(1) 310 – 394. 2222
925 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90403
6:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday – Friday
6:30 am – 8:00 pm Saturday – Sunday
Caffe Luxxe was by far the best coffeehouse we visited whilst in LA. Their glittering Italian coffee machine creates wonderful cups of cafe bliss under the hands of their knowledgeable baristas. Los Angeles, as compared to NY or SF, seems a bit behind the café curve. A theory could be do to the lack of pedestrian neighborhoods where these types of specialty shops thrive, rather then the palate of the citizenry. One of the few neighborhood type places is Santa Monica- and that is where we found Caffe Luxxe. (There is a second location in Brentwood which we did not visit).
Tall ceilings top white walls which are covered with beautiful, framed coffee photography by Tom Benedek. A few tables with silver chairs seat about 20. The main L shaped counter is home to a display of pastries, chocolate bars and croissants.
The cappuccino was quite smooth, while the Caffe Shakerato (hand shaken espresso with milk and ice) was extremely yummy on a hot day! The Caffe Nico (espresso, candied orange and steamed half&half) was quite strong and made a great dip for the light, airy macaroon. I sampled an excellent drip coffee as well to complete the test trifecta.