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Oct 3, 2007 04:04 PM

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.

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          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.