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Say Hello to Harlem Place—A Downtown LA Café Kept Under Wraps

February 8, 2011  
Filed under Global Spotlight

harlem place cafe in downtown la

Harlem Place Café does make wraps—and good ones, too—but you’ll have to find the place first to have a taste. Hidden alongside a long alley on West 4th Street near Rocket Pizza, the artsy café used to be called Lost Souls Café until September of last year when they decided to scrap the name and go through a new re-branding strategy.

The “new” café (opened in October) is more dimly lit and incorporates a speakeasy theme and vibe to reflect the hidden location and the fact that there are no windows inside. It’s the perfect place to chill with your laptop, take a break from the streets of downtown, or have a quick bite to satisfy that hungry belly of yours.

If you can’t decide on a menu item and are looking for something light, the “On the Up and Up” Hummus sandwich with cranberry walnut bread is a must-try. It’s filled with hummus, mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions dressed in flavorful balsamic vinaigrette. And if your adventurous palates are looking for something sweet to complete the meal with, try the Ube purple yam shake—you won’t regret it.

Harlem Place Café might not be a good option for a large group of more than four, but it’s certainly worth introducing to your small group of local or out-of-town friends.

The space is also used for art shows during the Downtown LA Art Walk. You can also catch their Speakeasy Open Mic nights every other Mondays at 9pm. And if you happen to miss that, they also have Comedy Night on Wednesdays at 8pm.

124 W. 4th St. (btw Spring & Main streets)

LA, CA 90013


M-F 7:30am – 10pm

Sa-Su 9am – 5pm

Free WiFi

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