Living Local: Top Coffee Shops in LA for Writers

There are two things I absolutely love: coffee and writing. Sure working within the comfort of your own home sipping espresso can be great, but I think we can all agree it also gets distracting and sometimes we’re just itching for a fresh environment. Whether you’re a Hollywood screenwriter, a novelist, someone who needs to get their daily journal entry in, or just trying to get some good ol’ fashion homework done and need a great place to hunker down, look no further. I’ve listed the top three coffee shops and cafés in Los Angeles for writing.

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First up is my personal favorite located in sunny Studio City, Aroma Coffee & Tea Company (4360 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604.) This place really has it all and offers many options for whatever kind of particular environment you’re looking for. You might notice this café has a “homey” feel to it, and that’s because Aroma was originally a house before being converted into a coffeehouse. Start off by grabbing coffee and a pastry in the front; I suggest their almond croissants for a sweet surprise in the middle! If you’re the kind of person who isn’t annoyed by noise or people, grab a seat anywhere from their tables in the open indoor area by the bakery, or wander outside to the patio tables to feel the fresh air while you work. While the servers will bring your food and drink to your table for you, Aroma doesn’t provide Wifi. This may be a downer to some, but frankly I like how Aroma tries to preserve the nature of working only with what is in front of you. Now if you’re the kind of writer who wants a more quiet and cozy space, head inside and score a table by the fireplace. Feel free to bring your laptop or notebook and settle in, because that’s what most people do in this room. This room was made for writers and because of the homey feel to this room, it’s a huge hit. Tip before you go: If you’re just ordering a drink or pastry, there is a separate line for that. Keep this in mind, it can save you valuable time if you’re caught waiting in the popular dinner time line!

Next on my list is the ever popular Urth Caffé (8565 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069) although there are a few other locations. The ambiance at Urth creates an environment welcoming writers, or all creatives for that matter. The interior of Urth is old meets new and it totally works. Whether it’s the decor or the perfect size mugs the lattes come in, grab a seat and start introverting. Urth is special because they exclusively carry their own brand of premium coffee. While this can run you around $4.00 a latte, that’s the reason everyone goes there! While it can get a little loud with the chatter inside, there are plenty of tables outside equipped with heaters to relax and see flashy Melrose. I’ve found that even though this café is alive and thriving with people, somehow people still manage to respect and even applaud the fact that you’re trying to get work done, they get it. Beware, Urth also doesn’t have Wifi which is probably in any writer’s best interest as it forces you to focus on your work alone. There are a few other locations than the aforementioned, so be sure to use the app to navigate to your neighborhood of choice and settle in. Be sure to try their Honey Vanilla Latte, it is out of this world!

Head northwest from central LA to Burbank and you’ll come to the third and final coffee shop on my list, Romancing the Bean (3413 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505.) Situated on quaint Magnolia Blvd, this little place is definitely the most sleek and modern on this list, but no less inviting to those who want to get some writing in. Spacious tables let you spread out your work and the hip decor is exceptionally unique, like the chandeliers, so you get that perfect balance of work and relaxation. There is indeed Wifi here so if you need the internet for say, “research” (a.k.a. to get distracted) you’ll be pleased to find it here with complimentary plugs under each table to charge your electronics. There is mainly indoor seating but there is plenty of room and never a crowd too distracting here. Lastly, we can’t forget to talk about the brew. The coffee is great hot or cold here and they even have the organic option for the health conscious. Be sure to ask for coffee ice cubes to make the perfect iced coffee on a summer day!

Whether you want to cozy up by a fireplace or prefer something more modern, surely you’ll find something that suits you on this list of top coffeeshops in LA for writers. Ready, set, write!

By: Samantha Skelton

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