Almost every 20-something in greater LA is working on a screenplay. As a result, coffee shops are always full of millennials capitalizing on free wi-fi and endless caffeine. Any watering hole can call itself a coffee shop, but a real artist looks for a place with an atmosphere that brings out their inner Steinbeck. Here are some of the best stops around.
From the outside, Urth Caffé looks more like Club Med than a coffee shop, but that adds to its charm. If you’re looking for somewhere you’ll be free to work without interruption, this isn’t the place. If, however, you’re looking for place to work amid an eclectic crowd and a dull roar of conversation, both seemingly taken right out of Cannery Row itself, Urth is perfect.
Don’t let the name scare you; The Bourgeois Pig is a hipster’s dream-come-true. The front room looks exactly like what you might expect from a place with bourgeois in the name: the décor could make even Aaron Schock jealous. The back room, on the other hand, is a veritable wonderland. Moon paintings and tree houses turn this area into one of The Pastures of Heaven, creating a feeling that will easily allow you to get lost, whether in your thoughts, or just in general.
Intelligentsia is the epitome of ‘LA Hype’. No one survives a year in Los Angeles without hearing at least one rave review about the guilt-free delights served from behind the Carrera marble. Don’t let all that hype dissuade you, though. Intelligentsia is a great place to sit and spend time with your own thoughts while enjoying a Cup of Gold. The café is a true reimagining of the salons that Proust himself would have frequented, and the clientele is that of true salonnières.
This Seoul-based Korean coffee shop is a transplant from East of Eden that gives new meaning to the idea of house specialties. With its own beans and a variety of treats to enjoy with a drink, the menu leaves little to be desired. The wooden interior and bookshelves create a cozy environment that encourages patrons to settle in for the long haul with laptops and study materials. Caffé Bene is the kind of place that will make you wonder how anyone could ever want to leave.
Copa Vida takes the coffee shop experience in a whole new direction. The front is a brightly lit area great for when you want to enjoy a beautiful view while grabbing a quick cup. The side rooms are left over from back when the shop was busy serving Grapes of Wrath during its days as a wine club, and they create a slightly more subdued environment great for conversations or studying. On the weekends, Copa Vida features live music that encourages even the most mole-like writers to poke their heads out for a few seconds at a time.