The chocolate ice cream you bought yesterday, the cozy bed with your fluffy blanket, the sounds from your roommate watching Why Women Kill … Are you distracted by the miscellaneous when you need to focus on working or studying? Honestly, I am. There are thousands of reasons for me to walk away from my desk, so I need a better place than home to get things done. Since I’m always looking for cafés with great working ambiance, here are some places that I found. All the cafés in my list are within 10 minutes of a drive (which in LA, means super close), some of which are only a 10-minute walk. Let’s get started!
1. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
5700 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
I have never seen or heard about The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf before, but this coffee brand is everywhere in LA. This store is located right below the building of the BULA office and classroom, so it’s a great place for studying or grabbing dinner before class. The interior is brighter than the Starbucks across the street, and it has plenty of seats. However, I don’t like the taste of their coffee, so I always opt for a matcha latte.
2. Bluestone Lane La Brea Coffee Shop
176 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Bluestone Lane is the first coffee shop that I went to and had a productive afternoon. They have cute glasses and a wide variety of food and beverages. Moreover, you can cuddle or lean on the cushions there, which makes it feel just as cozy as home. The only concern is that the background music is a little noisy, but bringing your headsets or sitting outdoors can solve this problem.
3. Coffee Attic
7353 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Coffee Attic is a small but intimate coffee shop. Located in a covert corner with no signs outside, the store is very hard to see from the street, and it’s not even on Yelp. My roommate and I stumbled upon it when we were about to grab coffee at the 7-11 next to it. The store is stylish and all of the pastries look delicious. The coffee shop can only accommodate about eight people, but it’s a very quiet and cute boutique.
4. Verve Coffee Roasters
8051 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Verve Coffee Roasters is my favorite coffee shop among all. With elegant garden-style decorations, the café is quiet, with only soft jazz playing in the background. The mirrors on the wall make it feel more commodious and relaxing. Most people work or study there, which further contributes to its great ambiance for concentration. Free parking is available, in addition to nearby street parking.
5. Coffee For Sasquatch
7020 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
From just its name, you can tell that this is an interesting coffee shop. I like the minimalist interior design, along with the marble table, wall greenery and sasquatch decorations around the store. It’s a women-owned/operated and eco-friendly store, according to its brief on Yelp. We ordered a Cryptid Latte, which comes with beautiful latte art. However, I would not recommend the Cryptid Latte if you are on a date. The drink will dye your lips with strange colors after!
6. Curson Café
475 S Curson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Last but not least, how about studying outdoors with the sound of birds chirping and a gentle breeze? This tiny café is in the center of our apartment community, conveniently located right next to the gym. You can enjoy various meal options, such as a mozzarella quesadilla, breakfast burrito and tuna sandwich, along with a variety of beverages, as you sit in the shade outside by the fountain and lawn. With the amazing weather in LA, this place is perfect for both relaxing and working.
Ziqi Yang, Study Abroad Correspondent
Ziqi Yang is a junior in the College of Communication at Boston University who is majoring in Film and TV, and Advertising. She is currently studying abroad in Los Angeles and has an internship at Done+Dusted. As a foodie, she loves exploring great foods as well as trying new recipes in her kitchen. Her favorite quote is “Photography is the beauty of life captured”, and through her photos and blogs, she would like to share those beautiful moments with you.