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By the Plate: The cozy comfort of Republique

A comfortable LA space that’s both welcoming and relaxing.

It’s no secret that along La Brea lies Republique, one of LA’s go-to brunch spots. The space was formerly held by Nancy Silverton’s Campanille, but it is now home to one of my favorite pastry-and-matcha-latte runs in LA.

On a weekend, you’d be in luck if you didn’t need to line up for at least 30 minutes just to get a seat at Republique. Fortunately, I lived just around the corner while I stayed in LA, and I had the luxury of dropping in at any time.

When it isn’t 11am on a Saturday or Sunday, Republique is a nice, quiet place to just enjoy their pastries and maybe even a dish or two from their menu. Guests are welcomed with a fresh and distinct array of pastries each day, from a croissant bread pudding to Ricotta toast and their many scone options.

Photo credit: Republique

Don’t be fooled, though: they have more to offer than just pastries. Republique has a full menu of dishes no matter what time of day you go in. A few of my go-tos include their tuna tartare, shakshouka, and their dry-aged beef burger.

Republique always gives me a sense of comfort, and I’m never afraid of grabbing a cocktail or two even before happy hour whenever I’m in the area. The atmosphere is nothing but welcoming, especially with the staff striking up conversations when they can. They also have a communal table that I’d highly recommend, because you never know whom you might be seated next to in LA.