One of the great things about being a freelancer is that the world is your office. If you don’t feel like working from home, all you need is your laptop and a good wifi connection and you can pretty much set up anywhere to get your job done.
If you’re someone who likes to have ambient chatter and people around you, cafes are a great place to spend a couple of productive hours – but which ones are best? To find out, we went straight to the experts and asked the members of the She Owns It business network. Here’s what they said.
Some great cafés to work from in Auckland
Tongue and Groove
55 Birkenhead Avenue, Birkenhead
Conveniently located in the middle of Birkenhead’s main thoroughfare, Tongue and Groove is a warm and inviting space that has great coffee, large but reasonably-priced meals, and powerpoints and free wifi for your laptop. There’s plenty of parking just across the road in the Highbury Shopping Centre.
Sylvia Park, 286 Mt Wellington Highway
The main drawcard of Columbus Coffee in Sylvia Park is the free childcare provided by the shopping centre’s Treehouse Creche (make sure you book by phone first). Enjoy up to two hours’ uninterrupted productivity along with free wifi, and a 25% discount on any hot drink if you’re a member of the free Sylvia Park Kiwibubs club. It’s nice and close to Car Park 5, which has parents’ car parks near the entrance.
Shop 11B, 23-27 Nuffield Street, Newmarket
Tucked in amongst Newmarket’s designer shops, Café Massimo has a light, airy European vibe and coffee that’s roasted on-site. It also has a lovely fire for cold winter days. Take advantage of the free wifi while you enjoy their extensive all-day breakfast and lunch menu.
44B Portage Road, New Lynn
The Tannery is the flagship café for Mt Atkinson Coffee and Kohu Road Ice cream, both of which are made on the premises. It’s a large, unique space with excellent bagels and cabinet foods, free wifi and great service.
8/14 Henderson Valley Road
Occupying a quirky location at Whoa! Studios in Henderson, The Grounds is open from Wednesday to Sunday, but avoid the weekends because it’s extra busy! During the week it’s extremely popular with freelance workers, and looking at the menu, it’s not hard to see why. They do have free wifi – ask the staff when you arrive.
Shed 22 Princes Wharf, Auckland Viaduct
When you want to get some work done in the heart of the city, The Culpeper has one of the best outlooks in town. Soak in the waterfront atmosphere and sample some of Auckland’s best seafood while you hook up to the free wifi and smash through your to-do list. Parking is within easy walking distance at the Downtown car park.
2 Boundary Road, Hobsonville
Located in a huge shed on the shores of Catalina Bay in the growing community of Hobsonville, Little Creatures has a cool, industrial vibe and plenty of space. It’s a brewery, which is great if you fancy a beer while you work. There’s free parking outside but watch for the time limits.
474 Swanson Road, Ranui
This beautiful little café is a social enterprise that supports the Ranui Community Centre. They have free wifi, good parking and comfortable seating, and a playground outside if you happen to have the kids along for the ride. Most of the food is organic, and much of the fresh produce comes from the local community gardens. Plus, you can build your own breakfast!
Unit A5, 35 Keeling Road, Henderson
It seems that West Auckland is spoiled for choice when it comes to great cafes from which to work. Domain eatery is a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away amongst commercial units. It has free wifi, comfy seating, power points, sparkling water on tap, great food and lovely staff. All their food is made fresh on site.
6 Mitchelson Street, Ellerslie
Conveniently located close to the Greenlane roundabout, Delight Café is a roomy and bright space with big tables. There’s lots of natural light thanks to the ceiling to floor windows, free wifi, a great range of coffee and café food, and you’re welcome to stay there for hours.
Notting Hill Kitchen
168 Parnell Road, Parnell
This British-inspired café offers a quiet, private space for you to get a spot of work done. It features lovely friendly service, great coffee, free wifi and a proper English breakfast. Parking is available on the nearby side-streets.
421-425 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden
Located in the heart of Mt Eden village, IPress has a bright, modern café atmosphere and a wonderful range of coffee, food and fresh juices. The upstairs area is quiet and spacious, and they have free wifi and a few powerpoints for if your battery runs low.
Shed 13, City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley Street, Auckland
Research suggests that having a plant in your office helps to improve productivity. If that’s true, then you’ll get a lot accomplished at The Botanist. Situated in Auckland’s City Works Depot, this café is a funky mix of warm wood, industrial concrete and leafy greenery. It has some nice, high tables for if you prefer to stand while you work, and free wifi.
The Fridge Café
507 New North Road, Kingsland
Famous for its amazing pies, The Fridge also has a range of salads, healthy juices and excellent bagels. The café is spacious, and the tables are huge, so there’s plenty of room for your laptop. The free wifi makes it all the way to the terrace for if you fancy working al fresco.
Do you have a favourite café to work from that’s not on our list? Leave a comment to let us know where it is and why you like it!
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