My all time favorite is The Novel Cafe! I have been going there for about four years. FREE internet (unlike the Starbucks on 11th and Grand) FREE parking (this could be the only free parking in Los Angeles), and local artists display their recent works of beauty for all to see and enjoy. They have a brilliant selection of breakfast foods and lunch munchies (the quiche is delectable). The Barista's are your laidback pals, dressed casual and you'll instantly feel at home! The patrons are artists and business suits with friendly faces and different stories. When your eyes start to itch from staring at your screen or book for too long, strike up a conversation... you never know what interesting character is sitting right next to you. The Novel Cafe has loft appeal, plenty of electrical sockets for your electronics, and an urban hip vibe that will bring you back for more!
And yes, The Novel Cafe used to be called Groundworks.
811 Traction Ave
Los Angeles, Ca 90013
(Ps...Nikki is my favorite, you'll love him. Check out his band on Facebook.com/AstheAshesfall)
Option two, Lost Souls Cafe. This place is an adventure. It's a hidden gem. I am not going to tell you exactly how to get there because I don't want to take away your potential fun! It's down an alley in the Old Bank District and I must say right now this little place made me fall even harder for DTLA. I feel alive and almost like a way cool-er New Yorker. It has a very similar vibe to The Novel Cafe, but this lovely place has games, books, magazines, and the comfy tattered couches remind you of the ones you sat on when you were studying in college. There is a mini stage-like area and microphones. Yes, they have poetry and open mic nights. Anything is possible in this place I tell you. The food menu is extensive, with crepes, smoothies, and burgers... Oh get this they just added organic beer. I can already see myself blogging and beerring!
Old Bank District
4th and Main/ 4th and Spring (that's all I am going to tell you)
700 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, Ca 90017
In closing, let's all go buy the new Keurig B60 Coffee Maker and save our money! Nothing like one coffee at a time. If you are going to splurge on the coffee brewed to your absolute perfection I encourage you go to one of my three picks!
Twitching from too much caffeine,