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coffeehouse for writers on west side?

I'm looking for a coffeehouse or teahouse on the west side where I can camp out for several hours with my laptop and write. Wifi not necessary. I would much prefer to avoid Starbucks, Peets, or Coffee Bean outlets generally. I've been to Venice Roasters on Venice, not a bad option, but would love other ideas.

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  1. The Novel Cafe on Main is always full of writers.

    1. As I write this very post I'm sitting in one of my favorite Westside writing retreats, Iso in Westwood Village (on Gayley north of Wilshire). Cool teahouse atmosphere, decent boba, plenty of food if you get hungry. The crowd is mostly UCLA students, and they play music on the speakers (occasionally loud but not usually), but all around it's a nice joint.

      1. I studied for the bar exam at the Cow's End in Venice and they were very sweet about letting me camp out there for 8 hours at a stretch. There were always plenty of people writing there throughout the course of the day.

        1. My personal favorite in that area is the Literati Cafe at Wilshire and Bundy. One of the few laptop-friendly coffeehouses with a really excellent menu.

          Literati II
          12081 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          Cows End
          34 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

          Novel Cafe
          212 Pier Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405

          ISO Creative Asian Cafe
          1108 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              yup literati.

              balcony cafe at sm and centinela.

              cacao coffee house

              un-urban coffeehouse

              farther farther east but on melrose, stir crazy

              synergy cafe

              elysee bakery in westwood.

              there's also a cool tea place a few doors down from upright citizen's brigade on franklin that's very chill and mellow inside... the name escapes me... it's west of bourgeous pig and the sushi place.

              1. re: Emme

                Well if you're gonna go as far east as Stir Crazy and Bourgeouis Pig, then I'll throw in Insomnia, on Beverly & Poinsettia. It's effectively the WGA annex.

          1. Anastasia's Asylum
            1028 Wilshire Blvd.
            Santa Monica

            Abbot's Habit
            1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd

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            1. re: wutzizname

              Anastasia's Asylum closed years ago. Anastasia and her husband now own Abode.

            2. 18th street coffee shop on 18th and Broadway in Santa Monica. Free parking in the back, nice patio outside and best of all, no cell phones inside!

              They do a nice tuna sandwhich too.

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              1. re: Xericx

                Seconded -- very cool retro place.

                N.B. -- they accept cash only.

                1. re: Xericx

                  no cell phones, free parking AND a patio??? right on! i'll definitely have to check this one out. i know the op said it wasn't one of her requirements, but any idea if they DO have wifi?

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    They don't -- at least they didn't the last time I went (couple months ago). There may be a couple spots in the place where you can get a signal from someone else's, but there's no reliable source.

                  2. re: Xericx

                    Best place for writing.. love it.

                    18th st coffee shop.

                    is it true bob dylan owns it? False?

                  3. Dear chowhounds, I'm happily ensconced at the Cows End, a perfect spot for writing: chill vibe, not too loud but not too quiet, and lots of snacks. My quality of life in LA just skyrocketed. Many thanks!

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                    1. re: fleurgrrl

                      Only in LA could you be happily ensconced at the Cows End.

                      But I'm glad you like it!