Table of contents
- Devocion (Downtown Brooklyn)
- Devocion (Williamsburg)
- Coffee Project NY (Fort Greene/Downtown Brooklyn)
- Blank Street (Boerum Hill, Williamsburg, Cobble Hill, DUMBO)
- Absolute Coffee (Atlantic Ave. / Boerum Hill)
- IXV Coffee (Boerum Hill)
- Vineapple (Brooklyn Heights)
- Hungry Ghost (Park Slope / Prospect Heights / Fort Greene / Carroll Gardens)
- Variety Coffee (Greenpoint/Williamsburg/Bushwick)
- Manhattanville Coffee (Bedford-Stuyvesant)
- Brooklyn Kolache (Bedford-Stuyvesant)
- Odd Fox Coffee (Greenpoint & Bed-Stuy)
- Little Skips East (Ocean Hill/Bushwick)
- Freehold (Williamsburg)
- Brooklyn Roasting Company (DUMBO, Navy Yard and more)
- Sit & Wonder (Prospect Heights)
- Poetica (Cobble Hill/Smith St.)
- Lincoln Station (Prospect Heights)
- Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen (Bed Stuy)
- Blue Bottle Coffee (Park Slope)
- Brooklyn Perk (Prospect Lefferts Gardens / PLG)
- Swallow Cafe (Cobble Hill, also Williamsburg & Bushwick)
- Kos Kaffe (Park Slope)
- AVA Brew (Downtown Brooklyn)
- Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea (Park Slope)
Have you been working from home for so long that you’re dying to go work remotely in a new environment?
Are you looking for some inspiring, unique and cool places to work with your laptop, grab some WiFi and try a new coffee drink?
You’re in the right place. This is the #1 list of coffeeshops for working remotely with your laptop right here in Brooklyn, and we’re constantly updating this list to reflect changes in cafes and coffeeshops (some have closed since last year), as best we can, so that you can go find new spots to get work done.
Most of the cafes in Manhattan are wildly overcrowded, which is why the cafes of Brooklyn present so much of a better environment for remote work!
Read on, to find some new Brooklyn spots for working, taking meetings, studying, doing homework, reading a book or coworking with a friend.
Oh, and if you see any errors in this article based on current experience, please get in touch with us as soon as you can, so that we can make this the most useful list possible for everyone! Thank you!
Devocion (Downtown Brooklyn)
Would you believe it - Devocion has locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan (new), and Bogota, Colombia.
During my most recent visit, I mentioned to the barista that I had spent a month in Bogota during the last year and that what had excited me most was Devocion’s strong connection to Colombia itself.
She said Devocion is so serious about their Colombian beans that they overnight them by FedEx from Colombia to New York so that they’re as fresh as possible. Is that devotion… or is it ‘devoción?’
During the day on weekdays, Devocion is filled with 80-90% remote workers on laptops.
On the Monday when I visited, there were still seats available and the place was surprisingly not entirely packed. There’s a cool soundtrack playing in the background, and due to the fact that most people here are working, no chatter and not too many loud conversations.
The WiFi is on a password-ed network and is free. Note, however, that they shut the WiFi on weekends (to keep the place laptop-free, I presume), so come here Monday through Friday with your laptop, and not on Saturday nor Sunday.
Decor is clean and new, with high industrial-style ceilings, walls reminiscent of cinder blocks, tiled floor, a cool cement central “patio” surrounded by real (!) jungle plant life. Working here is like working in a garden.
The closest subway is Hoyt-Schermerhorn C/G.
Check out Devocion and learn more about their coffee and their story.
To drink: the fresh Colombian coffee.
Devocion in Williamsburg has all the same perks as its sister location in Downtown Brooklyn, but it sports a natural-lit space with a big skylight for a beautiful effect while you work on your laptop.
Here you’ll find couches in the center of the cafe, surrounded by some tables with umbrellas where you can sip on and savor an excellent Colombian coffee.
Can you work remotely at Devocion in Williamsburg?
Yes, you can! As you can even see in our photos, there were people working remotely when we most recently went there. All set on this front!
When is Devocion in Williamsburg open daily?
This cafe is open Monday through Sunday from 8am to 6:30pm. You can definitely get some work or studying done here!
What is so special about Devocion’s Williamsburg location?
Well, just look at the wall of plants. The plants chosen for this wall include some coffee plants unique to Colombia! Devocion wants you to imagine you’re a guest at an estancia (a large plot of land used for farming) in the Colombian coffee region, so enjoy!
Coffee Project NY (Fort Greene/Downtown Brooklyn)
Coffee Project NY came recommended by a friend, and despite being only 6 blocks from my current apartment, I didn’t go until January 2020.
This is a unique cafe with tall ceilings, exposed brick walls, earthy wooden tables and a modern white aesthetic. The look is complete with a neon light installation on the inner wall that reads, “COFFEE made me do it.” I can’t lie – it did.
So, for working: on a weekday morning and afternoon, I counted that 7 out of 9 customers were working on laptops (the last two were having a catch-up session with baked goods). It’s a very work-y environment if you have your laptop with you for the day and you’re looking for a spot to settle down.
How is the WiFi at Coffee Project NY?
It’s fast. My download speeds were about 140 Mbps.
How is the coffee and the food at Coffee Project NY?
The coffee: Excellent. I had the drip of the day and it was a delightful Nicaraguan blend. They also have coffee in bags for sale, ranging from a house blend drip to house blend espresso and single origin, priced at market price.
The food: There’s an assortment of croissants, jelly donuts and cake. Yum again.
We took a couples coffee class with Coffee Project in Long Island City. If you’re really into coffee, check it out and let them we said hi!
Blank Street (Boerum Hill, Williamsburg, Cobble Hill, DUMBO)
The location of Blank Street closest to us is at 253 Bergen Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Blank Street is a newcomer to a neighborhood that was much in need of a good coffeeshop where you can bring your laptop and work remotely.
This new coffeeshop chain is incorporating tech into their offering with their app that’ll help you out at any of their NYC locations. You can enjoy a free drink at Blank Street when you pre-order through their mobile app! Enter referral code 432B0A on sign up! Get the Blank Street app here.
At the time of our update, they now have 13 other locations in DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Cobble Hill and several in Manhattan.
Why is Blank Street so darn cute? They’ve put together a neighborhood cafe that has the aesthetic you’re looking for in a neighborhoody trendy vibe, with super nice staff, excellent drinks and outdoor seating.
They serve Parlor Coffee and they make an excellent oat milk cappuccino. There’s also merch to buy, and you can purchase a box of Parlor Coffee for home.
Blank Street has an app! Download the app and use the code 432B0A to get a free coffee, any size. Order and redeem a few minutes before you go, and they’ll have your order ready for you at the counter. Enjoy!
Can you work outside at Blank Street?
Yes, you can! Blank Street and the locations we have seen in Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Williamsburg all have a few outdoor tables, and some are even set on their own little mats of astroturf so that you’re on an island of a private lawn. This is such a cute idea.
Does their WiFi reach outside?
Yes, it does! The cafe wants you to come with your laptop and get some work or studying done. In Williamsburg locations, their seating is streetside like outdoor dining, and in the Bergen Street location, it’s sidewalk-side.
In Cobble Hill, seating is also on the sidewalk, and in Boerum Hill on Smith St. there’s a little yard inlet on the corner with a food shack!
What is there to eat at Blank Street?
They serve King David tacos (yum), so there are breakfast tacos and baked goods (some are gluten-free, so also yay!).
Absolute Coffee (Atlantic Ave. / Boerum Hill)
This is some good coffee, and they have a loyalty card! On a given weekday, Absolute Coffee turns into a laptop-friendly work-from-home hangout where three tables put together form a communal remote work desk and the tables that line the wall are occupied by peeps on laptops.
WiFi is fast, and there’s hardly any distracting side conversation.
Why I like Absolute Coffee
Great music, friendly baristas and a wide array of teas. They also have some yogurt parfaits, croissants, gluten-free or vegan baked goods and donut holes. They sell their coffee for taking home in a bag.
Vibe: indie, few frills, simple deco like black & white photos framed on the walls and some hand-drawn doodles of cats.
get a hold of that loyalty card because you’ll be back!
IXV Coffee (Boerum Hill)
Okay, I have to write about IXV Coffee because it is not what you’d expect.
On an unassuming residential block in Boerum Hill (two blocks from where I live), IXV Coffee looks more like a garage than a proper cafe, but that is the whole charm to it.
Opened as “the newest Zero-Waste coffee shop in Brooklyn,” that is exactly the brand IXV is going for, with their low-frills deco, retro grab-bag of outdoor seating that looks like it’s from a yard sale, chalkboard welcome, compost bins and handmade up-cycled goods for sale. See their website for the full story.
This is an ethical coffeeshop, and when I arrived and spoke to the staff, they handed me a business card from a piece of a cardboard box with the cafe’s logo hand-stamped on it. I was told they welcome patrons to bring their own mugs or tumblers, and they like it that way (they also sell tumblers).
IXV insists on composting even though the city prefers otherwise, and aims for a zero-waste environment in which there’s an eco-friendly way to dispose of absolutely everything.
Is it good for working remotely?
As for working remotely, IXV has an outdoor dining construction on the street (corner of Pacific St. and Third Ave.) at which there are a handful of chairs.
They do sport a WiFi network, and due to the outdoorsy environment that does expose you to the elements in case it’s storming or very hot/cold, I’m leaning toward this place as a quick stop if you are in the area and have to get a dab of work done at a laptop while sitting in a chair.
Final thoughts on IXV as a laptop environment
Truthfully, I would not be responsible if I recommended IXV to hunker down and work on a paper or take a meeting during the course of more than an hour. But, given what this neighborhood coffee spot is, it is a cafe with WiFi, they do not turn away laptops like some other places do and their no-waste mantra is invigorating.
Vineapple (Brooklyn Heights)
Vineapple is nearly hidden from the street and tucked behind a small door and small sign on Pineapple Street, Vineapple is super chill. As of 2021, the cafe is under new ownership, which has brought its best features back to life.
There’s now a beautiful backyard garden where anyone can work with their laptop and some Devocion coffee, and a sidewalk cafe where you can meet with a friend and enjoy options from a significant food menu, craft cocktail selection and curated wine list from predominantly women-owned vineyards.
See more about the latest in this cafe’s renovation and rebranding at their website.
What can you drink at Vineapple?
They have a good selection of tea, coffee wine and cocktails.
Want to explore more of Brooklyn Heights? See our Brooklyn Heights Insider Guide.
Hungry Ghost (Park Slope / Prospect Heights / Fort Greene / Carroll Gardens)
Hungry Ghost. Memorable name, right?
My biggest discovery when visiting Hungry Ghost’s Prospect Heights Flatbush Ave. location recently to do work was also that the key to getting some space and a comfy seat was coming at 4 pm and staying til past 6.
Due to this location’s optimal location between Park Slope, Fort Green and Prospect Heights, it’s always busy (with people on laptops on weekdays).
Decor at the location I go to is chic and has a touch of vintage. If you look up at at the ceiling, you’ll remember that most old buildings in Prospect Heights are turn-of-the-century and pre-war and have details in the ceilings.
Big windows at the front of the store let in lots of beautiful light toward the end of the day, and you can get cozy in the window booth.
Hungry Ghost designates several tables as non-laptop tables, so look for the signs if you’re with your laptop and don’t want to be told to move.
They have seltzer on tap!
Minimalist and unpretentious cafe Dweebs has a dreamy menu and is a neighborhood favorite spot for working remotely with a laptop. This coffeeshop is located at 1434 Dekalb Ave, between Wilson Avenue & Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Most people continually praise the coffee (from Spectrum Coffees) at Dweebs, along with (wait for it) the chia pudding. So, put it on the list. For the rest of the eats, they have breakfast burritos, “bagel sammies,” and convenient “TOASTS” like avocado on toast or “eggs! on toast.”
The indoor dining area has plenty of space in which to work on a computer with WiFi, and they now have outdoor dining, giving you an open-air environment in which to work remotely outside. Dweebs has consistently been known as a good place to get work done, study, do homework, catch up on reading or hang with friends.
As a tip, kindly note their “COVID hours” of 8:00am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday, and 8:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Variety Coffee (Greenpoint/Williamsburg/Bushwick)
With three Brooklyn locations to choose from in north BK, you can probably find a Variety Coffee within a 20-minutes walk no matter where you’re located along the L or G trains.
Variety Coffee shops are a bit of a retro-meets-modern bunch, and frequent customers recommend the cold brew (best ever?), along with the vegan pumpkin loaf, croissants and some gluten-free baked goods.
As for working, most Variety shops make for excellent chill places where you can work with your laptop. The Williamsburg location has outdoor seating to be happy about. The Greenpoint location is smaller with outdoor seating in the street in a corral setup. You can see the Variety Coffee Instagram here.
Manhattanville Coffee (Bedford-Stuyvesant)
Located at 167 Rogers Ave Brooklyn, NY, this is a Brooklyn coffeeshop with lots of natural light near Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
In any case, the Bed-Stuy location is a hot spot for nomads, remote workers and people who just wait to sit down in a WiFi- and laptop-friendly environment where outlets are plentiful.
Fans of Manhattanville say the place feels like a neighborhood coffeeshop without feeling like a Starbucks (for sure) and the natural light through the big windows is always appreciated so that you don’t feel like you’re in a claustrophobic city coffeeshop smushed in between walls.
Recommended items for consumption are the chocolate croissant, chai latte, jalapeño and cheddar scone and nitro cold brew. The staff are welcoming and you should feel pretty comfy here doing your work or studying.
Brooklyn Kolache (Bedford-Stuyvesant)
Brooklyn Kolache Co. is a cutie little blue-themed bakeshop with its Brooklyn location in the heart of Bed-Stuy at 520 Dekalb Avenue (Dekalb and Bedford), and a Manhattan location on Bleecker St.
The menu might stop you in your tracks, with its array of famed pastries, rolls and vegan treats, along with coffee drinks, from a vegan turmeric latte to the good morning latte (also vegan).
With nice outdoor tables in a yard, this is a cool and chill spot to work remotely with your laptop and some fresh air.
Odd Fox Coffee (Greenpoint & Bed-Stuy)
Odd Fox describes itself as a cafe brand where you should hang out and get work done, so yes, they probably want you to grab your laptop and come enjoy a coffee with some WiFi. Hooray!
This is a chill coffeeshop (in both locations) where the coffee is ‘mmmmm’ and the peeps are chill.
Two locations, in Greenpoint at the original location of 984 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, and in Bed-Stuy at 525 Throop Ave, will keep you happy even if you move, or have a friend to see in the other neighborhood.
You can chill in the yard to study, read, do work or just consume Internet, and you should check out Odd Fox Coffee’s funny website.
Little Skips East (Ocean Hill/Bushwick)
Little Skips is a family of two cafes, with the sister cafe in PLG.
Little Skips East is the Bushwick-Ocean Hill location, and it’s known in the neighborhood as a good spot to work remotely for a few hours around these parts of Brooklyn.
Here’s a rundown of the coffeeshop?
- There are two big tables for “camping out with a laptop”
- The food menu serves up sandwiches, croissants and brunch items
- There are also wines and brews on tap.
- A little market has classic grocery items from local vendors for sale.
- The vibe is kind of industrial-meets-art, with a focus on elements of Little Skips being a woman-owned business in Bklyn.
TOP PICK ALERT!
As of June 2021, Freehold has informed us that: “We confirm that customers are able to work from their laptops on the Wi-Fi at FREEHOLD Brooklyn!” So, get on down to Williamsburg to check out this lovely cafe space! Our original entry is as follows.
Freehold is one heck of a name in the Williamsburg parts, where this locale is known for being a cafe, coworking environment, event space, brunch spot and bar. Freehold has a whole variety of personas.
What you can find here if you want to come and work is a great coffee menu and lots of places to sit, whether inside, outside, on a deck or at a booth.
If you stay into the night, you might find that your office environment has transformed into a hopping bar scene-slash-club.
Brooklyn Roasting Company (DUMBO, Navy Yard and more)
Secret’s out. Brooklyn Roasting Company has lots of locations and is practically a NYC household cafe name, but the DUMBO location is big, massive and feels a bit like a coworking space. You’ll see lots of people here with laptops, and there’s WiFi and a whole bit of couch space.
The cafe has good features like two restrooms, free WiFi (with password), no order minimum, no non-laptop-designated areas. Noise level is average to loud, as they play music and it reverberates off all the cement. It was hard to have a call there, so I likely won’t try again.
What you certainly can count on at BRC is a large variety of coffees from all over the world, an array of non-coffee drinks and WiFi.
Their Flushing Ave./Navy Yard location (200 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205) is also back open, and we walked by recently to verify that remote workers can hunker down with some caffeine and get into their work or studying.
They have oat milk. Coffee’s good. Ask for a “to-stay cup” to choose an envi-friendly method of consumption. Due to the large space and high turnover of customers, not every table is sparkling clean, so watch out for crumbs and spills if you’re cautious with your laptop and tech.
Sit & Wonder (Prospect Heights)
Aw, Sit & Wonder is so cute! I first came here with a friend while exploring her neighborhood two years ago and based our preference for cafe features on ‘outdoor seating’ and ‘backyard garden.’
Sit & Wonder is hip, neighborhood-y and cozy. On the menu is Stumptown coffee, sandwiches and pastries. There are specialty drinks like kombucha, cold brew, maple lattes and matcha.
Sit & Wonder was voted one of the best cafes for doing work outside by Brokelyn. Sounds exciting to me!
Poetica (Cobble Hill/Smith St.)
Poetica is a local group of coffeeshops under more or less the same name, and the Cobbile Hill-Carroll Gardens location has a plant-filled backyard! It has a great atmosphere for getting work done.
If you check out their website, you’ll see the other locations, ranging from Williamsburg (the cafe that has a sign that says “Coffeeeeeeeee” on Lorimer Street), Windsor Terrace and the newest location on Atlantic Ave. near Third Ave. in Boerum Hill (yay)!
You can find people on laptops and reading at all Poetica locations, so it’s a great name to put into Google Maps and see if you are near a Poetica already. Also, all their locations seem to have this “Instagram moment” innately designed in their facades, and with the draping flowers, you’ll want a photo.
Lincoln Station (Prospect Heights)
Lincoln Station is a cool spot in Prospect Heights and not too far from Prospect Park. It doubles (triples?) as a coffee shop, brunch spot and place to have a beer. In spring and summer, their outdoor seating is super nice!
Inside, the environment can be described as ‘busy.’ Seating consists of tables around the perimeter and at the windows and a bigger communal table in the center. Most people using laptops sit in the big center table.
Lincoln Station is open til 9 pm. Rotisserie chicken is available after 4 pm, and this seems to be an important thing to mention, according to the online buzz about the place.
Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen (Bed Stuy)
OMG, Stonefruit is SO, so cute. This sizable cafe, which has dual personalities as a coffeeshop and a plant store (!!) is located near the Bedford-Nostrand G train (one block away, actually), and I wish I had found it much sooner.
The crowd: Local coffee shop customers, lots of quiet people on laptops, and people who want to brunch.
The plants: They are delightful. The entire back room has a long family-style/cowork-style table with 14 chairs and a side table that has cool retro chairs and pillows. For sale, there are plants lining the walls, soil and potting mix on the floor (bagged), Instagram-friendly pots for sale in an array of pastel colors and dried flowers for your home.
There are also wreaths, baskets and macrame wall hangings. If you want to feel like you’re working for the day in a greenhouse, this is the place.
The WiFi: Fast. 170 Mbps for downloads (via fast.com), with upload speed of 60 Mbps.
The coffee: it’s delicious, and the small house drip is $2.50 with the first re-fill on the house!
Get the loyalty card, as your 11th drink will be free.
Blue Bottle Coffee (Park Slope)
Blue Bottle Coffee is a gem in Park Slope, located at 203 7th Avenue, because the interior (in the Park Slope location) is like a minimalist light wood dream where you’re about to drink something awesome.
Blue Bottle is a pourover specialist, and if you order the drip coffee (we did), you get a custom pourover by a barista.
There’s no regular drip coffee from a big vat or anything like that. Their menu is beautifully specialized, with espresso and various specialties like the “New Orleans” iced coffee, a coffee tonic, the “Cascara Fizz” and cold brew in a can for purchase (you can also buy it online here).
Come here any day and you’ll see locals taking up the tables against the back wall with laptops.
On weekends, it’s full with passersby, including kids and dogs.
Bonus: the outdoor space! What a joy to sit in a sunlit patio facing 7th Avenue in Park Slope, where you can people watch, or stay connected to their fast and free WiFi.
Other bonus: They have “coffee toys” (the Blue Bottle Carafe, and the Blue Bottle Coffee Dripper) and swag for sale, and you can also buy Blue Bottle signature bagged coffee.
Are you traveling and want to learn more about how to make coffee while traveling? Read our guide to learn more!
Brooklyn Perk (Prospect Lefferts Gardens / PLG)
Not huge, but quiet with remote workers on the average weekday, this cafe has a great set of drinks. WiFi is free, strong and fast for some laptop time.
They have some specialty drinks like a lavender latte, rose latte and a bunch of fancy tea like French lemon ginger and white coconut creme.
Order a drip coffee and receive an actual four choices of ‘which drip’ you want! Choose from Kenyan, Ethiopian or whichever are being brewed that day.
Swallow Cafe (Cobble Hill, also Williamsburg & Bushwick)
Popular for people near Brooklyn Heights who want to get a little bit of work done with coffee, Swallow Cafe is the neighborhood-y joint around here.
It’s smart to get to Swallow Cafe early, as tables fill up with laptop workers in the morning. According to our latest visit, they’re also pretty populated on a Monday at around 2:30 pm, so expect to share a table or sit on the stools at the window.
Ambiance: lots of natural light here, as, yes – you can sit facing the street and feel kind of like you’re in a TV sitcom set (in my opinion). The decor is woody and vintage, with big brass chandeliers, a handwritten chalkboard with all food and drink specials and wooden shelving full of coffee toys like V60 pour-overs and packaged beans for sale (by Counter Culture coffee).
WiFi: WiFi is fast, there are some power outlets and everyone’s happy with the quality of the coffee, which comes from Counter Culture. What’s unique about the place are the high ceilings, which are a welcomed feature in a city of tight spaces. Fast.com clocked in at 72 Mbps with an upload speed of 11 Mbps.
To drink and eat: we tried the drip coffee (as always, to keep things consistent), and it’s a bit burnt-tasting, but again, some people like that. Note that if you’d like a ‘for here’ cup, they charge you for a large.
For food, there’s lots on the menu, from sandwiches named after neighborhoods in Brooklyn (“The Fort Greene,” “The Cobble Hill”) to breakfast all day, salads and smoothies. As you order and pay, you’ll see a glass case of fun vegan and gluten-free baked goods, trendy wrapped chocolates and granola bars from local sellers. You won’t go hungry here!
Coffee offerings range from lattes and cappuccinos to mocha, chai latte, matcha latte, golden latte and teas. There’s oat and macadamia milk, along with a house vanilla syrup for adding. For those who want something sweet, they have lemonade and apple cider as well.
Kos Kaffe (Park Slope)
Kos Kaffe is a “marriage of food and coffee,” and the place is a local coffeeshop vibe with wooden floors, shabby-chic deco, friendly staff and quick bites (from salads to sweet treats to avocado toast).
Before COVID times, Kos Kaffe was a pretty lit laptop-friendly environment for people working remotely, and I went in the pre-pandemic era to set up with my laptop.
Kos Kaffe is a Park Slope staple, from its corner location on Garfield & 5th Ave (Park Slope) to its Sara Erenthal artwork boldly on the windows.
The baked goods are either made in-house or sourced locally, with breakfast served from 8am to 7pm daily, and drinks including a Belgian hot chocolate, matcha latte, Organic Kos Blend coffee and iced chai.
As of 2021, Kos Kaffe is open for outdoor dining - yay! Regarding working with a laptop, they’ll note that laptop use is only permitted in certain areas of the cafe Monday thru Friday 12pm-3pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm. At all other times, laptop use is unrestricted.
Check out the coffeeshop’s Instagram.
AVA Brew (Downtown Brooklyn)
Relatively new to the downtown BK hood, AVA Brew is a modern space with a clean and cool atmosphere, described best by its Foursquare rating. The noise level is not too high, and you can usually get some space for yourself.
There’s a high-top table with eight stools, and two tables each with two seats near the window. Aside from these, the seating is couches and big comfy chairs. If you’re someone who requires a surface at which to work, keep this in mind.
AVA serves Pushcart Coffee, a selection of teas and for eating, they have pastries. The cafe’s location is such that it’s right near the A/C/F/R at Jay St. MetroTech, City Point shopping center and Borough Hall.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea (Park Slope)
Finally, a cafe with ample space and tons of tables for sitting at with a laptop! Sweetwaters Park Slope is located conveniently on Fifth Ave. near St. Marks and is bright, with a low noise level on weekdays. When I went on a Thursday afternoon, only a third of the tables were occupied.
WiFi is free and fast and there are various outlets for you to plug in your charger. What’s more is the walls are decorated with painted scenes of Park Slope and other areas of Brooklyn from local artists.
The menu is pretty big, with choices of espresso, teas, coffees and creamy shakes. For food, there’s a selection of baked goods, cake, cupcakes, macarons and bagel sandwiches.
It kind of has more of a ‘cafe’ (think long counter for ordering food) than ‘coffeeshop’ vibe, but that’s an opinion.
Bonus: FREE Coworking in Brooklyn (for Freelancers)
The best-kept secret I learned from someone in the Remote Year network was that the NY Media Center, located at 30 John St. in DUMBO, hosts a section of their space as a freelancer hot desk area. For what used to be four days per month and has now been increased to eight, you can get a free coworking seat by signing up as a member (for free) and choosing your free coworking days. The center is open from 9 to 5 on weekdays.
There are some cafes I haven't been to!
Here are the cafes in Brooklyn where I want to go:
- Colina Cuervo, Crown Heights
- Daily Press Coffee, Bed Stuy & Ocean Hill/Brownsville
- El Beit Cafe & Espresso Bar, Williamsburg
- Dweebs, Bushwick
- Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Cobble Hill (Pacific St.)
- Konditori, Prospect Heights on Washington Ave.
- Cafe Cotton Bean, Crown Heights
- East One Coffee Roasters, Carroll Gardens
- Sey Coffee, East Williamsburg (note, though, that as of 2021, they are “laptop-free,” so keep that in mind)
And the ones in Queens (love ya, Queens!)
- Kinship Coffee, Astoria
- Sweetleaf Coffee, Astoria
Last updated on November 18th, 2021