Café Dulce opened the shop in 2012. At that time, it was opened with co-founder and owner, James Choi, and his mother. The barista’s appeal lies in its ambiance as much as its delicious drinks, with a mural painting by artist and customer Steven Daily and a character wall by illustrator Annie Seo. Choi also has speakers hung high, giving off a Daft Punk vibe.
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Located in the middle of an outdoor mall, the Little Tokyo neighborhood destination has a prime retail spot, surrounded by numerous office buildings, restaurants, and gift shops. The barista is best known for its coffee, milk teas, and deliciously tasty treats like the green tea donuts and Korean cheesesteak sandwich.
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Café Dulce began treating patrons with its initial coffee cart inside the lobby of a newly remodeled Alameda office building. The cart created a following and became an instant hit. The new Café Dulce in the Downtown Arts District is only about a mile down from the first location.
Café Dulce’s unique menu offers drink and dessert morning pairings. Their team suggests three perfect combos of hot drinks and indulgent sweets. The first is a pour-over coffee and a Mocha Roti, the second is a cappuccino and strawberry cream donut, and the third is a green tea and green tea donut combo.
Other specialty baked goods include the Café’s French baguettes, brick toast, bacon donuts, spirulina churros, and famous green tea donuts. Alongside the café’s specialty coffee and teas, they serve fresh salads, delectable sandwiches on homemade baguettes, and beautiful cakes.
The Café provides signature hand-crafted beverages like the Vietnamese style iced coffee, rated #2 in Los Angeles by LA Weekly, or the Hong Kong-style milk tea and the organic Masala chai latte. For the best coffee in Little Tokyo, the café serves a rotating selection of roasters like Stumptown, Verve, Madcap, and Ritual.
Check Café Dulce’s website to find online specials like its sausage donuts. All orders are available for pick-up.
Café Dulce’s operating hours are:
- Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Tuesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Wednesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Thursday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Saturday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Sunday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm