Best LGBTQ-Friendly Café 2022

What is a café, exactly? Defined, a café (noun) is "a usually small and informal establishment serving various refreshments (such as coffee)".

Our "Best LGBTQ-Friendly Café 2022" award winner, Liberation Coffee House, exemplifies this definition and much more.


Los Angeles

The design concept for Liberation Coffee House was meant to create a community and retail space that felt welcoming. Being welcoming is a key component when looking for our winner.


Artist Keith Haring was the design inspiration. His use of energy-infused, simple lines were the focal point.

Then, Los Angeles based architect and design firm, ORA, infused colors from the Pride flag to represent both the spirit of the LGBTQ+ community and the spirit of the city of Los Angeles itself.

The coffee house is staffed by graduates of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Culinary Arts Program. The program's mission, launched in 2019, is to prepare LGBTQ youth and seniors for careers in the restaurant and hospitality industries.


Inside the well-designed, well-thought-out space, of course you'll find coffee. And pastries, and sandwiches, and salads, and flatbreads.

Coffee is sourced from California-based Verve Coffee Roasters and pastries are sourced from L.A.-based Bakers Kneaded. Bakers' pastries and breads are made from organic, whole grain ingredients acquired from local California farmers.


Liberation Coffee House's name is tied to history. It's taken from the original Liberation House started in the early 1970's. It offered room and board to homeless LGBTQ youth and adults for $1.50 per day, and eventually there were six Liberation Houses in Los Angeles. These houses were much sought-after resources shortly after the 1969 Stonewall Uprising.


  • Liberation Coffee House was established in 2020.

  • There's 1,600 square feet.

  • It's located on the Los Angeles LGBT Center Anita Mae Rosenstein Campus.

  • It's designed by LA-based architect & design firm ORA.

  • The floor plan has ability to convert to meeting spaces and performance venues.

So bottom line, if you live in L.A. or have travel plans to go, include a visit to Liberation Coffee House. You'll find a space that's designed well, offers a great cup of coffee and food menu, is staffed by culinary professionals, and just makes you feel good while you're there.

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Liberation Coffee House

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Anita May Rosenstein Campus

6725 Santa Monica Boulevard