Let me be honest here, blogging takes sweats and tears. Behind all these rad photos and blog posts you see, I spent countless hours working at coffeeshops. After 2 years of trying out different study spots in Downtown LA/Korea Town, I have gotten extremely familiar with the coffeeshop scene here. Today, I wanted to share the best study spots in central Los Angeles in 2018, so you can save yourself some research time on Yelp!
Best Study Spots in Central Los Angeles in 2018
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Loit is my favorite study spot in downtown Los Angeles. The interior is supremely sleek, and it’s decked out with black and white marble tables accented with stainless steel. Beyond the contemporary design, you pretty much get everything you can ever ask for at a coffeeshop: fast wifi, plenty of outlets, comfy chairs, on-point table height, bright lights, low volume background music, great coffee, and yummy snacks. They even serve jenny’s ice cream! What more do you need from a coffeeshop? But if you really have to neat pick, then the only downside is the lack of parking options. If you are driving, be prepared to pay $5-15 in parking fees.
For my night owl friends, come to Beau Bar if you prefer to study at night. Beau Bar opens till 11pm, and it has a cozy atmosphere with comfy chairs and plenty of outlets. No one really knows about this, but Beau Bar actually has a parking garage in the back which charges only $2 for the entire day. Additionally, this cute coffeeshop plays the best cafe music in my opinion, and its prices are very reasonable. However, be aware that this place can get super crowded over the weekend, and its wifi gets super slow then.
Speaking of Alchemist, I am here right now writing this article. I love this place, and I used to come here all the time despite of the pricey parking and coffee. The valet parking here charges $2 for every 3 hours, and if you plan to stay here all day, it can get up to $6 for the day. The wifi at Alchemist is generally fast, but it can get slow when crowded over the weekends. It always plays Noah Jones or other soothing piano music in the background, and the lights are rather dim. But I love this place because their vibe is on point, and I generally get stuff done here.
Verve used to be my favorite coffeeshop in downtown Los Angeles. It has a really warm, mid century styled interior, a speedy wifi, plenty of tables and chairs, and a great menu selection. However, since I do a lot of photo editing on my laptop, I constantly need juice (aka electricity), and Verve only has 4 outlets. I constantly feel like I am in a battle with my neighbors for outlet slots.
Philz Philz Philz. This place brings me bittersweet memories, and I no longer come here to study. But I have to admit, this SF-based coffeeshop is many people’s favorite study spot in DTLA. Amazing coffee, lots of outlets, fast wifi, and plenty of lights! Two reasons that stop me from coming here are 1. Super cold! and 2. Super loud. I could hear their background music even when I am wearing my Bose noise-canceling headphones. But if you don’t mind studying in a colder environment, it’s worth checking this place out!
Bulletproof coffee is hidden in a shopping plaza of the beloved Art District. Never crowded, it comes with steady wifi, comfortable chairs and bulletproof coffee! Yes, you heard it right, they make coffee with grass-fed butter. To many, this is the only caffeinated drinks that can hype them up without the “side effects”. It’s also easy to find parking here too!
Sharp Specialty Coffee
I recently discovered Sharp Specialty coffee, and I immediately fell in love with their interior, especially their high ceiling! However, I usually end up going to Beau Bar across the street because the parking here (located in the back garage) charges more – $3, and its wifi is a bit unstable. Their coffee is also pricier than Beau Bar. So I generally go to Beau Bar instead of this place. However, this is my go-to when I want to switch things up a bit or when I am in a donut-mood. Oh yes, they serve mini-sized donuts, and they are nomnomlicious!
So here is a rundown of my favorite study spots in central Los Angeles in 2018. I have definitely spent many hours at coffeeshops to work on this blog, but I found it incredibly fulfilling. It gives me a purpose after work and during weekends, and I have met so many incredible friends from blogging. If you ever spot me in any of these coffeeshops hustling, please feel free to come say hi! I hope you find this list helpful, and comment below if you have other recommendations!
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