La La Land: A FIX from your dreams

La La Land is dreamily ambient with feel-good vibes and friendly service. The array of drink options include coffees such as the Butterfly Latte and Lavender Bloom Latte. Photo by Katheryn Ho | Mercury Staff

If you’re looking for good coffee, chill vibes and friendly service, you’re in luck. La La Land Kind Cafe is here to provide, with five different locations near campus.

It is no secret that La La Land is one of the most hyped cafe chains in the DFW area. With over 200,000 followers on Instagram, it’s easy to overlook such a popular coffee shop and opt for more “indie” establishments instead, but news flash: the hype is real. And it’s for good reason. Upon your visit to La La Land, you’ll understand why it is considered one of the best shops in the region.

La La Land is the epitome of its name: dreamy, low-key and almost too good to be true, with a tasty and abundant menu. Their prices range from $3.50 to $8 for drinks and $4 to $9 for food items. The closest location is just four minutes down Campbell Road and is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, while other locations are dine-in shops that open between 6 and 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The Campbell location is relatively small with limited outdoor seating and a drive-thru. If you’re willing to add five minutes to your drive, the Addison location on Belt Line Road has a fantastic calming ambience for studying, as its front wall is all glass, flooding the cafe’s soft yellow and white tones with gentle sunlight.

From lattes to matcha to teas, La La Land is unique with its separate drink menus, including a coffee menu and a matcha menu that are both equally abundant in options. Non-dairy milks are available as well, including oat, almond, coconut and soy.

Not only are their drinks delicious, but they are also visually appealing. Consider their $6 Butterfly Latte, an ombre blue-to-green creation of butterfly pea flower and matcha that tastes exactly like fruity pebbles. At the same price is their Lavender Bloom Latte, another ombre mixture but purple and filled with notes of lavender and vanilla.

In order to test a coffee shop’s blend quality, one must try the classic plain latte. La La Land passes this test. Their iced almond milk latte (with light ice) contains its own subtle sweetness, a rare but reassuring sign of a high-quality blend.

La La Land also offers iced tea such as hibiscus or La La iced tea, as well as a classic assortment of hot teas. For the non-coffee lovers, London fog, matcha lemonade and hot chocolate are available, plus a complimentary puppuccino, a cup of whipped cream, for any pet owners.

When it comes to food, the cafe offers sweet and savory toast options as well as pastries. Their butter croissant, priced at $3.90, is soft yet flaky and a light but satisfying accompaniment to your drink. Need a quick breakfast? They also offer $5.20 to $5.70 grab-and-go overnight oats.

Filled with light, calming tones and quiet, upbeat chatter, La La Land offers a wonderful ambience to study or socialize. At the Belt Line location, a warm glow emanates from one side of the shop, highlighting merchandise across from the seating area. Perched along one side of the barista counter are stacks of yellow coffee cups overlooking the constantly thrumming coffee machines. Seats are comfortable and booths are available, with just enough light and space to focus and enjoy a menu item.

Not only is La La Land’s aesthetic uniquely bright yet sleek, but their service is also stellar. Dedicated to kindness, La La Land’s mission is to employ and mentor foster youth who are aging out of the system. When ordering, chances are you’ll either be complimented by the barista or at least gifted a kind smile. Enjoy the friendly service before you’re given a uniquely shaped cup with a colorful sleeve and an Instagram-ready heart-shaped lid stopper. La La Land stays true to its title of a “kind cafe.”

With numerous locations within a 20-minute radius around campus, you’re sure to find a perfect place to study, socialize or even snap a quick photo for social media. The next time you get the chance, stop by La La Land and see what all the hype is about. You may just find your new favorite spot to get your fix.

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