Brunching beyond the basics

by Katherine Buecheler

During spring quarter, students gladly welcome the warm weather as our beautiful city blossoms. L.A. is known for its vibrant food scene, and there’s no shortage of restaurants offering delicious brunch options. Whether you’re craving classic brunch fares like avocado toast and eggs benedict, or in the mood for something more unique like vegan pancakes and acai bowls, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best spots to visit for your next study session, date or Sunday brunch.

1. Ministry of Coffee

Address: 1010 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (weekdays); 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (weekends)
Google reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Right across campus lies one of the trendiest cafes in L.A. Ministry of Coffee, located next to Trader Joe’s in Westwood Village, offers a laid-back atmosphere with sleek décor and comfortable seating, making it a perfect spot for catching up with friends or getting work done. The coffee selection is extensive, with expertly crafted espresso-based drinks and pour-over options using locally sourced beans. The baristas are skilled and friendly, always providing excellent customer service. The café also offers a variety of pastries and light bites to accompany your beverage. There are also vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. With its hip vibe, quality coffee and welcoming ambiance, Ministry of Coffee is a go-to spot for Bruins who are caffeine enthusiasts. Be sure to check it out!

2. Espresso Profeta

Address: 1129 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (weekdays); 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (weekends)
Google reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Espresso Profeta is a hidden gem for coffee lovers seeking a tranquil space to enjoy their brew. The menu features a variety of espresso-based and pour-over drinks all focused on quality and flavor. The café also offers a small selection of pastries and snacks to accompany your coffee. Espresso Profeta is set apart by its intimate ambiance and secluded outdoor seating which provides a peaceful escape from the bustling streets of Westwood. If you’re looking for a spot known for its delightful charm and brews, then Espresso Profeta is worth a visit. See you there!

3. Blueys Café & Market

Address: 1814 Berkeley St., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Hours: 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (weekdays); 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (weekends)
Google reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Blueys is located in the heart of Santa Monica. It’s a must-visit spot with its peaceful ambiance, locally sourced ingredients and delicious menu, including avocado toast and fluffy pancakes. Between the vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, there is a dish for everybody. The laid-back café offers tons of outdoor seating, in addition to a room of indoor seating with outlets. The friendly service and specialty coffee options make for a delightful dining experience. Don’t miss this charming café that’s a favorite among Bruins and locals alike! Happy brunching!

4. Huckleberry Bakery and Café

Address: 1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (weekdays); 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (weekends)
Google reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Huckleberry Bakery and Café, located in Santa Monica, is an eco-friendly culinary gem that will surely please the taste buds of food lovers. The café offers indoor and outdoor seating but better suits a fun brunch over a studying session. The menu features a delightful array of locally sourced, organic dishes, from their mouth-watering pastries and hearty sandwiches to their delectable brunch options. The avocado toast is a must-try, with its perfectly ripe avocados, artisanal bread and flavorful toppings. The seasonal fruit tarts and pastries are also a highlight for those with a sweet tooth. Enjoy!

5. The Farm of Beverly Hills

Address: 439 N Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (daily)
Google reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars

The Farm of Beverly Hills is for those seeking a classic and elegant brunch experience. The menu is a delicious celebration of farm-to-table cuisine; every dish is made with fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. Between the breakfast and lunch menus, there are countless options to choose from—omelets, sandwiches, salads, bowls, pastries and more. There are also numerous vegetarian and vegan options. The restaurant’s rustic ambiance adds to its coziness, and the service is attentive and friendly. Make sure to book your next brunch at The Farm of Beverly Hills!

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