Cycleway Cafe

Ξ August 26th, 2008 | → 1 Comments | ∇ 90042, Coffee, Highland Park |

I remember when a cup of coffee more complicated than drip required at least a commute to one of the chains in Glendale or if you wanted to hob nob with disaffected PCC literati (is there really such a thing?), Equator Cafe in Pasadena.  True this was only 1999, but the ensuing decade seems to be bringing an absolute deluge of cafes to our extended neighborhood.  On our modest map alone there are links to at least five coffeeshops in the immediate area and I’m not sure if we’ve even included Swork, two of the Starbuckses, the Oxy/Goya Cafe, and the enigmous Cafe Princesa on York which shares shares space with the sign store.  Well, throw Cycleway Cafe into the mix.  They seem to be borrowing heavily from the Starbucks motif of overstuffed chairs, small tables, and a clean well-lit interior.  Even the display case of pastries, sandwiches, and drinks evokes flashbacks to their big bad competition from Seattle.  On a more positive note, the service was very friendly as the barrista told me I looked a lot like his (I can only assume very good looking) friend’s brother.  Also, the owners seem to be at least intellectually invested into the history of the area as they’ve taken their name from the late 19th Century precursor to the 110 freeway.  Free wifi is nice as is the outdoor seating.  If they ever expand their menu, I might even add this place to my weekend breakfast rotation.

Cycleway Cafe 
5526 Monterrey Road
Los Angeles, CA 90042


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