Given that Australian coffee culture is one of the best in the world, it’s no surprise that Sydney has a robust cafe scene. But not all cafes are created equal, especially for the digital nomad, entrepreneur or remote worker. Have you ever sat down with your coffee and opened your laptop, only to find out the WiFi is slow or even worse, not working? Avoid running around town to find the perfect “coffice” with our list the seven best work-friendly cafes in Sydney with fast, free Wifi! (You can thank us later.)
7 Cafes in Sydney where you can get work done
Orto Trading Co.
Welcome to your rustic chic oasis in Surry Hills. With its garden-like atmosphere, Orto Trading Co. is the perfect place to hunker down and focus on your work, while noshing on comfort food to keep you fueled. Grab a street-side table for some fresh air or head inside and enjoy the natural sunlight from floor-to-ceiling windows. The WiFi is on point and the cafe is well located, just 80 meters from Central station and a short walk from Crown Street—what more do you need?
Address: 38 Waterloo Street
Neighbourhood: Surry Hills
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Phone: +61 431 212 453
Bread & Circus
The combination of natural light and fruit and floral displays at Bread & CIrcus give it a warm, relaxed, and comfortable atmosphere–an Instagrammers delight. Take a seat at one of the large, communal tables, grab a cup of joe and start your workday without worrying about WiFi. If you’re hungry, enjoy their perfectly plated organic dishes: soups, salads, and sweets! If you work weekends, be sure and avoid the weekend brunch rush.
Address: 21 Fountain Street
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Phone: +61 418 214 425
More than a cafe, Rising Sun Workshop is a communal place that takes pride in being a social enterprise. There’s a full-fledged motorcycle workshop onsite, speedy WiFi, and a spacious upstairs area with lots of seating—perfect for a heads-down kind of day. Their large menu is inspired by Japanese cuisine—try the ramen— and all ingredients are sourced locally.
Address: 1c Whateley Street
Hours: Sunday to Tuesday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Phone: +61 2 9550 3891
The “longest-running cafe on Crown Street,” Kawa is a local favorite for remote workers. WiFi is never an issue and there are lots of little spaces to choose from to work the day away. If you’re looking for some vitamin D and a distraction-free zone, head to their ample outdoor seating area. Kawa’s menu serves up healthy food, including an all-day brekkie, vegan and gluten-free options.
Address: 346-350 Crown Street
Neighborhood: Surry Hills
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: +61 2 9331 6811
Ampersand Café & Bookstore
Book lovers beware: can you stay focused in a tranquil cafe surrounded by over 30,000 used books? If so, head over to Ampersand for a quiet space to work. Escape the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and take a seat at the communal table or one of the small tables spaced out over four floors. Nosh on pasta, salad, and gluten-free sweets!
Address: 78 Oxford Street
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Phone: +61 2 9380 6617
Three Williams Cafe
With 285 square meters of cafe, Three Williams makes it easy to hunker down guilt-free. Brick walls, leather seats, and raw wood give it a minimal and cozy warehouse feel, perfect to put you in the zone. There’s no shortage of table space or outlets, and their menu boasts comfort food, healthy bites, and an all-day breakfast.
Address: 613a Elizabeth Street Redfern
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Phone: +61 2 9698 1111
A Danish import, Joe and the Juice is known for its model-like staff and energizing juices. It’s also a popular coffice for the location-independent crowd, with lots of table space, outlets, and a healthy menu of food, coffee, and smoothies to nourish your mind. The Pitt Street location even has a meeting room for the public, although it’s necessary to book beforehand. There are five locations throughout the city, find the one nearest to you.
Address: 139 Pitt Street
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sydney's Best Work-Friendly Cafes with Fast Wifi
When you’re looking for a place to get some work done, there’s nothing more frustrating than chasing WiFi around the city. With so many incredible cafes in Sydney it’s nice to have a list of places you can rely on. Grab your laptop and start your day with these seven work-friendly cafes with fast, free WiFi!
Are you looking for cool cafes to work from in other places? Check out our Singapore favorites here!