Whether you’re a freelance writer or designer, or someone who likes to carve out time on the weekends to work on your side hustle, coffee shops are the best option for a productive (and cozy) work environment. There’s an abundance of craft coffee in Los Angeles, but I wanted to share the best spots where you can put your head down and get some focused work in while getting your caffeine fix.
If you’re in the mood for a delicious meal before you start cranking, Literati is the perfect spot for you. Located on the corner of Bundy & Wilshire, Literati has a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, in addition to an entire case of pastries and a great selection of coffee drinks. There is plenty of seating, so you won’t have to worry about finding a spot to settle down for a few hours.
- There are yummy food options like buttermilk pancakes or avocado toast, depending on your mood.
- You’ll have lots of natural light indoors and also the option of sitting out on the patio, which is covered by a canopy.
- They’ve got free wifi for 4 hours — don’t forget to ask for the code after you order!
- They serve wine, mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s as well 😉
Go to drink: Large latte (with a side of chocolate chip banana bread, of course!)
Blue Bottle is the quintessential craft coffee shop chain that your favorite hipster friend always talks about. You may recognize the logo (a cute little blue bottle), but my favorite aspect of this popular spot is that they put a lot of effort into the look and feel of their cafe spaces. Each Blue Bottle location has a bright and minimalistic interior with lots of plywood surfaces, white accents, and open space.
- They sell treats like overnight oats and croissants.
- There’s a large staircase behind the coffee bar. It’s perfect for sitting, but definitely gets uncomfortable after awhile.
- You can take your coffee to go and roam around Platform, which is a beautiful space with lots of cool shops and restaurants — great spot for people watching!
Go to drink: New Orleans iced coffee
Location: Culver City
Looking for a place that’s a little more low-key so you have lesser chances of getting distracted? Coffee Commissary is your place. Located on Motor Ave. in Culver City, Coffee Commissary is the type of place that you could easily miss if you were driving a little too fast. The interior is mostly cement, glass, and iron, giving off industrial vibes.
- They have a small selection of pastries like muffins and croissants.
- You’ll find plenty of secluded outdoor seating, perfect for a warm summer day!
- The cafe is partially open air, with the front being open window space. There’s a nice breeze going which gives the space a relaxing vibe.
- There’s always great music playing — the baristas have eclectic taste, and you’ll most definitely pull out Shazam to save a song or two.
Go to drink: Iced Chai
Location: Culver City
There’s no place like Tom’s Flagship. Located on the ever bustling Abbot Kinney, Tom’s is primarily a shoe store… but also has a full coffee bar. While there isn’t a ton of space to sit down and work, the ambience is perfect for working to accomplish whatever upcoming deadline you may have. Make sure to get there early to secure a spot!
- There’s a few different workspace options: the entrance nook, outdoor patio (which features their shoe selection), and if you keep walking past the patio, you’ll find another space with staircase type seating in addition to a few comfy leather chairs.
- You can take a break from your work and peruse their sunglasses and shoe collections — quite the plus!
- Once you’re done working, you can wander around Abbot Kinney.
Go to drink: Lavender latte
Metropolis is the hidden gem of coffee shops on the westside and my personal favorite. I stumbled upon it only because I worked a couple blocks away. Located in Santa Monica, relatively close to 3rd Street Promenade, Metropolis is a multi use space – coffee shop, work space, office space, community church, event space. The interior is well curated, and the outdoor patio truly shines as a little oasis — perfect for getting sh*t done.
- You can utilize the cute indoor and outdoor workspace, featuring a hodgepodge of colorful seating and art.
- They have the friendliest baristas you’ll ever encounter.
- It’s donation based! Name your price when you order.
- Make sure to order the best gluten free banana bread. Doesn’t taste like it’s GF…
Go to drink: I usually ask the barista the for the “Surprise Me” – they’ll ask you a couple of questions as to what type of coffee drink you usually enjoy and whether you want a hot or cold beverage and will then concoct something new for you!
Location: Santa Monica
Let us know if you’ve been to any of these hot spots in the comments section below!