The advent of co-labs and free WiFi in coffee shops have done wonders for telecommuters. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing environments (with better caffeinated beverages—toss out that hours-old, office-brewed coffee, people!), they set the stage for more creative work. Whether you're a Queen City local who's burnt out on your home office, or you're on a layover with a few hours to knock out a project we've found plenty of places for you to hunker down and get to work.
After all, when setting up your remote workspace, the hardest decision you should have to make is what kind of creamer to put in your coffee.
“Hygge,” the Danish word for coziness, well-being, comfort and warmth, translates well when applied to the coworking spaces of the same name scattered across Charlotte. With bright, warm walls boasting “comfort zones” it’s easy to see why remote workers flock to Hygge to get things done. Out-of-towners can purchase a day pass for $20 and head to one of four locations, including its West Charlotte locale, just minutes from the airport. Upon arrival, a Hygge team member will get you settled, then leave you to enjoy free WiFi and local coffee. Hygge also offers hourly rentals for its meeting spaces ($30) and its podcast studio ($15).
Trade and Lore
Nestled above Salud Cerveceria, Trade and Lore is a coffee shop known for its knowledgeable baristas, locally sourced menu, artistic vibe and free WiFi. Remote workers can order a pastry, take a seat in a corner jam-packed with pillows or a wooden booth and tune into their work.
The Launch Factory
As “a historic space, for thoroughly modern companies,” The Launch Factory is decked out with hanging chairs, cornhole, a plant wall and more. The coworking company invites remote workers to purchase a day pass for $25 and utilize, among its other amenities, high-speed internet, equipped kitchen and free parking, coffee and tea.
With plenty of plugs integrated into its tables, Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar is the perfect place to be productive. Those working at its communal tables can soak up natural light while sipping on a handcrafted coffee for a boost of energy. Complimentary filtered still and sparkling water are on tap to keep customers hydrated.
Main Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
What better place to tap into your brain power than the library? Visit the Main Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for research help, copying and printing, free WiFi and the Idea Box. Free to the public, sans library card, the Idea Box offers 3D printers, CAD stations, vinyl and laser cutters, sewing and knitting machines, tablets and more.
Coco and the Director
Featuring stadium seating with pillows and plugs, ample tables and three co-lab areas available on a first-come, first-served basis (sign up on its chalkboard), Coco and the Director proclaims “whatever it is you want to do, think of us as your source for caffeine, inspo, and yes, free WiFi.”
Julia's Café & Books
Multitask: support a charity while knocking out assignments by visiting Julia’s Café & Books, a fundraising division of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte. The cafe invites customers to drink locally roasted coffee and work in its loft—taking breaks to peruse its used book selection, of course.
Tea Fusion Cafe
Refresh and get that work project finished at Tea Fusion, a local spot with a comfortable lounge area and free WiFi. Tea Fusion invites workers looking to sip on something other than coffee to stop in for boba, milk and fruit teas.
Advent Coworking is a creative coworking community, event space and podcast studio, filled with art. Remote workers can purchase a day pass for $20, 24 hours in advance, for access to flex space, phone booths and free WiFi, coffee and printing. Workers should check Advent’s Facebook on their way into town as free day passes are occasionally offered.
Open and airy, with high ceilings and plenty of room to camp out and get a day’s work done, HEX Coffee is the place to be for iced coffee and free WiFi. After your workday—or during, we don’t judge—grab a brew from its wall of Good Bottle Co. beer and toast to your hard work.