Ep.69- Best $5 LA Coffee Shops to Do Work In

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Coffee shops are a great space for people to get work done, as it typically comes with reliable wifi, good coffee, comfy chairs, and sometimes even the feel of a collaborative working space.

As a personal finance writer, I spent most of my weekends in a coffee shop, but not just any. I’ve visited dozens in L.A in the past 4 yeas. If you are looking for a coffee shop to do work in, you should check out these places, with all of them costing less than $5 for a cup of coffee.

Here are my favorite L.A. coffee shops to get work done.

  1. Best Food: Hilltop Coffee & Kitchen (View Park/Windsor Hills)

  2. Most Power Outlets: Tanner’s Coffee Co (Culver City)

  3. Most Seating: Coffee Connection (Mar Vista)

  4. The Coolest: Hot and Cool Cafe (Leimert park)

  5. The Smoothest Coffee: The Boy & the Bear (Culver West)

Hilltop Coffee & Kitchen: Best Beignet in Town

Location: 4427 W Slauson Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90043.

Coffee: Amazing and affordable. A small latte costs $3.75 and a large one costs $4.75.

WiFi: Consistent and fast.

Outlet: Decent amount of plugs, but only along one particular wall by the door. No plugs at the center table, or any other walls.

Seating: Medium sized, it seats around 40 people. You should be able to find a spot easily.

Parking: Free and plenty. There’s a hug free parking lot behind the coffee shop.

What Makes it Special: It serves the best food out of all the coffee shops I’ve been to. They have a real kitchen in the back. They even serve beignet for $4.


Tanner’s Coffee Co: You Computer Will Never Run Out of Juice

Location: 4342 Sepulveda Blvd Culver City, CA 90230

Coffee: Coffee is average, but affordable. A small vanilla latte costs $3.9, and a large one costs $4.6.

WiFi: Consistent and fast. They actually have multiple Wi-Fi to select from. The 5G one is lightning fast, good for photo/large file transfers.

Outlet: They are everywhere! This is my favorite place to do work for extended hours.

Seating: It seats around 30 inside, and 10 more outside. It’s on the smaller end, and it does get packed on the weekend.

Parking: Plenty of free street parking on Lindblade. No street permit needed.

What Makes it Special: Tanner’s is an OG in Culver City. Seating is comfortable, and plugs are everywhere. These two things alone make up for the average coffee.

Coffee Connection: It Comes with a Spanish Courtyard

Location: 3838 S Centinela Ave Los Angeles, CA 90066

Coffee: Wide selection of great coffee at an affordable price. It ranges from $3.5 to $5, as it’s a non-profit cafe run by the church next door.

WiFi: Consistent and fast. No complaints.

Outlet: Plenty of them, except when you chooose to sit in the Spanish courtyard.

Seating: It’s huge! There are probably between 75 and 100 seats. You will always be able to find a seat here. There are 3 sections, 1 front room, and 1 Spanish courtyard, and 1 backroom with couches.

Parking: Parking is difficult. That’s the one huge downside. You can try to park in the church parking lot right next door.

What Makes it Special: I love sitting n the Spanish courtyard to get some sun in the summer. If you can deal with the parking situation, you will always find a seat here.

Hot & Cool Cafe: This is What Coffee Shops In Wakanda Must Feel Like

Location: 4331 Degnan Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90008

Coffee: Really good coffee, better than Tanner’s, but not as amazing as the Hilltop, or as wide of a selection as Coffee Connection.

WiFi: Consistent and fast.

Outlet: You need to have your computers/phones charged BEFORE you come in. There are some outlets, but very limited.

Seating: It’s open, well lit with large windows and spacious. It can seat between 30-40 people with no problem.

Parking: Metered parking only. However, I don’t know if you need to feed the meter though… Just my observation. Do it at your own risk.

What Makes it Special: It’s a very unique coffee shop that blends in well with Leimert Park. It’s got a throne, a giraffe statue , and a zebra statue. What else do you want?


The Boy and the Bear: One Smooth Cup of Coffee

Location: 12712 Washington Blvd Ste 101 Los Angeles, CA 90066

Coffee: Exceptional coffee and it’s reasonably priced. $3 for expresso and $4.5 for a latte

WiFi: Consistent and fast.

Outlet: Outlets are very limited. Either bring your extension cord, or pick your seat carefully.

Seating: It’s small. It can fit between 20 and 25 people.

Parking: Parking is very difficult. There are metered parking right out front. Alternatively you can sometimes find free street parking on Wade st.

What Makes it Special: The coffee is exceptional here. It feels very hipster here. If you don’t care it’s hipster, and want a cup of good coffee while working, this is it.


Coffee shops are a great place to force yourself to get projects done.

  • If you want to enjoy your food while working, you should check out Hilltop Coffee and Kitchen.

  • If you want to enjoy the atmosphere, check out the beautiful Spanish courtyard at Coffee Connection, or sit in the throne at Hot and Cool Cafe.

  • If all you want to do is work, stop by Tanners because they have all the outlets in the world to keep your computer charged.

  • Lastly, if all you want to do is get some exceptional coffee and pretend to do a little bit of work, go pay the Boy and the Bear a visit.