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Cafe Intelligentsia

1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90291 (LAX Area)
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Ranked #1,721 of 8,566 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: LAX Area
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73% Recommend
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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177 reviews 177 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
137 helpful votes 137 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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Manhattan Beach, California
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132 reviews 132 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We wouldn't have known this café was there but for the queue outside - but there was plent of space inside so we thought maybe it was a marketing ploy to entice customers. Anyway, despite the rather precious atmosphere and décor (gleaming coffee machines and piping reminiscent of a small industrial plant), in a large high-ceilinged room, we much enjoyed... More

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New York City, New York
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88 reviews 88 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Although the Baristas are not super friendly, the coffee sure makes up for it. The baristas were not necessarily rude but were focused on making the coffee more than socializing with the customers. I asked a few questions regarding the coffee and pastries and they knew what they certainly knew their stuff. Americano - They made this with precision, making... More

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Tucson, Arizona
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Love the atmosphere. Cappuccino was really good. Chai latte was really good too. Overall really nice place to hangout while taking a break from walking along Abbot Kinney.

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Stopped off for some coffee and tea with family while exploring Abbott Kinney. Amongst us we ordered coffee, chai tea, herbal tea and some pastries. The staff were knowledgable and efficient (despite the line - this place is popular!), and the coffee and tea were flavourful (the mugs were huge - real value for money!) Well worth a visit for... More

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Los Angeles, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Modern looking and dog friendly. A little bit of overkill with "your own personal barista" that doesn't justify the slightly inflated prices. These guys are espresso specialists, so don't bother if you're after your standard American black filter coffee - you can get that anywhere and probably cheaper. The coffee here is good and you won't be disappointed.

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