May 23, 2011

Royal/T | Los Angeles

With waitresses in cutesy french-maid costumes, a plethora of hello kitty and pocky, and bubbly contemporary art all around, it wasn't so hard to imagine that as I opened the door to Royal/T, I had somehow been transported back to Shibuya just for a moment. Royal/T, located in Culver City, doesn't have many neighbors to write home or boast about, but the cafe/art space/shop is a destination that makes going a little off the path well worth the time. With promises of tea and cutesy Japanese toys, my sister agreed to join me for an afternoon adventure.

Once you open the doors, the space at Royal/T is expansive and impressive - with larger than life artwork and installations throughout the space. There were contemporary art pieces from some of the biggest names in pop art (ahem, Takashi Murakami), with an exhibition curated by Kaws called "I Can't Feel My Face." I'll be honest, I don't know that the artwork was that trippy to justify the title, but it was all a lot of fun to look at.

Of course, as is typical fashion in my family, the focus of our trip was on the afternoon tea. I chose to have their standard afternoon tea setting, filled with modern spins on traditional tea sandwiches along with a mini-burger and delicious petit fours, including a really outrageously delicious red-velvet cake truffle. For tea, I chose the Royal/T signature blend, a black tea with rose petals, vanilla, and fruit brewed through hot soymilk. The tea was so delicious that I purchased a packet of their dry leaves to take home.

One of my absolute favorite discoveries at Royal/T, though, were the pieces from Cast of Vices available at their shop. The gemstone flies coupled with pill bottles and metal cigarettes and pills were just kind of genius. It lead me to discover more of their work on their website, which I highly recommend checking out. I just really love jewelry and fashion that has a sense of humor behind it, and Cast of Vices certainly does.

Since the exhibits at Royal/T are rotating, I'm definitely going to return and see what new work they have in their space next time I'm in Los Angeles!

8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232 | 310.559.6300


  1. oh my GOD this place is incredible. so much eye candy, and as usual your photos are beautiful and makes us feel like we were there with too. how brilliant is ice cream on platform boots?!

  2. Approximately $700 worth of brilliant! Personally, I think it's worth it to have drool worthy art on your toes.

  3. that is what i love a feature facade!!! i love love love camp and color so you can seduce me instantly with a facade like that. and I am definitely eating/drinking with my eyes! so yes please: afternoon tea for me too. so it is not only a café, it is more like an art exhibition? what a clever idea because the place will always perfectly decorated.  ooohh love the skull, it is like the flies have eaten the flesh and you want to slap them away. the girl (your sister?) with the tv is genius. if you go there again, please take me with you!!! 

  4. Wow, that looks insanely cool! And red velvet truffles? I want some! 

  5. OK need to take me on a tour of my home. LOL! I've never been to half of these awesome places you've been too! 

  6. This place looks so cool. And the tea is exactly what I would buy too!




  8. Saks In The CityMay 24, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    That's what disqus is ! Thank you for the info my Nicolette !
    Wow your photos aways make travel whether it's through cities pictures, fashion, food.. I ALWAYS close your page with a big smile on my face, it feels good reading you and enjoying your amazing pictures ! There's a beautiful atmosphere in your blog ! I mean it truly ! xx 

  9. Amy, Royal/T EventsMay 24, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Wow, thanks Nicolette.  Everyone at Royal/T loves your blog post, the photos are SO make us look awesome!  We hope to see you in the cafe soon!

  10. This looks so crazy!! Love it!! I will be in LA in 2 weeks and I am soooo looking forward to it!! Can you give me a few tips for shops I shouldn't miss in LA?

  11. Thanks for the love, Nicole! Your photos really capture the space! 

  12. Ahh this place looks awesome! Have you ever been to Wacko/La Luz de Jesus in LA? I love these multiuse spaces!

  13. This place looks like a total mindfuck! The maid costumes seem super cheesy but everything else looks amazing. Those ice-cream boots..hahahaha!

  14. I'm so jealous!

  15. Can I have your life and artistic vision just for one day. Please?! :-p Everything in this post is amazing.

  16. ChouchouslittleworldMay 28, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    ah, your pictures are always fabulous!!! you are such a talent!

  17. Ahhh gorgeous pictures! Wish i was in Los Angeles! Those shoes are amazing, wish I could balance real cakes on my own shoes, that would be a definite fashion statement :)

  18. i made the boots.   check out: Rhonda Voo's ice cream shoes on facebook.  my shoes are on exhibit for the Culver City Art Walk until September. 


  19. if you like the ice cream boots, check out: Rhonda Voo's ice cream shoes on facebook.

  20. thank you!  check out Rhonda Voo's ice cream shoes on facebook.

  21. Thank you so much! If you ever visit LA, it's a definite must-see!

  22. It's totally cheesy but once you're in the space - it WORKS. It's kind of trippy.

  23. I haven't been there, but next time I'm in LA I have to go!!! It would be great if we were actually in LA at the same time!

  24. Thank you so much! I loved visiting. It was really a pleasure.

  25. Hey Christina! Could you please give me your email address?? I have a list of recommendations I'd love to share with you!

  26. Hey Amy! Thank you so much for checking out my blog! Loved visiting. I can't wait to go back next time I'm in LA!

  27. This is one of the best comments!!! Thank you Sakina <3

  28. you need them you need them you need them you need them you need them you need them
    (i'll borrow them)

  29. Have you ever brewed tea through soy milk?? It was soooo good. I'm not usually a fan of milk teas, but it was incredible.

  30. Hahahah! I think I'm going to post a massive guide to Los Angeles soon :)

  31. So good! Someday you'll visit :)

  32. Agreed - the ivy covering the facade is one of my FAVORITE features of their storefront. So gorgeous. It really is a combination of spaces - art space/gallery, exhibition, shop, cafe, tea-to-go, etc. It's great. You can enjoy a salad or a spot of tea, get entertained, and even take away a little souvenir. I'm dying to go back and it would be incredible to go with you!! And yes, good catch, the girl under the screen monitor is my sister :)

  33. The photos are awesome! love it ;)

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