Where goop Staffers Get Work Done in London, Paris, NYC, and LA
Whether we’re prepping for IGH, a pop launch, or just the usual daily madness, we here at goop often find ourselves on the move. New York City and Los Angeles are our regular stomping grounds, but lately, we’ve also been running around London and Paris. And no matter where we are or why we’re there, there is one constant: coffee. But finding a café where the Wi-Fi is as strong as the espresso or a hotel lobby that doesn’t raise an eyebrow to the laptop crowd can be tricky in a new city. In fact, it took more than a few false starts to locate our favorite out-of-office offices, but the ones we landed on are coffee shop gold. So settle in, order a cup of wake-up call, and clear your inbox in the most civilized of ways.
La Colombe270 Lafayette, Soho | 212.625.1717
With cafés in four major cities, La Colombe is looking to build a little empire—which makes total sense. The in-house beans are some of New York City's best, and the café itself is serene and beautiful. Locations vary in size (some have tables where you could totally pull out a laptop), and you can usually find a place to at least perch for a bit.
Marlton Hotel Espresso Bar5 W. 8th St., West Village | 212.321.0100
The gorgeous Marlton Hotel lobby happens to be home to a great espresso bar. Here, you'll find a simple but perfectly executed offering of coffee drinks, teas, and snacks (get the beet chips and one of the salads). While tables tend to go fast, you can usually grab a couch or armchair.
Happy Bones394 Broome St., Nolita | 212.673.3754
Here's the thing: Happy Bones is actually tiny, but because most people come for to-go drinks, the tables are almost always empty. The two guys who run this place keep the menu and the décor blessedly simple, so you're guaranteed both a great cup of coffee and a peaceful atmosphere every time.
The Vale Collective113 N. 7th St., Gowanus
Vale can't be described as any one thing since it is a perky boutique, art gallery, coffee shop, and backyard garden all in one. What's really special though, is that it does all four things really well, particularly the coffee shop part. Grab a cup of Birch Coffee and pick between a street-facing window seat or the aforementioned garden (the Wi-Fi totally holds up back there).
Culture Espresso72 W. 38th St., Midtown
The garment district isn’t exactly known for a stellar specialty coffee scene, so the fact that there are two excellent options a mere block from each other is pretty great. Culture Espresso is the original, but it’s snug, which means you might have to wait for a seat. The newer and significantly bigger Culture 36 is ideal for getting stuff done, if you don’t mind the semiloud music. Both locations brew Heart Coffee Roasters coffee and serve Culture's famous house-baked chocolate chip cookies (they sell out fast, so come on the earlier side).
Little Skips941 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn | 929.210.8101
At this point, Brooklyn could probably give Seattle a run for its money when it comes to the number of coffee shops per capita, and Little Skips is easily one of the best. It's especially great for those who like semiloud background music, as it's an undeniable part of the hipster package. Thai iced tea—an equally potent alternative to a latte—is on the menu in addition to all the usual suspects if you’re feeling adventurous. Fair warning: Outlets are a limited commodity here, so come fully charged just in case. The original outpost is on Willoughby Avenue.
Citizens of Gramercy362 2nd Ave., Gramercy | 646.476.8416
Like so many of the city’s best new cafés, this Gramercy spot was opened by a team of Aussies in a neighborhood that could do with a couple more stellar cafés (there’s another in Chelsea). The food skews healthy, and we love the all-day breakfast—especially the smoked salmon eggs, which come with a roasted beet labneh. The coffee house scene transitions to wine and cocktails at night, so after working for a few hours during the day, you won’t have to go far to unwind with a different sort of beverage.
Devoción69 Grand St., Williamsburg | 718.285.6180
A massive roaster occupies the front half of this vast Williamsburg café, adding an industrial vibe to this otherwise cheerful, sunlight-flooded brick space near the East River. Arrive early to snag a seat (this is freelancer HQ for the surrounding blocks, and tables go quickly), but once you’re in, there’s strong Wi-Fi and stronger coffee. We especially appreciate the daily newspapers and magazines available for catching up on the news the old-school way.
Dweebs1434 Dekalb Ave., Bushwick | 347.413.5272
In this part of Bushwick, Dweebs (on the corner of Dekalb and Wilson) acts as the neighborhood’s communal office, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a small, flower-filled patio to draw in the area’s creative minds. There are outlets everywhere and a printer that actually works. And as any local will tell you: The bagels and coffee are the best you’ll find off the Jefferson L train stop. Photo courtesy of Bridget Kenny.
The Hoxton97 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg | 718.215.7100
We recently stayed at the freshly-minted Hoxton in Williamsburg and were sorely tempted to play hooky from the office and work from the lobby instead. Communal tables, rich velvet sofas (nab a seat by the fire), dependable Wi-Fi, and floods of natural light make the space a freelancer’s dream. As for the guest rooms, they are labeled as ‘cozy’ or ‘roomy.’ But size really doesn’t matter when you can lie in an insanely comfortable bed piled with pillows and stare at the Manhattan skyline (while devouring the chia puddings delivered every morning). An unexpected delight was the dining scene, the food at the Hoxton's two restaurants is absolutely top notch. You cannot go wrong with the blistered chicken, a bowl of ridiculously indulgent cacio e pepe, with a side of roasted cauliflower, eaten sprawled out in the plush, textural lobby with a friend as we did—made better only by a few glasses of Beaujolais. We also love to frequent the other, equally thoughtful and beautifully turned-out Hoxton properties in London, Amsterdam, Paris, and, most recently Portland.