The bar is always bustling, and the relaxed, Spanish-style ambiance (complete with fireplaces), makes this the kind of restaurant you could become a regular at. Try the famous Zuni chicken, farmer's plate, and wash it down with a specialty cocktail.
This roaster recently opened a bright and airy shop downtown near the Ace Hotel. Street parking can be a challenge (try the lot next door for $5), but traffic stress will melt away once you step onto the relaxing patio. New locations around town are opening soon.
This low-key spot is tucked away near downtown Culver City and is so unassuming you would probably drive by if you weren't looking for it. The interior is cozy, not fancy, and they take their coffee seriously (a sign reads "do not touch the roaster"). High marks for the baked goods and tea selections, too.
Coworking Space in Santa Monica, CA, United States
If you're a writer in need of a room of one's own, this Santa Monica facility offers a shared workspace. It includes private desks, open tables, a lounge, conference room, kitchen, and internet. They also offer classes, author readings, and writing groups.