Among the first places a digital nomad visits in a new city are the cafes: the places where you work, play and have your meals. A cafe is where you will befriend locals and chat about the WiFi connection with fellow remote workers, so it has to be a cozy, welcoming place. In fact, it should be more! Because it’s the place where you work, the cafe needs to be your muse!
A great design can boost your productivity and help you focus on your work, after you’ve admired it in details and took a deep breathe of its inspirational breeze. This is why is very important to find an amazing cafe to work from and this is why this article is just for you!
However, you can just visit these cafes for fun – no work, just pleasure!
For all the digital nomads with a passion for history, more specifically, Victorian era, there is the Vintage Emporium, a stylish cafe on the Brick Lane, London. A laptop is definitely going to contrast with the cafe interior, where you can find the essentials of a Victorian house, from vintage chairs and record players to original velvet dresses and hats. The Emporium is a museum, cafe and boutique at the same time, which will give you the feeling you’ve just entered a different world, a different age. The pleasant and quiet cafe is the perfect place to call home and office at the same time.
Another great cafe in London is the Lily Vanilly, which you will find hidden in an East London courtyard. This is actually a bakery, not a cafe, but you can have both a coffee and a cupcake, along with a deep breathe of vintage, rustic design. The establishment was founded by Lily Jones, a talented baker who wrote two recipe books while baking delicious cupcakes and not only. I have no idea if talent and creativity can be passed on via cupcakes, but I would definitely recommend you to try and steal some creativity from Lily Vanilly by indulging in her cupcakes.
L’Oisive The, Salon de The et Tricot is the full name of the Parisian establishment where you can serve a tea and enjoy colorful knitted items. They don’t serve coffee, but all digital nomads can set their base in the L’Oisive and start working shoulder to shoulder with a local who came to knit. The tea shop hosts knitting events and has a shop where you can buy the latest works of art. You can suggest them to knit a backpack, perhaps.
When you are in need for socializing, you can drop by the L’Oisive and blend in with the crowd: they host weekly events.
This is the place to find the best coffee in Paris and maybe even in France, so you have to drop by for at least one day of work. Coutume, which translates to “custom”, pays extra attention to all the steps which make an excellent coffee, from the planting to the actual brewing. What better place can you find to set up your laptop and start working than one where coffee is king and queen with a strong breeze of French style?!
Snickarbacken 7 is so much more than a cafe: here you can work, shop, drink and eat. If this doesn’t make it the best place for a digital nomad, the fact it functions in an old 1800s building which was once a stable will definitely convince you. Snickarbacken 7 is a concept store which offers carefully selected clothes, magazines and books you can use as inspiration. If you want to take a break and do something interesting, just take a walk around the art gallery housed by the cafe.
Are you the type of digital nomad who enjoys privacy? Then, Hotel Central and Cafe is the perfect establishment for you: it’s the smallest cafe in Denmark, with only five seats! The hotel is not bigger either: it only has one room. There is no website, of course – the owners don’t want to have loads of customers for their tiny hotel.
Another European country, another time traveling adventure. This time we are invited to dive into a 19th century Jewish trader house. Once Upon a Time in Kazimierz is a small cafe where you can eat and sip a coffee while enjoying the original design of an old Jewish shop and house. There are only eleven tables available, so you have to wake up early to establish your base on one of them, but you won’t regret it.
This is not a cafe, but you need to visit it at least once if you are in Baku. There are lots of amazing photos which roam the internet with this establishment, showing it from above. Why? It has no roof! There is a legend which states the karavanseray in Baku – traveler’s inn – was bombed and it gained a hole in its roof. The story is not true, but who cares when you can enjoy your digital nomad life by sipping a cup of tea or coffee in a 14th century old karavanseray with no roof? The splendor of the place is given by the creeping plants which grow on the margins of the rooftop “hole”, making the place look like an underground green cave from above. If you want to enjoy the local flavor and work, Karavansaray Restaurant is the place to spend your day in Azerbaijan.
Asia is amazing, but sometimes you will get home sick and this is when Little Nap is the cafe to visit. The small establishment located on a side of the Yoyogi park is designed in the purest vintage American style you can possibly find around the world. From the wood floors to the decorative drawings on the walls, everything is oozing a stylish American vintage design.
This amazing cafe was opened in 2012 on the grounds of a 1920s organic factory. This explains the size of the establishment, which covers one acre of land. But The Grounds is more than your average coffee shop: it has a coffee roastery, cafe, garden and a small farm. This amazing cafe provides a once in a lifetime experience for all the people who pay a visit and try their hand at baking and gardening. You will find a wholesome menu at The Grounds, which is sure to boost your motivation to continue your life as a digital nomad and discover more amazing places.
The Grounds was designed with people in mind and its owners host plenty of social events which can bring people together and offer them the opportunity to make new friends. Which is just what a digital nomad needs!
On top of these, The Grounds offers coffee brought from around the world, so you can taste a cup of coffee from India, Uganda, Brazil or Columbia while working on your new project.
Balzac’s Roasters functions in the building constructed in 1895 on the principles inspired by the French writer. The cafe was established by a woman who wanted to celebrate both the writer and his passion for coffee, which he drank while writing. To make sure Balzac’s is going to be a great place, Diana Olsen, the founder, spend one year in France, visiting cafe after cafe. Judging by the large chandelier which overlooks the thirsty visitors of the Balzac’s, she made an amazing job.