It’s been two years since the start of the pandemic, and millions of people are still working from home. Whether you love it or hate it, most people can’t deny that sometimes you need a change of scenery. Enter the plethora of cafes in Bushwick. It’s no secret that our neighborhood is a mecca for coffee shops, but when it comes to getting some work done, there are a couple essentials that are absolutely necessary — mainly good WiFi. Here at Bushwick Daily, we compiled a brief list of cafes where you can get your work done, get a change of scenery and support a local biz. (Talk about being a multitasker!)
For the Focused Worker
You’re the kind of person who needs space, peace, good vibes and a nice cup of joe. These two cafes are for you.
Lazy Suzy Cafe & Shop
Located on Hart Street, Lazy Suzy offers delicious coffee, teas and more in a clean and open space. Upon entering, you’ll feel a wave of calm wash over you, soon followed by a quick jolt from a much-needed caffeine rush. Lazy Suzy is the perfect spot if you’re sick of your same old work from home setup but still need some quiet, focused energy to keep you going.
Location: 703 Hart St.
Hours: Everyday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sometimes you need to treat yourself. And what’s more motivating than a cup of coffee and a delicious sweet treat? Sweet Generation’s warehouse space on Willoughby Avenue is perfect for those who are tired of cramped coffee shops. Plus, multitaskers rejoice: every purchase of Sweet Generation‘s award-winning pastries supports RISE, a nonprofit workforce development program helping young people from historically marginalized communities. So you can get work done, have a pastry and support a good cause.
Location: 1329 Willoughby Ave.
Monday-Thursday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
For the People-Watcher
You want to get your work done, but you also came to see the crowd. These two cafes offer a change of pace and some friendly faces.
Every time you go into Nook, or even if you’re just passing by, there are all sorts of different scenes: old friends catching up, someone working on their next screenplay or a couple cozied up in a corner. Nook is the perfect spot to stay focused and also give yourself a break every once in a while to enjoy being in a room with a bunch of strangers, a luxury we know we can’t take for granted.
Location: 45 Irving Ave.
Monday 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – Midnight
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
A visit to Caffeine Underground means great service, great offerings and great vibes. But it is also a community meeting post, with all sorts of interesting events happening every month. Take in some local art while you get your work done, or mellow out that caffeine with the cafe’s CBD coffee or Trippin’ Tea. Caffeine Underground is a unique and much-needed breath of fresh air to get you through your work day.
Location: 447 Central Ave.
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For the Coffee Snob
Nothing is more important to you than quality. These two cafes will give you a perfect midday pick-me-up.
Variety Coffee Roasters
Some of us are fine with Folgers, but some of us crave something a little more substantial. Variety Coffee Roasters makes great quality coffee. What’s even better is that the location on Wyckoff Avenue is an ideal work environment. Grab your coffee at the counter, snag a table in Variety Coffee‘s large space and get to work. Maybe it’s not a scientific fact, but good coffee improves your productivity.
Location: 146 Wyckoff Ave.
Hours: Everyday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Kave Espresso Bar
Chill, cozy, quiet and great coffee. What more could you want? Kave Espresso Bar is a go-to for many work from home-ers around Bushwick. Kave‘s drinks are always on point and its pastries are a delicious treat. Kave’s seating is cozy and spacious. Plus, in the warmer months, you can get your daily dose of vitamin D on the cafe’s outdoor patio. (We’re clearly dreaming of summer.) Walking through that fun, green hallway always means you’re about to get something good.
Location: 119 Knickerbocker Ave.
Hours: Everyday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For the Night Owl
Sometimes you work late. Here are a couple of spots that will let you exchange that coffee in your hand for a beer.
Bushwick Public House
Cafe by day, bar by night, Bushwick Public House (BPH) is a fun and unique spot to finish up the last of your work and celebrate with some much-needed R and R. Work on your laptop at BPH‘s many tables, print some documents with the available printer and then grab a beer at the bar and play a game of pool. With vibes this good, you might never want to go back to the office.
Location: 1288 Myrtle Ave.
Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Chispa is a wonderfully unique and cozy cafe/bar on St. Nicholas Avenue. The perfect mixture of productive and fun, Chispa offers ample seating, a great atmosphere and late hours. Ever wanted to take a break from work to play a game of PacMan? You can do that here. Not only does Chispa have a great coffee selection, but it also has a great selection of beers, wines and cocktails as well. Perfect for that work to play switchover.
Location: 259 St. Nicholas Ave.
Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Featured image: M.E. Lewis
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