We report on YBa2Cu3O7−δ thin‐film preparation by a new laser deposition geometry, the so‐called off‐axis laser deposition. Combined with radiation‐based substrate heating, this results in c‐axis oriented, epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7−δ thin films with critical current densities above 106 A/cm2 at 77 K and zero field and an exceptionally good surface quality, with complete absence of the otherwise observed laser droplets. As proved by atomic force microscopy, the surface roughness is <80 Å over an area of at least 10×10 μm2. Using this off‐axis geometry it is possible to coat both sides of a substrate simultaneously, providing a one‐step process in double‐sided thin‐film deposition. Both YBa2Cu3O7−δ films on the substrate show identical superconducting properties.