Gurus List 2020: Best 10 Breakfast and Lunch Spots in LA


Aroma Café 

Established in 2004, Aroma Café is a family-owned restaurant with a laidback vibe, a beautiful courtyard and a reputation for delicious coffee. The food is centred around Mediterranean cuisine made with seasonal, local ingredients and both the bread and pita is baked on-site daily. Aroma is a perfect choice for a wholesome, delicious breakfast/brunch. 

Blu Jam Café

Located on Melrose, Blu Jam Café holds the belief that food is love and interestingly, does not even have a freezer on the premises due to the food being made freshly per day without anything artificial added. The food fulfils a variety of dietary preferences, including an incredible amount of vegan treats. We highly recommend their signature crispy French toast with berries. 

©@blujamcafe Breakfast tacos

The Exchange

Freehand LA’s restaurant, The Exchange is a bohemian eatery offering local cali-cuisine with an Israeli twist. Owned by Chef Alex Chang, the restaurant decor pays homage to his Californian home with the tones of Tel Aviv. 



A Thai restaurant in Hollywood that has built a reputation as an LA classic. This funky, fun Thai restaurant serves classics and dishes made from the recipes of a 90-year-old Thai grandmother. Authenticity personified. 


Night + Market 

This restaurant offers delicious and authentic old-school Thai food, we highly recommend the popular crispy rice salad and Fried Chicken Sandwich which is a typical LA meal with an oriental twist. Celebrity fans include Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham and Daft Punk. 

©@ntmrkt Song Special Cold Noodle — ginger scallion, creamy sesame, peanuts, chilli oil.

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe  

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe is literally right on the beach within the Malibu community, serving vintage diner food. You can either dine on the lounge chairs right on the beach or inside the cafe in the funky booths. The menu focuses on seafood options and BBQ specialties, both of which have sampler options ideal for sharing.



Located on Little Santa Monica Boulevard, Sprinkles specialises in gorgeous cupcakes, inside and out. There are 21 varieties to choose from, each with its own signature design and taste – this is a must visit! 


The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is renowned for its delicious fare, and the Los Angeles branch is actually the original Cheesecake Factory restaurant, which opened in 1978. This is a very popular lunch or dinner stop with much loved cheesecakes.  


Toast Bakery Cafe 

Toast specialises in breakfast served all day, featuring French toast, great pastries, pancakes and omelettes. There are also salads, sandwiches and quiches on offer. 

©@toastbakerycafe A spread of avocado toast and an egg scramble with colourful juices

Urth Cafffé

Located in West Hollywood, The Urth Caffé specialises in its own premium brand of organic coffee and fine teas and apparently a great location for watching patio for celeb spotting.



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