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Wood nymph — there’s a fairy in my tea! Los Angeles 2010 

The Bourgeois Pig

The Bourgeois Pig is a late-night café with a hippie-Moroccan twist. Set on the Franklin Avenue strip in Hollywood, this bohemian café offers the usual coffees, chai lattes, herbal teas, croissants, muffins, sandwiches and smokes. But we’re not reviewing the food; it’s the ambience that’s the real draw here. Blue walls, large mirrors with gold frames, a gold cupid and other eclectic art on the walls, a comfy coffee bar with barstools. But go deeper inside and you’ll discover a pool table and an incredibly cozy back room designed as a magical enchanted forest. Stepping within, you find yourself among giant acorns, stools that look like logs, a small treehouse with two chairs, a small table, a window with curtains and life-size “pine trees.” Comfy beige couches and pillows encircle the room. For a moment, you expect to be served tea and crumpets by a hobbit or a wood nymph. The room is the brainchild of one of the baristas, a visual artist and set designer. According to a customer, the barista used leftover giant candy canes from the set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to make his ceiling-high trees, to which he’s added bark and leaves. Or so they say. 5931 Franklin Ave., Hlywd. (323) 464-6008.—Christine Pelisek

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