8 places to work from home in Austin

The campus may be quieter now that the semester is over, but we know that Longhorns never stops working to change the world – from all over the world. For those who live in Austin, summer is the perfect opportunity to explore the area, even with your laptop in tow.

There’s no shortage of great coffee shops in this city, and with the help of the staff at Texas Exes, the Alcalde rounded recommendations for the best places to work from home. Important qualifications include accessibility to outlets, food options and atmosphere.

Austin Central Library
710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

At six stories tall, including a rooftop garden with views of Auditorium Shores and the Colorado River, the Austin Public Library’s central location has something for everyone. Garage rates are high, so opt for paid parking on the street or take the bus, which stops in front of the door. —Eliza Pillsbury

Capital one cafe
106 E. 6th St., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78701

I know what you’re thinking. Yes you can check your account balance while you’re here, but you can also get craft coffee and access to quiet study rooms. Plus, they often give away free gifts to customers just for being there! —Janelle Sosa

Community garden
1401 Cedar Ave., Unit 2, Austin, TX 78702

In a quiet neighborhood in East Austin, you can find high-quality coffee acai bowls during the day… and DJ sets at night. There is also a shopping area with records, art and zines from local artists. Perfect for creatives who want to feel inspired while working from home. —Eliza Pillsbury

Best Diary Coffee
1212 Chicon St #103, Austin, TX 78702

Small but cozy: Dear Diary meets all your vegan needs. The store is 100% vegan and plant-based, so you won’t be charged a surcharge for dairy alternatives in your coffee. They also regularly release fun seasonal drinks and sell gifts made by local illustrators. —Trinity Flaten

The Flightpath Coffee House
5011 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751

This was always my favorite place – and my daughter’s! Parking nearby can be a challenge, but seating is cozy and plentiful, both indoors and outdoors. – Patricia Shampton

Mozart coffee roasters
3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Mozart’s is a tried and true favorite, offering more pastries and treats than you could ever choose from. The patios on Lake Austin offer picturesque sunset views and they also stay open until midnight for night owls and those who stay up late studying. —Trinity Flaten

Pershing East
2501 E. 5th St., Austin, TX 78702

Formerly known as Greater Goods (RIP), the new owner has added some delicious focaccia sandwich options. The diversity of seating options is a plus: The bar-style seating in the back half of the room can become a makeshift standing desk if you forgo the stool. —Eliza Pillsbury

Whole foods
525 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703

More than just a supermarket! The top floor has sufficient seating options and electrical outlets. Downstairs you will find many different lunch options, including barbecue, sushi, pizza, sandwiches and a salad bar. This is the perfect place to work and people watch. —Janelle Sosa

CREDITS: From above, Michael Barera/Wikimedia Commons; courtesy of Capital One; courtesy of Dear Diary Coffee; courtesy of The Flightpath Coffeehouse; courtesy of Pershing East

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