Coffices

By Dorothy

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Part retail store, part wifi cafe, the TOMS Flagship has an open patio in the back with a fair amount of seating. Up front, there are a few, small round tables with outlets that are more conducive to getting work done. The cafe sells coffee, baked goods and cold-pressed juices. I got the grapefruit and mint juice, which was very yummy.

Wifi connection: A
Coffee: B+
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Not bad, on Monday afternoon
Bottom line: Nice to stop by for a change of scenery, but not really a place to get some serious work done.
Grab a bite: pizza at GTA.

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Located on Abbot Kinney, Intelligentsia is a huge, open room with plenty of sunlight. Counters and stools in the back of the cafe provide the most work-friendly seating. Lines can be long, but the coffee is good. Will have to try the baked goods next time.

Wifi connection: A-
Coffee: A-
Outlets: No
Crowded: Yes
Bottom line: Enjoy the coffee and people watching until your laptop battery runs out.

Star 1

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If you ever find yourself in the area, BrewWell is a good option to get your study or work on. Hidden from 8th Street, the cafe is attached to an Asian supermarket with which they share a lot, so parking is aplenty.

The space is open and bright, with tall glass windows. Sure, the view is of a big parking lot — but the coffee, wifi and friendly staff make up for it.

Wifi connection: B
Coffee: B
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Seating is sparse, but was ok for a Monday evening
Bottom line: Hidden gem for the neighborhood.

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Local 1205 is the sister restaurant of the adjacent drinking hole The Otheroom. The interior has a rustic market feel, with old-timey ceiling fans that are run by a pulley system.

The food and wifi are both pretty good. Cold-pressed juices are also available for a mere $12. It might have been an off day, but the cappuccino was pretty bad. I’ve been here a few times, and there’s always seating available. Definitely a place where you could set up camp for a good chunk of the day.

Wifi connection: A
Coffee: D
Outlets: Not sure
Crowded: No
Bottom line: Solid coffice, minus the coffee part.

Star 1

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On the corner of Lincoln and Venice Boulevards, Deus Ex Machina was a nice place to work on a Monday afternoon. Half of the shop is an open cafe with two large tables, the other half is a biker/surfer clothing store.

There was ample room for me to spread out my work things, and the wifi was pretty decent. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to stay for more than a couple of hours because it got too shaded and chilly. May be better as a morning work spot.

Wifi connection: A-
Coffee: Did not try
Outlets: No
Crowded: No
Bottom line: Bring a sweater.

Star 1

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Located on College Ave and right by the BART station, Bica serves coffee from Stumptown, Four Barrel and Intelligentsia and Ritual Coffee Roasters, just to name a few.

The music was on the loud side, but the barista was nice and the wifi was pretty fast.

Wifi connection: A-
Coffee: Did not try
Outlets: Not sure
Crowded: Moderate, on a Tues afternoon.
Bottom line: Work for a couple of hours, then walk over to Market Hall and pick up some gourmet groceries.

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Having been to the Potrero Hill location, we wanted to check out Farley’s eastern counterpart. Compared to the SF location, the menu is more extensive, and there is a second floor with additional seating. Sandwiches, coffee and tea were all good. Only issue was the spotty wifi.

Wifi connection: C
Coffee: B+
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Yes, especially during lunch hours.
Bottom line: Decent place to work if you don’t need fast internet.

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The cafe consists of large open room with exposed brick, and a cute patio in the back. Plenty of seating, fast wifi, outlets, and good coffee and food make Lindgren’s Cafe an ideal place to get work done. They roast their beans on site, and have bottomless mimosas for $10 if you’re having that kind of a day.

Wifi connection: A+
Coffee: B+
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Moderate
Bottom line: Bring your laptop charger, you’ll want to stay a while.

Star 1

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Visited the Oakland location last week, now working at the Potrero Hill location. Set up is similar — outdoor seating up front and a magazine stand near the cafe bar. Only the few seats along the left wall have access to outlets. Also gets chilly as they leave the front door open.

Wifi connection: B
Coffee: B+
Outlets: A few
Crowded: Moderate
Bottom line: Come with your laptop fully charged.

Star 3

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This is one of our favorite coffices in SF. The cafe is roomy and open, with an outdoor patio in the back. The rustic modern decor includes cement floors and Edison bulb lighting. Although they don’t serve food, there’s a Whole Foods just next door to grab a bite. Also nice to be adjacent to Golden Gate Park.

Wifi connection: B+
Coffee: B+
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Fairly full, but never feels crowded.
Bottom line: The quiet and laid-back vibe makes for a great workspace.

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Only in the Bay Area will you find a coffee shop filled with people and their Macs, working on their startups. Wifi is spotty, but they offer a premium service for $5/day or $25/month. Food is decent, so it’s a good place to work through the day. Good coffee and even better cookies, delivered from Anthony’s Cookies daily.

Wifi connection: C for regular wifi, A for premium service
Coffee: B+
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Yes
Bottom line: If you want to be in the company of other coffice workers, this is the place.

Star 1

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Mixing it up and checking out our neighborhood library. This place has everything you’ll need for a productive day: a quiet space, fast wifi and plenty of outlets. Even the restroom is clean and spacious. The panoramic views of the city are a welcome bonus.

Wifi connection: A
Coffee: N/A
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Moderate
Bottom line: What it lacks in coffee, it makes up for in views.
Grab a bite: organic Mexican at Papito.

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Looking for a change of scenery from Coffee Bar, we decided to check out Haus Coffee. The back patio was empty due to the chilly weather, but the cafe was pretty full. There’s definitely an air of work being done here, as the wifi is decent and outlets are readily available. Cappuccino and almond croissant were nothing special.

Wifi connection: B+
Coffee: B
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Moderate
Bottom line: Coffee Bar serves better food and drinks, but Haus offers more reliable wifi.

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This newly opened coffee bar is off to a good start. In the storefront window, I was greeted by a beautiful, gilded logotype by Dana Tanamachi. The interior loft space is equally elegant, with its white hexagonal tiles and soft wooden finishes. The coffee and chocolate-espresso cookie were very good. Saint Frank would be my new favorite coffice if the wifi was better. But I’ll definitely be back.

Wifi connection: C+
Coffee: A-
Outlets: One power strip on the second level.
Crowded: No, but I expect this place will become increasingly popular.
Bottom line: Hand-lettered logo love!

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Located on the main street of downtown San Mateo, this cafe was a nice change of pace from the more bustling venues in SF. There was a balanced mix of people hanging out and working. Wifi was solid, though there were only a few outlets in the entire place. We sat at the long bar, which serves a selection of German beers, as well as wine.

Wifi connection: A-
Coffee: Did not try
Outlets: A few
Crowded: No
Bottom line: This is a good place to be productive while enjoying a bier.

Thanks for the rec, Isabelle!

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Part of a Hong Kong and Taiwan chain, this cafe is located on quaint Gough Street. It has a tiny flower shop in the front, and the floor is lined with Moroccan-inspired tiles. They serve tea from Mariage Frères, which I really liked. Wifi was decent enough.

Wifi connection: B-
Coffee: B
Outlets: Only noticed one outlet.
Crowded: Moderate
Bottom line: Work for a couple of hours, then grab a delicious bowl of beef noodle soup at Kau Kee, just down street.

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The Kowloon location of this Japanese internet cafe chain is in the basement of Mira Mall, along with several inexpensive, contemporary Japanese clothing brands. There is plenty of seating in the afternoon, but during dining hours, this place fills up. The cafe serves Western-ish food and happy hour drink specials. Overall, Wired Cafe is a good alternative to the usual Starbucks and Pacific Coffee Company outposts in Hong Kong.

Wifi connection: B
Coffee: B-
Outlets: One, in the corner
Crowded: Yes, for lunch and dinner
Bottom line: A nice place to work or get away from the hustle and bustle of Kowloon.

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Melbourne is known as the coffee capital of Australia. Cafes are plentiful, and so far, the coffee we’ve had has been very good.

Unfortunately, most cafes do not offer wifi. At the cafes that do, we haven’t seen people with their laptops. Maybe it’s the holidays, or maybe it’s just not part of Australian cafe culture. Either way, we haven’t felt comfortable being on our laptops for an extended period of time.

This was the case at Ray — we came here because they have wifi, but just ended up having lunch. Only on our way out did I notice a guy in front using his laptop, which is why I am adding it to my coffice list.

From the outside, Ray looks like a total dive. Inside, the cafe is roomy, with a cozy, laid-back vibe. Though I can’t rate it as a coffice, the food and coffee were solid.

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Located on a mostly residential street, John Gorilla is a great place to catch up on some emails or hang out with a friend if you are in the area. The decor is quirky and colorful, with a turf-covered courtyard in the back. The fruit salad was delicious, and the staff was super friendly.

Wifi connection: A
Coffee: B+
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: No, on a Friday afternoon
Bottom line: If you are looking for a quiet cafe to spend a few hours, this is a good choice.

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After finding that people in Melbourne just go to cafes to have coffee and hang out with friends, we decided to try out a public library. The State Library of Victoria is the city’s main branch. At the entrance, people lounge around on the front steps; inside, loads of people are quietly working or studying.

Wifi connection: B+
Coffee: N/A
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Moderately full on a Sunday afternoon
Bottom line: Go here if you want to get some serious work done.

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Today we ventured out to the northern suburbs of Melbourne to check out Penny Farthing. While most of the customers were hanging out in the livelier back room and outdoor patio, we sat in the quieter room up front. This is the first Melbourne cafe where we’ve seen multiple people on their laptops, so we felt right at home. Highlights of this place included the laid-back ambiance and the extremely friendly staff.

Wifi connection: B+
Coffee: A-
Outlets: One outlet in the front room
Crowded: Moderate for a Friday afternoon
Bottom line: Quite far from the city center, so only worth checking out if you are in the hood.

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Converted from a cottage, A Minor Place is a simple and cozy cafe. It’s located off the main street of Lygon, so it has a quiet, laid-back vibe that is conducive to working. Plenty of Macs here, so yay for that! The coffee is okay, by our Melbourne standards. The staff is warm and friendly, along with every other Australian person we’ve met. Everyone is so darn nice.

Wifi connection: B
Coffee: B-
Outlets: Forgot to check
Crowded: No
Bottom line: Good neighborhood find.

Star 2

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Since we’ve been on a recent library kick, we decided to check out the main branch in Hong Kong. The library has an open atrium in the middle, with library stacks and desks around the perimeter of the building. I was surprised to see so many people (mostly students) at the library on a Monday night. Wifi was decent, and accessible from the cafe on the ground floor.

Wifi connection: B
Coffee: B-, at the downstairs cafe
Outlets: Everywhere
Crowded: Fairly full
Bottom line: Probably one of the better coffice options in Hong Kong, since few cafes offer solid wifi.
Grab a bite: soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung.

Star 1

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We first visited the Marlton last week to grab drinks with a friend, who informed us that people hang out with their laptops during the day. Shortly after, we decided to return for an extended work sesh.

The lobby of the Marlton, a boutique hotel, is cozy and laid back. The decor includes plenty of homey touches, including oak paneled walls, retro furniture, and worn Persian rugs. To the right, there is a room with a registration desk, large table, couches and a small bar. To the left, there is a room filled with couches, small tables and an inviting fireplace. In the rear is a cafe with an old Parisian feel. Though the lighting is a bit dim, this is a great place to work — we felt comfortable spending a large part of our day here. Staff was very friendly too.

Wifi connection: A
Coffee: B
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Moderate, on a Monday
Bottom line: As comfy as the Ace Hotel lobby, minus the scene.

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We’re on a dark and cozy boutique hotel kick. Today, we checked out the library of The Nomad Hotel. The Nomad feels like the grown-up version of the Ace or Marlton. Though the restaurant was packed, the library space in the rear was empty and quiet, which was great for getting work done. I prefer it to the Ace down the street, which can be a total zoo. Jon, on the other hand, didn’t feel comfortable staying there for too long because he felt like the staff was a little snooty.

Wifi connection: A
Coffee: Did not try, but they serve Intelligentsia coffee
Outlets: Two outlets
Crowded: Empty, on a Sunday afternoon
Bottom line: Work here and grab a sandwich at No. 7 sub. So good.

Star 1

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Opened almost a year ago, this Stumptown outpost is the second to appear in New York City. Decor is classic, with plenty of oak paneling and large, globe pendant lights. Seating was reasonable, and the ambiance was perfect for a full afternoon of work.

Another reason to check out this location: www.nytimes.com/2013/05/15/dining/stumptown-and-intelligentsia-will-brew-coffee-to-exact-details.html

Wifi connection: B+
Coffee: A-
Outlets: A couple
Crowded: Yes, on a Thursday afternoon
Bottom line: Down the street from the Marlton, if you feel like mixing things up.

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Located just off Nicolson Street, Brew Lab is a great place to work or hang out with friends for a bit. When you enter the cafe, on the left is the bar that serves two single origin coffees daily, its custom espresso blend, and some pastries. To the right are three small rooms with various styles of seating -- one large communal table, smaller tables, bars with high stools, cozy couches and leather armchairs. To regulate squatting during lunch hours, they shut off the wi-fi from 11:45-14:00.

Wifi connection: B
Coffee: A-
Outlets: Lots
Crowded: Pretty full
Bottom line: Solid coffee and plentiful outlets make this a great place to recharge.

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The ground floor of the Ace Hotel Shoreditch features several areas to set up shop. The main lobby space has a long rectangular table and a few couches. Towards the cafe and restaurant, there is a small offshoot with a handful of tables. There’s another nook filled with couches past the DJ booth and bar. As day turns into night, the ambiance of the hotel lobby transitions from a coffice to a lounge, so it’s best to come early.

Wifi connection: B
Coffee: B-
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Moderately full
Bottom line: A solid coffice with signature Ace styling.

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When we want a change of scenery from the Marlton (bonjourn.al/journal/151-coffices/entry/2951-greenwich-village-manhattan), we head further west to the High Line Hotel. While the Marlton has more indoor seating and food options, the High Line offers great outdoor spaces.

Along Tenth Avenue, the front patio is outfitted with small tables and chairs, as well as an Intelligentsia Coffee truck. Out back, there are two, open courtyard spaces to camp out. Inside the hotel lobby, there are several long couches and outlets. The lobby also has a cafe bar that serves Intelligentsia coffee and some pastries (banana bread is yums).

Wifi connection: A
Coffee: A-
Outlets: Yes, in the lobby.
Crowded: Empty in the mornings, moderately full in the afternoon.
Bottom line: Perfect place to work on a warm and sunny weekday.
Grab a bite: Los Tacos at Chelsea Market.

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Roasting Plant Coffee roasts their beans on-site and offers several coffee varietals. The West Village location has a large bar in the center, with some seating along the perimeter. Wifi is fast, plugs are abundant, and ambiance is quiet. Also, one of the baristas kindly gave me a free coffee on the house.

Wifi connection: A
Coffee: B+
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Moderate
Bottom line: A solid coffice without the hipster attitude.
Grab a bite: Taim for falafels.

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When we get tired of working at the Marlton, this cafe is a good alternative. There a few, large tables in the front to comfortably work from, while dining on Iranian fare. It never gets too crowded or noisy, and the staff is super friendly. Having Stumptown and the Marlton just steps away is also a plus.

Wifi connection: B
Coffee: B
Outlets: A few
Crowded: No
Bottom line: The nice, laid back vibe makes this a great place to eat and get work done.

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This is another quaint boutique hotel to add to the list. The indoor sitting area is dark and cozy, just like the rest of them, plus there’s a small and intimate outdoor patio in the back. It was quiet during the afternoon, even into happy hour, which is a nice change from the Marlton (which has started to get too sceney). The one drawback to this place was that the waiter made it very clear that since we weren’t guests of the hotel, real guests would have priority over our table. He said this even while the place was empty. The guy was just doing his job, but still. Also, no photos allowed.

Wifi connection: B
Coffee: Did not try
Outlets: Not sure, will check back
Crowded: No
Bottom line: Best to swing by on a quiet weekday, when it’s empty.

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Looking for a change of scenery, we hopped onto the L train for an afternoon work sesh in Brooklyn. Located on Bedford Avenue, Black Brick is an unassuming cafe with plenty of seating and outlets. They serve up Stumptown coffee and a refreshing lemongrass iced tea. There’s also a roomy patio out back that makes you feel like you’re hanging out at a garage sale (in a good way). The staff is extremely friendly, the music is good, and the ambiance is relaxed.

Wifi connection: B-
Coffee: Did not try
Outlets: Plentiful
Crowded: Moderate, on Wednesday afternoon
Bottom line: Separated from the main drag of Williamsburg, this is a nice, quiet option.
Grab a bite: Rosamunde Sausage Grill is across the street.

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Since we enjoy the Ninth Street Espresso stand in Chelsea Market, we decided to check out its East Village location after finding ourselves on the far east side of the city. The cafe is lined with counters and stools, which are comfortable for a sitting or standing work session. The shaky wifi and lack of a restroom kept us from spending more time here.

Wifi connection: C+
Coffee: A-
Outlets: A couple
Crowded: Fairly empty on a Thursday afternoon
Bottom line: If you’re in the area, this cafe is a pleasant place to work for an hour or two.

Star 1

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Nelson the Seagull is a lovely find just across the street from where we’re staying. The space is open and quaint, albeit a touch on the warm and stuffy side. There are large, long tables that are perfect for working. And the bread. Thick and chewy sourdough slices are topped with your choice of poached eggs, avocado, hummus or pesto spreads and veggies. The pastries looked good too.

Wifi connection: B
Coffee: B+
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Plenty of seating on a Thursday afternoon
Bottom line: Not recommended on a hot, summer day -- otherwise, this is a fantastic coffice choice.

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Located on Cordova Street, this simple cafe is quickly becoming our go-to neighborhood coffice. On the right is the coffee bar with pour over stands, and to the left are narrow tables with booth seating, reminiscent of a cafe/lounge car on a train. The coffee is good, the waffles are yummy, and the staff is friendly. A great little spot.

Wifi connection: B+
Coffee: A-
Outlets: No
Crowded: Moderately full, but able to find a seat.
Bottom line: Bring your laptop fully charged, and get some work done at this pleasant, laid-back cafe.
Grab a bite: porchetta sandwich at Meat & Bread.

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Now that we’re semi-settled into our new place in Brooklyn, we’re starting to explore our neighborhood a bit. Crown Heights is just north of where we’re located. Walking around, I imagine that this is what Williamsburg was like ten years ago. The cafe is small, bright and friendly. There’s one small table in the rear, and a few spots reserved for counter seating. Though the wifi is average, the tasty food makes up for it. Note: there isn’t a customer restroom, so you’ll need to walk a half block down to Berg’n.

Wifi connection: C+
Coffee: B+
Outlets: Yes, two
Crowded: Empty, on Monday afternoon
Bottom line: Quiet, laid-back, with good food and coffee -- all in all, a comfy neighborhood coffice.

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Just down the street from Crosby (bonjourn.al/journal/151-coffices/entry/12774-crown-heights-brooklyn), Berg’n is a beer hall that just opened six weeks ago by the same team behind Smorgasburg. Though I read that it gets rather crowded at night and on the weekends, rows of long tables are open during the weekday, even during peak lunch hours. At the entrance is a small patio with outdoor seating. In addition to a decent beer selection, Berg’n offers a few food stalls, including Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Asiadog, Moto Pizza and Ramen Burger. There’s also a cafe with tasty donuts. With decent wifi, open seating and outlets, this place is quickly becoming our go-to coffice.

Wifi connection: B+
Coffee: Did not try
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Empty during the weekday
Bottom line: Eat, work, drink, then call out some friends to join you.
Grab a bite: plenty of good options here.

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On a sunny but brisk Sunday, we decided to check out Park Slope, on the other side of Prospect Park, where strollers abound. After finding that Postmark Cafe is closed on Sundays, and Root Hill Cafe is closed for renovations, we settled on Kos Kaffe. It was rather full, but we were still able to score some seats along the front window. Note: there’s a strict, no-laptop policy at the small, round tables. We saw a lady get reprimanded for violating this rule. Though I didn’t try the food, it looked decent.

Wifi connection: A-
Coffee: Did not try
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Full on a Sunday afternoon
Bottom line: Good place for an extended work sesh, given the outlets, food and laid-back ambiance.

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Today we ventured out to East Williamsburg, which is less developed and more gritty than Williamsburg-proper. Mountain Province is a quaint, family-owned joint with simple cafe fare -- coffee/espresso and a small selection of pastries. I enjoyed a slice of their homemade cassava cake, a traditional Filipino coconut flan-ish dessert. The super friendly staff made up for the sluggish wifi.

Wifi connection: C+
Coffee: Did not try
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Empty during the weekday
Bottom line: Palm tree wallpaper.

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Taking advantage of free-admission Tuesdays, we went to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to work at the cafe. The space is bright, open and quiet. Unfortunately, the food was not good. The lentil soup was so salty we had to return it. The garden itself is lovely -- I took several breaks to peruse the collections surrounding the cafe. We will definitely be back.

Wifi connection: A-
Coffee: Did not try
Outlets: One outlet
Crowded: Empty during the weekday
Bottom line: Enjoy a full day here, working and walking around the beautiful grounds.

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Just five months old, Henry’s Local is quaint and cozy, with a great neighborhood-y vibe. The interior, which is tastefully decorative, is lined with black wooden seating, ten small round tables, and b&w vintage photos. The barista, music, and wifi were all around solid. With everyone else quietly on their laptops, this cafe was the perfect place to work on a Sunday afternoon.

Wifi connection: B+
Coffee: B+
Outlets: Yes
Crowded: Moderately full on a Sunday afternoon
Bottom line: My new favorite coffice.

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Though we didn’t technically work here, this new cafe deserves to be included in my Coffices journal. The space is bright, warm and airy, making it a pleasant place to work at any time of the day. Decor is simple and homey. Coffee and hot chocolate were solid, and the baristas were very friendly. Would definitely make this a regular coffice if we lived here.

Wifi connection: Not sure, though someone was on his laptop.
Coffee: A-
Outlets: I noticed at least one.
Crowded: Empty on a Sunday morning.
Bottom line: Of all the cafes we visited in Austin (bonjourn.al/journal/7609-austin/view-all), this one seemed to have the best coffee-office balance.

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