Get Powered on Coffee and Donuts at Café Dulcé in Little Tokyo

Pastries at Café Dulcé. Photo credit: C.C.
Spirulina churro and green tea donut at Café Dulcé. (Photo credit: C.)

Some of us run on coffee and some of us run on sweets. For those who need both in order to do their best work, Café Dulcé hits that necessary ratio of good coffee from roasters like Stumptown to sugary pastries baked in-house.

Your work day isn’t off to a bad start if it begins with having to choose a pastry from the giant floor-to-ceiling glass encased display of freshly baked, or fried, goodies easily seen within yards of the bakery café.

You’ll see quite a few flavors away from a more traditional donut shop playbook, with donut holes covered with Fruity Pebbles, a spirulina churro (our favorite!) or a green tea donut filled with custard.  There’s a one-page menu of sandwiches and salads prepared to order for a savory bite to cushion the sugar high. (We love the peanut kale salad.)
The kitchen looks to be bigger in size than the seating areas inside and out, which makes sense for a bakery café that seems designed more for on-the-go workday warriors than laptop jockeys. You’ll be better off at Bru Coffeebar or D’odici Desserts if near-to-total quiet is more your speed.

It doesn’t mean, however, that your experience wouldn’t be enjoyable if you decide to park for a spell — especially if you opt for a table outside. (Make sure to charge up your laptop or, better yet, bring a book to read.) Café Dulcé is located on the 2nd Street side of the Japanese Village Plaza Mall, which brings in a near constant stream of foot traffic. There will be plenty of material for your people-watching pleasure when you need a work break.

Café Dulcé: 134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles; (213) 346-9910.

Ambiance: Lively, even when the café is empty, thanks to a near endless stream of passers-by.
Amenities: Unlimited, password-protected wifi. One outlet inside. No restroom available.
Drink/Food: Coffee from Four Barrel, Stumptown and Verve. A range of sweets fried and baked. Sandwiches and salads.