There are days where we simply want to take our workbench elsewhere. Away from home, away from the office. That applies to me on most days. The problem with taking work out is that we need a conducive work environment and constant supply of caffeine. I often look for cafés to work at but there are some considerations I take into account before I decide if it is a conducive cafe to work at.
Having slow Wifi or no Wifi at all is simply a #firstworldwoe, but let’s face it, it’s the first thing we think of, and some of us have experience hitting the limit of 3G usage (there goes the personal hotspot option).
2. Ample power sockets to charge our devices
If we’re working on our laptops, and judging on how crappy the battery lives are for our electronic devices these days, power sockets are important. Not one, but more because some bugger will just leave their charger charging and overcharging and hog the damn thing. so yes, AMPLE power sockets.
3. A place where nobody really cares what you’re doing
You don’t really want to be working somewhere and feel stressed that they will chase you out because you’re unwelcome, or simply spending too little money and taking too much space. Also, you don’t want to be in a cafe where you feel so out of place and awkward whipping out your laptop to work. You need to feel absolutely comfortable being there and STAYING there (slightly buay pai seh; translation: thick-skinned in hokkien dialect).
Having said all that, here are some of the cafes I’d recommend as “Conducive Work Cafés”. I personally frequent these joints myself.
I absolutely adore this place. MU Parlour is situated above Thai express at Holland Village making it very accessible via the train! The interior is really gorgeous, clean and white with a little rustic touch to it. Yes there is Wifi, very good Wifi (I usually assess it with Skype and yes I have used Skype there before), plus, there are sufficient power sockets by the wall. Bonus: if you feel hungry halfway through, they do really awesome burgers.
photo credit: MU Parlour
The Book Cafe
The Book Cafe is slightly out of the way. It’s opposite the M Studio at Robertson Quay, but if you need somewhere to work at, read a book, or just laze about, the Book Cafe is PERFECT. There is this homey vibe to the place. I suppose it’s the sofas available to the guest to lounge on. Yes they have good Wifi and plenty of power sockets. They even have power sockets for their outdoor seats if you like it al fresco.
photo credits: The Book Cafe
Probably one of my favourite to work at out of all my picks. Groupy Therapy is situated at Duxton area, above Etna restaurant on the 2nd floor. Why do I like it? It’s round the corner from where I do yoga, they have good coffee, they have good Wifi, they have enough power sockets for me and they have good food, they have sofas and it’s cosy. I don’t think I need to say anymore to convince you.
photo credits: Group Therapy
Chock Full of Beans
This place is slightly far out (Changi Village) for most, but I frequent it a lot and it deserves to be on the list! Many will know that Chock Full of Beans do awesome latte art and a little smile on your coffee certainly helps brighten the mood! Also, the most accessible seat to the power socket is the high chair but I really didn’t mind sitting at that spot and doing my work. The staff are super friendly and yes the café comes equipped with wifi. I suggest working here during non-peak periods on weekdays but only if you live close enough, otherwise, drop by for their brunch on weekends. They do freaking amazing to die for french toast (on top of the super yummy brunch menu and sandwiches).
photo credits: Chock Full of Beans
Toby’s Estate isn’t new to many. Situated along the river at Robertson Quay, this Australian café has been in Singapore for awhile now and serve very good coffee to complement your hectic day. There is a nice big common table in the middle of the café with power sockets and some others along the wall at the high tables. Wifi is also available (though sometimes I have issues connecting to it). Most days when I visit Toby’s Estate, there’s plenty of other people doing work at the café so feel free (and comfortable) to join the pack!
For more café options that comes equipped with Wifi, this compilation by ladyironchef is rather complete.
Whether you’re studying for the exams (a special shout out to my fellow Part B course mates), or working on an important project, I wish you the best of luck.
Peace & Love
**UPDATE** (21st November 2013)
I made a visit to this cafe today and I have to add this onto the list! Shots Cafe is situated at Ann Siang Hill. They haven’t got much power socket (2 along the wall near the entrance) but I felt soooo comfortable working there this afternoon! And they pass the first test, (good) WIFI! There are quite a few seats inside and plenty of people chilling and doing their own stuff, whether they are on their laptops, taking coffee breaks in between work or studying. I’d highly recommend an afternoon here if you haven’t been to Shots! Bonus: this place turns into a bar at night, gives you more reason to stay on!
photo credits: Shots Cafe