Needless to say, a good majority of writers and college students are coffee snobs and use any opportunity or excuse they can find to go to a fun, new coffee shop that has loads of personality. Of course, I am guilty as charged and carry myself with pride because good coffee along with a stellar atmosphere not only helps me to create more effectively, but it makes me feel so much cooler in the process (Look sharp, feel sharp, play sharp ;) ) . On top of that though, needing to be in the perfect space for your needs while working is no joke, and while living and working in Los Angeles, I fell in love with these coffee shops listed below and at most of them, my greatest ideas came into fruition. So, if you're looking for your next office or are just looking for some delicious and without a doubt over priced (but worth it) coffee, be my guest and read on!
Alfred coffee & tea
8428 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069
There are a butt-load of locations for Alfred Coffee and Tea in Los Angeles (and around the world), but my favorite is at Melrose Place. This hip and chic spot with its cool pink and pearly white decor deliver you to a realm of imagination and confidence that only Alfred can provide you with. No to mention, their beverages are to die for and if you allow them to be, they are extremely health conscious and proactive. I had a chaga mushroom cappuccino my last time here and it was both delicious and highly beneficial for multiple aspects of my body including my digestive system. Alfred was actually the cafe where I wrote my first blog post. <3
Verve coffee roasters
833 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Verve used to be right down the street from where I used to live in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. It's garden walls outside and relaxed atmosphere inside create a balanced and productive atmosphere with some of the best coffee in town. They are also partnered with Juice Served Here, so on top of their smooth teas and coffees, Verve provides healthy juice beverages that have many benefits and will deliver you to a headspace of peace and efficiency.
Bricks and scones
403 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Bricks and Scones is probably my favorite place to go when I'm looking to get a lot of writing done. It has a Victorian library vibe with lots of red velvet and darker, richer tones to its walls, seat cushions and deep colored wooden tables. When I come here, I'm able to escape into my imagination as the space embraces me in a way that my ideas will be supported with the atmosphere it creates. Bricks and Scones is always quiet and filled with those working just like you, so you're always able to get a lot done. If you're able to snag a spot on the upper level, just around the winding staircase, you might find your own private pocket to create in. Not only is the atmosphere here sensational, but so are their baked goods, foods, and drinks. They create them with a care and quality that is special to you. Here, you are a guest, not a customer.
300 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Okay, so I know Bulletproof coffee is a thing all around the land, but there's a reason for that! For one, all of their products are absolutely delicious, but this stuff also keeps you focused, energized, and full for so long! This location in the Arts District in DTLA has always been my morning go-to when I do photo shoots over there. Sometimes my sessions last hours, and when I don't wake up in time for coffee and breakfast, Bulletproof is always there for me to provide me with the benefits of both. Also, this is a small and quiet location with big windows and comfy seating - I've gotten a lot of work done here and the staff is always exceptionally friendly!
5931 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
My goodness, the Bourgeois Pig is a place that you will never forget after visiting. With its Gothic decoration, low, purple lights, and treehouse and forest themed seating area it takes motivation to want to leave. Granted this place can get a bit busy at times, but you never wonder why. Their drinks are phenomenal, whether you want tea, coffee or something blended, they are large and are able to get you through any work session you may have a head of you. It's quiet, and because it's usually so dark - no one will be able to bother you because quite honestly, they can't see you! This little cafe is a must go-to. You won't regret it!
300 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013
At Cafe Gratitude, you always order in affirmations, such as, " I'm grateful" or, " I'm trusting." By starting off your day with something like this and putting yourself in such a positive atmosphere right away will change the outlook of your day by leaps and bounds. With it's bright white and clean decor with plants and shiny but subtle gold sprinkled in, Cafe Gratitude will having you feeling clean and refreshed. Also, because this is a vegan restaurant, they don't put any heavy creams into their beverages nor their food, so you'll leave here feeling as light as a feather. Their coffee is some of my favorite, but...
Stumptown Coffee roasters
806 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
...Stumptown coffee will always be my go-to. Their coffee is a smooth as they come with a full bodied taste and a progressive kick that will get any morning started off the right way. When drinking Stumptown, the taste isn't bitter, it's invigorating. Whether it's a cold brew, freshly brewed, a macchiato, or latte, you won't be feeling jittery or icky after drinking it. On top of it all, their location in the Arts District is super industrial, and walking around the area will give you a great way to begin your day and get your blood flowing while you drink your Stumptown coffee.
451 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Urth Caffe...there are a few locations scattered throughout Los Angeles, but I always have to say that the best one is in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. It's definitely the biggest and has the most personality in my perspective. It's a great place to meet with your friends over tea and a baked good in a place that's not bustling bananas. It's a little too obvious to say, but Urth Caffe definitely has an Earthy vibe to it. You will feel grounded and centered while you're here and time will feel like it's going by a little slower. Especially on a bright sunny day in Los Angeles where you might feel like you need to pedal to the metal, taking a seat here and just watching the day go by for a little while is never hard to do. By the way - their green boba tea is amazing.
aroma cafe (coffee and tea co.)
4360 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
Holy yummy in the tummy. When you walk through these doors after waiting in somewhat of a line, you will be gracefully introduced to Aroma Cafe with cases full of the most beautiful desserts that are the size of your torso or bigger, an extensive menu of coffee and tea drinks galore, and the most friendly serving staff imaginable. This place is always a treat for me to visit with my loved ones and close friends because of their delicious beverages and meals, and also because of the atmosphere it provides. After you order, you can meander through the side door into a patio garden and garden house decorated with chandeliers, paintings, mirrors, a fireplace, gorgeous tables and other furniture, and deepest breath of fresh air you could possibly take in. Aroma Cafe reminds me of Los Angeles if it were in its 50s. Bright, full of life but calm, and appreciative of being around good friends, good food, and a grateful perspective on life. If you get the chance, you need to come to Aroma - and order the Eggs Benedict and Iced Coffee if you get the chance.
blue bottle coffee (handsome coffee roasters)
300 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Okay, so this is the last time I'm going to say this, partly because it's my last suggestion on this blog post, but Blue Bottle Coffee also has a few locations, but without a doubt the coolest one is on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles. Not only is it amongst all of theaters of Old Hollywood and the booming past of Los Angeles, but it's housed in the Bradbury building, which if any of my fellow movie-lovers know, is a shooting location of the beloved film Blade Runner. I'm not biased, but that should be reason enough to go visit this place, the fact that Blue Bottle Coffee is rich in flavor and provides a variety of options so you can furthermore enjoy your beverages to the extent of your wildest dreams though, is also a plus. If you're walking around the heart of DTLA, I'd stop by. It's industrial yet studious atmosphere proves a valid place to stop and enjoy the perks of this gorgeous place.