groundwork coffee

organic roasts with local roots at the beach

Unlike a lot of trendy coffee shops in town, Groundwork has been around for a while. The first location opened over 20 years ago on Venice Beach, and since then, they’ve expanded all the way into the Valley and into Whole Foods.


Groundwork cafes serve up its own line of organic, fair trade coffees and teas, as well as a decently sized brunch menu in the mornings to supplement house made pastries. Pair that with free wifi and communal tables and you have a fan favorite coworking space. As for the scene, it’s actually quite reflective of the neighborhood, which is fun to observe. The Hollywood cafe dwellers are very different from Larchmont just a short distance away, which are in turn a stark contrast to Venice. But hey, so long as the coffee is consistent, everyone is happy.

the details

AddressMultiple locations around the city
YelpMultiple Locations
Hoursalso vary among the locations, but most open fairly early in the morning (6 or 7am) and close in the afternoon or early evening
Price$$ – standard organic cafe prices, most drinks are $4-6, food is $8-15
Aestheticorganic market type aesthetic, a little more gritty than glitzy for LA standards

good to know

Go here for: a coffee fix or cafe work session 

Order this: a horchata cold brew (yes, you read that right) and breakfast burrito…or breakfast tacos

Amount of time to spend: a pretty solid spot to set up shop for a couple hours

When to come: weekday mornings usually have a lot of traffic, that mellows out in the afternoon

Parking: varies among the different locations, but considering most of them are in popular foot traffic blocks, it’s usually a try your luck finding a meter situation, or circle around neighboring residential streets. 

Other things to note: 

  • If you’re in a hurry, you can order ahead online and pick up. They also sell coffee beans and loose leaf teas online (and at Whole Foods and other grocery stores across the country).
  • They have an espresso truck, which you can follow for location updates on Twitter.
  • They also have a café in Portland (not that Portland has any shortage of coffee shops either).

Last visited: February 2020

Last updated: June 2020

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