As anyone who’s ever worked on a deadline knows, when it comes to getting sh*t done, not all coffee shops are created equal. Sure, your neighborhood spot is nice and reliable, but when it comes to firing up the Google doc, you’re going to need a little more than that. Plentiful tables, coffee so strong, you’ll feel like Quicksilver while typing away, and of course, super-fast wifi. From idyllic patios in Pasadena to excellent cafe chains, here are 12 of our favorite coffee shops with great wifi.
You might miss Eightfold driving past their barebones Echo Park storefront, but they’ve quickly become one of our favorite places to post up with a computer. They’ve got a cute, minimalist aesthetic going on, with lots of small, light wood tables, huge glass windows, and a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf filled with local zines. It’s a perfect place to go if you want strong coffee, or a space that inspires you, especially if you’re a graphic designer or own “quirky” glasses. The biggest draw? They now serve slices of Chainsaw’s incredible pies.
There’s a lot we love about this sunny Historic Filipinotown café, namely their excellent pork shoulder breakfast burrito, flaky pastries topped with fruit that change with the seasons, and a kale salad that has saved our lives more than a few times. But it’s also one of our favorite places to work – they have a beautiful sidewalk patio on Temple St., perfect for firing off emails or opening Final Draft and pretending to type.
Sip & Sonder is not only Inglewood’s first specialty coffee house, they also function as a community hub, zine publisher, creative studio, and event space. Their flagship outpost on Market St. hasn’t reopened for indoor seating yet, but you can still grab a table on their outdoor patio and enjoy a variety of espressos, hot teas, and pastries. Maybe you’ll pen your first Academy Award-nominated screenplay. Maybe you’ll organize all your Spotify playlists in alphabetical order while trapped in a caffeinated haze. The world’s your oyster.
Stepping into Obet & Del’s storefront in Thai Town is like entering a time machine – you’ll be met by their funky, 70’s design patterns and a staff that genuinely seems to enjoy being there. It’s all reminiscent of a simpler era, plus there are lots of light wood tables and delicious iced coffees made with ube oat milk. It’s the ideal combination for long, weary days spent deleting every “just” and excessive exclamation point from your emails.
Laveta is a chic coffee shop in Echo Park with sleek, minimalistic wooden tables and a concrete patio shaded by large trees. Pair that with their signature drinks, like the namesake Laveta (made with two shots of espresso, organic maple syrup, and oat milk), and you’ve got the #1 place in LA to dawn oversized sunglasses and type away at your computer while narrating your life, Carrie Bradshaw-style.
Go Get Em Tiger is basically a full-blown chain now, with eight locations across the city (all of which have excellent wifi), but whenever we have a deadline that, oh we don’t know, has already passed, we head to their Santa Monica outpost. They’re located in a super-busy area filled with a bunch of trendy coffee shops, but Go Get Em Tiger rises above the rest due to their great coffee, menu filled with real foods like breakfast burritos and beet and lentil salads, and a cozy space with lots of room between tables.
The secret ingredient at this casual coffee shop and daytime hangout in View Park-Windsor Hills is their truly excellent food. They keep things simple here, our favorite on their menu being an especially good breakfast sandwich, filled with bacon, cheddar cheese, a fried egg, and a nice drizzle of hot sauce all atop a brioche bun. Plus, the space is airy and open. You should probably come up with an excuse to do work here soon, if not just to camp out and eat your way through their menu.
Founded by two Compton locals, Deanna and Geoffrey Martinez, Patria Coffee combines all our favorite things in this world – strong coffee that’s roasted in-house, fast wifi, and some of the best merch around. Their tranquil little shop on Alameda St. is outfitted with white brick walls and plants hanging overhead, an atmosphere perfect for a midday snack, typing away on your laptop, or meeting coworkers to commiserate over your boss’ “managerial strategy.”
If you’ve ever typed something into a laptop with a slack-jawed expression, it’s likely you’ve been to Coffee Commissary. The rapidly growing coffee chain has developed into one of the most popular places to get work done in the city, and while their Fairfax location can be an all-out brawl (trust us, you won’t be able to find an outlet there), their Culver City outpost is much more relaxed.
We’ve spent so many hours typing away at this Pasadena coffee shop (whether it be on Microsoft Word or Twitter.com), it almost deserves a byline on our work. In addition to their outdoor patio, they’ve reopened their massive indoor space – two rooms filled with everything from long, communal tables to smaller spots ideal for hanging solo. The coffee is great, made with beans they roast themselves, plus there’s plenty of snack-y things (like the berry-topped almond toast) to tide you over while you let the caffeine gods take over your body.
What Tierra Mia lacks in third-wave coffee aesthetics (you won’t find any sleek architecture here), they make up for in “everything you need when you really need to focus.” Their Lincoln Heights outpost is especially large, with plenty of both indoor and outdoor tables. At $4 a cup, the coffee is affordable, ranging from simple cups of drip to pleasantly sweet horchata lattes. There are plenty of outlets and room to spread out, but most importantly, you can post up for hours without anyone side-eyeing you, waiting to steal the table. Head here the next time you procrastinate on an assignment.
Capital One Café
Please hear us out on this one. As many people online have pointed out (example A, example B), doing work out of a coffee shop operated by a publicly-traded bank feels like a particularly sinister episode of Black Mirror. However, it’s also an excellent place to get things done. Their location in downtown Santa Monica is normally pretty empty and filled with long rows of tables, each accompanied by their own outlet. They’ve got a Peet’s on-site, really fast wifi, and are open for 11 hours a day. If you can swallow your hate for corporate America just a little, this might just be your new favorite place to work.