It is a rarity when a cafe lives up to its inherent purpose of serving great brews while simultaneously cooking up some of the best sandwiches and snacks this city has to offer. And still, somehow, creating a space that is as hip yet unassuming as its neighborhood without the tiresome pretension of its many counterparts. A space, I might add, that in its linear table arrangement both welcomes conversation yet protects the privacy of those who wish to work in peace without obtrusive chit chat at every angle. Chango is, in two words, nearly perfect.
Under the fairly new ownership of Susina Bakery’s Jenna Rubio, Chango showcases a wide array of items by local and more popular vendors such as coffee by City Bean, tea by Art of Tea and vegan cookies from Lenny & Larry. The incredibly fresh and crisp artisan breads used on their wide variety of sandwiches are from the LA based Bread Lounge.
Regardless the mood or hour, Chango’s got something for every palate and diet. An early morning pit stop? Power up with the ever reliable Breakfast Burrito and a “dirty” Chai Latte. Indulging pastoral daydreams as you flip your way through Hemingway? Perhaps the equally indulgent Prosciutto and Sundried Tomato Caprese with a cold glass of Chango’s Homemade Fresh Mint Lemonade is your afternoon calling.
Or feeling healthy but hungry? We’re huge fans of the vegan, gluten free yet incredibly filling Soyrizo Wrap. And of course one can’t discount the overwhelming selection of pastries from Susina Bakery and sweet little candies from Little Flower Candy Co.
As gentrification is at its upmost high and new cafes seem to be sprouting left and right, Chango remains steadfast and undaunted by fad in its function and place in the community. With convenient power outlets generously disbursed under almost every table, reliable wifi and eats with portions that substantiate a fulfilling meal, Chango is a space where you can submerge for hours in your work, a book or companion and feel quite at home.
Open 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
1559 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026