I'm gonna start by directing you to this New York Times article on laptops killing cafe culture.....It's okay! Go ahead. I'll wait while you read it.
Okay. So when I tell people that I "work remotely," I think they always picture me frantically typing on my laptop in a some coffee shop, wearing big headphones and flip-flops.
For the most part, they are not incorrect (I'm usually wearing Uggs instead of flip-flops). As a remote-worker I often work.... well, pretty much anywhere. My apartment. My car. Bars. Parks. Bus stops. Malls. Museums. You name it.
And that is why coffee shops are such a refreshing space for freelancer. Here is a place that is not your home that offers caffeine, a place to sit, wifi, outlets... and maybe even air-conditioning?!? It's a dream!
That being said, some environments are more conducive to work that others. Yes, I've already said I'll work anywhere... but if I had my choice, I'd go to one of the spots below. 💕
What is your favorite coffee shop in Pittsburgh for hunkering down and getting work done? Please leave it in the comments below!
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The Best Coffee Shops & Cafes in Pittsburgh for Working & Taking Meetings:
This coffee shop at the corner of North Ave and Grant Ave in Millvale is bright and spacious. It has plenty of tables and outlets, as well as one of the best pastry selections in the city. This my personal favorite coffee shop for taking meetings and getting out of the house!
Arriviste Coffee Bar
I hesitate to call Arriviste is a "coworking" coffee shop. Its trendy and comfortable interior is much more conducive to conversations with friends than typing. That being said, sometimes you want an artisan cup of coffee while you check your email. Arriviste can of course accommodate that. Here is an article I wrote about the shop when they first opened in 2017.
The Coffee Tree
The Coffee Tree on Walnut Street is not my first choice of coworking coffee shops, as it's not comfortable, and can be hard to find a table. However, sometimes you just need a cup of coffee and some quick wifi while out and about in Shadyside. Bonus: Someone told me this particular coffee shop has a free printer, but I cannot confirm or deny that.
The Lot at Edgewater
In the evening, The Lot is a bustling steakhouse, but in the mornings, it functions as a new-age diner. With 8 types of boozy coffee (yep), and some of the best pancakes in the city (also yep), this is a perfect spot to lounge with a laptop.
The restaurant opens at a startling 6:00 a.m. If you get there early enough, it's easy enough to find a table to post up and do work. However, if there is a long line of people waiting to be seated, be respectful with how long you hold a table.
Zeke's used to be home to the most comfortable sofas in Pittsburgh, which is why it was my favorite coffee shop for over 2 years. They recently swapped out the sofas for more tables, making the shop more conducive to the remote work crowd (aka, the type of person reading this list). Well, at least the space is even more remote-work friendly!
The Abbey on Butler
The Abbey was my go-to coffee shop for a few months last year. It's just really great for both solo work and meetings. It's usually pretty easy to find a table, or there are some comfortable chairs. The Abbey is also a bar and a restaurant, so no matter you're vibe, there is probably something to fit your needs. The Abbey is a place where I have both focused and crushed a lot of work, and spent hours chatting with amazing Pittsburgh creators.
Ineffable Ca Phe
Of this spot, Instagrammer @majordangdesign said, "The outlet game has never been stronger." So true. This space has an outlet for everyone who walks through the door. I love coming here in the morning and spreading out at one of their VERY spacious booth tables. The coffee is some of the best in the city (they have Vietnamese drip and egg custard coffee!), and there is always an open table. Starting at 11:00 a.m., you can order from their food menu, which features fresh and authentic bánh mì and rice bowls.
De Fer Coffee & Tea
The Strip District
In the space formerly occupied by "21st Street Coffee" is De Fre Coffee & Tea. De Fer is a fabulous local coffee and tea roaster that took-over the space at the end of 2017. They have added some charming updates, including a wall mural, colorful seating, a gigantic bookshelf of local products, and perhaps the best addition - a full service bar.
In addition to coffee and tea (which are both great!), De Fer offers a classic European cafe spread of cocktails (Negroni menu, anyone?), meat & cheese plates, and light bites.
The Pear and the Pickle
This is another great coworking space! Gigantic deli sandwiches, Stumptown Coffee, strong wifi, killer atmosphere, fun location.... what more could you need? An adventure up to Troy Hill is always fun, but Pear and the Pickle makes it easy to work and play while you're there.
Yes. I know. Lulu's doesn't have a squeaky-clean reputation. But hear me out on this one - prime desk space is at a minimum in Oakland. Every coffee shop, library... museum, bench... is swarming with college students. All the time! Few establishments in the neighborhood offer a guaranteed table every time you need to do work.
Well, for the most part, Lulu's does. As long as you don't go to Lulu's at 1:00 P.M. on a Saturday, it's pretty easy to grab a table and post up for hours. Plus noodles. Yay.
Sometimes you want to work and sip a coffee. Or a cocktail. Or a coffee cocktail. Well, all of this and MORE can be yours at Mixtape, my favorite bar in Pittsburgh. Mixtape offers a welcoming lounge that opens at 2:00 p.m..... I could go on and on about all of the reasons I love it. Oh wait. I already have.
Just trust me on this. For both boozy working and happy hour with friends, Mixtape is the spot.
Big Dog Coffee Shop
South-Siders and South-Hillers, this one is for you. The Big Dog Coffee shop is a favorite for everyone who lives/works south of the Monongehala river. Stop by for great coffee, pastries from 350 Bakery (personal favorite!) and a nice outdoor space.
Staghorn Garden Cafe
I've personally never done work at Staghorn, but this tiny cafe in Greendfield is my freelance-friend Jessa (@wavyalabaster)'s favorite spot... and if it's good enough for her, it's good enough for me! I know she loves their coffee drinks, food menu, and comfortable chairs! Come here if you're looking for a comfortable and homey place to do work.
The Coffee Buddha is a literal house of coffee, located just north of the city in. Not only does the space offer multiple rooms for work, but there is also an expansive patio and great parking. My freelance-friend Ashley notes that they, "don’t charge you extra for non-dairy milk," which is cool!
- I've never been to Carnegie Coffee Company, but it looks so cozy!
- The Smallman Galley has Commonplace coffee, and plenty of tables to spread out... if you go at the right time (middle of the day on a weekday)
- It's not always easy to get a spot at The Ace Hotel in East Liberty, but if you can, it's a great place to do work (Stumptown Coffee!)
- Commonplace Coffee on the Northside (same issue^... it is pretty small)
- Merchant Oyster Co Bar (sometimes I drink with my laptop at the bar during that weird grey area between lunch and happy hour)
- California Coffee Bar
- Artisan Cafe
- Floor 2 (If I'm Downtown and want to do work while sipping a cocktail)
- Adda - It can be hard to find a table here, but the drinks are 🔥
- I've been known to crush work at Franktuary in Lawrenceville
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