The age of digital nomads is here. There are more remote employees, freelancers, and entrepreneurs than ever who skip the 9-to-5 grind and use the internet to work without having a fixed home base.
Luckily for Miamians who can have their office anywhere, there are a number of co-working spaces popping up. But if you want to avoid paying fees that average about $35 daily, you can also opt to tackle your tasks at local cafés and eateries that have dedicated some or all of their space to remote workers.
Next time you need a change of scenery to face that hefty workload, pack up your laptop and head to one of the following ten spots. They welcome remote workers all day with a comfortable atmosphere, free Wi-Fi, and plenty of good food and drink options to help you power through that project.
1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami
Chris MacLeod and Camila Ramos have created a warm space where the scent of coffee welcomes remote workers. Start your day right at this downtown coffee bar and breakfast spot with an egg sammie ($13) or butter croissant ($4.50) and one of the beverages listed in green neon lights behind the barista counter. To fuel your creativity, order Jasmine Snow Buds tea ($7.45), nitro-infused coffee ($5.50), or the specialty coffee drink Joe Went to Thailand, made with X
Capital One Café
50 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
You don't have to be a Capital One cardholder to access this workspace on Miracle Mile. The place was designed with the worker firmly in mind: You’ll never have to fight over a power outlet, and besides the main lounge, there are many nooks, meeting rooms, accessible seating, and communal tables to choose from. As for food and drinks, the café houses a Peet's Coffee counter, offering tea, coffee, and locally baked treats. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays there's a
1828 Bay Rd., Miami Beach
This new health-forward eatery, juice bar, and coffee shop in Sunset Harbour
2750 NW Third Ave., Miami
A locals' favorite among those looking for a desk-away-from-desk situation, this café inside the iconic Wynwood Building serves breakfast and lunch. At Miam, which means "yum" in French, take a seat at one of the many wooden tables and channel those creative vibes over a cup of coffee or matcha latte. If you're one of those hard-working people who types better with booze, order a mimosa ($9) or one of the daily beer and wine selections. During breakfast, the perfect laptop companion comes in the form of an egg and cheese sandwich on buttery brioche ($8), avocado and organic poached egg tartine ($9), or vegetarian burrito ($8). Tasty lunch options include a Black Angus burger ($15), lentil with ham soup ($7), and burrata salad ($15).
160 NE 40th St., Miami
David Grutman’s indoor/outdoor eatery in the heart of the Design District is a great spot to hunker down and get to work or meet with clients. Roomy with high ceilings and lots of natural light, OTL (short for "Out to Lunch") offers a laid-back atmosphere and all-day brunch-inspired dishes such as churro French toast ($11), eggplant panini ($12.50), and a black bean and quinoa burger ($14). Window and outdoor seating allow for great people-watching, and if you need to put in long hours, relax with a stroll along the nearby galleries. After a job well done, treat yourself to a house-made pastry such as guava bread pudding ($4.50) or some retail therapy at one of the neighborhood's swanky boutiques.
900 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
You won't be the only one tapping away on your laptop to the sound of bossa nova tunes at this downtown Brazilian café. Sagrado's charming outdoor wood-and-greenery outfitted patio is a perfect space for nailing your to-do list and the friendly staff won't glare at you if you stay after your meal or decide not to have one. Located across the street from the Frost Museum of Science, this café serves hearty breakfast items all day: choose from an açaí bowl ($11; customized omelets ($11); sandwiches such as the Jacarandá ($9); and tapioca crepes, a gluten-free alternative to pancakes, made with cassava root. A lunch special of the day ($18) might be filet parmigiana, stroganoff, picanha, penne with shrimp, or feijoada (Brazilian pork and bean stew). There's a barista counter with hot and cold beverages and if you need a quick snack between your tasks, try the pão de queijo ($1.80) or the Sagrado brigadeiro ($2), flavored with milk or dark chocolate, cookie, almond, or hazelnut.
205 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
This fashionable Gables tea shop hums with remote workers. With soft lighting and sleek, stylish design elements such as wooden wall art and crafted furniture, Small Tea is a great spot to Zen-out but still meet your deadlines. The space isn't library-quiet, but it's perfect if you like to work in a buzzy yet discreet place. The global-inspired menu includes appetizers such as salmon tartare ($17) and edamame with roasted corn and tri-color quinoa ($8). For beverages, try the matcha ($5) or one of the more than 80 tea selections.
2609 N. Miami Ave., Miami
Another Wynwood hangout for digital nomads
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Tea & Poets
5701 Sunset Dr., South Miami
Time Out Market
1601 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach
Plug in and power up at this 18,000-square-foot food hall in South Beach. Time Out Market has the basics covered: a bright, cheerful, work-conducive atmosphere with sturdy wooden tables, full-length windows, and friendly service. With 18 eateries, a demonstration kitchen, and three bars, the market offers a sample of some of the best gastronomic offerings around: Norman Van Aken's Beach Pie and K'West concepts, Korean cuisine by Jeremy Ford, Michael Beltran's Leña, Antonio Bachour's patisserie, Coyo Taco, Phuc Yeah's Pho Mo, Stephen's Deli, and Azucar Creamery. The complimentary Wi-Fi extends to the outdoor seating area, so you can head there if the background music or conversation become too distracting.