We’ll just say it: we don’t like Starbucks. We don’t like their ethics, particularly that you can find more than one—and sometimes as many as three or four—Starbucks on a given Valley corner. We much prefer to invest our dollars in our community, and there some of the best coffee shops are in the San Fernando Valley.

Whether they’re pop-up shops, coffee carts, or bonafide brick and mortar business, you can choose from more than a dozen places to get your cup of joe. What’s more is that Valley residents are creative and have good taste. This means that you may run into menu items like an horchata latte or an ube frappuccino. 

Locally owned coffee shops in the San Fernando Valley deserve your love…and dollars. Read on to learn about 15 we especially love.

The 15 Best Coffee Shops in the San Fernando Valley

1. House Roots Coffee

House Roots Coffee is *chef’s kiss*. Aside from having delicious drinks, hip merch, and bomb food, this local coffee shop donates to the Armenia Fund and the Equal Justice Initiative. Our House Roots favorites include the lavender latte and the nitro coffee.

Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 1-7 p.m.
Address: 16155 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Granada Hills, CA 91344
How to order: In person or on the RDY Coffee app

2. R Cafe

A photo of a designed latte from R Cafe, which is one of the best coffee shops in the San Fernando Valley

R Cafe refers to itself as “a cozy little coffee shop nestled in the heart of Northridge, California,” and we’re on board with that descriptor. In addition to coffee, the San Fernando Valley coffee shop specializes in breakfast burritos and heavenly brunch toasts that’ll have you coming back every chance you get.

Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (except Friday, when the shop closes at 3 p.m.)
Addresses: 9255 Reseda Boulevard #Unit B, Northridge, CA 91324
How to order: In person or via phone by calling (747) 202-0761

3. Bodevi Wine & Espresso Bar

A person holds a plastic cup of coffee from Bodevi, which is one of the best coffee shops in the San Fernando Valley

If you haven’t been for yourself, believe us when we say that Bodevi is the place to be. Whether you’re looking for a glass of wine, a delicious pastry, or a tasty beverage, rest assured that Bodevi won’t disappoint. This wine and espresso bar comes from the great minds of the owners of Truman House Tavern, who are staples in the San Fernando Community.

Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Addresses: 909 San Fernando Rd, San Fernando, CA 91340
How to order: In person, online, or via phone by calling (818) 361-9099

4. Black Heart Coffee Co.

A person holds a strawberry and cream matcha drink from Black Heart Coffee, which is one of the best coffee shops in the San Fernando Valley

The opening of Black Heart Coffee Co. was one of the few good things to happen in 2020. Though the drinks cost about the same as the rest of the coffee shops on this list, Black Heart Coffee Co. drinks tend to be a little smaller. Not to fret, you’ll know exactly where your money went upon first sip—and maybe even before that when the coffee notes hit your nose.

Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
Address: 7135 Balboa Blvd., Lake Balboa, CA 91406
How to order: In person or over the phone by calling (818) 285-8740

5. The Coffee Roaster

A tall glass of cold brew from The Coffee Roaster that reads "best cold brew in LA"

Matcha latte we’re going to let you finish, but the dirty chai latte at The Coffee Roaster is one of the best drinks of all time. Of. All. Time. The Coffee Roaster takes coffee seriously and offers roasts from Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Colombia. They also have historical Valley maps on display inside their Ventura Boulevard storefront, which is very much our vibe. Plus, they also claim to have “the best cold brew in LA,” and we love the audacity.

Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Address: 13567 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
How to order: In store, online, or over the phone by calling (818) 905-9719

6. Jesse’s Grind

Two people hold up two cups of Jesse's Grind coffee

What started out as a pop-up coffee cart has now graduated to a physical location in Winnetka and we couldn’t be prouder of Jesse, who operates one of the few Latina-owned coffee shops in the San Fernando Valley. Jesse is a huge part of the 818 community and the least any of us could do is stop by to taste her brews.

Hours of operation: Monday and Wednesday, 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m., closed on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Address: 20169 Saticoy St., Winnetka, CA 91306
How to order: In store or online

7. Red Window Coffee

Red Window Coffee is old school. They have no merch, no phone number, and no online ordering system. Also, at the time of this writing, the coffee shop is in the middle of opening up a new location. While they have an address on their Instagram, they haven’t announced when we’ll be able to visit and get some coffee.

Hours of operation: NA
Address: 13365 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
How to order: NA

8. Cafe Aficionado

The scene inside Cafe Aficionado, which is one of the best coffee shops in the San Fernando Valley

Since it’s walking distance from California State University, Northridge, there isn’t a coffee shop with a more college-student vibe than Cafe Aficionado. Though tons of Matadors meet up here to study, it’s also a perfect location for non-college students to catch up. If you’re looking for drink recommendations, we suggest the ube latte.

Hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Address: 8904 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA 91324
How to order: In store or over the phone by calling (747) 263-1206

9. Amp Coffee LA

A latte from Amp Coffee Shop LA

Amp Coffee LA serves up delicious coffee that’ll get you wired and also offers several recording studio spaces in the subterranean level. As a top artsy place in the Valley, it’s no surprise that they have ornate murals of icons like Miles Davis and Erykah Badu. 

Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Address: 5259 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
How to order: In store, online, or over the phone by calling (818) 761-2670

10. Cara Vana

A latte with a design from Cara Vana

The sign at Cara Vana changes frequently, and one of our all-time favorite iterations is “Cafecito por favor.” Cara Vana also has a gorgeous Lankershim storefront and delicious, one-of-a-kind drinks—like their white chocolate matcha latte and their rose-embellished lattes.

Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Address: 5629 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
How to order: In store or over the phone by calling (818) 856-7355

11. Churro Hub Café

Churros from Churro Hub Café

You can find a mazapán latte, an Abuelita mocha latte, and an horchata latte—all available hot, iced, or as frappés—at the Arleta gem that is Churro Hub Café. As if that wasn’t enough, its name isn’t one bit misleading: Yes, they have churros here. If we were you, we’d try the churro sundae.

Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Address: 9007 Woodman Ave., Arleta, CA 91331
How to order: In person or by calling (818) 810-5072

12. Republic of Pie

We realize that we’re putting a pie shop in a list of the best coffee shops in the San Fernando Valley, but the brews here really are that good. Our typical order is a drip coffee, black, but the café au lait (aka espresso and hot milk) is also pretty darn good. Plus, you can always use this as an excuse to have pie for breakfast.

Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Address: 11118 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
How to order: In person, online, or over the phone via (818) 308-7990

13. San Fernando Coffee Company

A gift card and coffee from San Fernando Coffee Company, which is one of the best coffee shops in the San Fernando Valley

On the menu at the San Fernando Coffee Company, you’ll find handhelds like an egg and cheese muffin, crepes and waffles, toast, and—of course—espresso and coffee. We love the simplicity of this brand and the bold, complex flavors in their coffee.

Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (both locations)
Address:
1240 Truman St., San Fernando, CA 91340 and 15206 Roxford St., Sylmar, CA 91340
How to order: In person, online, or over the phone via (818) 923-3469 for San Fernando and (818) 624-0085 for Sylmar

14. Coffee and Plants

An artsy photo of a matcha latte from Coffee and Plants

As much as we love the Northeast Valley and always put respect on its name, we can’t deny that we love a good outing in Studio City—which is home to Coffee and Plants. There is a whole lot to love about the shop. For instance, it’s Black-owned, plant-based, and wildly chic.

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Address: 12334 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604
How to order: In person and over the phone via (818) 987-5177

15. Horror Vibes Coffee Shop

Chuckie dolls. Possessed babies. Ghouls and ghosts. Spooky artwork on the exterior of the building. These are all the things that make Horror Vibes Coffee Shop one of the most unique coffee shops in the San Fernando Valley. Oh, and their menu items count for that, too! You can order a classic, like the Nightmare on Maple.Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Address: 5251 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
How to order: In person, online, or by phone via (818) 824-3282

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As a writer and first-generation Mexican American born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, I'm passionate about celebrating the communities in the 818. That passion fueled the founding of Viva the Valley in November 2020 and it continues to fuel its upkeeping. Full time, I'm a writer and editor at California State University, Northridge. I also am a freelancer and work with editors at websites and magazines as well as small business owners who want to share more on their business blogs.

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