Do you like to go to coffee shops to work or study? So do I! I have the wonderful perk of being able to work from anywhere. All I need is decent wi-fi and I can be productive. After working out of many places around town, I have put together a list of my top 10 places to work in Coral Gables.
Best Places To Work From in Coral Gables
# 1 Cafe Curuba
My favorite spot to work from in Coral Gables is Cafe Curuba. If you haven’t heard of Cafe Curuba, you need to go visit this adorable neighborhood coffee shop. They have amazing coffee, delicious pastries, and a really cool atmosphere. You are most likely to find me there during the week. They use Panther coffee for the espresso drinks and they always play great music.
PROS: It’s also cozy, has strong (free) wi-fi, and extremely nice customer service.
CONS: The only downside to working at Cafe Curuba is that it is quite small. So you have to get there early to grab a spot. Locals have already discovered this little gem and it is not rare to find a bunch of people working on their laptops or having business meetings.
Cafe Curuba is located at 2626 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables. cafecuruba.com
# 2 Small Tea
My second favorite place to work in the Gables is Small Tea. Small Tea offers over 84 varieties of teas. Their teas are incredibly tasty and if their varied tea menu is overwhelming just grab one of their chai tea lattes. I’ve had them all and I recommend all of them.
PROS: The main reason I like to work at Small Tea is the atmosphere. The decor makes you feel like you are working inside a dark, cozy cave. It feels safe in there. They also play a great selection of music that helps you concentrate on your work. Plus, if you get hungry they have a healthy and tasty menu. Oh and I’m addicted to their Nutella sea salt cookies. Make sure you get some of those too!
CONS: There are two small downsides to working at Small Tea. The first is that lots of people have discovered this incredibly awesome hang out spot. So when 10 people are working on their laptops, the free wi-fi starts to slow down. The second thing to keep in mind is that they like to blast their air conditioning. That’s easy to fix. Make sure to bring a warm sweater and you’ll be set to get your work done.
Small Tea is located at 205 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables. smallteaco.com
# 3 The Coral Gables Library
If the slightest noise distracts you from your work, then the Coral Gables Library is the place for you. Before 3pm the internet runs pretty fast and you are more likely to find an empty seat at a table. I love the moldy book smell of the library. I find it comforting. It reminds me of my first excursion to the library when I was a little kid.
PROS: They offer free wi-fi, the library staff is nice and there are plenty of outlets to plug your computer in. For those who need peace and quiet to focus and be productive, this historic landmark is the place for you.
CONS: The library gets pretty busy once school lets out, causing the internet to slow down. So make sure to use this location when you need a place to work from early in the day.
The Coral Gables Library is located at 3443 Segovia St, Coral Gables. mdpls.org
#4 Cafe Demetrio
Cafe Demetrio is an adorable & historic coffee shop on Alhambra Plaza. It was the first coffee shop to open in Coral Gables. This is the perfect spot for those who like to work amidst history. That same building used to house the local newspaper in the 1920s. The cafe is quiet and relaxing with a quaint patio and outside seating in the back. If you like free wifi and sipping coffee with hearts drawn on the foam. This is place for you. Cafe Demetrio also recently renovated giving it an even more welcoming atmosphere.
Cafe Demetrio is located at 300 Alhambra Cir, Coral Gables. cafedemetrio.com
# 5 Janette & Co. Macarons
Janette & Co makes my favorite macarons in South Florida. Their macarons are the perfect combination of fluffy and chewy. The owner, Quentin, makes them fresh right at the shop.
PROS: Janette & Co offers free wifi; and it’s usually quiet there. It’s a good place to concentrate if you need to study or write something when you are alone.
CONS: There are very few tables and chairs so you might not find one available. Also, the tables are very small so you can’t share a table with a friend. Plus, you might over eat macarons.
Janette & Co. is located at 208 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. janetteandco.com
# 6 Grazianos
Grazianos is an Argentine restaurant and market. They are known for their meats, empanadas, desserts, and wines. This is a great place when you need to meet and work with many people. They have high tables that seat parties of six people.
PROS: Grazianos has lots of seating so (unless you go during the lunch rush) you will find a table to work from. They recently added cellphone charging stations at most of their tables. Also, they have great food and coffee. I know those two things always motivate me to get things done.
CONS: It can get loud at Grazianos and they are constantly airing soccer matches that might distract you. It’s also not the coziest setting you’ll find in the area.
Graziano’s is located on 2301 Galiano St, Coral Gables. grazianosgroup.com
# 7 Pipeline Workspaces
I actually work out of Pipeline a couple of times a week. It’s a great place to have meetings and look professional. Their wi-fi is fast, they have a great kitchen and spiffy conference rooms. You do have to pay a membership fee to work out of Pipeline, but if you add up all money you spend on coffees when you work at coffee shops it’s surprinsingly comparable.
# 8 Threefold Cafe
Threefold Cafe offers a gourmet breakfast menu all day. If you’ve never been I recommend the smashed avocado on toast. Threefold is more of a restaurant than a hangout place, but (I asked to make sure) they welcome people who want to work from there.
PROS: Threefold has a bright beautiful location that will certainly put you in a great mood to get some work done. They also offer free wi-fi, play nice music, and have really nice people working there. They also use Panther coffee for their espressos.
CON: Threefold has ONE table with an outlet. So make sure to take your laptop fully charged.
Threefold Cafe is located at 141 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables. threefoldcafe.com
# 9 Ebar Cafe Nordstrom
The Ebar Nordstrom Cafe is located at the outdoor mall, Village of Merrick Park. Merrick Park doesn’t have much traffic, making it one of the few malls where you can actually relax.
PROS: The Ebar offers free wi-fi and has a full coffee menu. They have indoor and outdoor seating.
CONS: You have to pay the parking at Merrick Park, which is a little more expensive than Coral Gables City parking.
Ebar Internet Cafe is located at 4310 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables in Merrick Pack by Nordstrom. shop.nordstrom.com
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# 10 Pasion del Cielo
Pasion del Cielo makes great coffee and empanadas. Although the few times I tried to work there the wi-fi was terribly slow, it’s a good place to be productive. The place is usually really packed with people working there – that’s probably what makes the internet crawl. I still like the brick walls and sofas. My favorite place to work is at the bar stools by the window. When you need to take a break, you can people watch.
Pasion del Cielo is located at 100 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables. pasiondelcielo.com
Is there a place you like to take your laptop to and work? Let us know in the comments!
Gissi JimenezApril 18, 2016 at 3:53 pm
So cool that you did this list! So many of them are walking distance to me. And is good to learn of that pipeline workspace.
Paola MendezApril 18, 2016 at 3:56 pm
So happy to hear it was helpful! :) Pipeline is great!
MichelleApril 18, 2016 at 3:58 pm
Great list!! I’ve personally worked from several of these spots and they’re awesome.
Paola MendezApril 19, 2016 at 10:43 am
Hi Michelle! Happy to hear your agree :)
Natalia LillyApril 19, 2016 at 11:18 am
This is so helpful! I am always looking for places to get me out of house so I can work productively!!! Thank you for this!
Paola MendezApril 19, 2016 at 11:36 am
Yay! Let me know when you’re working around town ;)
JonathanApril 19, 2016 at 11:46 am
Really great list! I can’t wait to try some of these places out
Paola MendezApril 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm
hotpinkshrinkApril 19, 2016 at 1:45 pm
This is a very helpful post. Someday I hope to be able to work in cute little places like these, but for now it’s just for coffee and munching breaks. ;)
Paola MendezApril 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm
Haha, they are definitely also great places for coffee and munchies :)