In this edition of Ktown Hidden Gems, I talk about my experience at Holy Roly Ice Cream. One of my friends, her husband, and I like to get dessert and explore Ktown; we’ve explored a few new dessert places, and so far they’ve all been great! Keep on Reading!
My newest edition of Koreatown (Ktown) Hidden Gems is Bia Coffee. Bia in Korean means flower, so the name of the shop translates to Flower Coffee. This is one of the coolest coffee shops I’ve ever been to. On the outside, it just looks very simple and maybe like any other coffee shop, but once you enter you are in a comfortable and friendly shop that mixes coffee and the art of flowers. I love the simple décor in Bia Coffee- the succulents around the shop give it a pop of color in addition to the flowers.
What I love about drinking coffee is the strong coffee flavor, and the instant feeling you get when the rich flavor hits your tongue when I take that first sip. However, at Bia Coffee the coffee flavor feels airier and calming because of the flowers that they put in the coffee. I’ve tried both the Lavender and Rose lattes, and I could taste the hint of Rose or Lavender mixed into the coffee; I love both lattes. The flowers make the coffee feel lighter while you drink it, because Rose and Lavender are light scents and have calming effects. While I do love the strong flavor of coffee, I also appreciate this lighter version of coffee. I like the lavender or rose hint when I take that initial sip- I feel calmer compared to drinking regular coffee. The food at Bia Coffee also looks amazing, and they use natural ingredients that uses flower flavors and which pair nicely with the coffees.
One tip about a Bia Coffee is you should go early, so they have all the ingredients or pastries that you want. Also, parking can be tricky, so make sure to research places to park. If you’re ever on 6th street between Oxford and Western, then you must stop by Bia Coffee!
As I mentioned in Ktown Hidden Gems #1, one of my favorite things about Koreatown is that just by walking around you discover so many different places and learn so many different things about where you live. Recently, I discovered CottonHi, which is an organic cotton candy and soft serve dessert place a few blocks away from where I live. The dessert is amazing, and what adult doesn’t love cotton candy?! Seriously- it instantly makes my day better. I’ve had the Tiramisu and Rock’n Pop soft serve cups with coffee flavor cotton candy (it really does taste like coffee). All of the soft serve desserts are under $5; I love an affordable and delicious dessert. CottonHi is always busy when I’ve gone, but the wait is short and you can always get a seat.
If you’re ever in Koreatown in Los Angeles and you’re looking for a unique dessert place, you definitely need to check out CottonHi!
One of my favorite things about Koreatown is all the hidden gems that you can find if you just look for them. There are hidden restaurants, coffee shops, stores hidden in quarters or malls. One of these hidden gems is a restaurant called All ’ Angolo, located on 3rd Street and Kingsley. It is an amazing affordable Italian restaurant, and everything that I’ve tried there has been delicious. I’ve had the Quattro Formaggi pizza, Squid Ink Pasta, Lobster Ravioli, Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken, Penne alla Boscaiola, Brushette Miste, and Tiramisu (pictured above). Each dish is classic, homemade, and affordable, which is an awesome deal for anyone looking for delectable food at an affordable price point ($11-$30). My favorite dish is the Lobster ravioli because the flavors in the sauce complement the ravioli so well, it just makes me smile while I eat.
Another thing that I love about All ’ Angolo is that they do carry out, and it tastes just as good as if you ordered the meal at the restaurant. I know all restaurants should be this way, but it’s not always the case. They also give you good bread with any meal- carry out or eating in. If you’re ever in LA or if you live here, then you definitely need to try All ’ Angolo in Koreatown for fresh Italian food!