Los Angeles Is Not Venezia. But the Coffee is Real.

Italian coffee culture is a thing all its own — leading us in a caffeinated pack since the 1500s. It’s ritualistic. Cappuccino by morning — macchiato pick-me-ups — and espresso by night. George Clooney has been the face of Nespresso long before Flat Whites were a regular at Starbucks. Although, admittedly I’m not sure what a Flat White is — nor the meaning of a Gibraltar or wet cappuccino.

With the rise of entrepreneurial inter web users, digital nomads have created yet a new coffee culture — one with slower sips and faster wi-fi.

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Work set-up at Tom’s Flagship

The Venice quarter of Los Angeles is home to the new wave of great coffee, ample seating and a healthy snack for the internet-seeking intelligentsia, aspiring screenwriters and go-getters this side of the Pacific.

It’s the type of place where a woman wearing a shirt that says “there’s no such thing as too many ukuleles” nibbles a gluten free, dairy free, free-range chocolate -free double chocolate brownie. It’s where a tall, magnificent Scandinavian ornamented with several silk scarves speaks seriously in her patois into her mobile headphones whilst a winsome man, who’d be considered much too old in any state other than the great golden for his man-bun, does the same in his cigarette-affected diction. A younger man with windswept hair, full beard and fitted tee sits at his laptop — also looking somehow magnificent. Yes, this is Venice… Los Angeles.

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Photo credit: Superba Food + Bread

Women stand tall buttressed upon their high-heels no matter the time of day. Snowfall hits Chicago and New York, the rains sweep the Pacific Northwest, but here skirts and suede persevere in an endless summer.

Here is your guide to digital nomadism in Venice, L.A.

deus ex machina

1001 Venice Blvd. Venice CA 90290

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This Australian-born fuel factory fills the coffee cups of its patrons, offering light fare and ample shared tables both inside and outside on their patio. Or grab a seat on a lone couch. You can grab some light fare for lunch or take a break from your laptop to peruse the onsite motorcycle cum surf shop.

deuscustoms.com

toms

1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

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The Abbot Kinney location is not only TOM’s flagship store, but has the appearance of a quaint cabin-like café at the entrance. Walk to the back with your lavender latte to backyard covered in green turf with rocking chairs, a wooden spool serving as a desk and stadium-like benches in the backdrop.

toms.com/toms-stores

groundwork coffee

671 Rose Ave. Venice, CA 90291

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Photo credit: Groundwork Coffee

The iced coffee here is one of the best I’ve ever had. Come for a hungry working session to the Rose location because the food is phenomenal. Their other outpost does not have a full kitchen. For the gluten-free, they have a wide assortment of specialized pastries. Bonus: There’s an outdoor patio around the side of the building.

groundworkcoffee.com/pages/venice-on-rose

superba food + bread

1900 S Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90291

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Photo credit: Superba Food + Bread

This spot makes their own bread onsite and therefore smells amazing. They even serve it warm with whipped butter. There is a separate coffee bar in addition to the food and wine bar. There is ample light and indoor and outdoor seating. The color theme of Superba is notably bright — white accented by warm yellow and forest green.

superbafoodandbread.com