There’s no better way to enjoy this change of season than at this gorgeous cafe nestled amongst the trees in Topanga Canyon. Cafe 27’s outdoor patio is soaked in sunshine all day long and you can enjoy brunch, lunch, coffee and even the occasional jazz or poetry readings. You can opt for a table or sit at the bar overlooking the leafy canyon to gaze at the blanket of trees changing to bright green with sprinkles of color from spring blooms.
More often than not, al fresco patios tend to involve more views of the sidewalk with the odd plant to break up the tarmac. So to have the opportunity to live out your childhood dreams of hanging out in a “treehouse” all day, enjoying the crisp air and soaking up the sun, is the kind of novelty we’d like to see more of.
This American-style diner is not only immersed in nature, but there’s a strong environmental theme that runs through the entire eatery, from the menu to the decor. You’ll find yourself surrounded by wooden beams, exposed trusses, and carved countertops with gnarled railings, all reflecting the natural surroundings. This means, the traditional fare on organically pressed palm leaf plates. You won’t find any plastic straws or any glasses here, everything used is compostable, recyclable or designed to use a minimal amount of water.
It’s a beacon of environmental consciousness that still manages to be incredibly pleasing on every level. You can even spot birds on the half-cut eucalyptus tree where owner Amir Rofougaran has built an eagle’s nest—although, hawks and owls made themselves at home before any eagles could get to it.
Food is centered around seasonal fruits and vegetables, with grass-fed beef and ethically-sourced animal ingredients. You could start your morning off with a “Canyon Slam” or try out the avocado toast for brunch—which is topped with radish, sesame, ginger, and comes with a side of fresh fruit. Then for chilly evenings, you could warm yourself up with the lentil soup, vindalu or saag for a vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free option. There’s a tasty selection of grilled fish and meat dishes too.
If you’re looking for an outdoor escape that’s only about a 30-minute drive away, then this rustic haven might be the perfect place.
Location: 1861 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290
Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday to Sunday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Featured Image: Cafe 27