République is in the heart of Los Angeles, housed in an iconic building built in 1929, where Charlie Chaplin's offices were. This kitchen, bakery, charcuterie counter and raw bar is seriously lit, and everything on the menu will send your tastebuds running in circles. On it, you’ll see its breakfast sandwich, with fried eggs, pork belly sausage, and American cheese. Eat in and enjoy the classic 1920's architecture.
Chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke’s resplendent palace of French-ish cooking is an LA institution at this point, an essential place to see and be seen, and also to eat incredibly well. The cafe breakfast and brunch menu runs distinctly global in influence, with a stunning wood-baked Shakshouka, muscular Kimchi Fried Rice with delicate poached eggs, and a lavish Pupusa. But Republique is also justifiably famous for its bakery case, and if you want to make an entire meal out of pastries there may be no better place to do it—the fruit Danishes, pies, and croissants both savory and sweet are the stuff of dreams.
How to order: Order for pickup through their website.
LA’s favorite brunch spot is back and busier than ever—which these days means that you should arrive sooner rather than later to avoid a seriously long wait time, but once seated, you won’t be shoulder to shoulder with other diners. And a glance at the brunch menu, with standouts like wood-fired shakshuka, kimchi fried rice with tender short rib chunks, and a croque madame made with house-cured ham and house-baked bread, proves that good things truly do come to those who wait. If you prefer a firm meal time, book a dinner reservation. Regardless of when you choose to stop by, Republique’s airy parklet, complete with shade coverings and twinkling lights, will be ready for you. Make sure to raid the pastry case for chef Margarita Manzke’s latest creations.
How to book: Walk-ins accepted on a first come, first served basis for brunch. Dinner reservations can be made online.