On the corner of Linden and Broadway sits my new favorite study spot: Linden Public.
This is a gem hidden in plain sight, I can't believe it took me so long to finally visit! For starters, there's plenty of parking out front, if you know LB, you know that's practically unheard of. Second-- and the best part, is the interior, and upstairs views of art-deco buildings that surround the intersection, palm trees and the breeze from floor-to-ceiling windows. This place has everything you could ask for, and more: a walk-up window if you're just stopping by, WiFi (of course), lots of outlets, comfy seating and normal bar seating, views, an ocean breeze, a long, wooden communal table (the hipster staple), great coffee and friendly baristas! I only worked there for a few hours, but I already have a favorite seat and drink-- the upstairs corner with two floor outlets, and the rosewater mocha. If you happen to visit and you're hungry, be sure to sit outside in the street, which they've commandeered (and have musicians perform).
Next visit: brunch! (As recommended!)
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If you can't tell by my Instagram, I'm drinking my way through Long Beach. I was excited when Commodity opened, because it signaled LB was becoming a real coffee-capital competitor to San Diego, San Fran and LA. Unfortunately the one time I went to actually work, their WiFi was down, but crafty as they are, they had an alternative for me. There aren't many outlets or seats in the shop, but I've never seen it get crowded (on a week day anyhow). I've had two drip coffees, one I didn't care for and one very citrus-y Ethiopian I liked, as well as an O.K. mocha. I'm going to come back for another coffee and espresso, so the jury's out on a final rating, but the baristas are cool, the music choice is great (think 500 Days of Summer soundtrack) and the ambiance is clean and inviting. Considering it's proximity to CSULB, I'll be back, at least for a to-go cup!
My ratings for Commodity:
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