On a scale of 1-10, I really wish I could give this place a 12. The place is chill, the coffee is great, and the food is amazing; however, that parking situation is ridonkulous. In a place this hoppin' with the locals, there's hardly enough room to walk, let alone drive. Thankfully, for $2, the valet has got you covered, and you can stay as long as you'd like.
For it being a trendy hotspot in Koreatown, the place is expectedly crowded, but it doesn't feel uncomfortably so. There's plenty of space for working, and it seems everyone is taking advantage of that, from the young to the elderly, (no judgement here).
The menu is surprisingly diverse, and offers everything from French Toast to Avocado Toast, Egg Sandwiches with something they call “animal sauce,” salads, and the quintessential coffeeshop paninis. Even the pastries have a little something extra to offer, from moist Brioche bread pudding to colorful macarons, and even slices of very posh-looking cake, (it is Koreatown, after all).
The coffee you'll find here is some of the best in LA, and it's more than just macchiatos and lattes. Given the name of this cafe, I almost want to call them “elixirs.” They have seasonal specials, as well as signature favorites like the Alchemist Shake made with vanilla ice cream and crushed espresso beans, and the New Orleans Cold Brew made with chicory, cold brew concentrate, milk, and house-made syrup. It packs just enough sweetness to make your day a little more special, but not so much that you feel like you just busted your diet.
If you know the ins and outs of Koreatown it should definitely become one of your local hangouts. But even if you don't, splurge on that $2 valet parking and come get yourself some real coffee with a perfectly-paired, gorgeous, jewel-encrusted pastry.