Quick Hits: Best Cafés for Work and Play in New York

Whether you’re working out of the office, need a change of scenery, or just want to grab an afternoon cup of joe, these coffee shops offer the best combination of coffee and atmosphere in the city, with incredible decor and airy spaces to boot.


The Bakeshop by Woops: This spot is conveniently close to the Bedford L, so if wandering around Williamsburg during the day is on your agenda, stopping for coffee here is a must. The cookies are to die for, and so are the macarons. The place itself has a whimsical air to it, with bright tiled tables and beautiful fresh flowers– and outlets! So if you need to charge up or use your laptop for a long period of time, this is the place. 548 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn.


Maman: The name speaks for itself: it’s like walking into your mom’s kitchen. Maman has several locations throughout the city (Greenpoint, Tribeca, Soho), all of which are perfect for grabbing a to-go cup of coffee or tea and lingering a while. The airy space, homestyle decor and inviting atmosphere make for the perfect place to work remotely, too.


Cafe Gitane:  This quirky French cafe on Mott Street serves fan-favorites like avo toast and their special paw-print mocha lattes. Brunch options include big servings of all the usual suspects in addition to specialty plates like Morrocan cous cous, sandwiches and salads. 242 Mott St.


Intelligentsia Coffee at the Highline Hotel: The rustic decor and sitting area in this cafe are bar none, and the cozy sitting area makes this cafe one of the best spots to work remotely. Aside from the outdoor seating area, there’s a beautiful indoor space with comfortable couches and inspiring trinkets. It doesn’t get too busy on workdays, but just enough that it’s the perfect place to concentrate and keep yourself on task. 180 10th Ave.


Ludlow Coffee Supply. With its strong coffee and laid back vibe, Ludlow Coffee Supply is the perfect spot to stay a while. Whether you’re working on something on your computer or meeting a friend for coffee, Ludlow has the perfect amount of lively chatter, an interesting crowd, and plenty of space. 176 Ludlow St.