Slowly and quietly, Nathan McCall and Karen Yoo set up camp on the other side of Hillhurst Avenue to open a small coffee shop that serves the same pastries as McCall’s. The old San Sui Japanese Cuisine sign still up there, but the croissants are baking incognito in the small kitchen. Inside Twenty40, there is more room for the pastries than the guests: five small tables face a very big window where you can droll over Paris-Brest, financiers, chocolate caramel tarts, and oatmeal toffee cherry cookies. Don’t forget the kouign amann, the best in town (perhaps the only one!) because it is low in sugar, high in butter and perfectly flaky. You’ll want to sit in the patio shaded by bamboos, where you can enjoy an afternoon break with no wifi. The coffee beans come from 49th Parallel, and can be found in all forms: latte, cappuccino, flat white and even an affogato made with artisanal Tahitian vanilla ice cream. If you don’t need a caffeine fix, there’s a hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows, tea and freshly squeezed juices. The kitchen will soon offer a wider selection of savory dishes, which is for now limited to a bacon-gruyere focaccia and a jalapeño-cheddar twist. But knowing the produce at McCalls, the best is yet to come…

 

Where? 2040 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

When? Tuesday-Sunday, 8AM-4PM

How? No reservations

Style: Bakery

Price: Pastries $2-6

Neighborhood: Los Feliz

Best for: Snack