Neighborhood: Silver Lake
Address: 3900 Sunset Blvd.
This is where I get my coffee on the weekends. It has a Moroccan/French cafe vibe, and everything in there makes me forget I'm in Silver Lake (except for the patrons, who are mostly writing manuscripts on their laptops or searching for a new bandmate). The aesthetics speak to the Arab in me—Moroccan sandals and clothing for sale, figs and sesame cookies in wooden baskets, and good, strong coffee. The morning light and the hand-painted windows inspire me to explore other treasures in L.A.