There are a lot of options for coffee shops on the main stretch of Atwater Village, but Black Elephant is by far the best for working. Or staring at your laptop and pretending you’re working. Their coffee is good (it’s Stumptown, like nearly every other place in town), and if you get hungry, there’s an equally good ham and cheese croissant. It’s quiet, you’ll always be able to find a seat, and most importantly, they’ve got plenty of covered sidewalk seating for when you need to distract yourself from script notes by gazing off into traffic on Glendale Blvd.
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