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.
Coutume47 Rue de Babylone, 7th | +18.104.22.168.50.47
This lablike Left Bank coffee house (there are three other locations throughout the city) is owned by two pals (one Australian, one French)—and it offers so much more than standard espresso. For starters, they do to-go cups, which is kind of an anomaly in this part of the world, as well as pour-overs and cappuccinos. Like so many Parisian cafés, this one has an indoor/outdoor seating situation making it a people-watching paradise. But you can actually get some work done, too—the interior is soothing, the Wi-Fi is free, and tables are roomy enough to spread out. You can also grab a quick breakfast or soup-and-salad lunch.
Craft24 Rue des Vinaigriers, 10th | +22.214.171.124.90.77
Though this coffee shop serves treats and light lunch (lentil and quinoa salads in jars, artisan sandwiches, etc.), locals really flock here for Craft's cappucinos, Wi-Fi, and work-friendly feel. There's a communal table in the back that's perpetually lined with people tapping away at their Macs, though there are just as many locals who stop by to catch up with friends.
Loustic40 Rue Chapon, 3rd & 4th Arrondissement | +33.980.310.706
The café crème at Loustic is unmatched in Paris, but the interiors of this Marais spot are just as lovely. It’s a narrow but ingeniously designed space, where a long wall of sofa seating pairs with tiny octagonal tables (just big enough for coffee and a book—or a laptop) jutting out of the wall. There’s a back room with a choice of graphic sofas and wicker chairs. Spanish-tiled floors, blush cushions, and plenty of red brick add touches of color, while a consistently bohemian, artsy crowd adds to the ambiance. Drink your way through a Chemex and flip through the supply of art house magazines when you need some downtime.
Café Pinson6 Rue du Forez, 3rd & 4th Arrondissement | +33.983.825.353
In the Marais, Café Pinson is a godsend to the weary Parisian vegetarian. The hearty quinoa risotto and delicate miso soup are a step to counter all that double-cream Brie. If you’re here just to work, though, order a perfectly made almond milk latte and a few protein balls (small nuggets of seeds, dates, and nuts) and settle in among the rustic flagstone walls, checkerboard tables, and decorative Provençal tiles. And the Wi-Fi is super strong and reliable. There’s a second location on the Rue du Faubourg.
The Hoxton Paris30-32 Rue du Sentier, 2nd Arrondissement | +126.96.36.199.75.00
As in the Hoxton outposts in Amsterdam, Brooklyn, and London, the lobby here is massive. And in this case, it's also built into a courtyard. Velvet sofas, natural light, and gorgeous decorative features (like a 300-year-old spiral staircase) make for an absurdly pleasant place to spend a few hours. For a change of scene, move on to the Hoxton’s Jacques Bar and its floor-to-ceiling windows that look directly onto the rooftops of Paris. The Moroccan-influenced cocktail list includes the Postcard from Marrakech, made of orange blossom and gin—it tastes like summer in a glass.
Café Lomi3 Rue Marcadet, 18th Arrondissement | +33.98.03.95.624
Café Lomi is a bit out of the way, deep in the Goutte d’Or neighborhood of the 18th arrondissement. But the lack of distraction means it’s a great spot to buckle down, drink endless cappuccinos (it has its own roaster), down one of the light-as-air croissants, and get some work done. The interior is a whimsical mix of antique trunks that act as stand-ins for tables, exposed redbrick walls, and lots of potted green plants. We love the high ceilings and huge windows that combat Paris’s often cloudy days.