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Loft Cafe: go for dessert, stay for ambiance

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

In all my summers visiting SoCal, I've never found the reason to go down to Koreatown--until last night. For a few minutes, I was treated to a sudden outbreak of signage written in a foreign language and storefronts that broke the Mediterranean residential feel of Los Angeles.

On the corner of Oxnard and 6th stands Loft Cafe. A neighborhood hotspot strangely without a website of its own, it has still managed to make a name for itself on the basis of ambiance.

Loft Cafe's exterior on the corner of 6th and Oxnard streets
Credit: Angelenic

Only the prominently displayed "LOFT" is visible from street level. Heavy black curtains over all the windows keep the heat of the setting sun at bay. Inside, plush seats set against an orange wall were placed below dramatically large mirrors. The cafe certainly delivered on intimacy. This was no Starbucks, it was a place to linger and meander.

Lush interiors encourage visitors to linger
Credit: Angelenic

Reports say the coffee and entrees were satisfactory, but overpriced. Dessert however is another matter. Catered by Sweet Lady Jane, the "Triple Berry Cake" was a trifecta of raspberry, strawberry and blackberry goodness cushioned in yellow butter cake layers. It was a large slice for only $7.95. Every bite was worth it.

Sweet Lady Jane's bestseller

Loft Cafe (Koreatown)
3882 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Phone 213-383-3006


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