My Favorite Coffeeshops To Work From

I’ve worked out of close to a thousand coffeeshops over the past few years, so I thought I’d build up a list of my favs, both for personal use and to share with anyone else who works remotely. I’ll continuously update this page as I check out new places.

This list will only include places I’ve worked from multiple times with consistently great results for seating, wifi, outlets, and atmosphere; for every place listed there are at least a dozen others that didn’t make the cut. Many of these places are also great for meeting up with people.

Happy Bones NYC

Gonna plug Spacious ($99/mo) and Croissant ($39-249/mo) as my fall-back workplaces when I can’t find a good cafe. Spacious turns boutique restaurants and wine bars into coworking places in NYC/SF (ref code ‘JMALUF’ for $30 credit), and Croissant is an hourly pass to hundreds of coworking places.


New York City 🇺🇸

Gotan (Tribeca)

Amazing coffee and food in a really well-designed, spacious setting. Can be crowded on the weekends but perfect for working during the week. (130 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013)

Think Coffee (Tribeca)

I’ve probably logged 50+ hours at this Think Coffee location – if you manage to grab one of the window seats you’ll never want to leave. There are lots of outlets, fast wifi, and a really clean and productive environment. (350 Broadway, New York, NY 10013)

Maman (Soho)

This place is the definition of boutique. I wouldn’t recommend working out of here for the whole day, but the back room is a great place to send out a few emails or to meet up with a friend. (239 Centre St, New York, NY 10013)

Ground Support (Soho)

An amazing coffee shop right in the middle of Soho. I work out of this place every once in a while, but most of the time I find myself using it as a place to meet up with people. I also love sitting on the bench inside the window and people-watching. (399 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012)

Happy Bones (Nolita)

Happy Bones is one of those places that only has a couple seats and they’re taken 90% of the time. Every time I walk by I check to see if there’s a seat available, and on the rare occasion there is I grab it and stay until I hit inbox zero. (394 Broome St, New York, NY 10013)

Ludlow Coffee Supply (LES)

Cozy cafe that usually has a lot of open seats, good coffee, and a relaxing environment. (176 Ludlow St New York, NY 10002)

Kellogg’s NYC (Midtown)

The most instagrammable place I’ve ever worked from. Often crowded on the weekends, but during the week you can snag a beanbag, couch, or even a hammock overlooking Union Square. Lots of outlets, fast wifi, and a freakin’ La Croix vending machine! Seriously couldn’t ask for more. (31 E 17th St, New York, NY 10010)

Cafe Grumpy (Chelsea)

Lots of seating, cheap coffee, and a friendly environment. There are half a dozen Cafe Grumpys in NYC but the one in Chelsea is the only one I’ve found that’s good for working. The one in Nolita is sometimes nice too. (224 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011)

Blue Bottle (Williamsburg)

This location recently moved a couple blocks over, and in my opinion downgraded a bit, but it’s still worthy of my list. No wifi so gotta hotspot to work here. (76 N 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249)


Los Angeles 🇺🇸

CAFE IF (West Hollywood)

A small-yet-somehow-never-full coffeeshop within walking distance of most of Hollywood, but not close enough that tourists come by. Great coffee and pastries, decent wifi, and really cool people. (7962 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046)

Verve Coffee Roasters (West Hollywood)

This place was designed with working in mind and has tons of seating both indoors and outdoors. The embodiment of a perfect cafe workplace. (8925 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069)

Philz (Hollywood)

The only Philz location I’ve found that always has my back when I need a place to work. Fast wifi, tons of outlets, an insane number of seats both indoors and outside… It’s almost too good to be true. (6430 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028)

Starbucks Reserve (La Brea)

Brand new and the only Reserve location in LA AFAIK. Some friends give me flak for working out of Starbucks, but IMO Reserve locations don’t even count as part of the chain. They’re too cool. (359 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036)

Sidecar Doughnuts (Santa Monica)

Seriously – this place has the best donuts in the world, and whenever I’m in town I have to stop by. But even if they didn’t their great coffee and outdoor seating is still enough to make me swing through to work from here. (631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401)

Espresso Cielo (Venice)

Good wifi, location, coffee. There’s another Espresso Cielo a mile up the street in downtown Santa Monica that’s also really nice (and has outlets). (3101 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405)


San Francisco 🇺🇸

Stanza Coffee (Mission)

Great cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating, fast wifi, and a usually quiet and relaxing environment. Love the Thai tea here. (3126 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103)

Four Barrel Coffee (Mission)

Popular coffeeshop right in the middle of the Mission district. Often pretty noisy but still great for working if you manage to grab a bench or window seat. (375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103)

Ritual Coffee Roasters (Mission)

One of my favorite coffeeshops in SF. They don’t have very many seats and their coffee is overpriced even by SF standards, but I love the environment here. (1026 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110)

Réveille Coffee Co (Chinatown)

This place is great when the weather is warm and you grab a seat outside. Great coffee and lots of tech people here. (200 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133)

Workshop Cafe (FIDI)

Workshop Cafe is a perfect example of combining a cafe and a coworking place. The front is a cafe with coffee and overpriced avocado toast, while the back is a pay-by-the-hour coworking place. They recently opened a second one a few blocks away in SOMA that’s just as good. (180 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104)

Starbucks Reserve (SOMA)

Just like in LA, when there’s a major city with only one Reserve location Starbucks will go all out to make sure it’s incredible. This one is also brand new and perfect for working. (201 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105)

Gather Cafe (SOMA)

Also called Galvanize Cafe. Technically it’s part of a coworking place, but you only need to buy a coffee to sit and work out of the front area. (44 Tehama St, San Francisco, CA 94105)

Sightglass Coffee (SOMA)

Industrial-style space with two floors and lots of seating. Really good coffee here. Also lots of tech people. (270 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103)

Red Rock Coffee (Mountain View)

Known for being a hotspot for founders and venture capitalists. Use headphones to avoid overhearing the hundreds of stupid crypto pitches happening around you. Tons of seating on the second floor. (201 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041)

Blue Bottle (Palo Alto)

Great coffee and lots of outdoor seating in a front courtyard. Integrated with an hourly coworking place if you decide you want to pay for a quieter environment or conference room. (456 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301)


Barcelona 🇪🇸

Fabcafe

I’m a huge fan of the integration of creative spaces and workplaces, and Fabcafe is the perfect example of that. The front is a cafe with good food, drinks, and lots of workspace, while rest of the space is a fabrication studio with 3d printers, CNC routers, and anything you’d need for any project. I really hope they branch out to the US some day. (Carrer de Bailèn, 11, 08010 Barcelona, Spain)


Madrid 🇪🇸

Bicycle Café

Had several friends recommend this cafe as a great place to work, and they weren’t lying. Ended up spending a lot of time here since the atmosphere and food were so addicting. (Plaza de San Ildefonso, 9, 28004 Madrid, Spain)


Amsterdam 🇳🇱

The Coffee Virus

Mixed college/tech atmosphere with amazing coffee and food. (Overhoeksplein 2, 1031 ks Amsterdam, Netherlands)


Montreal 🇨🇦

Crew Collective

This is one of those places you have to check out for yourself. Someone decided to turn a massive cathedral-like bank into a cafe and ended up with this masterpiece. Easily a top 5 cafe for me. (360 Rue Saint-Jacques Montreal, QC H2Y 2N1 Canada)

Dispatch Coffee

Minimalist and modern coffeeshop with benches and steps for seating. Great for short bursts of working with your laptop on your lap, or for meeting up with people. (4021 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2W 1Y4, Canada)

La Finca Coffee

Google Maps describes this place’s environment as ‘airy and light-filled’ and that describes it better than I could. (1067 Rue de Bleury, Montréal, QC H2Z 1N1, Canada)


Bali 🇮🇩

Machinery Cafe (Canggu)

Machinery-themed cafe in the middle of Canggu. Occasionally infested with digital nomad bros but usually pretty chill. (Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No 35, Banjar Canggu, Canggu, Indonesia)

Anomali Coffee (Ubud)

My favorite cafe in Ubud. Lots of seating, really good coffee and pastries, and located iwithin walking distance of really everything in Ubud. (Jalan Raya Ubud No. 88, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia)

Seniman Coffee Studio (Ubud)

Another great coffee shop in Ubud. Sri Wedari No.5, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia


Chiang Mai 🇹🇭

Overstand Coffee

Would easily be one of my top cafes if it weren’t for the fact that it’s overrun with obnoxious digital nomads and ecommerce scam influencers. Great coffee and insane wifi speeds though. (19/3 Soi Ratchamanka 2, Phra Sing, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand)

Mingmitr Coffee

Discovered this place by accident and fell in love with it. Very cozy atmosphere with tons of plants. (Hai Ya, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand)


Kuala Lumpur 🇲🇾

Common Grind

Tiny cafe that has an awesome atmosphere and open seats most of the time. Great pastries and coffee. (42 Jalan Doraisamy 50300 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia)

LOKL Coffee Co

Small and cozy coffeeshop with a good amount of tables for working. (30, Jalan Tun H S Lee, 50100 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia)


Thanks for checking out my list!