If you’re a freelancer, screenwriter, or aspiring actor (so, if you're most people in LA), you’ve likely logged plenty of hours in coffee shops around LA. And while there’s a handful of spots that are actually conducive to posting up all day (i.e. more than one outlet, free Wi-Fi, decent parking), who says your freewheeling work hours have to be limited to a coffee shop? Why couldn’t there be some ridiculous rooftop where you could work, or maybe a breezy garden patio instead? Well, you’re in luck. We tracked down the best coffee shop alternatives for those days when you’re ready to trade in your soy cappuccino for a change of scenery. Welcome to your new office.
Playa del Rey
Right off the beach in Playa del Rey, this place has all the essentials to get some serious work done, even if you have to work through breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Owned by Top Chef alum Brooke Williamson and her husband/co-chef Nick Roberts, the multi-purpose space features complimentary Wi-Fi, abundant seating areas, and even outlets hidden under the booths at Dockside (the seafood-centric dining space). Start with a fresh-squeezed smoothie at King Beach, where you can also nosh on a casual lunch on the outdoor picnic tables, and then visit Small Batch for an afternoon ice cream or a beer float (Maui Coconut Porter & Coffee Ice Cream), just sayin’. You can also migrate to Dockside's spacious patio from 11am-5pm as long as you buy something to eat or drink. Once you've finally wrapped the work day, treat yourself to a stiff drink at Grain, the adjoining whiskey bar.