All creatives know that getting shit done requires an IV of quality coffee and a soundtrack of white noise – atleast, that’s what seems to be working for my circle. That jingle of plates, a mountain of pastries and the coming and going of other freelancers makes you feel like you’ve joined the wonderful world of JK Rowling.
So that’s why I’ve been playing musical chairs throughout the cafes of central Auckland. Newly self-employed, I’ve been trying to find a place that “fits”. A place that I can call mine while being totally dispensable and totally free. I’ve got a few up my sleeve now but thought it would be useful to compile this list thanks to the amazing ladies in the Women’s Entrepreneur Network. They recommended their favourites to me, and together we’re taking over the city!
The criteria includes free wifi, great coffee and parking nearby.
Crave Cafe in Morningside
I’m a big fan since the profits go straight back into the community. They also whip up a delicious breakfast that’ll kick-start you before cranking through the to-do’s.
Olaf’s Artisan Bakery Cafe in Mt Eden
This one if my current favourite – namely for the killer pastries. It’s quiet in the afternoon and also do great coffee. Don’t judge me for the croissants…
Atomic in Grey Lynn
While no work could possibly be achieved in their Shortland Street branch, Kingsland is cool calm and collected. Spread your stuff for miles on their longtables.
Orvieto in Mt Eden
“I have occasionally set up camp for a couple of hours at Orvieto in Mt Eden, lovely at this time of year as it’s airy and lots of light and space for me and my laptop.” – Anna Poole
Kokako in Grey Lynn
Totally Instagramable. It’s slammed on the weekend but a pretty great place during the week. Select something scrumptious from the cabinet and enjoy an iced coffee for some hardcore summer productivity.
Bread & Butter in Grey Lynn
Traditional pastries and German breads. Highly recommended.
The Botanist at City Works Depot
Take your morning zen to a new level with a cafe covered in greenery. Surrounded by plants your brain will be so oxygenated that there’s no excuse for producing sub-par work. Suggest sitting at the benches since they’re busy over lunchtime.
Hilton Bellini at the Viaduct
The views are great and there’s heaps of relaxed travellers around enjoying a quiet glass of wine in the afternoon. Lots of people work from here so it’s a nice collaborative space.
Buoy under the Harbour Bridge
“My morning choice is Buoy. Under the harbour bridge. Easy car parking, great food and a bit of a hidden gem. If it’s a sunny day I work on their picnic tables outside with a fresh juice” – Laura Lochhead
Mojo at PWC
While I wouldn’t intentionally choose to surround myself with corporates (the joys of working for myself right?), I can understand why some of the ladies recommend Mojo at PWC. When everyone else is super motivated and working hard it encourages you to do the same. Great place for a meeting…
The Collins in Greenhithe
Just read this review by the Urban List:
Let your love of all things delicious take you to Greenhithe where you’ll discover The Collins Café & Bar and—you guessed it—the best French toast in town.
Situated in a renovated villa, you’ll immediately feel at home in the bustling café. The sprawling interior of The Collins is divided into three areas: a moody foyer, a light and bright dining area, and break-out space with armchairs and a cosy fireplace.
Why wouldn’t you want to work from there?
Street organics in Takapuna
A great place to work for my vegan, gluten free and paleo mates. The vibe is airy and mellow so you don’t have the cafe environment stressing you out.
Fact Tree Cafe in Sunnynook
The food is really good and there’s usually plenty of parking out front or street side. Street Organics in Takapuna is also awesome for healthy food” – Stephanie Crawford
I love my local Deco in Titirangi – really nice place, parking in the morning is quite good and there is good free wifi. Another one out west I like The Delicious Food store in Te Atatu. Lots of space, outside too. Last time I was there there were three of us women sitting next to each other working – Miranda Verswijvelen
And a bunch of others worth mentioning:
- Deco in Titirangi – Rave reviews from many freelancers in the group.
- Cafe Paris in Howick – to get your antique French-feels whilst working.
- Marua Road Cafe
- The Delicious Food Store in Te Atatu
- Urban Soul in Manuka
- Hardware in Titirangi
- Ara Tai Cafe at the Half Moon Bay Marina
- Little Luscious in Ellerslie
- Shortland Street Cafe in CBD