The Best Coffee in California
Vittoria has well and truly planted its flag in California - so much so that you can now navigate the Golden State by hopping between our partners from north to south. Here is a smattering of the storied hotels, leading restaurants and cool cafes that serve Vittoria.
The Butcher's Daughter.
LOCATION: Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.
THE VIBE: A photogenic crowd, including models and well-known actors (we spied Tobey Maguire recently), descends on this boho venue every single day. The space is fetchingly decorated with plants, ropes and copper accents.
SERVING: Billed as a "vegetable slaughterhouse", this café focuses on vegetarian dishes, seasonal salads and juice flights.
COFFEE ORDER: An almond milk latte suits the dairy- and gluten-free set.
Post Ranch Inn
LOCATION: Big Sur is located in northern California, just south of San Francisco.
THE VIBE: Perched high on a cliff above the Pacific Ocean, this breathtaking hideaway features ocean rooms with curved walls, tree houses on stilts and spacious cabins with cantilevered terraces.
SERVING: As befitting this destination hotel, Sierra Mar restaurant serves elaborate multicourse menus. Think black mussels cooked in embers, black sesame fried eggs, and Monterey red abalone.
COFFEE ORDER: An Americano, similar to a long black, to accompany the bracing ocean views from the restaurant and rooms.
LOCATION: At the intersection of iconic Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.
THE VIBE: With oversized lamps, patterned carpets and pink banquettes, the lobby of this hotel has an electric charm. There's a Bliss Spa, rooftop pool and burlesque shows.
SERVING: Hollywood power brokers and tourists dine at Delphine, the hotel's swanky restaurant. Signatures include kale salad, halibut ceviche and wild prawns and uni.
COFFEE ORDER: You'll need a triple-shot macchiato to conquer Tinseltown.
LOCATION: Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.
THE VIBE: This bustling restaurant, marketplace and creative space for parents and children has been described as "Soho house for kids." That would have something to do with actress Jessica Biel being one of the owners, and the celeb-studded patrons.
SERVING: Mums sip mimosas and nibble on Cobb salads, while their pampered offspring enjoy organic cookies. Au pairs can spirit children away to the playrooms.
COFFEE ORDER: A frothy cappuccino for mum and a babyccino for bub.
LOCATION: South Spring Street in downtown LA.
THE VIBE: An atrium dining room, complete with pepper trees, pendant lights and a tiered fountain, transports Angelenos to the south of France. Downtown LA is currently undergoing a metamorphosis reflected in this gorgeous new arrival.
SERVING: Helmed by acclaimed chef Tony Esnault, of Church & State, and his partner Yassmin Sarmadi, Spring excels in French staples such as salade niçoise, fish stew, and escargot.
COFFEE ORDER: A French press of our organic blend served in a beautiful vessel.
Avalon Hotel & Bungalows
LOCATION: Palm Springs, two hours drive from LA.
THE VIBE: Kelly Wearstler designed this sophisticated oasis in the desert, which hints at Palm Spring's halcyon days with its black and white palette, yellow flourishes and seductive pools.
SERVING: Chi Chi specialises in crowd-pleasing, Latin-inflected dishes like enchiladas, sopes and banana leaf roasted pork.
COFFEE ORDER: Order a cold brew by the main pool, dotted with sunflower lounge chairs and billowing white tents. Or retire to your Hollywood Regency-style room equipped with its own Espressotoria machine.