It’s not always straightforward when it comes to finding a remote working spot in Bristol, particularly since there’s so much to consider. The availability of reliable Wi-Fi, space, plug sockets, and of course a decent coffee is hard to come by in many cities so Westgate IT’s Bristol Team have done some research for you. They have sifted through hundreds of reviews (so you don’t have to) to bring you what they believe are the best cafes for working in Bristol.
Disclaimer: *Please note Covid-19 restrictions may apply to some of the locations mentioned in this article. We advise calling, or checking the website before your visit to avoid disappointment.
*Please also note I’m working in a paid relationship with Westgate IT
Best cafes for working in Bristol
The Central Library’s Reading Room
Google review score: 4.2/5
Boasting enough space so that you can grab your own little nook, and home to a handy cafe, the Central Library’s Reading Room is by far one of the best places to remote work in Bristol. Enjoy peace and quiet and get stuck into whatever it is your doing without interruption. The cafe offers hot drinks and snacks at a reasonable price, and the staff are more than happy for you to make yourself comfortable and crack on with your work for a day. Disabled access is also available, along with a lift.
College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TL
9:30 – 7pm Mon/Wed/Fri
The Canteen Bar
Google review score: 4.4/5
Well-known for being a bustling bar at night, The Canteen gives off a much more chilled out vibe by day, proving the perfect environment for those looking to work remotely, but still keep the social aspect of working from an office. Delicious local food and drinks are available throughout the day and the Wi-Fi is reliable and free. No payment is required to use their space, just buy your food and drink there while you toil online. If you’re looking for a more formal, office-like environment, there is a membership-based co-working space with great reviews a couple of floors above.
Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, St Paul’s, Bristol BS1 3QY
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The Crafty Egg
Google review score: 4.5/5
Now a well-established eatery amongst food lovers and plant lovers alike (they host the best indoor plant selection in Bristol and have affectionately re-named themselves The Crafty Jungle!) The Crafty Egg is a great place to set up camp and work for the day. Much better suited to laptop workers who don’t mind a little bit of background noise, the cafe provides free Wi-Fi, good-sized tables to work from, some of the best coffee in Bristol and great food, which is unsurprisingly egg-focused.
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113 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RW
Boston Tea Party
Google review score: 4.5/5 (park street)
Dotted around several locations in Bristol, Boston Tea Party has become a favourite amongst locals both day and night. Working on a first-come-first-serve basis, it’s wise to get there early to grab a spot. The cafe offers free Wi-Fi, great food and drinks and plenty of space to work. It’s also breastfeeding-friendly and has a lovely outdoor space should the sun decide to make an appearance.
75 Park St, Bristol, BS1 5PF (other locations available, see here)
Opening hours: 8am – 5pm Daily
Arnolfini Reading Room and Cafe
Google review score: 4.5/5
Overlooking Bristol’s historic harbour, the central location of Arnolfini makes it a hot spot. A contemporary art gallery and popular food and drink location, the cafe offers scrummy food as well as some great inspiration while you work. The reading room based on the second floor of the building next to the exhibition room is well equipped with desks, sofas and shelves full of gorgeous books and magazines. The cafe downstairs is a great place to sip a cup of coffee whilst working, though this isn’t the best place to sit if you’re sensitive to a bit of noise. Free and reliable Wi-Fi is also available throughout the building.
Address: 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
The Faraway Tree
Google review Score: 4.5/5
A cosy little cafe, perfect for small families and remote workers alike, the Faraway Tree serves delicious vegan and vegetarian options in a peaceful environment – making it the perfect space for remote workers. Best avoided by those looking to work in peace on a weekend due to the popularity of the cafe with young children, but perfectly tranquil enough mid-week to get your head down and be productive The Wi-Fi is good, the staff are friendly and their brunch options are quite something!
Address: 136 Church Rd, Bristol, BS5 9HF
9:30am – 3pm Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri
10am – 3pm Sat/Sun
9:30 – 3pm Mon