Australia, you may have heard, is known for its cafe culture; its cities are full of sunny, casual spots that serve great coffee and creative breakfast and avocado toast by the ton. L.A. now has a cafe culture of its own that borrows a lot in spirit and taste from Australia (see: Sqirl, et al.), but the most accurate representation of that certain Aussie je ne sais quoi is Fairfax's Paramount Coffee Project. PCP is a true Australian import, having launched in Sydney in 2013. As with its Australian branch, the L.A. outpost offers coffee from a variety of roasters, with a focus on educating customers about different styles and regions. The food is mainly breakfast-focused, full of international flavors, with the odd grain bowl and salad thrown in for good measure. Is there avocado toast? You'd better bloody believe it, complete with hazelnut, Persian cucumber, chervil, lime and Aleppo pepper — smoked salmon and poached eggs optional. There's no Wi-Fi here, so don't go looking for a place to settle in and use as your office for the whole day, but PCP is a fantastic place for a casual breakfast or lunch meeting, and the gaggle of ridiculously attractive (mainly Australian) waiters and baristas is as sunny and friendly as the space itself.
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