Review: Carrera Cafe Los Angeles, CA (2023)

My wife and I decided to visit the popular Carrera Cafe coffee shop in Los Angeles, CA.

The first thing we did was actually go outside of the cafe. There’s a bright pink building (Paul Smith) across the street that’s a hot spot for taking Instagram-worthy pictures.

So, my wife (who’s a fashion blogger at Joyfully Styled) wanted to take some pictures in front of it.

Here’s how one turned out:

Paul Smith Wall Los Angeles
Paul Smith Wall in Los Angeles (Joyfully Styled)

We then entered the cafe, and it was a young crowd (20 – 30 years old). There was loud, modern music playing, and it had a great vibe.

Before I go any further, let me explain what attracted us to this specific location. Carrera Cafe is well-known for its amazing latte art.

The Cafe makes the process pretty simple. You can either download their app and send your picture that way. Or, you can scan a code through Facebook Messenger and send the picture via messenger. I recommend having your picture ready ahead of time because I stumbled around trying to find my picture at checkout.

Also, make sure you choose a picture that only has the object you want in the coffee. That’s because they use a machine to create the latte art, and that means all objects in the picture will be included.

So, when it came time to order, I attempted to order a traditional hot coffee, but they ran out of regular coffee. This is understandable because it was around 5:30 PM. I ordered an Americano instead, and my wife ordered a caramel latte with whole milk.

Here’s their coffee menu:

Carrera Cafe Coffee Menu
Carrera Cafe Coffee Menu

It took about 15 minutes to get our coffees, but it was well worth the wait.

Here’s how they turned out:

Carrera Cafe Latte Art
Carrera Cafe Latte Art

My wife requested her blog logo, and I requested a picture of one of our dogs (originally tried to do both dogs but was having issues sending the picture… sorry, Maggie!). The presentation was amazing.

Now let me start by saying that I’m not a big fan of Americanos because they are usually watered down and weak (compared to drip coffee). However, I was pleasantly surprised by how strong, smooth, and flavorful their Americano was.

The milk they used for the latte art was more than enough, and I didn’t need any additional cream. I added two raw sugars and enjoyed my delicious drink.

My wife loved her caramel latte. She described it as “Sweet, but not overly sugary.” I’m not a fan of sugary coffee drinks, but I had to agree – her coffee was a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. Her latte also had a delightful caramel aroma.

The only critiques we both had about our drinks were the aftertaste, which we felt was below average. In no way should this deter you from trying the coffee at Carrera Cafe.

I give Carrera Cafe a 4.4 out of 5 because it had a great young vibe with delicious, beautifully designed coffee.

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Nathan is the founder of The Darkest Roast (featured in the NY Times, Yahoo, and Tasting Table). He is a self-taught coffee expert and has tried 100s of coffees from around the world. Nathan's goal is to help you find the best coffee, so you only drink the best.