Remote workers may be ready to re-enter the world but not the confines of their old, traditional offices. In Atlanta, a slew of coffee shops, coworking spaces and tech hubs await this ever-growing demographic.
Flexible offices come in well-established or newly built in this eclectic city. In any case, there’s something to suit mobile workers’ personalities, priorities and preferences among them. So let’s explore the best options you have for working remotely, whether you are passing through or permanently based in the ATL:
Spend your most productive hours fueled by caffeine in this communal space. With latte in one hand, just grab a stool, set up your laptop, connect to the WiFi and bam! Brash Coffee delivers the goods for people who mean business. In particular, the branch located at the lobby of the Atlanta History Center has a light and airy atmosphere that’s ideal for meeting with clients or colleagues. Its original Westside location, on the other hand, serves up a cozy ambiance that’s conducive to focusing on the task at hand.
It was hard to find this café’s shaded outdoor seating empty before the new normal, which says a lot about its popularity. As it remains open for takeout and dine-in these days, you won’t want to miss claiming a spot there. Those who take their furry friends to work will also love the fact that the patio is a pet-friendly zone! To complete your experience of this homegrown brand, don’t forget to try its namesake blend roasted by the legendary Batdorf & Bronson.
Schedule a drive to Walton on Chattahoochee, which is less than 30 minutes away from downtown Atlanta. Hidden in this gated apartment complex is a specialty coffee shop with superb scenery, a spacious area and amazing coffee. The Chattahoochee Coffee Company used to be a semi-secret venue, complete with a code you’d dial in to gain entry. It’s still closed to the public on weekends to let residents enjoy it exclusively. But a weekday trip should be fun and worthwhile if only for the tranquility, the Chattahoochee River view and the nature trails that await you.
The whole place operates as a coffee shop, roastery and retail store in one. You can actually work while waiting for the beans to be roasted on the spot. You can even ask a barista to help you pick out the beans beforehand. Then there are the various seats to choose from, including stadium seating, so you can plug away as you please. If you need more quiet, it’s better to hang around on weekdays since Saturdays are for the company’s weekly coffee cupping sessions.
This modern haunt offers a range of drinks to go with your to-do list, from cappuccinos and pour-overs to draft coffee, a non-alcoholic blend called Beerspresso, teas and seasonal beers. The baristas are knowledgeable about their craft and eager to share their passion with customers. Overall, it’s a nice neighborhood nook that gets busy during brunch and quiets down around nighttime.
Roam is one of the pioneering coworking spaces in Atlanta. Since 2008, it has evolved from being “a public coffee shop with WiFi and conference rooms” to a full-fledged community hub for all kinds of businesses. It’s not surprising to find people from all generations occupying its dedicated offices and meeting spaces. It functions like a corporate office, minus the heavy overhead costs. The monthly passes cost $139 for individuals and $499 for bigger teams in need of private rooms. With the membership pass, you get access to perks like free coffee and popcorn, and all of Roam’s five locations in the city.
Living up to its name, this forward-looking accelerator brings together startups, mentors and investors in one place. So if you’re ready to run with your big idea, it’s time to pay this swanky place in Buckhead a visit. Aside from giving you access to capital and entrepreneurial stuff, it also maintains a well-stocked pantry – which is low-key what every enterprising go-getter wants. Community membership at the ATV costs $300 per month, while a reserved desk is priced at $425 per month.
Founded in 2015, this relatively young coworking space is based in a repurposed historic warehouse with a beautiful view of the Atlanta BeltLine. More than its amenities – which include indoor showers, bike parking and podcast equipment – it prides itself as one of the friendliest communities for startups and businesses. It has affordable prices too, with flex desks starting at $40 and private offices at $650.
Work, Dine and Play
Remote workspaces provide opportunities for boosting productivity while adding elements of play. No wonder a lot of companies are taking advantage of this setup, from solopreneurs and startup founders to freelance designers and digital marketing experts in Atlanta. The options on this list should be a good place to start if you want to find your favorite remote HQ and join the ranks of work-from-anywhere folks.