Food & Drink

The 6 best places to work remotely in Philly

Published On 08/26/2014 Published On 08/26/2014
CHRISTINE SMITH

Ahh, being outside... it makes everything from drinking to watching movies better. And while it can't make working as fun as those two things (or, like, at all really), bringing your laptop to one of these six sweet places will at least make earning cash to spend on stuff you actually enjoy, as pleasant as possible.

Soy Cafe

Soy Cafe

Northern Liberties
Soy Cafe boasts a comfortable backyard patio and some healthy menu choices that will instantly make you feel smarter as you tackle your work.

The Gold Standard Cafe

Gold Standard Cafe

Cedar Park
Posted up on the corner of Baltimore Ave and 48th St, this coffee slinger is home to many shaded outdoor tables where you can set up your laptop and pretend to work while you really Hangout(s) with your friends online. Or in person when they realize this place is also BYOB.

Joe Coffee - Chestnut

Joe Coffee

Rittenhouse
This is prime outdoor Wi-Fi real estate, thanks to tables overlooking Rittenhouse Park and indoor window seats as well.

Cafe L'Aube

Cafe L’Aube

Fairmont
Cafe L’Aube’s Fairmont location pairs a glossy, sleek inside with a funky exterior. You can nosh on their authentic French crepes or take advantage of the coffee shop’s free Wi-Fi... to work obviously, not to constantly check Google Drive for the funny GIFs your co-workers are always sharing.

Cake and the Beanstalk

Cake and the Beanstalk

Washington Square West
If you’re working on your novel (like most coffee shop loiterers), then find inspiration in Cake and the Beanstalk’s idyllic outdoor garden, which is situated beside a mural and surrounded by greens.

Shot Tower Coffee

Shot Tower Coffee

Queen Village
Boasting some of the city’s best coffee/baristas, this laid-back java slinger also has outdoor corner seating AND floor-to-ceiling windows -- in case you want to feel like your outside but don't want the sun to keep you from seeing your Google docs.

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1. Soy Cafe 630 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Soy Cafe boasts a comfortable backyard patio and some healthy menu choices that will instantly make you feel smarter as you tackle your work.

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2. Gold Standard Café 4800 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143 (West Phillyu City)

Taking over the Baltimore Ave island office that housed an Obama canvassing HQ, the former Abbraccio owners have created a two-room hideout offering breakfast and lunch in a cozy, green/mustard schemed, mostly counter-service & sidewalk seating front room, and dinner in an adjacent 40-seat deep red/cream-toned dining room complete with new oak floors, a pair of oriental rugs, and a columned fireplace that runs on gas, reducing the temptation to burn the new oak floors.

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3. Joe Coffee 1845 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Manhattan caffeinator Joe Coffee's opened its largest espresso bar yet around the corner from La Colombe's Rittenhouse Square location, expanding their pour-over empire to Center City with an indoor-outdoor parkside cafe pairing Brulee Bakery and Ovenly baked goods with two dozen hot and iced eye-openers.

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4. Cafe L'Aube 222 Rittenhouse Sq., Philadelphia, PA 19130

Cafe L’aube’s Fairmont location pairs a glossy, sleek inside with a funky exterior, where you can nosh on their authentic French crepes or take advantage of the coffee shop’s free Wi-Fi... to work obviously, not to constantly check Google Drive for the funny GIFs your co-workers are always sharing.

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5. Cake & The Beanstalk 1112 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Midtown Village)

Cake's hellbent on satisfying your sweet tooth, outfitting the sunlit former digs of Flying Monkey Deuce with bright green walls and fixtures sourced from everywhere from IKEA to thrift shops, while serving up beans roasted in Chestnut Hill and doing up b

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6. Shot Tower Coffee 542 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Society Hillqueen Village)

Shot's set up in a rustic space with antique lighting, aged wooden counters, and brick columns, and uses Stumptown beans to prep a range of dranks in a monstrous, first-on-the-East Coast, Italian-made La Marzocco espresso machine (worth more than some c

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