Los Angeles

The Best Coffee Shops and Co-Working Spaces in Every LA Neighborhood

It's time to give your home office a break.

Second Home
Second Home
Second Home

After a year of living in our sweats and working from home (or more specifically, propped up on pillows in our bed), perhaps it’s time to switch up our routines, get dressed in the morning, and work from a new location that’ll help get creative juices flowing again. Between coffee shops, community hubs, and co-working spaces with in-house restaurants, there are plenty of options for getting work done while fueling up on caffeine and food-and let’s be honest, our home brew stations could use a break. Now that indoor dining has been given the clear in LA County, you can once again work inside many of your favorite cafes, where the familiar sounds of Hollywood execs talking too loud on business calls and the whir of fancy espresso machines frothing milk and pulling shots can replace the suspicious noises coming through the shared walls in your home. Here are the best spots to work in every LA neighborhood:

Second Home
Second Home
Second Home

Hollywood

Second Home
This co-working space in Hollywood has an abundance of outdoor seating and they currently offer $25 day passes for non-members, with the option to receive childcare for children ages three months to six-years-old through Second Home’s partnership with Big+Tiny. There’s over an acre of outdoor workspaces to choose from, including a courtyard, rooftop, garden, and terraces with over 6,500 plants and trees, so it’s easy to spread out. The in-house restaurant and bar is currently closed due to the pandemic, but there is a barista on site to make coffee drinks which are included in the price of a day pass. The space is also currently hosting Phenakite, a fine dining pop-up from chef Minh Phan of Porridge & Puffs.
How to book: Purchase day pass packages online.

Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist
Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist
Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist

West Hollywood

The Outdoors Coffee
La Boheme brought their bohemian Parisian look outdoors and turned it into a daytime coffee shop with The Outdoors Coffee. With colourful rugs and comfortable sofas shaded under a canvas sail, the outdoor space has quite the vibe. It doesn’t hurt that there are flaky croissants, full coffee, tea, and juice menus, plus WiFi. Outlets are limited so try to arrive with a full charge or get there early and nab the few at the front. The only downside is the cafe closes at 2:30 pm, so they can prep for La Boheme’s dinner service. They’re also closed on weekends.
How to order: Order in-person at the counter.

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Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist
Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist

Silver Lake

Cafecito Organico
The Silver Lake location of Cafecito Organico has a charming outdoor patio that they’ve dubbed “Hoover Wilderness.” There are plenty of seats available, including some tables near electrical plugs along the wall and of course, free WiFi. There is a 90-minute time limit for seatings due to COVID-19 restrictions. Cafecito Organico roasts their coffee in-house with beans sourced directly from the farmers.
How to order: Order in-person at the takeout window.

Los Feliz

Alcove
The large patio that sits outside of Alcove’s cute bungalow is a great destination for any day. There’s plenty of space to spread out, and the laid back ambience invites you to plop down with some coffee or baked goods, or a full food menu that’s available from breakfast to dinner. There are no outlets, but you can take advantage of the free WiFi to get work done until your battery runs out. Plan well and stay until 5 pm to enjoy a happy hour cocktail from the in-house bar, Big Bar.
How to order: Order in-person at the counter.

Eagle Rock

Muddy Paw Coffee Co
For those who want to work outside the house but have a fur baby to worry about, the Eagle Rock location of Muddy Paw Coffee Co is the place to go. Not only do they have patio seating, they have even built a dog park in the back so you can bring your dogs to play while you work. There is WiFi and outlet access in parts of the outdoor area. Not only do they roast their own coffee, but part of the proceeds go to Karma Rescue which works to end euthanasia and over-crowding at pet shelters.
How to order: Order in-person at the counter.

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Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist
Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist

West LA

Kiff Kafe
Hidden on Pico Blvd is Kiff Kafe’s lush and peaceful back patio. On top of locally roasted coffee and Gjusta‘s baked goods, Kiff Kafe also serves a breakfast and lunch menu, including avocado tartine and burrata salad. The pup-friendly patio is a bit of a tropical paradise with plenty of socially distanced tables and even outlet access on the bench along the side wall. There is WiFi and a small lot for free parking.
How to order: Order in-person or online.

Culver City

Platform
Okay, we know Platform isn’t necessarily a coffee shop or a coworking space, but hear us out. Platform is actually an outdoor multi-use space in Culver City that is home to a number of food and drink purveyors and retail stores. In addition to the outdoor dining areas of individual restaurants like Roberta’s and Bondi Harvest, there’s plenty of outdoor seating available throughout, so you can settle down to work after grabbing Blue Bottle Coffee or a refreshing boba drink from Boba Guys. There’s also a back patio behind Loqui. A number of these spots have their own WiFi, and Platform itself also offers public WiFi, so you can always stay connected.
How to order: Order at the individual businesses.

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Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist
Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist

Santa Monica

Goodboy Bob Coffee
Goodboy Bob Coffee’s Santa Monica location actually gained space when they moved their seating to the parking lot outdoors. There are no plugs outside, but there is free WiFi and the parking lot is removed from street noise. On top of house-roasted coffee, Goodboy Bob also has a tight food menu, from chapati rolls (that we recommend you get) to tartines and salads-not to mention pastries from Sugarbloom. Depending on the kind of work day you’re having, you may want to be aware that Goodboy Bob also serves beer and wine.
How to order: Order in-person at the counter.

Burbank

Coffee Commissary
The LA-based Coffee Commissary has expanded to six locations (and a food truck) now, but the Burbank location has two private patio sections, including one area that is shaded under a tent and surrounded by greenery-perfect for working. There are no plugs on the outdoor patio, but the WiFi signal is strong. You can also fuel up during lunch with their menu of toasts and burritos. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that this location has a free parking lot.
How to order: Order in-person at the counter or order online.

Mar Vista

Alana’s Coffee Roasters
Alana’s charming back patio adorned with greeneries, string lights, and an old trailer gives you a true California vibe, complete with a relaxing playlist. The tables are shaded under a canvas canopy and the WiFi signal is strong. There are also plugs along the wall and at the back near the decorative trailer. Alana roasts their coffee in-house daily and sources most of their coffee beans directly from the farmers. All this makes Alana’s a destination for those who want to work or study outside of the home-but that also means their patio is often busy, so come early.
How to order: Order in-person at the counter.

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Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist
Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist

Playa Del Rey

Hotel June
Hotel June’s mid-century modern design and lush Baja-inspired pool deck encompass your best coworking option in Playa Del Rey, and as a bonus, is only a quick drive from LAX, making it an ideal stop for a business call before or after your flight. While the Caravan Swim Club, their poolside gathering place and restaurant with shareable snacks and a seafood-forward menu, is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, you can grab breakfast from their in-house Scenic Route cafe, and enjoy it from the upstairs open-air restaurant space while making use of the hotel’s WiFi. If you’re feeling extra, you can work by the pool with a resort day pass, starting at $35 per day, and take a dip in between meetings.
How to order: Order in-person at Scenic Route or Caravan Swim Club restaurant (Wednesday‚ÄďSunday).

Photo courtesy of Verve Coffee
Photo courtesy of Verve Coffee
Photo courtesy of Verve Coffee

DTLA

Verve Coffee Roasters
Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters has a few locations in LA, but a prime patio space like the one they have at their Arts District location is hard to come by downtown, plus the soft wood interior also proves inviting. While many of their specialty drinks aren’t currently available, there are still plenty of options, from the nitro flash brew to a Gibraltar, along with a menu of toasts and breakfast sandwiches. Most of the tables have plug outlets for charging your laptop and the WiFi is dependable and fast.
How to order: Order in-person or online.

Chinatown

Steep LA
There’s no coffee at Steep, which specializes in Chinese teas and snacks, but this spot should still be on your rotation. During the pandemic, they added seating outside in the courtyard of Mandarin Plaza. Although there’s no outlet access, the quiet and shaded area is perfect for hopping on their WiFi while sipping on freshly brewed teas. A small menu of rice and noodle bowls are also available for lunch.
How to order: Order in-person at the counter or order online.

Koreatown

Coffee MCO
This two-story cafe has plenty of outdoor seating to choose from. There are tables behind the shop and a tented outdoor seating area built on a portion of the parking lot, but for a quieter space to work, head to the upstairs deck. Coffee MCO buys beans from small, specialty roasters, including the local Be Bright Coffee. There are no outlets available, but the WiFi signal is strong and there is a parking lot with free two-hour parking. Plus, they are soon opening MCO at Night, in case you want to switch to drinks after work.
How to order: Order in-person at the counter.

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Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist
Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist

Harvard Heights / West Adams

Alibi Coffee Co.
Alibi Coffee was quite the hangout spot in the before times, with a pool table, comedy nights, and more. Thanks to a large lot at this location, Alibi has the space for a relaxed outdoor seating area as well as free parking. There are no outlets available outdoors, but the WiFi signal is strong. Find a shaded spot to sip on their single-origin coffees while you work, or get the instagrammable Blue Matcha Latte (made with butterfly pea flower) and Calic Bread’s garlic bagels.
How to order: Order in-person at the counter.

South LA

South LA Cafe
This Black-owned corner coffee shop serves Red Bay Coffee (a Black-owned, Oakland-based coffee brand with a new location coming to Jefferson Park soon), pastries, and the most affordable avocado toasts at $3. There is plenty of seating on the sidewalk and a small parklet, located on the quieter Browning Blvd. There are no outlets available, but there is WiFi which is strongest at the tables closest to the shop. South LA Cafe has been doing grocery giveaways to community members in need every week, so you can also feel good knowing that you’re helping to support the community. The only downside is that they close on the early side (1 pm), though they are working on extending their hours.
How to order: Order in-person or online.

East LA

Tierra Mia Coffee
Latino-owned Tierra Mia Coffee has a mini coffee empire with 20 California locations, but one of their newer locations on Eastern Ave offers the best option for working or studying near Cal State LA, with plenty of outdoor seating, umbrellas for providing shade, and free WiFi. Tierra Mia roasts their own coffee and also bakes all their own pastries, with something for everyone, from horchata lattes to a pourover of Panama Geisha.
How to order: Order in-person or online.

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Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist
Photo by Fiona Chandra for Thrillist

San Fernando Valley

Hot and Cool Cafe
This Black-owned coffee shop and community-centered hub has expanded from their original location in Leimert Park and opened a second location on the ground floor of an apartment building tucked on a quiet, dead-end street in Canoga Park. The shop is filled with plants and furniture that make it look like your ideal apartment. There are only a few seats available by the entrance and a couple of plugs around the store, but wooden benches are aplenty in the apartment building’s expansive courtyard out front and the WiFi signal is strong enough to carry.
How to order: Order in-person at the counter or order online.

Yonder Coffee
Yonder Coffee started a few years ago as a coffee cart specializing in catering events and recently opened their first brick-and-mortar cafe in Northridge. Their large covered patio has a rustic greenhouse vibe that is perfect for getting work done while using their free WiFi (though outlets are only available inside). Yonder brews their own blend of coffee roasted by Bespoken Coffee Roasters and offers a rotating selection of seasonal drinks and housemade coffee cakes.
How to order: Order in-person or online.

Pasadena

Art + Science Cafe
This small Korean-owned cafe in Pasadena is currently using the charming courtyard of the shopping complex it’s located in for outdoor seating, complete with WiFi and even outlet access for some of the tables. Known for their signature green tea and espresso lattes, the cafe also offers sushi hand rolls, avocado toast, and smoothies.
How to order: Order in-person or order ahead online.

Dash Coffee Bar
This newly opened coffee shop in Pasadena is already popular thanks to coffee drinks with unique Asian flavours like their pandan latte and yuzu espresso tonic, plus the fact that they carry Sugarbloom Bakery pastries. There are partially shaded tables set up in the parking lot, as well as free WiFi, though the tables are shared with their neighbouring Thai restaurant, Chim!
How to order: Order in-person or online.

Fiona Chandra is an Indonesian-born freelance food and travel writer based in Los Angeles who needs at least a cup of coffee every morning. Follow her on Instagram.

Los Angeles

How to Spend a Weekend in Topanga Canyon

Nature and the arts collide in this beloved canyon community.

Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images
Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images
Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images

Situated in the Santa Monica Mountains and known for its vibrant creative community, Topanga is one of Los Angeles’s most prized destinations for art and outdoor enthusiasts alike. And while LA boasts its own sprawling landscape of fun to tap into, you’d be remiss to miss a chance to explore this tucked-away collection of state parks, and cafes, and restaurants-especially when it all rests just 20 minutes away from the city. From a quaint caf√© with dazzling canyon views to a world-renowned, open-air theatre, here are the best ways to pass some time in Topanga now.

Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray
Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray
Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray

Friday

Book dinner at Inn of the Seventh Ray
Owner Lucille Yaney opened this iconic restaurant in 1975 after spotting the property on a drive through the canyon with her late husband Ralph, and it’s safe to say she had a good eye. The land perfectly fits into Yaney’s vision of a romantic, alfresco dining space with tables tucked into cozy nooks and gazebos, all beneath canapes and fairy lights. Today, Yaney co-owns the venue with executive chef consultant Brad Miller. Together, they continue to fulfil the restaurant’s original mission to serve pure, natural foods reflective of the season’s best. That approach appears in dishes like 8-Hour Black Vinegar Braised Short Rib with creamy rosemary polenta, duck bacon Brussels sprouts, and caramelized onion and fig jam; Roasted Mushroom Toast with oyster mushrooms and sherry tarragon cream; and Beets & Whipped Black Pepper Creme Fraiche. Consider the carbs here. Pastas and sauces are made in-house and from scratch, as is the bread (available regular or gluten-free), an order of which you won’t want to miss. Check out the wine list, too, which offers a robust organic and biodynamic selection that has helped the restaurant garner some impressive accolades in recent years.

Check into Topanga Canyon Inn
In addition to plenty of excellent Airbnbs available to rent in the Canyon, there’s Topanga Canyon Inn, a charming bed and breakfast comprised of two Mediterranean-style buildings-Casa Blanca and Casa Rosa-both built by the owners. Guests can enjoy bespoke design details in each room, along with gorgeous mountain views from their own private balcony. Come morning, join other travellers for breakfast, served daily at Casa Rosa.

Saturday

Get coffee at Café on 27
Ready your camera for a coffee date at this AM eatery and caf√©, where ample (and busy) outdoor seating offers some of the Canyon’s best views. A full breakfast and lunch menu is available (complete with hearty orders like eggs Benedicts, soups, and club sandwiches), but for lighter morning fare, spring for a pastry and any of their specialty drinks, such as the turmeric latte or Moroccan mocha.

Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock
Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock
Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock

Hike Topanga State Park
Spanning 11,000 acres and 36 miles of trails, Topanga State Park is the largest state park within the Santa Monica Mountains and one of the world’s largest parks within city limits. Visitors can access the grounds via more than 60 entrances. Once on the trails, enjoy sweeping vistas while exploring the region’s range of plants, habitats, and wildlife, including several resident bird species.

Grab lunch at Topanga Living Café
Guided by their Topanga upbringing and need for a community gathering spot with great eats, sibling team Agustina Ferguson and Bayu Suryawan opened this daytime eatery in 2016. Ever since, locals and visitors have found refuge in the caf√©’s warm, airy space and nourishing, hyper-fresh fare-all California-inspired with global influences. Check it out in plates like the Island Style, a breakfast salad with Balinese corn fritters, a poached egg, and house-made chilli jam, or the tacos (Baja Fish or Baja Shrimp, Carne Asada, or Kabocha Squash), made-to-order and served on handmade tortillas. If you’re seeking something shareable, try the Farmers Market Crudite, a seemingly humble order whose bright beet hummus reminds us that eating your vegetables is, indeed, very cool. And take a drink to-go. The team here takes great pride in their coffee (organic espresso, courtesy of their iconic pink La Marzocco machine) and a lineup of made-to-order smoothies, juices, and teas. Shop your way through town
Visitors can stroll through the town centre’s most popular shops for various fun finds, including Moona Star, Pebbles, and Topanga Homegrown. Be sure to stock up on specialty, local snacks at Canyon Gourmet and satiate your sweet tooth while you’re at it. The organic soft-serve there is a must. Pro tip: Top it with any of their artisanal syrups for a winning combo, namely, the vanilla with cardamom.

Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Catch a show at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
This beloved open-air theatre has hosted productions for decades and is recognized worldwide for its Shakespeare interpretations. In addition to its annual summer season, which includes works like Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the venue hosts concerts, rehearsals, and classes throughout the year for budding actors and playwrights of all ages.

Snag a slice at Endless Colour
This family-run pizza joint specializes in from-scratch pies with clever topping combinations (think purple potatoes, fontina, and truffle oil in the Purple Molly Potato or spinach, leeks, and goat cheese in the Super Greens). Bring some friends, order a pie or two, and check out the drinks list, which includes offbeat options like orange wines and hard kombucha.

Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery
Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery
Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery

Sunday

Check out The Canyon Bakery’s “Sunday Funday”
Situated on the grounds of the aforementioned Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, this bakery specializes in naturally leavened breads, pastries, cakes, and cookies using locally sourced, whole grain flours. There’s a takeout window on Sundays, from 9:30 am until the bakery sells out. A strong following lines up for favourites, such as whole grain croissants and gluten-free pizza, so be sure to arrive early to get your fill.

Try tacos to-go at La Chingona
On your way out of town, grab some tacos at La Chingona, where a team puts forth fresh, organic, gluten- and dairy-free tacos. Orders range to include options like grass-fed beef (carne asada), shrimp (wild-caught), and soy chorizo and can be fashioned into plates beyond tacos, too (think tostadas, salads, and bowls). Open only on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays; this taco stand sees good demand. Plan accordingly, pending your travels, especially to savour an order or two of the churros.

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Nicole Schnitzler is a contributor for Thrillist.

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