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July 20, 2018

Best Spots to Work Remotely in the Lower Mainland

Whether you call yourself a solopreneur, freelancer, or self-employed Boss Lady or Gentleman, the hunt for the best spots to work remotely can be part of the fun of being your own boss. One of our favourite things about working remotely is having the freedom to change up our work environment — whenever, wherever.

But keep in mind, it’s not all fun and games. Here’s our checklist for the key factors in choosing your new coffee shop office, then read on for our favourite spots to work remotely around Vancouver.

  1. Is their wifi game on point? You’ve paid for that fancy drink, settled in with your laptop, and now there’s a bad connection? Don’t fall for it! Check first. Enough said.
  2. Liquid courage. You’re not in your home office for a reason, so whether it’s a freshly brewed americano, or specialty beverage, the options matter.
  3. Stay fueled. Salty or sweet? You decide. From a slice of mocha cheesecake, to a curried chickpea wrap – delicious and wholesome food options are the fuel to keep us going.
  4. Transit accessible or readily available parking. Nobody wants to spend half their day transiting or waiting for a parking spot to open up. The less fuss, the more time we can spend turning our ideas into business plans.

One Great Remote Office, Multiple Locations Around Vancouver

1. Breka Bakery and Cafe – Various Locations

We absolutely love Breka Bakery and Cafe. Not only are they affordable, they open ’round the clock for a late-night fix when facing impending deadlines. Known for their impeccable range of baked goods, plentiful seating, old-school relaxed vibe, and most importantly free wifi, Breka has four locations around Vancouver.

Visit them: Fraser, Bute, Davie or 4th Ave.

Scope them on social: Facebook and Instagram.

2. Prado Café — Various Locations

Prado keeps you calm and collected with a cuppa 49th Parallel joe within reach of your keyboard. Why we love this place though? Speedy wifi and a welcoming neighbourhood vibe; it’s the perfect spot for solo missions or client meetings.

Visit them: Commercial, West Hastings, Fraser St, Fir St, or Surrey

Scope them on social: Facebook and Instagram.

Beat the Heat in an Office With Cold Brew and Donuts

3. 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters — Various Locations

Get your hands on one of 49th Parallel’s infamous homemade doughnuts; where else can you get PB&J doughnuts and Apple Bacon Fritters? Either soak up the sun on their Mount Pleasant patio, or reward yourself with a quick jaunt to Kits Beach after a hard day’s work from their West 4th location.

Visit them: Downtown, Main St, 4th Ave

Scope them on social: Facebook and Instagram

4. La Forêt – Burnaby

Work in what feels like an indoor garden. The stunning interior of La Forêt is the perfect escape for relaxing your eyes after all that screen time. We recommend you come with a full charge on your laptop, as outlets are limited.

Visit them: 848 Jubilee Ave, Burnaby

Scope them on social: Facebook and Instagram

The Perfect Combo: Great WiFi and Even Better Lattes

5. Coffee + Vanilla – Coquitlam

Coquitlam’s new hidden gem, Coffee + Vanilla, offers the perfect combo for a productive work space: fast wifi and an even better latte. We guarantee you’ll love their cute desserts, or take home a whole macaron cake — we won’t judge, after that full day of work you just put in!

Visit them: 1054-C Austin Ave, Coquitlam

Scope them on social: Facebook

  1. Allegro Café – Various locations

Allegro Cafe is conveniently located within Whole Foods and opens an hour ahead of the store. Its rustic setting is the perfect place to fuel up for your long day, with wifi and spacious seating. Working late? They serve beer and wine after 9 a.m.

Visit them: Locations all around the Lower Mainland

Scope them on social: Facebook and Instagram

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