Jun 9, 2024

Re/Creation Café Opens in Los Angeles

As a Jersey girl who grew up going to the best coffee houses in Freehold, frequented by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and more in their early career, I’ve long thought Los Angeles was missing a community venue serving both lattes and tunes! Enter Re/Creation Café in Los Angeles.

Re/creation Café opened yesterday as a creative social place that brings people together through great food, live music, and live painting. Located at 4500 Washington Boulevard, it’s right in the heart of mid-city and the location is a former dry cleaners and alterations shop turned meeting place.

The location is owned by serial entrepreneur Nick Spano, who I met years ago when he ran a solar powered tanning salon (Sun Lounge in Hollywood) and then again when he was involved in the Yamashiro Hollywood Markets. In fact, I didn’t know until recently he’d gotten his start as an actor and acting coach in Los Angeles best known for his role in the Disney Channel series Evan Stevens.

When I approached the cafe around noon on opening day, there was a line out the door of excited customers ranging from Hollywood hipsters, couples with their dogs, new parents with baby strollers and toddlers in tow, and everything in between! You could tell the opening brought a mix of friends, family, and locals and the packed house was filled with the air of celebration.

The cafe itself is adorable. Yes, that’s my professional description: ADORABLE. A mix of exposed brick, street art, and wood accents gives it a rustic yet modern feel. Hanging lamps that range from rattan to deer antlers give it a Cali coastal meets country feel. The menu includes a wide range of coffees and teas, as well as international selections like Turkish coffee! It also boasts wine, beer and bubbles with a range of IPAs on tap. The menu included options for breakfast and lunch and both the classic avocado toast and chicken tacos I tried were delicious!

If you’re on the go, there’s a delightful selections of pastries, cookies, and snacks including gluten free and vegan options. The live band plaid a mix of soft rock like John Mayer’s Gravity to island reggae vibes which made me feel as if I were beachside instead of mid-city. There is both indoor and outdoor patio seating. The venue also includes wooden easles for live paint opportunities which I will definitely be returning for.

The space is a great spot to be creative and build community. My only complaint is that it’s not walking distance from my house, but the short drive is worth it!