Santa Monica may have a Starbucks (17), Peet's(2), or a competitor on every street corner, but the best place to get an espresso or cappuccino is unquestionably Caffe Luxxe on fashionable Montana Avenue. The cups may be small but the flavor is concentrated - with a small amount of water and a lot of coffee. If you like coffee it's worth a drive from anywhere in LA.
925 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403