“Ooh-la-la!” is what I exclaimed to myself when I turned the corner and saw a little piece of France right smack dab in the middle of the Art District of downtown Los Angeles. I quite literally caught my breath as it surprised me with its setting-a narrow, brick paved pathway, lit by quaint strings of sparkling lights that gently bounced off ivy covered walls. There was nary a sole present, which added to the magical moment.
With an unexpected rainy day, it seemed as if the brick pavers had swallowed all they could take in, leaving reflective puddles to sit quietly in waiting for someone to step in them. I might have thought this was simply an empty, forgotten space except for the sounds of coffee machines whizzing and whirling, the aroma wafting through the corridor, inviting us to make our way through Daily Dose’s charming and inviting split doors.
What a surprise to find this place, so hidden amongst decaying factories and fences seemingly standing guard and waiting patiently for this up and coming, gentrified part of downtown to arrive. And soon it will, as beauty finds its way, like a dandelion pushes through the cracks of a sidewalk. That’s how this little French strip of real estate appeared to me. Take a look yourself, and stay for a sip or two…there’s plenty of open seats.
Have you ever seen this place? What did you like most about it?
All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly