Whether you work remotely, need a weekend to catch up on emails, or got banned from your coworking space after the staff discovered you’d been stealing the kitchen hot sauce for the last six months - sometimes you need a coffee shop where you can get some work done. But not every coffee shop is built for that. You need a place with strong Wi-Fi, a noise level that makes concentrating possible, and a staff that won’t throw you out if you don’t buy something every 45 minutes. These Miami shops - from South Beach to Coral Gables - have all of the above.
Little River’s Imperial Moto sells motorcycle apparel and has a small barbershop. But if you’re not interested in souping-up your hog and don’t need a quick trim, it’s also a very solid spot to grab a coffee, an empanada, and get some work done. It’s not a big place, but there are some couches in the front and little tables in the back. Thankfully, we’ve never seen this place get too crowded for us to find a comfortable, quiet spot to take advantage of their very strong Wi-Fi.
There are six Panther Coffee locations around Miami, but there are only two we like for actually getting work done: the Little Haiti and Sunset Harbour locations. We like Little Haiti because it’s big and usually not too busy. Sunset Harbour can certainly get more crowded, but they’ve got a lot of seating - including a long communal table with plenty of power outlets in the center. And the cold brew is strong enough to make you productive at either location, even if the person next to you is having a very loud conversation about a celebrity they went on a date with.
South Beach desperately needs more coffee shops where one can concentrate without having to wrestle with a family of French tourists over the only seat near a power outlet. Bebito’s is just such a place. It’s in the lobby of a residential building slightly away from always-busy Alton Road. But the best part is that there’s a ton of seating, both downstairs and upstairs, where they have these set-ups that almost look like those VIP cabanas you can rent at a pool party. But instead of popping rosé, they’re ideal for cleaning up that inbox you’ve let go to hell.
This coffee shop is located on the first floor of a residential building (don’t mistake it for their other location inside The Citadel), so there’s always a steady flow of people grabbing coffee or a donut on their way out. If you’re not good with a lot of motion and activity, maybe go somewhere else. But if you give it a minute, one of the stools by the window will probably become available before your very good coffee is even ready. Celebrate finding the perfect seat to finally file your very late expenses by getting one of those donuts or, if it’s too early for sugar, an empanada.
House of Per’la in Coral Gables always serves an excellent coffee, but it’s also especially great for working because it’s always so quiet. Maybe it’s the low music or the fact that it’s so small, but there’s something about this place that makes people keep their decibel levels down. Per’la is not spacious, but there are a handful of solo seats along a counter that are exactly what you want for popping in your headphones and spending three hours desperately trying not to get distracted by that video your friend keeps sending you.
Downtown’s All Day can get a little crowded because they serve Miami’s best coffee as well as some really tasty breakfast and lunch food. But if you manage to get a seat at the counter or one of their little tables, this place is still calm enough to get some work done. At worst, you’ll have to put up with the noise of your neighbor inhaling their French toast. You probably won’t be the only one here with a laptop either, so don’t worry about getting dirty looks if you camp out for a few hours.
If you want to work with coffee and have a meal that’s slightly more substantial than a croissant, try La Social. The pink cafe in the Upper East Side has a small dining room and some outdoor seating where you can order salads, toast, sandwiches, or an acai bowl. It feels slightly more like a restaurant than a coffee shop inside, but it’s still a place that’s totally acceptable to prop open a laptop and not speak to anyone but your server for two hours.