As a freelance writer, the city (or more often my sofa) is my office. As glamorous and fabulous as it sounds, sitting home alone can get well, lonely. In an effort to bust out of my pjs and commune with someone other than Ellen Degeneres, I try to work from coffee shops as often as I possibly can.
With an abundance of free wifi spots on nearly every street of our city, it can be hard to find the perfect pick. So many spots are too loud, have a crappy Internet connection or charge you by the hour (ew!). These three adorable cafés are my favorite places to spend my workday.
Arlequin Café: Arlequin on Hayes Street is the hip and dressed down ‘lil bro of Absinthe (and the almost-open Boxing Room). It’s Secret Garden-inspired outdoor patio and rows of cushy booth seating make it the perfect spot to people watch and chow down as you work. Try my personal fave, the Indian-spiced Lamb Burger with onion chutney and dill yogurt, in a word—delish.
384 Hayes St #B; 415-626-1211
Coffee Bar: With rows and rows of Mac computers and noise-cancelling Bose headphones, there’s no better pseudo-office than Coffee Bar. Its bi-leveled industrial décor is so stunningly awesome, you’ll forget that you’re even working (well, maybe). Try the PB&J, served on multi-grain Pullman toast with organic peanut butter and fig jam.
1890 Bryant St.; 415-551-8100
The Summit: Valencia Street’s newest addition, The Summit shares a space with I/O Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital powerhouse. (Just being in their presence should hopefully make you more productive.) Pull up a wood stool next to the rows and rows of worker bees and type the day away. For a hearty lunchtime bite, try the Sausage and Grits: seared 4505 Meats sausage with leek Grits and balsamic honey Brussels sprouts—try it to believe it.
780 Valencia St.; 415-861-5330
Photo courtesy of bluemoon, flickr.