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The 11 Best Cafes for Freelancers in Los Angeles

Los Angeles: City of Angels. But also: city of freelancers. From scriptwriters hustling to make it big in Hollywood to entrepreneurs working on their startups, everywhere you go in LA, someone is tapping away on a laptop. Despite this fact, it can still be difficult to find a decent coffee shop to work in. Who knew that in this age of digital nomads, establishments with free-flowing coffee, strong wifi, and plentiful power outlets would be so hard to find?

When you’re a freelancer, the real struggle can be finding a place to work.

Sure, the kitchen table will suffice, as will the local Starbucks. But sometimes, you really need to find a place where you can escape the usual distractions, and settle in for a day (or night) of hard work.

Luckily, the urban sprawl of Los Angeles is packed with hidden gems—from hipster hangouts to old school coffee joints that have served Hollywood’s wannabe screenwriters for generations.

Here are 11 of the best.

Caffé Vita

Location: Silver Lake

Hours: 7am to 8pm

Wifi: Free

This hip but friendly café in Silver Lake has become a favorite of local screenwriters due to its excellent coffee, buttery pastries, and airy, light-filled space—all of which make it a pleasurable place to spend a few hours chipping away at that pesky project.

Bourgeois Pig

Location: Franklin Village

Hours: 8am to 2am

Wifi: Free

Did you somehow let the day slip through your fingers even though you have an urgent deadline? Need to get out of the house to concentrate? Never fear! Bourgeois Pig is open until 2am, with all the caffeinated beverages and sugary fixes you need to get you through the night.

Double Shot. ✌🏼📸: @eddygudakov

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Urban Social House

Location: East Hollywood

Hours: 7am to 9pm

Wifi: Free

The nooks and crannies of this cozy, old school café in East Hollywood are often full of highly-caffeinated students, wanna-be novelists, and scriptwriters engaged in marathon laptop sessions. Still, with two levels, and plenty of couches, tables, and outlets, there’s always room for one more.

Verve Coffee Roasters

Location: Melrose

Hours: 7am to 8pm

Wifi: Free

The vibe here is pure Melrose—even at 7am it can feel like you’ve stumbled onto a fashion catwalk—so you might want to think twice before turning up unshowered in sweatpants. Excellent coffee, strong wifi, and a good selection of pastries make it a regular haunt for local freelancers.

Literati

Location: Brentwood

Hours: 7am to 9pm

Wifi: Free

As the name suggests, you’ll often find novelists toiling away at this old-school Brentwood café. With plenty of tables and outlets, and a large covered patio, it’s easy to see why. Additional draws include good, strong coffee, and an extensive menu featuring soups, salads, burgers, tacos, and anything else you might need to fuel your productivity.

On that syllabus week grind

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Coffee Connection

Location: Mar Vista

Hours: 5:30am to 9pm

Wifi: Free

Some people like to get up early and power through their tasks for the day. Unfortunately, there are not many cafes that cater to early risers in LA. One exception is Coffee Connection in Mar Vista. Doors open at 5:30am, when you’ll already find wide-eyed students ready to take advantage of the 15 percent student discount.

Mega Bodega

Location: Downtown LA

Hours: 11am to 10pm

Wifi: Free

With an opening time of 11am, Mega Bodega is not interested in catering to the morning crowd. However, the late risers will find excellent coffee, strong wifi, and a clean, minimal ambience that’s perfect for getting a few hours of work done. They also have a notable selection of craft beer, for that celebratory moment when you finally hit “send.”

Good morning☀️☕️ #groundwork #artsdistrict

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Groundwork

Location: Arts District

Hours: 6am to 8pm

Wifi: Free

An outpost of the Groundwork chain, this spacious coffee shop in the arts district is packed with tables, and features many spacious communal work areas. The vibe is laidback and the coffee is always good.

Republique

Location: Hancock Park

Hours: 8am to 3pm

Wifi: Free

If you’re in need of a little inspiration, the upscale vibe of Republique in Hancock Park certainly takes cafe ambience to the next level with its exposed brick interior, arched doorways, and light-filled atrium. A foodie favorite, Republique is no slouch when it comes to food and coffee, either.

Document Coffee Bar

Location: Koreatown

Hours: 7am to 7pm

Wifi: Free

The décor is definitely on the minimal side at Document Coffee Bar, but the long communal tables and strong wifi make it the perfect location to get a little work done down in K-town. If you’re not a coffee fan, there are plenty of teas on the menu here (including Korean teas), and if you stick around in the evening, your might even catch a poetry reading.

Bricks and Scones

Location: Larchmont

Hours: 7:30am to 8pm

Wifi: Free

You could almost get lost in the winding staircases, multiple rooms, and patios of this popular Larchmont café—which makes it the perfect place to hideaway and get some work done if you don’t want to be disturbed. The coffee isn’t bad either, and there are plenty of couches to kick back on while you’re working.

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