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Top 5 Cafes in Melbourne for a Freelance Worker

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by Catherine Wills (subscribe)
I'm in Melbourne often enough - so why not write a bit about some places I've seen :)
Published December 16th 2016
There is a new term being coined in the professional world to summarise a new way of working: the Digital Nomad. Basically, this is someone who works digitally and does their work remotely online. There are two key ingredients in the recipe of success for this type of work: a computer, and some coffee.

For many people working digitally, myself included, it can be inspiring to set up at a cafe for a few hours and get some work done. Others, certainly, prefer the peace and quiet of the home office. If you're anything like me, it is much more motivating to get my work done in a busy cafe with a solid Wi-Ffi connection.

I've spent the past two years working abroad and moving from city to city, from country to country, with my trusty laptop in tow. Therefore, I am well equipped to seek out a good cafe that will promote positive working vibes. Upon returning to Melbourne and continuing my freelance writing work, this has been a fun mission.

Here are some top rating cafes I have found around Melbourne as a digital nomad. They each fulfil the important criteria of having a power outlet, excellent chai lattes, and that all important productive atmosphere.


1. Eden Espresso, Glenferrie Road


This quaint little place has chill music playing, excellent customer service, and a great vibe to the whole place. There are cosy couches or comfortable benches near the power outlets. The coffees are great value too, and the waiters will always ensure you have enough water. I've always felt comfortable letting the waiter know when I need to run to the toilet and they're happy to watch my computer, so I don't have to pack up each time!



2. Tusk Bar and Cafe, Chapel Street

I really love this place for its awesome vibe. The tables are cosy and well decorated. There are two power outlets, one tucked away in a quiet corner, and the other near the window at a higher bench so you can watch the people passing by. If you charge your computer before getting here, I highly recommend sitting outside on a nice day.



3. Arintji, Federation Square

Right in the heart of the city and overlooking all the glory of Melbourne, this is one of my favourite places. The power outlets are at the front of the cafe in big oval chairs that are super comfy. The free Federation Square Wi-Fi is unlimited and really reliable to use. This place has a really chic atmosphere and amazing coffees.



So if you're looking for some new inspiration to get your work done, check out some of these places. Of course, there are plenty more around Melbourne and I'm definitely still on the lookout for other places to find my productive flair.
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Catherine, I only manage to read 3 cafes. What's the other 2? Thanks.
by Angie Koh (score: 0|5) 1332 days ago
Fantastic idea for an article, Catherine - well done!
by Elaine (score: 3|7440) 1335 days ago
Great article! I'd love to see some in southeastern Melbourne.
by birder (score: 1|21) 1329 days ago
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