Industry Beans’ Fitzroy coffee roastery may be hidden in an industrial-looking building in the back streets of Brunswick Street, but it’s worth seeking out if you’re searching for a place to settle in for the day. With comfortable booths to sit in (fit with powerpoints for chargers nearby, too) and an endless menu of coffees – be it espresso, filter, cold brew or even the bubble kind – it’s got ideal working conditions for freelance workers written all over it.
As all freelance workers would know, finding a café to work from isn’t always so easy. There are obvious prerequisites, like Wi-Fi and a not-too-busy space where you’re guaranteed to find a seat. But there are other considerations that make the experience all the more comfortable – think booths (not stools) to keep your back supported all day; seats near a charging point in case your laptop battery runs low; quiet areas for those days when you don’t want bustle and need to concentrate. The list goes on.
While you may have a favourite spot you frequent from time to time, you may also want to switch things up and work from somewhere new. In any event, we’ve done the trying-and-testing for you and found the best cafés for freelance workers, from lush greenhouses to warehouse-style roasteries. Time to get to work.