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Top Working Cafes in LA


Working for myself provides some fantastic benefits, one of those being able to work in different locations around the world.

I have had the pleasure of working from cafe's in Paris, Abu Dhabi, Miami, LA, Mexico, Singapore and New Zealand - and let's not forget Bondi.

At each location, I make sure I try some new venues with new menus and keep notes on who stand's out so I can share my favourite places with you. 

So from my last trip to USA, here are my top working Cafes in LA.

Los Angeles:

Abbot Kinney, Venice

  • Intelligista: This is a beautiful industrial chic location with fantastic daily roasted coffee. They have a lovely outdoor patio - but in summer the flies can be a bit off-putting and the vibe funky and hip. I found people in the cafe fairly chatty which is nice when you are looking for some social activity.

  • The Butchers Daughter: The Matcha Pancakes is the dish to try and this great cafe can provide some great people watching if you sit outside. The atmosphere is pretty chilled which makes it a great place to work, and the staff efficient but not in a over the top or intrusive way.

  • The Matcha Box: Try the Matcha Latte with Almond Milk and enjoy the beautiful modern design of this upbeat cafe and the extensive range of Matcha drinks on offer.

Rose Ave, Venice

  • Cafe Gratitude: Organic, Dog-Friendly, with Vegan menu options - just some of the perks of this great place to work.
    Even if you are not vegetarian or vegan I would encourage you to give this place a try, and don't forget to save room for their raw desserts - heavenly! I get known pretty quickly every time I'm staying locally as the lady who orders Tiramisu for breakfast - it's that good - but sometimes the French Toast does win me over.

  • Moon Juice: Vegetarian-friendly and a divine selection of drinks. Check out the cold pressed coffee with coconut for a quick pick me up or one of their green juices to infuse yourself with healthy vitamins and minerals. They have sooo many amazing drinks on offer I am fairly confident you will find one you love.

  • Rose Cafe: Great open plan, bright colours, and fantastic food. You can enjoy a fresh juice, herbal tea, or something more substantial while admiring the sun streaming through the windows. I recommend the Kale Salad which has a fantastic spicy kick.

Working Cafes in LA for Coaches

Santa Monica

  • Tendergreens: This is a great place where you can pick and choose your salad right down to the type of leaf. Vegetarian options are available and the vibe is happy and social. If you are looking for some new connections try sitting at the large communal table for some chit-chat or chill out at a smaller table and work away.

  • True Food Kitchen: Pretty much the entire menu is healthy and vibrant but I personally love the edamame dumplings and the fresh juice mocktails. Sit outside and enjoy some fresh air, or enjoy the flurry indoors. This place does get busy in peak times so stick to low times (not dinners) for peace to work.

  • Kreation Organic Cafe: Great decor and selection of cold press juices. The Energetic Tonic is a great pick me up if you find yourself a little low mid afternoon. Check out the fantastic outdoor seating for a great working space closer to nature.

Bonus Location (decided to squeeze in one more)
Between Santa Monica & Venice

  • Rawvolution: Fantastic place to work! Quiet, chilled atmosphere with juice shots and a fantastic vegan-friendly menu. Feeling bold or wanting something new? Give their 'E-3' live a go for a massive boost in nutrients.

If you have a favourite working cafe in LA share in the comments below and we will build a master list of top places to work for coaches.


Top Working Cafes in Burleigh Heads

Top Working Cafe's in Burleigh Heads

Working for myself has many advantages one of them being that I can work from anywhere in the world! I have traveled to some amazing locations and continued working from cafes in Paris, Abu Dhabi, Miami, Mexico, Singapore and New Zealand.

I have shared my favorite working cafe's in Bondi and LA so here is my list of Top Cafes to Work from in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. 

Commune Cafe: Located on the highway, this great cafe has quirky vintage decor and amazing organic menu options. On my last visit, I fell in love with their Chilli Jam, Bacon, Egg and Avocado on Gluten Free Toast - wow! I washed it down with caffeine free Dandelion Latte that was equally amazing.

Maria Anita: This is a superb gluten-free health focused cafe, but don't let that stop you from indulging. The Snickers Slice is to die for and their Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Raw Cookies are a very close second. If you are after something a little less indulgent, I can recommend the Green Pea Smash on Homemade Gluten Free Toast which is a great twist on the usual avocado smash. They have a great little outdoor seating area if you would like to be closer to nature, and all day breakfast. Perfect for working any time of the day.

Anna Karena: This beautiful little cafe has a lovely atmosphere filled with delightful displays of cakes and all manner of yummy things (Many gluten-free). They have a pretty great high tea, but if you are looking for a something smaller to go with your mid-morning beverage, they have an impressive range of cakes. The atmosphere is positive and not too noisy. The staff will be happy to have you working away as they serve cake-loving customers throughout the day.

Paleo Cafe: Made popular by their recently released recipe book, this cafe provides allergen friendly paleo food options AND is a great place to work. I highly recommend trying their Bone Broth which is has a beautiful deep rich flavour and many nutritional benefits. The Bolognese with Zucchini noodles is also pretty great. If you are feeling like something sweet to keep the brain firing, try the Salted Caramel Almond Hot Chocolate - yum!

Canteen Coffee: Tucked down a funky laneway, Canteen Coffee has THE best coffee on the Gold Coast. The menu has a Mediterranean influence and you are surrounded by shops to explore, or simply sit and enjoy the atmosphere while people watching. Word of warning - they do get SUPER busy so aim to arrive outside of peak times or set up to work while you are waiting and enjoy the view.

Govindas: Fantastic cheap and scrumptious vegetarian food. It can be a little noisy for working but the tables are a good size so pop your headphones in and give it a try. All the food is awesome, but I especially love their home-made bake cauliflower. So good!


Working Cafes in Burleigh Heads


If you have a great working cafe not yet on my list please let me know in the comments below and together we can create a great resource for working cafes  for coaches.


Giveaway Time...Simple Green Smoothies Book!

Simple Green Smoothies


My wonderful friends Jadah Sellner and Jen Hansard have just released their new book, Simple Green Smoothies! As Health Coaches we know that green smoothies can replace almost every meal, but one of the genius ideas from the book is that we can also create healthy cocktails.

My all time favourite cocktail is a Pina Colada, and whilst I only have these as an occasional treat these days, my eyes lit up when I saw this healthy Simple Colada in the book and Jadah and Jen have generously allowed me to share this recipe with you today!

Simple Colada


Simple Colada is a refreshing blend - without the hangover! Kiwi fruit is the most nutrient dense fruit, with plenty of vitamin C, which helps prevent wrinkles and helps promote skin rejuvenation.

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple*
  • 2 kiwi fruits halved*
  1. Blend the spinach and coconut until smooth.
  2. Add the pineapple and kiwi fruit and blend again.

*Use at least 1 frozen fruit to make a cold green smoothie.

Tip - want a lighter smoothie? Go for coconut water instead of coconut milk and still get the great tropical flavour!


This is really a beautiful book with some many delicious looking recipes and I'm so excited that I have 1 book to give away to a lucky reader!

To be in with a chance to win, simply comment below and tell me your favourite healthy cocktail recipe!

*Competition entries close at 12pm AEST on 6 November 2015. Competition is open to Australian residents only.


The Tasty Life: How to Turn Your Passion for Healthy Food Into a Career You Love

Passion for food into a career

If you love healthy food and you’ve dreamed about turning that passion into a thriving career or business, then I have an interview that’s perfect for you. 

My friend and colleague, Jennifer Cornbleet, recently interviewed star chefs and cooking teachers, health coaches, restaurant owners, cookbook authors, marketing experts and many more.



I was interviewed as part of the series, and I’m so excited share the recording with you!

In the interview we talked about how I discovered my passion and the steps I took to get where I am now.

If this sounds exciting to you, I urge you to listen in!



Let me know you key takeaways from the interview in the comments below!

Amanda x