When you’re running your own small business – and particularly if you work from home – it can get a little lonely. When that happens, I love finding cosy little cafés to work from in Edinburgh.
The benefits are plenty: You can chat with people and have a bit of buzz around you while you’re getting your work done. Also, if you’re in town for networking events or meetings, a café is a great space to check your emails and get work done between appointments.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to sit all afternoon or want to meet a client – here are some of the best cafés to work from in Edinburgh. Try them out!
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Castello Coffee‘s Bruntsfield café is the perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet. There are usually plenty of tables during the week. Grab one by the window to admire the beautiful view of the Bruntsfield Links.
There’s free wifi (just ask the friendly staff for the password). And lots of delicious pastries, cakes, snacks and coffee to keep you going throughout the day.
The Bruntsfield branch is Castello Coffee’s second café in Edinburgh. I’d recommend avoiding the Castle Street one for work. It’s small and usually very busy, so head up to Bruntsfield for a much better working environment.
The Hideout Cafe
If you’re down in Leith, The Hideout Cafe is one of my favourite cafés to work from in Edinburgh. The cafe is light and airy thanks to the huge windows.
And it has a really cool, relaxed decor that makes you feel instantly at home. If you’re there for a meeting with clients, make it a breakfast meeting if you can – the brunch menu is great!
Whether you’re in for a quick coffee with a freelance friend or a productive laptop session on your own, you’ll always feel welcome at The Hideout.
Cairngorm Coffee is another Edinburgh café with two branches. I’d recommend heading to the West End cafe which is the bigger and brighter of the two.
They do great coffee and snacks and there is a range of communal tables. You can grab a seat and not feel guilty about taking up a whole table all day! The wifi at Cairngorm is free and speedy, so it’s a great place to get some work done on your laptop.
If you just have a spare 10 minutes between meetings, they even have iPads! They’re built into some of the tables so you can quickly reply to some emails or browse the web.
As easy as it is to find cafés to work from in Edinburgh, the centre of town is a completely different matter. It’s often simply too crowded on weekdays to get proper work done.
But if you’re looking for somewhere to work on George Street, I’d recommend checking out Lowdown Coffee. Even though they’re on the basement level, the café feels nice and bright.
And they even have some outdoor tables if you fancy getting some fresh air while you get your work done. Don’t forget to try one of their delicious cakes to help you power through your to-do list!
Machina Espresso‘s Tollcross café is popular with freelancers, small business owners and other remote workers. But it’s usually quiet in the early afternoons.
So time it right and you can get yourself a table and make use of the free wifi. If you’re a coffee enthusiast, you’ll love this place.
Not only do they serve some of the best coffee in Edinburgh for you to enjoy as you work. They also sell coffee equipment and beans to take home.
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