.
    Zia Pip LothAugust 4, 2013
    This is by far the best coffee and atmosphere in LA. The baristas never rush, are clean and know exactly what they are doing. Perfect coffee every time.
  • Aron H.
    Aron HegyiJuly 30, 2014
    Interesting set up for a cafe. When it opened, it was revolutionary. Solid espresso drinks, but their roast has been getting lighter in the last couple years (meaning a more sour cup).
  • Mark D.
    Mark DanielDecember 26, 2014
    One of the best coffee shops I've ever been to. Knowledgeable staff, large enough space, and free wifi!
  • Marc V.
    Marc VermutJune 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The chocolate in the mocha is rich and not too sweet. And the matcha latte is one of the best in town. But yes, this place is expensive AF.
  • Gene P.
    Gene PalmerMarch 11, 2016
    Welcome to Mecca! If you're searching for coffee nirvana, you're finally found it. They make the best espresso based drinks that you can get anywhere.
  • Phillip W.
    Phillip WoodAugust 9, 2014
    The year-round Black cat espresso, despite the revolving door of seasonal coffees, will always do you good. Before 10a, the soundtrack skews Motown & soul.
  • Tristan N.
    Tristan NicolasAugust 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I leave a second tip: it is definitely one of the best coffee I had. They make a great coffee every time.
  • Justin V.
    Justin VallejoFebruary 10, 2012
    If you like the Intelligentsia bean and find yourself in New York, go to Culture Espresso on the Cnr of 38th and 6th. An Aissie run place - get the Flat White
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole StarkApril 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best coffee I've had in LA, hands down. Yeah, it's pricey, but the atmosphere is cool and unique and the baristas are awesome. And they use Strauss milk!!
  • Aristotle D.
    Aristotle DreherOctober 18, 2013
    A great place to wait in line to drop $5 on a cup of coffee, then show off your MacBook and various Apple products. Like right now, for instance - you're reading this tip on your iPhone! Go you!
  • KCRW
    KCRWMay 15, 2012
    Bring the gourmet-iest of gourmet coffees home with you by Stopping into Intelligentsia and picking up some organic Fair-Trade beans. Bring your KCRW Fringe Benefits Card to sweeten the deal!
  • Chris S.
    Chris StrimbuAugust 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Lines can be long, so make sure you bring a friend, a friendly smartphone, or turn around and start a conversation. I'll give you a topic to discuss: coffee.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PyatetskyJanuary 12, 2015
    You know night clubs? This is a day club. Coffee is dependable as always. Architecture is crazy but may be too wild for work sometimes. Other times, no prob.
  • Robbie S.
    Robbie SironJuly 13, 2016
    My favorite in the chain. It's like an amphitheater set up where you get a personal barista. Always a necessary stop when in Venice.
  • Zachary Adam C.
    Zachary Adam CohenMay 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for the totally pretentious coffee. Stay for the dogs and their celebrity owners as well as the handsome men and flouncy women folk.
  • Tristan N.
    Tristan NicolasMay 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I think this is the place where you'll find more Apple products and bearded hipsters than in any other places in Venice. Cool place if you are OK with it. Music too loud though.
  • Jonno S.
    Jonno SchmidtJanuary 10, 2016
    LOVE Intelligentsia Coffee. Always a fantastic choice when looking for a high quality coffee drink. Their cappuccinos are hard to beat.
  • Miffy E.
    Miffy EatsAugust 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    You maybe able to find better roasted beans in LA, but they have the Best Barista for sure: their beans are roasted to the dark side, but always manage to pull out all the nuance in the beans.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SternbergFebruary 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come charged. It seems all Intelligentsia shops go the extra mile to ensure there are no accessible power outlets. Great brew tho!
  • İbrahim D.
    İbrahim DemirJune 16, 2014
    They have perfect baristas and ambience. Try special filter coffee and chocolate cake. Go early before it gets crowded.
  • Vanity Fair Agenda
    Vanity Fair AgendaJanuary 30, 2012
    Perfectly roasted fair-trade coffee of all varieties: single-origin, espresso, blends, and decaf. Locations in Chicago, L.A., and New York City.
  • Ms H.
    Ms Helene3 weeks ago
    Almond capp 8 ounce $4.50. Industrial space with lots of seating filled by people on laptops
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 16, 2014
    Parking sucks here! You might have to huff it a few blocks but, it's def worth your time! Maybe, grab a bite to eat @ Gjelina, Casa Linda or Hal's first. Then, come chill on a brew & WiFi
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SantoroFebruary 11
    The cookies and croissants. Get a large latte with extra shot! Free wifi too.
  • Thibault B.
    Thibault B.May 18, 2015
    Great coffee, great atmosphere and good wifi, the perfect place to stop by and work between 2 meetings!
  • Damon G.
    Damon GarrettJuly 8, 2010
    Don't listen to anyone who says LA has no place on the world coffee stage - this is seriously one of THE destination coffee shops right now. Intelli do it their own way, and it works brilliantly.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 16, 2014
    The shorter, dark haired barista dude brews an awesome French Pressed Coffee. I recommend you find him out to help when you're in line! 👍☕🍵
  • John C.
    John CassilloMay 9
    Been here 5+ times
    Their iced teas are fantastic. Give the Emerald Spring a shot. Corn flake cookies are also amazing.
  • Arjan T.
    Arjan TAugust 9, 2014
    Long lines on the weekend, but if you enjoy that special, pour over brew it may well be worth the wait.
  • Midtown Lunch LA
    Midtown Lunch LAJune 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like sweet ice coffee get the off the menu "Angeleno". 3 shots of espresso, milk, and simple syrup. So good.
  • Russell L.
    Russell LJuly 3, 2015
    The Americano is smooth and not sour. Friendly staff and lots of laptops running. The hipster design is a little over the top.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonFebruary 2, 2016
    One of the coolest looking/feeling coffee shops around. The vibe's so chill that it doesn't even feel bothersome to wait on line.
  • Anneke J.
    Anneke JongFebruary 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    cappuccino is top of the pops. scallion feta scone is another favorite.
  • H. C.
    H. Colbert (@hrsch)September 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The iced chai is infinitely better than the hot version. If you're not feeling a hot drink, this is a solid option.
  • Philip D.
    Philip DoucetteNovember 27, 2014
    Damn these cats are slow on their game. But that almond milk cap is #legit
  • punzy
    punzySeptember 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretty pretentious place for a what could be an awesome coffee joint. No doubt it's good coffee, e espresso was almost perfect! Come see what Melbourne has gotta offer for coffee!
  • Kristin F.
    Kristin FilipovitsJuly 6, 2012
    Followed the tips and the Angeleno is the best iced latte I've ever had.
  • Telegraph Manager
    Telegraph ManagerSeptember 24, 2013
    2pm: Hit the beach, an hour’s Metro bus ride from Downtown to Abbott Kinney Boulevard, at the heart of Venice’s artistic, offbeat and chic scene. Refuel at Intelligentsia Coffee.
  • Joséphine R.
    Joséphine R.December 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    God, I love this place. It's like a bar, but for coffee. I wish my apartment smelled like this place. Heck, I wish the whole world smelled like this place. Ahhhhh, sweet ambrosia!
  • Leila P.
    Leila Party Girl👑February 26, 2014
    The coffee beans are really strong here! Really gives you a kick to your morning or a mid-afternoon energy!
  • Chris S.
    Chris StrimbuNovember 11, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Just so you know, the soy mocha is great iced on a hot day as well. It's one of the most delicious things ever created by human hands.
  • Stu T.
    Stu TysonMay 24, 2015
    Possibly my fave coffee/espresso in Los Angeles. It's hard to find coffee as good as Australia, but these guys come pretty close
  • Ronan M.
    Ronan McCoyApril 27, 2013
    Pretentious, hipstery (or just filled with hipster wannabees), pricey, slow internet. But awesome coffee and awesome space.
  • Isabella P.
    Isabella PetriniSeptember 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Iced or hot, they probably make the best chai late in the state.
  • Stella T.
    Stella TaliadorosSeptember 1, 2014
    Order a cappuccino it's the equivalent to a flat white. Free Internet and really good coffee:-)
  • Rowan W.
    Rowan WernhamMay 23, 2015
    Great place to buy a $7 coconut water and wash it down with an $8 pour over coffee.
  • jennifer h.
    jennifer hanNovember 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    the best coffee in los angeles. order the soy latte, even if you can have regular milk. love the dirty-thirties clothing the staff wears.
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddAugust 14, 2015
    Good coffee, cool vibes, try a specialty drink and check out the mugs for sale
  • Sebastian G.
    Sebastian GroebnerFebruary 24, 2013
    Superb coffee. Great interior. Try the Curry Raisin Scones if you get the chance.
  • cami j.
    cami j.June 22, 2016
    delicious cold brew, kind baristas and LA hipster madness. love it.
  • Michelle O.
    Michelle OlenoskiJuly 8, 2013
    Grab a cushion and sit anywhere on the concrete steps. One of the smartest designs I have ever seen.
  • Hemang
    HemangAugust 7, 2011
    The lines may be long but the coffee makes your day! Get the Angeleno if you want to try something new!
  • Babak V.
    Babak VZMarch 16, 2016
    Finally a good tasted coffee after a long time! They do it in it's best way! Ambience is great. Love that!
  • Lee S.
    Lee SimpsonMay 16
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Oat Milk Matcha Latte so so good. I just wish there were more seats in side.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanMarch 5, 2016
    Iced chai is pretty good too if you're not in the mood for a coffee but still find yourself there
  • David P.
    David PittsSeptember 11, 2015
    Iced coffee is super good on a hot day, a few outdoor areas to sit and enjoy.
  • Jess N.
    Jess NikolaiNovember 27, 2010
    The hot chocolate here is amazing, unlike any other I've ever had. The mocha powder at the end of the cup is the best part. ;)
  • Joanna
    JoannaAugust 8, 2014
    The coffee is strong and the wifi is plentiful but make sure your laptop is fully charged bc there's no outlets 😓
  • Julie H.
    Julie HoushJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The weekday Slow Bar (8am-2pm) is a treat - skip the line, sit down for a few minutes and treat yourself to anything the weekly barista has planned!
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HillDecember 13, 2016
    The variety of the coffee is real awesome. We also liked the tables and atmosphere in this place.
  • Lane P.
    Lane PelovskyFebruary 28
    Really cool spot, very high quality drinks!
  • Kayla J.
    Kayla JohnsonApril 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing, but expect a line especially on weekends.
  • Jon D.
    Jon DavisSeptember 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    As always everything is better in ceramic... Slow down and enjoy your coffee and strike up a conversation with someone.
  • Mathias B.
    Mathias BeckerAugust 10, 2013
    Best coffee I had while being in LA! Super tasty! Nice location!
  • Fatima
    FatimaNovember 19, 2015
    ❤️❤️ intelligentsia coffee, so was super excited to try spot. good, knowledgeable baristas! #favorite
  • Elodie P.
    Elodie P.August 11, 2014
    Great espressos and good pastries. Nice place to read or work quietly.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiJanuary 19, 2014
    Grab a cortado and lounge with a friend. No better way to spend a lazy afternoon.
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GSeptember 5, 2011
    Great coffee...but be aware they don't offer any skim/non-fat milk if that's what you usually add to your mug.
  • Stephen T.
    Stephen TattonSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're going to stick around anyway, skip the long line and head to the slow bar in the bar. It's open 10AM to 5PM daily. Fascinating to watch some of the preparations.
  • Eve L.
    Eve LandisFebruary 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    If youre a coffee extraordinaire :) - drip coffee selection are great!
  • Elena I.
    Elena IavaroneAugust 26, 2014
    This cafè is sooo cool! The coffee is nothing special but the place is amazing!
  • Alina S.
    Alina SharokhinaAugust 19, 2016
    People watching, great coffee & matcha tea, nice place for working or recharge.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BushJuly 25
    Cool coffee spot in Venice. Great wifi and treats.
  • ascalix
    ascalixNovember 19, 2012
    Best coffee ever...I never had something like that before, even at the best coffee bars in Brazil or Italy.
  • ashton
    ashtonJune 14, 2010
    Need a really fantastically brewed cup of coffee or a delish espresso drink, I'll see you here. Especially on First Fridays on Abbot Kinney!
  • Gavin S.
    Gavin SchulzMay 6, 2016
    Great espresso and lots of comfortable seating inside or outside.
  • Julie H.
    Julie HoushJune 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Slow Bar at the back coffee bar weekdays 8am-2pm. Skip the line, grab a seat, prepare to be treated by a barista!
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff ReinhardtMarch 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    In a city of amazing coffee, Intelligentsia leads the way👌
  • Laurenn
    LaurennJanuary 6, 2014
    Long line, über pretentious, crowded, one unisex bathroom....but the hot chocolate and chai are worth it.
  • Erin M.
    Erin MichelleOctober 2, 2010
    The lattes are almost too artfully made to drink at times... but the best coffee drink is awaiting you with the first sip!
  • Erin F.
    Erin FrankenheimerNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Any place that place My Morning Jacket from start to finish is fine by me. All the coffee is excellent too.
  • Angelica C.
    Angelica CerdeiraMay 25, 2011
    Best coffee I had so far in CA. Maybe the best I had in my life. The place is also really cool!
  • Alfredo A.
    Alfredo AponteDecember 15, 2014
    I don't doubt their passion, but I do feel they're losing their touch. The espresso has been inconsistent and often more bitter then usual. It's time to move on, been good while it lasted.
  • Gina M.
    Gina M.L.September 22, 2011
    They treat coffee the way it deserves to be treated. Try the Kenya Gichathaini...amazing.
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