Now that I’m a solopreneur, I’ve become an expert at finding ideal work spaces across the city. I’ve learned quickly that it’s easy to get trapped working at home (especially in the winter!) so I make an effort to work offsite as much as I can. For me, the environment I’m in makes a big difference in my productivity and the quality of my work, so I’ve spent time scouting favorites. A beautiful space, the right amenities, a good latte, and strong wiFi make all the difference! Here are five of my favorites:
(photo credit: @tattebakerydesign)
1. Tatte – Best Ambience
Sometimes you want some background noise while you work, and what could be better than the chatter of a cafe? Any of the eight Tatte locations are lovely, but I especially love the hustle and bustle at the newly opened Tatte Back Bay at 399 Boylston. You can grab a latte and a pastry, and set up shop for the morning or afternoon. In addition to a stunning space (think white subway tile from floor to ceiling), they also have great wiFi.
2. Breather – Best Place to Focus
Breather has been a favorite of mine since they came to Boston in 2015. In that time they’ve expanded to 27 locations in Boston, and 2 in Cambridge. Every Breather is equipped with everything you need to have a productive day and their spaces are bright, airy, and modern. They have a variety of types of rooms for different needs – from small nooks made for one or two people all the way up to workshop spaces that can accommodate groups of forty or more. I love all of their rooms, but #1 at 115 Newbury Street is my fall-time favorite (pictured).
3. Boston Public Library – Most Classic Boston Spot
The Boston Public Library‘s Bates Hall is one the most stunningly gorgeous spaces in the city to work, and if you’ve never been you should move it to the top of your list immediately. Grab a seat at one of the long wooden tables and enjoy working in the company of college students. An ornate vaulted ceiling, books lining the walls, and marble busts will just add to the feeling that you’re in a scene from Harry Potter. Honestly, how lucky are we to have such a beautiful historical spot to go that’s free for everyone?
(photo credit: @districthallboston)
4. District Hall – Best of All Worlds
If you’re looking for a contemporary and energy-filled work space, then District Hall is my top pick! District Hall is a unique place designed for innovators in Boston to work and collaborate. Anyone can pop in and grab a working spot in their front lobby (totally free! no membership required). Brew Cafe, attached to the space, has coffee, breakfast sandwiches, lunch options, and beer & wine — or you can sit down for a full meal at Gather, the in-building restaurant. Conference rooms are also available for rent if you need to host a larger meeting or event. I love the start-up vibe and the energy of District Hall. It’s an amazing place to work if you’re in the Seaport area.
5. Longfellows Cafe/Lamplighter Brewing – Most Laid Back Spot
If you want the vibe of a cafe but might also want to enjoy an adult beverage while you work, then Longfellows Cafe is for you. The cafe shares space with Lamplighter Brewing so they offer the best of both worlds. This Cambridge spot is favorite spot to work on a warm day when they open the big front windows out to the street. They have delicious lattes and you can also grab a kombucha at the bar. It’s always a nice mix of people working and others who are socializing over a drink. Sometimes it’s a nice change of pace to be working in a more casual space!
Do you have favorite spots to work in Boston? I’d love to hear where you enjoy working offsite.