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Coffee & Power: A guide to finding the perfect remote workspace on the road

Coffee & Power: A guide to finding the perfect remote workspace on the road

Good Coffee. Good Wi-Fi. And Plugs. The impossible combination.

We traveled a lot this past year for CloudDevs, hitting many major cities including New York, Boston, San Francisco, and London. While traveling, one of our biggest challenges was always finding good coffee shops to work out of. Not in the sense of just good coffee (a must), but also good Wi-Fi and enough plugs to hunker down and bang out some solid work. Once we got to a new city, one of the first things I did was try to find the best coffee shops around the area where our meetings were. I Googled, searched Foursquare and Yelp but in most cases we ended up gambling. Many of the coffee shops met one or two of our needs, but rarely did they hit all three. We’d wait in line for a coffee only to find out there were no plugs. Or we’d find plugs but connecting to Wi-Fi was like firing up AOL on a dial-up connection. We needed to move. And we’d lose time trying to find a new spot, often ending up not being able to get anything done. This was painful. When you’re in and out of meetings that 1-2 hour gap in between to catch up on things is crucial. Not finding a place to work is a drag. Eventually we found a few places in each city that had the right combo of great coffee, solid wi-fi, and plugs to get stuff done. Over the past few months, and with the help of some friends, we covered 11 major cities and 100 coffee shops. Our goal was to find enough coffee shops in each city so you could move from coffee shop to coffee shop on foot. We recorded Wi-Fi passwords and plug locations when possible to limit the awkward ask for a Wi-Fi password and the barista pointing for the 100th time to the ‘obvious’ sign on the cash register. No more having to scan cafes for outlet locations to find the lone corner with a plug. We sorted coffee shops by city and created public Foursquare lists for each one so you can view them even if you don’t have an account. For instance, here’s Montreal’s list. Each coffee shop has a tip with the Wi-Fi password and info on the plug situation. If you have Foursquare, you can login to save a list. You’ll then be able to see the lists through the Foursquare mobile app when you’re on the go. If you’re traveling to a new city and need to find a spot to work, we hope this helps.

Cafes for working out of around the world

United States

New York City, NY

Ace Hotel Lobby Bar, Brooklyn Roasting Company, Telegraphe Café, Black Brick, & more

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Boston, MA

Wired Puppy, Render Coffee, Equal Exchange Cafe, Darwin’s Ltd., & more

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San Francisco, CA

Epicenter Cafe, Philz Coffee, Cafe St. Jorge, Jane, & more

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Los Angeles, CA

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Bean Town Coffee House & Bakery, Chatime, & more

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Philadelphia, PA

Good Karma, Elixr Coffee Roasters, Chestnut Hill Coffee Co., Milkcrate Cafe, & more

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Seattle, WA

Volunteer Park Cafe, Porchlight Coffee & Records, Motore Coffee, Caffé Vita, & more

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Chicago, IL

Coffee Chicago, Dollop Coffee & Tea, The Wormhole Coffee, & more

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Denver, CO

St. Mark’s Coffee House, Bardo Coffee House, Corvus Coffee, Steam, & more

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Houston, TX

Southside Espresso, Blacksmith, Siphon Coffee, Black Hole, & more

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Canada

Vancouver, BC

Kafka’s Coffee & Tea, Greenhorn Cafe, 49th Parallel & Lucky’s Doughnuts, & more

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Montreal, QC

Lili & Oli, Caffè in Gamba, Pikolo Espresso Bar, Kitsuné Espresso Bar Artisanal, & more

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Toronto, ON

Cafe Novo, The Good Neighbour, The Rooster Coffee House, Dineen Coffee, & more

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Calgary, AB

Analog Coffee, Good Earth Coffeehouse & Bakery, Cafe Rosso, & more

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United Kingdom

London

Prufrock Coffee, Ozone Coffee Roasters, Look Mum No Hands!, Ace Hotel, & more

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China

Hong Kong

Eslite Tea Room, Holly Brown, The Coffee Academics, & more

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Sweden

Stockholm

Coffice, J&N at Work, Johan & Nyström, Drop Coffee, Il Caffè, & more

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