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Need to Get Away? Our Favorite Off-site Spots in Austin, Portland and Los Angeles

Written By Nick Mendez | Nov 26, 2014

Sometimes you just need to get out of the office. Maybe your deskmate has a persistent wheeze, or it’s fish fry day in the cafeteria and you have a violent allergy. I asked the staff at M+P to share some of their favorite remote office getaways in Austin, Portland and Los Angeles.


Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
A huge space with ample seating, a great view and reliable WiFi from wall to wall. A lakeside patio and live music in the evenings conspire to keep you there well into the evening.

Vintage Heart Coffee
1405 E 7th St.
The perfect spot to hunker down and finish that project. A focused yet relaxed atmosphere, back-friendly wooden chairs, a good playlist on the speakers and speedy internet.

Epoch Coffee
221 W North Loop Blvd.
An artfully decorated, warehouse-style shop with inside and outside work space. Retractable extension cables hang from the ceiling, ensuring that you won’t run out of juice.

1010 E Cesar Chavez St.
A house converted into a coffee shop and eatery that’s managed to retain its homey atmosphere. Excellent jazz music in the background. The ideas just flow out.


Townshend’s Division Street Tea House
3531 SE Division St.
Two big, facing couches are perfect for team meetings or brainstorming. Reliable WiFi and kombucha on tap makes for happy workers. Good sunlight.

1355 NW Everett St.
Burgers and pie might not be the neatest food, but Tilt’s WiFi is damn fast. Together with long tables and an energetic atmosphere, this has become a popular off-site spot for developers.

Palio Dessert & Espresso House
1996 SE Ladd Ave.
Nice long tables in the back for getting a group together. Quiet, comfortable ambiance and seriously delicious desserts. Try the key lime pie.

Albina Press
4637 N Albina Ave.
Lots of natural light, big breezy windows and a very friendly staff. Desk space in the back for when you need to get serious. Very peppy WiFi.

Los Angeles

1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
The perfect coffee shop for wor-axing…working/relaxing. TOMS provides the perfect Venice vibe. Work knowing that the waves are just a half mile away. TOMS offers three distinct seating areas: indoor, outdoor, and an outdoor courtyard with astro turf. Yes, you should bring your dog!

Novel Cafe
2507 Main St.
Although it’s not the most glamorous cafe, Novel wins with its large communal tables that are separated out from the normal lunch crowd, making it a college library of sorts for remote workers.

833 S Spring St.
Verve is a beautiful and fairly new coffee shop in the heart of DTLA. They specialize in artisan roasters, freshly pressed juice, and delicious pastries. Parking can be difficult to find, but trust us, it’s worth it.

7080 Hollywood Blvd.
With plenty of outdoor seating, Tiago offers the ability to work en plein air. If you get a creative block, just stare out onto the sea of Hollywood Blvd. visitors. Chances are you’ll be inspired. Strong pour-over from Coava Roasters will keep your stamina going strong.

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