A hidden gem, Zephyr is a Craftsman cottage suffused with Zen-like beauty and calm. All the rooms have comfy sofas, and the patios have tree-shaded tables; regulars chat just like they’re in their own home, or settle in at a table for a few hours with a laptop or a newspaper. There’s often-worthwhile live music on weekend nights. Tasty crepes, panini, salads and baked goods.
2419 E. Colorado Blvd., East Pasadena, 626.793.7330, zephyrcoffeeandart.com, Café. Mon.-Sat. from 8 a.m., Sun from 9 a.m. MC, V. $