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.
This might be one of LA’s best kept secrets... until now. Don’t be distracted by all the flashy furniture; it’s what’s upstairs that counts. Walk up three floors until you lose your breath -- not because you need to step up your workout game (though there’s that) -- but because of the spectacular panoramic views of LA that are bestowed upon you. You’ll emerge onto a 10,000sqft rooftop park complete with trees, shade canopies, and the most luxurious lounge furniture that is just begging for someone to sit on it -- mostly because no one knows about this hidden oasis. But wait, there’s more: specifically, a ping pong table AND a pool table, free Wi-Fi, and a killer playlist. The only thing this place is missing is a server taking your drink order. Throw away your coffee, and migrate your work day here. Immediately.
OK, hear us out: this technically is a coffee shop, but it’s also an eco-friendly shoe retailer that has a sweet bohemian-style back patio. There you’ll find regulars lounging on the AstroTurf with their dogs, and freelancers with headphones working on couches and chairs. Another reason we love this space? You’re allowed to bring in food from local eateries, so you don’t have to pack up when you get hungry and then set up shop again.