The original Cafe Luxxe on Montana Ave in Santa Monica became one of the pioneers of the LA craft coffee scene when they opened in 2006. The Brentwood location on 26th, nestled in the Brentwood Country Mart is a tiny coffee shop that packs a big punch, and consistently delivers quality coffee.
Coffee Cafe Luxxe does not do cold brew, which is worth noting since I often overhear costumers asking for cold brew when ordering only to be disappointed. They will make any of their excellent pour-overs on ice for you, which is all well and fine, but can be done at home for a fraction of the price. Despite this lack of cold brew, Cafe Luxxe offers quality options across the board. Specifically, if you like espresso, this is the place for you. I say this because my father, an espresso connoisseur, approves of the espresso at Cafe Luxxe. The latte art is also on point, as evident by the number of people spotted Instagramming their drinks.
Setup Cafe Luxxe Brentwood operates on a very simple setup. With one espresso machine and a few pour over cones, it is no surprise the menu is spartan as well. Everything will be of great quality, however, and prices are also very reasonable, with drinks ranging between $3-$6. Considering it’s located in one of the country’s most bougie neighborhoods, it almost feels like you are getting a great deal.
Ambiance As aforementioned, Cafe Luxxe Brentwood is a very small shop. There are no tables with two small counters functioning as the only indoor seating options. There is, however, a great outdoor seating area with ample shade and nice tables. If you are meeting a friend for a cup of coffee here, make sure you take your drinks outside.
Intangibles While there are better coffee shops in Santa Monica, I frequent this particular Cafe Luxxe often as for years it has been the only good coffee shop in the area. Recently, however Blue Bottle Coffee opened a block away and it will be interesting to see if this competition will affect Cafe Luxxe. That being said, if you are craving an excellent espresso and are in Brentwood, Cafe Luxxe is worth checking out.
Amid all the cutting edge craft coffee shops in Los Angeles, Cafe Luxxe Brentwood, with it’s simple menu and small space, may seem somewhat spartan. That being said, if you can brave the bougie Brentwood crowd, it is a solid place to grab a cup of coffee. If you do, park on Georgina Ave, as it will spare you the chaos of the Country Mart parking lot.