The Koffee Klatch is my wifi spot in the Laguna Beach area. I’ve got a favorite little table toward the back of the café that is quiet, and near a wall fountain. It’s got a bohemian/hipster vibe and gets a pretty broad range of customers, being just off the more heavily beaten tourist track a little further up the PCH. I had no luck finding an active web presence for this spot, so I’ve linked to their Yelp page.
Food: Very good
Wifi: Effortless, solid
Ambience/Decor: Cozy and funky, plus courtyard seating
Ambience/Business: Good for solo work; If you’re meeting someone, you’ll be better off outdoors
Service: Polite, on the slow side
Clientele: Locals, tourists, a few businesspeople
Bathroom: Clean, outside and off the courtyard
Special Note: Parking is metered and time limited, so if you’re planning to stay awhile, look for spots up the hill behind the shops.
Service can be on the slow side, but if you’re looking for a place in Laguna Beach to get a little work done, you’ll be comfortable here. Besides my regular lattes, I usually order their breakfast bagel, which they do quite well.
The music is pretty varied and often interesting, which goes with the bohemian atmosphere. There used to be a dance/exercise studio upstairs. I’m not sure if they’re still there, but I haven’t been treated to the occasional rhythmic stomping my last couple of visits, so I’m guessing they’ve moved on (feel free to drop me a line if you’ve got news about that).
The Koffee Klatch
1440 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Penina’s Wifi Etiquette
- Buy stuff. Do I really need to say this? After seeing otherwise with my own eyes, it turns out I do. My rule of thumb is to buy something about every two hours.
- Be gracious. Your two coffees and a scone aren’t doing all that much to pay the rent for the hours you spend in a café. Help make it a friendly, welcoming place so they can attract and keep more customers.
- Follow the rules. Busy urban areas limit wifi use because higher costs require them to generate quicker turnover. Sometimes plug placement is limited: if your power cord is a tripping hazard, then don’t use it (or negotiate with the wifier closer in to swap locations so you can charge up).
- Be considerate. Go outside to make phone calls.
- Be very considerate. Your laptop should not make a sound—not even little beeps: use headphones. Same for the radio you brought to follow the game.
- Tip generously. And tip again if you’re there through a shift change.
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