One of the things I miss most about the old normal is hanging out at coffee shops. Indoor seating is not a thing at a lot of places right now, but luckily the weather is generally nice enough to eat and drink on a patio or sidewalk seating. Earlier this month I went to Harun Coffee, which is a black-owned coffee shop in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. I got a vanilla latte, and my boo got a blueberry smoothie. We were only there for a few minutes to fuel up before a day of errands in the Crenshaw district, but I wanted to make sure to take a couple of photos of our experience to memorialize our first visit to Harun.
Harun has a gallery space next to the coffee shop with some really dope art, clothing, books, and nooks for sale. I’m imagining when there are no Covid restrictions, that space can be rented out for parties and events. It seems perfect for presentations, small gatherings, maybe even a good location for a film, TV, or photoshoot. Leimert Park is a nice backdrop for things of that nature.
But back to the coffee: Harun carries a lot of unique brews, and the barista was super friendly and cool. This might seem like a minor point, but in LA some of these baristas are elitist and come off like they are better than the customers. This is not the case at Harun, the environment is very welcoming, the coffee is great, and the space is open, light-filled. Of course, I still hit up Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts every once in a while, but when I’m trying to actively support businesses in my community, I will definitely go out of my way to go to places like Harun Coffee.