Pick a spot in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) and there’s a sure bet that you’ll find an amazing coffee shop within walking distance. And in a city saturated with ’em, it can be hard to choose, but if you’re looking for a unique space that serves wonderful hand-crafted coffee concoctions, look no further than Shreebs Coffee!
We stumbled upon Shreebs Coffee when we were looking into Steelcraft, LA’s soon-to-be first outdoor eatery completely made up of old shipping containers (welcome to the cool kids club, LA). As soon as we started perusing Shreebs Instagram, we knew we had to check it out for ourselves. Shreebs Coffee is a pop up shop in the Arts District made from an old shipping container. Its brightly colored walls are painted a mix of colors kind of like a beautiful desert sunset and its killin’ the #coffeeshopvibes with its Urban Outfitters-style ladder ever so delicately leaning on the shipping container and a cool hang out area with AstroTurf and benches. You’ll walk up re-evaluating the words “pop up shop” because the space is so beautifully crafted and feels like an outdoor lounge area.
As you can see, there’s nothing ordinary about Shreebs Coffee, especially when it comes to their coffee. They’re known for their specialty lattes made with their very own cold brew and have a really popular horchata latte. For those days that are a bit cooler (far and in between in Southern California, but they happen), you can get any of their drinks hot, too.
So, if it’s your first time, you can stare at the menu blankly for a few minutes or you can ask the kind barista for recommendations. Either way, you’ll get an amazing drink, but if you ask for a rec, you’ll also make a new friend so win-win! Today we decided to live on the wild side and ask about each drink. It was a blazing hot day in DTLA (we feel like we say that A LOT, but really it was pushing 90 and in our heads we’re thinking fall so excuse us for wanting to wear boots instead of sandals).
The sweet barista started asking us what kind of flavors we liked, such as cardamom and instantly our faces lit up. You, Shreebs, literally had us a cardamom. You’ll be in love at first sip, too and this is why: the Cardamom Dulce cold brew concoction isn’t sickeningly sweet and is anything but boring. It was just what we needed to cool off and stop from profusely sweating. The ying to our yang. The Sonny to our Cher. What’s that little cup of goodness? Did you just sing to us, “I’ve got you, babe” and are we running hand in hand through a field of flowers? Yep, their coffee takes you to a different place and before you know it, you’ve had your last sip.
It makes sense that Shreebs started off in a backyard in Venice, California as a place for friends and neighbors to hang out and drink good coffee. Everything about Shreebs is authentic, which is something that can’t be forced or faked – you either got it or you don’t. And Shreebs has got it going on. So much so, that they’re busy catering events with their travel bar, too! We’re currently trying to figure out a major event in our lives to justify having a coffee bar come to it…moving party?!
You’ll definitely want to check out this oasis in the middle of DTLA! It’s a great spot to come and hang out, maybe do a bit of shopping in the adjoining pop up boutique or grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks in the lot. And let us know what you decided to drink. Our next drink of choice will either be the red chile mocha or the wildly popular horchata latte. Maybe we’ll see you there! Until then, we hope you’ll check out this sweet space for yourself while exploring DTLA and its blossoming beauty.