The Ultimate Guide to LA Coffee Shops with Free Wi-Fi

The Ultimate Guide to LA Coffee Shops with Free Wi-Fi

So you’re in LA and you’re working outdoors with your laptop. What you need to do is to find a nice coffee shop with terrific cups of java while you’re allowed to access the Internet free of charge from your laptop or smartphone. Luckily for you, they’re not actually hard to find.

Here are some places you should definitely check out:

Green Door Powered by Intelligentsia

Location: 714 E Carson St, Carson (web)

Just call it Green Door, and people in South Bay will know which place you’re talking about. The industrial look somehow prods you to focus on your work, and it’s spacious enough that you can breathe the vibe freely.

Patricia Coffee

Location: 108 Alameda St, Compton (web)

There are espresso and drip coffee options, but they also roast their own coffee. Talk about commitment. They’re committed to the nearby students as well, as they have special hours to enjoy the baling Wi-Fi.

Steeple House Coffee

Location: 13248 Roscoe Blvd, Sun Valley (web)

It’s quiet and pretty here, but that’s because you’re actually on church grounds at the Grace Community Church. The open hours start from 7 AM to 4 PM daily except for Sunday, of course. You can really work here as the place will never be boisterous.

Highlight Coffee

Location: 701 E Broadway, Glendale (web)

A lot of people consider Highlight as the best coffee shop in the Glendale area. You will need to come in early, as it’s not all that big and it’s certainly popular. In this sunny corner location, you’ve got students working on their papers on their laptops while locals drop in for coffee on their way to work. Try their pour over coffee and you’ll definitely taste the difference.

Rosebud Coffee

Location: 2302 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena (web)

Do you have a large group looking for a spot to work in? Try Rosebud Coffee where the Wi-Fi isn’t just free but very quick as well. The tables are large enough to accommodate your team and plenty of sunlight to keep things from getting gloomy. If it’s too warm, try their yummy iced coffee. It can even make you proud to spend your money here since the coffee shop is active in raising money for LA homeless youths.

Constellation Coffee

Location: 468 Foothill Blvd Suite B, La Cañada Flintridge (web)

You’ll love to visit here, and not only because there’s plenty of parking space. But the free Wi-Fi also comes with lots of great coffee options. You can try tea too, and there are scrumptious pastries as well. Come here to the sleepy side of town and work away from the distracting bustle of the city.

Rise N Grind

Location: 6501 Hollywood Blvd (web)

It’s located right on the Walk of Fame, and this corner coffee shop is a fave hangout of Hollywood creative artists busy with their laptops. It’s great to work with such people in the room, as it’s possible that talent can be shared through coffee shop osmosis.

The Assembly

Location: 634 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood (web)

This place doesn’t look like much. But the Wi-Fi is fast and the almond lattes sure hit the spot. That’s why you’ve got people filling up the place with their laptops, so you better come in early as well.

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The Semi-Tropic

Location: 1412 Glendale Blvd (web)

Yes, it’s a coffee shop. But it’s also a bar if you’re that guy. But the truth is that very few people come in here to get hammered. They just want coffee and free Wi-Fi, but they also get tasty menu items in the daytime.

Andante

Location: 7623 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles (web)

This is the original Andante, and its corner location is a mecca for laptop creatives. It has just about everything you need. You’ve got places to plug in your mobile devices, large tables to give you elbow room to work, and super strong coffee to keep you alert. The ceiling is also high enough to give that airy vibe though of course, the air conditioning helps.

Document Coffee Bar

Location: 3850 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles (web)

The name alone should give you a hint that it welcomes writers and their laptops. You can’t be too antisocial here, though, as they’ve got long communal shares that you’ve got to share. It’s a very groovy place for creatives, especially with plastic buckets ads light fixtures.

Mega Bodega

Location: 1001 S Broadway #C, Los Angeles (web)

It’s a coffee shop by day where you can work, and when night comes you get to counter all that caffeine when it transforms into a bar. It’s roomy and simple, and the free Wi-Fi is great.

Cognoscenti Coffee

Location: 1118 San Julian St, Los Angeles (web)

Actually, Cognoscenti has lots of locations all over LA. But it’s this particular location in the Fashion District near Rossoblu that’s all the rave for lots of people from the downtown area. The windows are tall, the tables are huge, and the Wi-Fi is super-fast. They take a lot of care making their coffee too.

Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

Location: 4427 W Slauson Ave (web)

You’ve lots of comfy nooks to get to work in, and the Wi-Fi is free. What’s more, you have to try the coffee, especially the flat white and lavender latte. There’s even a chef preparing breakfast and lunch.

Good Boy Bob Coffee

Location: 2058 Broadway, Santa Monica (web)

Nobody really expected Good Boy Bob Coffee to be this popular. It’s in an out of the way alley far from the beach, after all. But the coffee is terrific, the Wi-Fi is free, and the delicious daytime food can keep you fueled for hours of creative work.

Coffee Commissary

Location: 3417 Motor Ave (web)

This is a fantastic coffee shop in Westside with excellent espresso and lots of seats indoors and outdoors. The music may be a bit loud, but it drowns out the chitchat around you.

Ignatius Coffee

Location: 1451 W Dana St, Los Angeles (web)

This coffee shop in South LA is housed in a small section of a Korean Catholic church. You’ll find it easily enough in the Adams-Normandie neighborhood, where you can work inside from 9 AM to 9 PM. There are seats on the outside and the Wi-Fi is fast as well, and you get to share the space with USC students.

Also, check out these 10 Tastiest Diners To Eat in LA

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The Goods Mart – New Spot For Healthy Snacks in LA

The Good Mart - New Spot For Healthy Snacks in LA

Located in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood, The Goods Mart is a convenience store for healthy snacks. Parents and millennials concerned with healthy eating are often dismayed when there’s really not much to choose from when they’re at a gas mart. You’ve got greasy pizza, gummies, and soda, none of which are even remotely healthy. The best you can hope for is to find beef jerky or nuts, which at best can be considered somewhat nutritious.

But now there’s The Goods Mart. Described as a lovechild between 7-Eleven and Whole Foods Market, this is the healthy convenience store that very few people even thought possible. Everyone knows that convenience store snacks are unhealthy, but The Goods Mart founder Rachel Krupa didn’t get that memo.

Here are the features that distinguish The Goods Mart from the competition:

  • It is located in the Silver Lake neighborhood in LA. This is a trendy spot for young well-off millennials, with a median age of 35 and an average household income greater than $68,000. The spot is even accessible to walking traffic, which you don’t really find in LA.
  • Like marts, it offers itself as an alternative to the grocery store for shoppers with no time to waste. Yet at the same time, its wares offer healthy snacks, which are items you don’t normally find in places like 7-Eleven. The décor in the store makes you feel like it’s a “normal” convenience shop, though the predominance of health alternatives can make you feel like Alice in Wonderland.
  • Every single item in the mart will not contain health no-nos such as artificial flavors, sweeteners, and coloring. There will be no growth hormones or disruptors.
  • Items with animal proteins come from humanely raised stock, and they’re all free of GMOs, antibiotics, and nitrates. The pork rinds are Paleo-friendly, and they’re healthier because they’ve been seasoned with pink Himalayan salt.
  • Yes, there are processed items here which you can just get on the fly, like chocolate bars, ramen cups, and cheese puffs. But in The Goods Mart, they’re made with healthier alternative ingredients such as chia seeds and quinoa.
  • The slushy machine doesn’t serve soda, but instead produces a kombucha variety with a tropical flavor. Instead of energy drinks, you can instead grab yerba mate.
  • If you’re looking for fresh produce, you can get fruit from LA’s local GrubMarket. You just have to avoid judging the book by its cover, as the fruits are tasty despite their ugly and imperfect shapes. They’re like goofy-looking mutts as the ugly lemons and oranges are placed in huge weave baskets right beside the front door.
  • The condoms here are all made from vegan, certified Fairtrade rubber. You can find your bathroom basics like shavers and toilet paper at the back of the store, and they’re all made from sustainable materials.
  • At the checkout, customers can also check out the iPads that offer info about the mission of each brand they have on their shelves. The mart also provided extended training for the staff so that they can answer questions regarding vegan, gluten-free, and other dietary options.

The Goods Mart will work as a test case. If it does work, then they may eventually become ubiquitous throughout the country. When you stop at a gas mart in the future, you may find yourself looking at healthier snack options instead.

Check out this 16 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Every Day

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Brew a Perfect Cup of Expresso With This Human-Powered Espresso Maker

Quality espresso is hard to come by, and the good ones are not cheap. So why not make your own espresso? With Flair Espresso Maker you’ve finally got the chance to have espresso specifically just like the way it’s supposed to be.

Flair is easy to use. All you need to do is press a button and you’ve got an espresso. You don’t have to plug the unit in, no need for pods or electronics either. Even with its simplicity you’ve got everything necessary to get that espresso.

You just need to load freshly grounded coffee and pull the lever down. That’s all there is to it. The minimalist design makes it suitable for new users and it’s also durable. The Flair is portable too so you can take this with you.

The detachable brewing head adds to the ease of use as you have full control over the procedure. The stainless steel cylinder can be pre-heated and the temperature can be maintained to the level you prefer.

The chamber does have plastic components so you don’t have to worry about inconsistent results. The entire unit is comprised of die-cast aluminum stainless steel so it’s built to last for decades.

Since there is nothing to plug in you can disassemble this in a few seconds. If you’re going somewhere, just disassemble the Flair and put everything in the provided case. Once you’re ready, put it back together, select your beans and set the pressure accordingly. Adjust the pre-infusion time and you’re ready.

While the Flair is made of die-cast aluminum and stainless steel, it isn’t that heavy and only takes up 13 x 9 inches. When you’re done using it, detach the brewing container for quick cleaning. Water will do, no chemicals or cleaning solutions necessary.

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10 Tastiest Diners To Eat in LA

10 Coolest Diners To Visit in LA

There’s just something relaxing and restful when you pop by a diner, you know? It’s a great place to hang out for a while in the middle of the workday or to nurse a hangover. You’ve got your counter and the swivel chairs, the leather booths, and the mugs of strong coffee. There’s plenty of food, and the servers are friendly. It somehow reminds you of home.

If you’re in LA, at least you have lots of diners to choose from. Here are the best places where you will certainly feel the most welcome:

  1. Cindy’s Eagle Rock (1500 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock)

    Even from the parking lot, it has the diner vibe down pat. There’s the vintage sign to greet you in various fonts, and inside there’s charming wallpaper and the red booths. The food is great, and you even have menu items that you don’t normally find in diners. If you’re in the mood for gumbo or catfish sandwich, you need to come here pronto.

  1. The Original Pantry (877 S Figueroa St, downtown Los Angeles)

    Diners aren’t usually trendy places with long lines of diners trying to get in. But that’s the Pantry for you. The prices may be a bit more expensive, and every now and then there’s a film crew shooting a movie. But this place doesn’t scrimp when it comes to the amount of the servings they offer. The pancakes are huge and the slices of ham are ginormous. Combine that with the no-nonsense veteran staff, and it’s a winner.

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  1. The Coffee Cup Café (3734 E 4th St, Long Beach)

    This Long Beach hangout at first glance doesn’t seem like a diner at all. But then you sit down and the experience becomes instantly familiar. The coffee is hot and good, the plates of scrambles and pancakes keep coming, and there are the usual syrup dispensers. For a filling breakfast and a homey atmosphere, this is a spot to savor.

  2. Nick’s Coffee Shop & Deli (8536 W Pico Blvd. in Pico-Robertson)

    This place is a feast for the senses. You get the aroma of the good coffee, the luxurious feel of the leather booths, and the unmistakable sounds of the sizzling grill. The menu has everything a diner can offer for your taste buds. You can even see the cooks and the grills if you’re on the counter.

  3. Rae’s Restaurant (2901 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica)

    This place is literally old-school, as it’s been a Santa Monica hangout for decades. In fact, coming here feels like time travel to a more innocent time. Astoundingly, even the prices didn’t seem to enter the modern age, so you can feel full at a cost of $10 to $15. That includes the tip too.

  4. Le Roy’s Restaurant (523 W Huntington Dr, Monrovia)

    It’s mostly known for its fantastic pancakes stacked high and the terrific tater tots. Dishes are served virtually overflowing and you can have any kind of classic sandwich from the hoagie to the Reuben. It’s been here since 1976, and it’s a timeless place that offers a welcoming vibe.

  5. Millie’s Café (3524 W Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake)

    Places on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake keep changing over the years, yet somehow Millie’s Café remains untouched by the passage of time. It’s been here since 1926, and all these years they insist on doing things the old-fashioned way. They cook food by hand and from scratch, and the quality is so high that the place is always full.

  1. S&W Country Diner (9748 Washington Blvd, Culver City)

    If you like lots of food options in your menu, you’ll love the S&W. its menu is as long as an almanac. Along with the usual diner fare, you also get a traditional Southern fare as well as country fried steak. The vibe is quite charming, and it feels like home.

  2. Nickel Diner (524 S Main St, downtown Los Angeles)

    This place has been constant in downtown LA, and the food is constantly plenty and hot. The dishes feel familiar, but they always have that hint of something new that excites the foodie in you.

  3. 101 Coffee Shop (6145 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood)

    It’s not in any way kitschy, yet the old-style interior and the subdued lights may easily remind you of earlier times. This place was featured in the 1996 movie Swingers but the décor has changed and so has the menu. It’s not a bad change, as it has a lot more variety.

 

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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