This little coffeehouse first caught my eye sometime last year but for the longest time, I couldn't remember what street it was on. That is, until last month when I was finally able to set foot in the sweet little place.
On the outside, it looks like an Ivy covered house and this little fact is why I find it so charming.
As soon as I stepped inside, I felt as if I was in a small Mexican house. As you can tell, there are metal lizard decorations on the ceiling which immediately reminded me of Mazatlan during the summer. If you've ever been during the summer, they're crawling EVERYWHERE! It freaks me out. So did the decorations. It took me a minute to get over the uneasy feeling it gives me (I don't like reptiles/amphibians/insects. They creep me out).
The tables and chairs are pulled leather and actually, are quite comfortable. There's a flat screen TV which usually tends to have something playing on it. One day, I spent an afternoon watching 'River Monsters', another watching 'Up'. They serve the standard drinks that are offered at most coffeehouses, as well as pastries and Mexican desserts. A lot of the interior is exposed brick and it strangely makes me feel at home which is a nice surprise since it's the complete opposite of what I was expecting this place to be.
There are small interesting vignettes all over the place that carry the same theme of birds and birdcages. There's also small Mexican trinkets all over the place. The fun thing that I like is that the owner is constantly changing something. So every time that I've been in there, it hasn't looked the same twice. Something is ALWAYS different.
The outside is covered and provides some nice shade, especially since the Ivy is growing. There's a small fountain to enjoy and a beautiful tiled mosaic out there as well. I like to sit out there on sunny days.
The birdcage has easily become my favorite coffeehouse. I love the small charm and the fact that it's an independent coffeeshop. Since I've started going to the Birdcage, I've ceased going to Starbucks, The Coffee Bean and It's A Grind and I have no intentions on going back. Another small detail that makes me like this place is that this has become the meeting spot for people of the deaf/mute community and the owner knows ASL. You can always find people signing. It kind of makes me wish I knew what they were saying but the ones I've encountered all seem SUPER nice. So if you're ever in Long Beach, I think you should give it a try!
-Owner: Eleno Machuca
-224 W. 4th Street
-Open: Tuesday-Sunday 7am to 7pm