Beach Cafes In/Near Los Angeles?
October 30, 2015 3:03 PM   Subscribe

I am still on the hunt for the perfect cafe in or around Los Angeles (preferably with a view of the ocean) where my husband and I can go read our books while sipping coffee. Google shows me lots of expensive beachside restaurants, but that is not what I am after. Outside Los Angeles within a 1-2 hour drive is fine, too.
posted by Atrahasis to Travel & Transportation around Los Angeles, CA (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Can you be more specific as to what "perfect" means to you?
posted by pdb at 3:31 PM on October 30, 2015 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Shoreline cafe in Santa Barbara sounds perfect for you.
posted by k8t at 3:37 PM on October 30, 2015 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: Sure, pdb: quiet, has beach view, doesn't require me to buy a meal, lets me read a book for an hour or two without trying to turn the table.
posted by Atrahasis at 3:37 PM on October 30, 2015

There's lots of beaches that have picnic tables--Dockweiler for one. Beachfront rents are high, and most places will expect you to buy something if you're going to take up a table for a couple of hours.
posted by Ideefixe at 4:28 PM on October 30, 2015 [2 favorites]

Not a cafe, but there's a little snack shop type place *on* the beach in North Manhattan Beach, called "Surf Food Stand," with several tables with umbrellas and chairs. The Strand and 41st Street. Or the pier a bit south has a coffee stand at the end and many benches. Watch the surfers and look for dolphins.

I'm a fan of taking my food/drinks/books and a towel or beach chair, and planting it on the beach.
posted by soakimbo at 5:08 PM on October 30, 2015 [1 favorite]

Back on the Beach in Santa Monica. Parking costs, but it's right off the bike path, so you could bike there perhaps?
posted by BlahLaLa at 5:54 PM on October 30, 2015 [3 favorites]

Response by poster: Ideefixe, I have no problem buying something - coffee, snacks, etc. I just don't want a place that only serves full meals.
posted by Atrahasis at 8:37 PM on October 30, 2015

I was going to recommend Back on the Beach too, but I think they might ask you to buy a meal, at least during busy times. It's just lovely though.
posted by bluesky78987 at 9:24 AM on October 31, 2015

Response by poster: Update - went to Shoreline cafe in Santa Barbara. It was perfect! Food was good, nice ambiance, not too many people. Thanks, everyone - especially k8t!
posted by Atrahasis at 5:34 PM on October 31, 2015 [1 favorite]

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