Cafe Balboa has opened in the art deco lobby of downtown landmark, The James
Oviatt Building. This is not your generic cubby hole coffee and snack stand
seen tucked away in older office buildings, but a European style coffee cart
where proprietor, Rolando Torres hand crafts a full range of flavorful coffees,
teas, premium organic espresso and ice blended beverages to your special
All coffees are fresh-roasted locally and of the highest quality.
Sandwiches and generously sized pastries are prepared fresh and brought in daily from
Baileyâ€šÃ„Ã´s Bakery in Beverly Hills. Sequestered in the refrigerator are
Tiramisu, Napoleons and Cappuccino cakes to die for.
Oviatt tenants, jewelers and lawyers are regulars who share a relaxing
respite in the shaded patio-like setting in the heart of the Jewelry District. Caf?Â©
Balboa has become a regular stop after workouts at the LA Athletic Club across
the street and for visitors accessing the Jewelry District from Pershing
Square parking or the Biltmore.
On Saturdays, Rolando takes the cart out on the sidewalk where neighborhood
residents, shoppers, and tourists visiting this historic area pause for the
type of experience that has come to define the street life of all great cities.
Open early (7 AM) and closing late (6 PM) Monday through Friday and Saturdays
from 7 AM â€šÃ„Ã¬ 1 PM. Look for Rolando in his French beret behind the shiny
European Espresso Cart at the art deco gates to the Oviatt Courtyard: 617 South
Olive between 6th and 7th.