Attention dedicated Insomnia/Intelligentsia/Paper or Plastik Cafe freelance residents: Plug yourself and your laptop into five alternative coffee cubicles. Can we get an au lait?
Harlem Place Cafe
What once was Lost Souls Cafe has been remodeled, reopened, and renamed to become a hidden downtown oasis for dedicated java drinkers and creative thinkers. Tucked in an alley off Fourth Street (keep an eye out for swinging string lights), the speakeasy-esque rotating gallery space has free Wi-Fi on receipt, table-adjacent power outlets, comfy kick-back couches, loft ceilings, and around-the-clock pick-me-ups like organic coffee, signature lattes, small bites, beer, and wine.
Fix Coffee Company
If you’re jonesing for Intelligentsia espresso and an outdoor study space (minus the social hub-bub of Sunset Junction), steal away to this Echo Park spot. Made-to-order single-origin coffees brew, Susina pastries and Breadbar panini await, Palazzolo gelato chills on ice, and the Wi-Fi is fast and free. Claim a covered patio table and conduct business meetings or throw on noise-canceling headphones if that neighboring parrot (no, really) disrupts your focus. Cell service is limited, so put your emphasis on e-mail.
Bricks & Scones
No need to smuggle brown-bag bevvies and bites into stuffy library stacks anymore; the relaxing, Larchmont family-run shop houses specialty coffee and teas, pastries and sweet treats baked daily, and savory eats. Silence your marimba ringtone and then charge your laptop in the do-not-disturb study upstairs. Steam Lupicia rose champagne tea on the Fido-friendly patio or take away an almond milk latte in an ecofriendly cup. Additional perk? Flash a student ID or BYO mug for 10 percent off.
Santa Monica’s specialty coffee- and teahouse brims with Zen-like ambiance and one of the best brewed cups in town. Spacious and peaceful, the strict no-cell-phone policy, free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and classical music allow for streams of consciousness to flow at will. There’s even a water fountain to quiet your senses further. Take a breather with a flavorful java made using the siphon method; it’s delivered to your table or leather sofa on a silver serving tray. Blow your advance on the outrageous $80 cup of rare Kopi Luwak coffee.
At the downtown historic landmark established in 1908, the Wi-Fi is free, the booths are private, and the in-house cowboy coffee is still a whopping 9¢. Settle yourself (and your sketch pad) in a worn wooden booth where Bukowski once sat or head upstairs to one of the quieter rooms with a classic French dip sandwich with hot mustard in tow. From the candy counter to the lunch lines, the bustling sawdust-strewn establishment is a revolving door of characters and faces, so be prepared to insert potential story lines into your working novel.
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