Though the government is no longer advising us to work from home, remote work is here to stay. 76% of Scots who work flexibly say that it has positively impacted their quality of life.
But remote work can have some drawbacks. Sitting in our pyjamas (is this always a negative?), being distracted by family or housemates, and loneliness. These are just a few of the things to contend with when WFH.
Leaving the house offers a break from the monotony of working from home and cafes offer the buzz of being around other people with some low-level social contact to get the creative juices flowing. The freshly brewed coffee and food helps keep you going whilst working away, and even better if they stock our favourite premium soft drinks...!
Follow us on a tour of the 10 cafes we love and why we think they're perfect for working.
It’s been a few years since the term ‘Hygge’ hit our collective consciousness. The Swedish term refers to finding comfort and cosiness in daily pleasures.
From where we stand, Söderberg is the cafe equivalent of hygge.
Söderberg is a Swedish bakery that has seven locations across Edinburgh. We think their flagship site, Söderberg Pavillion and the Soderberg Bakery shop make the best work locations.
Söderberg Pavillion has massive windows that look onto Quartermile, and they serve brunch and lunch, featuring beautiful sourdough pizzas, hot chocolates, and their bestselling cardamom buns.
We’ve spotted many laptop users there in the past, and their interior has soft furnishings that bring extra comfort in the colder months. Their larger tables are perfect for group meetings.
Around the corner, Söderberg Bakery Shop feels more lively, with students and professionals grabbing takeaway coffee. Their window seats are perfect for a quick bit of work or for taking a business call.
Nestled in the former Infirmary Street Baths is Dovecot Studios, a world-renowned tapestry studio established in 1912. The environment is perfect for soaking up creative juices, and Dovecot Studios cafe is no exception.
There are daily specials made from seasonal ingredients, and we love that they create exclusive dishes designed to complement the current exhibitions!
The main pull of working here is that you can take a break to get inspired by watching the resident tapestry artists at work at the tapestry studio viewing balcony.
The cafe has everything you need when remote working: affordable prices, reliable wifi and comfortable tables. It’s commonplace for laptop users to work, so you won’t feel you’re overstaying your welcome if you need a longer-stay work session.
Argyle Place offers a spacious, welcoming environment to savour delicious, fresh food whilst you work. The sun streams through the windows during the afternoon, creating a gorgeous atmosphere complimented by beautifully-plated dishes.
Argyle Place is big on supporting local businesses, featuring Edinburgh coffee roaster Mr Eion, and our Bon Accord sodas. Big win for remote workers: they have plugs to charge your laptop.
This cafe is one of our team's favourite spots. We go to get work done, but we end up staying for the great food and drink options.
Two things that Cairngorm Coffee Co. do well: are coffee & cheese toasties. What more could you want from a cafe?
Since their humble beginnings in Cairngorms National Park, the team at Cairngorm Coffee has been ‘on a mission to make sure nobody has to settle for average coffee’. Their alternative brew methods certainly make it an ideal spot for coffee lovers.
There are loads of tables in front of the big windows. Some even feature iPads to scroll through or quickly reply to emails!
It’s gained almost a cult-like following in the last few years, making it Edinburgh’s home for speciality coffee.
The heart of their brand is making great coffee and using local produce, including some of our sodas! They offer brunch, lunch, and lots of vegan options. We especially love their sandwich selection.
They have free wifi and even newspapers to read if you fancy a break!
6-8 South College Street
A coffee shop with plugs - the biggest win! Fortitude is a coffee merchant and espresso bar that stocks coffee beans from some of the best small-batch roasters in the UK.
When you’re finished with work, you can learn how to brew the perfect cup of coffee at home from their champion baristas.
64 Home Street