I’m celebrating my six month anniversary of switching from a 9-5 job to working remotely, and I’m still loving it! The freedom to jump on cheap travel deals or go on last-minute trips around the Pacific Northwest has been worth it. I love not having a commute anymore, but sometimes being in the house all the time gets a little boring. It’s also easy to get distracted with my two adorable pups who constantly bring me balls, tempting me to not write that next article.
If you’re a freelancer, you need to be forced out of those sweatpants and actually look presentable every now and then. We’re all guilty of just putting on a nice shirt and fixing our hair for client meetings via Skype (no one can see the bottom half anyways!). Being around others is part of what keeps me sane, so I make an effort to work outside the house several times a week.
Luckily, Seattle has a ton of coffee shops to venture to when I need a change of scene. Whether you live in Seattle and work remotely, or are just visiting, these are some of my favorite places to go to. After this list, I do NOT want to see you at Starbucks! Here’s where to work remotely in Seattle.
Ballard – Bauhaus
2001 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
Located on the main drag, I love escaping here on rainy days. There’s plenty of tables to work at, and you can people watch by the window. There’s also tables in the back for those days you don’t feel like interacting with extra people. The cafe has a library feel to it with a full bookshelf.
Fremont – Caffe Ladro
452 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103
I started coming here in high school to do my homework, and still continue to go here in my later years to get work done. They have a huge variety of flavors to make almost any drink you want, and the baked goods are delicious. They even open at 5:30 AM, which is crucial sometimes for those last-minute deadlines. After all, caffeine helps with procrastination (or so I tell myself)!
Queen Anne – El Diablo Coffee
1811 Queen Anne Ave N #101
Seattle, WA 98109
Queen Anne isn’t the most convenient place to get to depending where you live in Seattle, but I fall in love with the neighborhood every time I visit. I can literally spend the whole day here as they have a ton of restaurants, a Pilates studio I frequent, and even Trader Joe’s. What makes this shop unique is their Cuban-themed drinks and food. If you’re stuck in your hometown working, you might as well pretend you’re in Cuba!
Capitol Hill – Stumptown
1115 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Capitol Hill is one of my favorite neighborhoods to take out-of-town visitors to, but I always forget to come here myself. There’s always something going on, so you won’t have a boring day. Stumptown makes some of my favorite coffee around, including amazing iced coffee. The only thing I don’t like is their tables are pretty short, so it’s not the best for writing long articles. The wi-fi is always strong though, so it’s a great place to get most of your work done.
Wallingford – A Muddy Cup
266 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Going to cafes that feel like you’re in someone’s house are my favorite, and that’s exactly what this is. To cater to the Seattle diet, they have gluten-free, dairy-free baked goods so everyone can eat there. Parking is easy to find, and the bus stop is nearby.
Downtown – Storyville
94 Pike St #34
Seattle, WA 98101
Don’t even attempt to go to a Starbucks downtown – they’re packed with tourists. Storyville is an escape from the madness, as tourists don’t seem to bother coming here. The place has such a cozy feel with the wooden interior and even a fireplace.
Not a fan of coffee, or still shaking from your 4th cup? Here are some places besides coffee shops that provide quiet environments to get your work finished.
Seattle Central Library
1000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
The library is actually one of the most photographed places in Seattle, so it might be a little distracting at first. The building is 11 stories of glass and iron, which I love. There’s plenty of places to cozy up in the corner and get your work done without the noise of people around you.
107 Spring Street
Seattle, WA 98104
This is a co-working space that you can get a membership to, and they have day passes as well. Sometimes you just need that office structure to focus better. It’s hard to be zoned out on cat videos when you know you have people nearby who can see your screen. They also have coffee, beer on tap, and snacks for purchase, so you don’t even have to leave for the day.
111 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
This is another co-working space that I come to several times a month, as one of my clients works out of here. You can have a membership where you have a set desk, or you can have a floating one where you’ll just grab an open seat when you come in. I love the huge kitchens they have on each floor full of unlimited coffee and tea. They clearly know freelancers well!
Where’s your favorite place to work in Seattle?
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