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The Top Wi-Fi-Equipped Cafes to Work Remotely In Seattle

The only downside: Pants are required in these public spaces

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Working from home can be complicated: cats climbing on keyboards, seven binge-worthy seasons of the latest TV show to hit Netflix, and roommates who sleep, eat, and make noise from home, too.

So when the pressure's on, Seattle's growing army of remote workers grab their laptops and headphones (and pants, please) and track down a mobile office. While many cafes in Seattle offer Wi-Fi, it's nice to have a little something extra to warrant the cost of entry and an extended stay — great food, a friendly staff, boozy options, or a beautiful setting. Here are some of the city's top wireless homes away from home to ease the transition from office drone to untethered agent of success.

Note: Map points are listed geographically and are not ranked by preference. Don't see your favorite Wi-Fi wonderland on the map and want to share your secret with the world? Show it some love in the comments, send us an email, or start a forum thread in its honor.

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Walnut Street Coffee

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This shop features a chill atmosphere, treats from plenty of Seattle's favorite vendors, comfy chairs, local art, and Vivace beans.

Jibe Espresso Bar

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Tucked in a mixed use building on the way to Golden Gardens is Jibe, home to one of the best breakfast sandwiches in town and a gorgeous view of the water to boot. It hardly feels like working when the office is this pleasant.

Miro Tea

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Why tea hasn't caught on to its full potential in this city is a mystery, but probably has something to do with a shady coffee cabal. Regardless, Miro is by far Seattle's best place to learn about all types of tea with pot after pot of beautiful blacks, greens, puers, herbal blends, and more — all while getting work done thanks to plenty of table space and a chill atmosphere. Yummy sandwiches, soup, baked goods, and refreshing iced beverages also help the hours fly by.

Cafe Racer

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Keys to beating the dreaded writer’s block: inspiring art on the walls, solid people all around, and a never-ending list of sandwiches, including a terrific tuna melt. For anyone looking for more peace and quiet, the back rooms are ideal.

Vif Wine and Coffee

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If more people drank wine and ate fancy toasts while working, more good work could be done in the world. Diners can test this hypothesis at the window-wrapped north Fremont cafe, which also has great coffee and parking available.

Fremont Coffee Company

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Is it still working from home when it's basically someone else's home? This delicious coffee spot, occupying an erstwhile house with a variety of nice nooks, quiet crannies, and an outdoor patio, practically begs customers to pull up a chair and get some reading or writing done while they sip lattes decorated with seasonal foam art.

El Diablo Coffee

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On sunny days, El Diablo’s outdoor patio is a dream to work from. On rainy ones, the light, art-filled interior is a warm welcome. A cuban coffee provides the inspiration to empty out the dreaded inbox.

Liberty

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Is it a cocktail bar? A sushi restaurant? A secret lair? It's all of the things, really, including a sweet coffee shop with couches and booths.

Tougo Coffee Co.

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"Small" doesn't have to mean "no elbow room," as Tougo proves. Customers can grab a coffee and sit inside or head outdoors to work from the perfect little sanctuary in the back. Bonus for parents: There's a play area in the back for little ones.

Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge

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"Working from home" is a euphemism that covers many things, including working outside the standard hours of 9 to 5. Enter 24/7 diners like Lost Lake, a haven for Wi-Fi, bright lights, and plenty of coffee, all day and all night. Plus there's none of the recycled-oil stench typical of a Denny's.

Little Oddfellows

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Elliott Bay Book Company is the perfect home for a remote workspace: When boredom strikes, diners can curl up with a staff-recommended book and spend the afternoon eating instagram-worthy treats instead of finishing that pesky project. The space, filled with bright light and too-cute touches, also boasts lovely baked goods, wine, beer, and more.

Mr. West Cafe Bar

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Mr. West is a downtown prayer answered — an ultra-hip place to meet, eat, and work. In a sea of go-go-go, this seems to be an oasis in which to actually slow down for a second. Whether getting work done with a side of seasonal fare or impressing a client well well-designed decor, diners dream of this kind of home office.

The Station

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Beacon Hill’s cornerstone coffee shop has plenty of space inside and out, a friendly staff, and possibly the greatest collection of mismatched mugs south of Lake Union. It feels like home, but better.

Empire Espresso

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This artsy space, home to some great coffee, throws wide the windows to give an al fresco feel, whether customers park themselves at one of the small tables against the wall or outside. When hunger strikes, there's plenty of food available, even for gluten-free folks.

Tin Umbrella Coffee

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Rainier Valley's only coffee roaster is also one of Hillman City’s best places to get work done, with big tables to spread out on and local pastries to fend off hunger.

Hotwire Coffeehouse

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In a world full of tiny laptops, tablets, and ridiculously smart phones, isn’t it nice to know that an internet cafe still exists? Every highly caffeinated purchase of Seven Roasters coffee comes with free access to a desktop computer, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and laser printing. It’s like the '90s are alive and well in West Seattle — and no one's complaining about that.

Dubsea Coffee

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This welcoming, high-ceilinged cafe brims with amenities like meeting spaces, free Wi-Fi, rotating displays of regional artists, and quite possibly the friendliest staff south of the stadiums. It's as much a neighborhood gathering place as anything. That cardamom latte is a classic, too.

Walnut Street Coffee

This shop features a chill atmosphere, treats from plenty of Seattle's favorite vendors, comfy chairs, local art, and Vivace beans.

Jibe Espresso Bar

Tucked in a mixed use building on the way to Golden Gardens is Jibe, home to one of the best breakfast sandwiches in town and a gorgeous view of the water to boot. It hardly feels like working when the office is this pleasant.

Miro Tea

Why tea hasn't caught on to its full potential in this city is a mystery, but probably has something to do with a shady coffee cabal. Regardless, Miro is by far Seattle's best place to learn about all types of tea with pot after pot of beautiful blacks, greens, puers, herbal blends, and more — all while getting work done thanks to plenty of table space and a chill atmosphere. Yummy sandwiches, soup, baked goods, and refreshing iced beverages also help the hours fly by.

Cafe Racer

Keys to beating the dreaded writer’s block: inspiring art on the walls, solid people all around, and a never-ending list of sandwiches, including a terrific tuna melt. For anyone looking for more peace and quiet, the back rooms are ideal.

Vif Wine and Coffee

If more people drank wine and ate fancy toasts while working, more good work could be done in the world. Diners can test this hypothesis at the window-wrapped north Fremont cafe, which also has great coffee and parking available.

Fremont Coffee Company

Is it still working from home when it's basically someone else's home? This delicious coffee spot, occupying an erstwhile house with a variety of nice nooks, quiet crannies, and an outdoor patio, practically begs customers to pull up a chair and get some reading or writing done while they sip lattes decorated with seasonal foam art.

El Diablo Coffee

On sunny days, El Diablo’s outdoor patio is a dream to work from. On rainy ones, the light, art-filled interior is a warm welcome. A cuban coffee provides the inspiration to empty out the dreaded inbox.

Liberty

Is it a cocktail bar? A sushi restaurant? A secret lair? It's all of the things, really, including a sweet coffee shop with couches and booths.

Tougo Coffee Co.

"Small" doesn't have to mean "no elbow room," as Tougo proves. Customers can grab a coffee and sit inside or head outdoors to work from the perfect little sanctuary in the back. Bonus for parents: There's a play area in the back for little ones.

Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge

"Working from home" is a euphemism that covers many things, including working outside the standard hours of 9 to 5. Enter 24/7 diners like Lost Lake, a haven for Wi-Fi, bright lights, and plenty of coffee, all day and all night. Plus there's none of the recycled-oil stench typical of a Denny's.

Little Oddfellows

Elliott Bay Book Company is the perfect home for a remote workspace: When boredom strikes, diners can curl up with a staff-recommended book and spend the afternoon eating instagram-worthy treats instead of finishing that pesky project. The space, filled with bright light and too-cute touches, also boasts lovely baked goods, wine, beer, and more.

Mr. West Cafe Bar

Mr. West is a downtown prayer answered — an ultra-hip place to meet, eat, and work. In a sea of go-go-go, this seems to be an oasis in which to actually slow down for a second. Whether getting work done with a side of seasonal fare or impressing a client well well-designed decor, diners dream of this kind of home office.