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Cafe Intelligentsia

1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90291 (LAX Area)
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Calgary, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We went to the cafe on Abbot Kinney. Seriously the coffee is to die for! There is often a long line, but it's worth it.

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Perth, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Where can you enjoy real coffee in the US? Only at Intelligentsia. The queue is long but worth the wait. The building is sparse and the seating could be improved but need their coffee. Stella

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Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If you're a serious coffee drinker, you can't miss Itenlligentsia. Located in the heart of Abbot Kinney (hands down the best part of Venice beach) this is the best coffee. The minute you walk in you can tell they take their coffee very seriously. I live about 25 miles away so I don't get out to Venice beach too often.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I met my college friend at this place for a coffee. It was recommended by him. . I liked the store, very hip and nice modern architecture. Coffee was OK.

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I stood for 10 bemused minutes in a club-like queue in the entrance, waiting to enter to order a... coffee. After seeing how slow and uninspired the barista was stumbling through his orders I left and went down the road. What a dysfunctional cafe.

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

My brother said "This is the second best coffee shop in LA"...so, of course, I'm game to try it. Parking is horrendous and nearly impossible on a Saturday. There was a decent line and crowd in the place, which I really don't mind if I'm about to drink a great cup of coffee. The bathroom in there is absolutely vile,... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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181 reviews 181 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We waited in line for 15 minutes on a cool December Sunday. I absolutely love the layout of this coffee bar. There are really cool seats outside - almost big blocks of smooth wood stacked casually on top of each other, creating some multi-tiered seating for coffee sippers. Inside is cool too, it looks like a mad scientist's coffee labratory!... More

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194 reviews 194 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The American habit of queuing for the "best coffee on the block" bemuses me as it is so unnecessary in the coffee culture of my home town (there's always that new place across the road). Still, it was a sunny Sunday morning with no rush or place to be, so I joined the hipsters on Abbott Kinney to see what... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This place was recommended to us by my cousin who is a big foodie. It did not disappoint us. They use the V60 brewing method, which is slow but produces excellent results. The breakfast items (muffins, croissants, etc.) are also very good. The prices were pretty high but the coffee and food were good.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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136 reviews 136 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

I will say that the structure itself is very cool and unique, the coffee is well done and the sweets are tasty but.....the "Soup Nazi" (a la Seinfeld) style of ordering and the overall vibe have got to go. I cannot stand the über-hipster attitude. Get over yourselves. What happened to the once upon a time "peace, love and happiness"... More

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