November 15, 2013

Republic of Pie, North Hollywood

Republic of Pie is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the NoHo Arts District. From the outside, this cafe and bakery may seem like an ordinary shop nestled along Magnolia Boulevard, but walk through those doors and you will be transported into an inviting and relaxing art space filled with the aroma of coffee and freshly baked goods. The concept is simple, serve quality coffees, teas and bake really good pies: savory and sweet.
The space is very unique. The high ceiling and sky lights open up the space, there is a stage for open mic, a television mounted on the wall to play old movies, local art works on the wall and a mix n' match of furniture throughout. There are couches for those who want to hang out and read a book and long communal tables to meet new friends or for large parties. I imagine this would be a great place to catch up with old friends or even community gatherings. If I had a book or knitting club, I would definitely meet here and take over those comfortable couches in the back.
If you're into coffee, you will truly appreciate Republic of Pie. They only serve Stumptown coffee and you can choose between regular brew, clover, chemex, french press, v60 or siphon. The espresso is made with Stumptown's Hair Bender blend, it's rich in flavor with notes of chocolate and will certainly give you a nice jolt. Of course, if you're into lattes and latte art, you won't be disappointed. The latte was rich and smooth. The milk was steamed just long enough to incorporate enough air to lighten the latte and bring out the sweetness. Now, the matcha latte was the best that I have ever tasted. It was light with a subtle sweetness so as not to over power the clean flavor of the tea. As I sipped on my lattes, I enjoyed a flaky buttery spinach and cheese croissant made with whole spinach leave and wished I could just hang out for the next few hours.

Republic of Pie had more to offer than just coffees and pies, it offers a warm and relaxing hideaway. Thanks to Republic of Pie for hosting me. I'll be back to try some of those pies.

Republic of Pie
11118 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

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