Warm weather! 9 bars and cafes where you can ‘work’ outside in Philly

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Philly’s brutally-cold winter seems to be finally (?) coming to an end, as warmer temperatures appear to be here to stay. The last thing you want to be doing in the newly-warmed air is sitting inside considering whether or not to turn on your AC.

Whether your work from home or an office, there are plenty of places in Philly where you can sit outside with your laptop, enjoy the fresh air and maybe get some work done during the day, too. Here’s a sampling of some of the best places in Philly to work outside:

Cafe Ole in Old City

147 N. 3rd St.

If you’re working in Old City, you’re probably not far from this adorable cafe that features specialty coffees, fruity smoothies and good lunch fare ranging from fresh spinach salads to warm pitas to mouthwatering shakshuka. The place has WiFi and several tables on the sidewalk for sitting. Snatch one up before they fill up.

Joe Coffee in Rittenhouse

1845 Walnut St.

This New York-based coffee shop transplanted into Philly is well-known for its cold-brew coffee that could ween even the most dedicated Dunkin iced coffee drinker off of that kinda fake stuff. Joe’s sets up tables outside when the weather is nice and offers free WiFi.

Bridget Foy’s on South Street

200 South St.

This restaurant and cafe at Headhouse Square near the Society Hill area has a fantastic, protected outdoor seating area complete with free WiFi. Come by around lunch for a space to work with a tasty burger or sandwich to chow down on.

Cake and the Beanstalk in Washington Square West

1112 Locust St.

This cafe and bakery in Washington Square West offers succulent homemade pastries and locally-roasted coffees. In addition to a few tables situated in the front, it also has a green space next to the cafe that’s flanked by a large mural. (Also! “Cake and the Beanstalk!” Come on!)

Parc in Rittenhouse

227 S. 18th St.

This fancy Stephen Starr-owned French outfit offers a large outdoor seating area along Rittenhouse Square and allows for some seriously good people-watching. Take a coworker or a someone you’re meeting with and have charcuterie — but make sure your iPhone is set to become a hotspot or get ready to scam some Comcast Xfinity internet with a fake email (no wifi! Boo).

Standard Tap in Northern Liberties

901 N. 2nd St.

Hit up this popular Northern Liberties beer spot during the day for a quieter experience on the second-level deck. They’ve got a solid burger as well as a great sandwich and salad selection. Take advantage of the free WiFi while you work.

Good Karma Cafe in Fitler Square area

331 S. 22nd St.

This Fitler Square outfit has a back patio area with plenty of outdoor seating, free WiFi and lots of people who flock here to work or study — offering a quiet space. Enjoy organic, fair trade coffee and pastries while you work.

Bean Exchange Coffeehouse in Bella Vista/ Queen Village area

650 Bainbridge St.

Check out this South Philly cafe during the summer for outdoor seating, free WiFi and the feel of a nice, local coffee shop with fresh breads and biscotti. They also boast a formidable selection of teas.

Green Line Cafe in West Philly

4239 Baltimore Ave.

This hip neighborhood coffee shop in West Philly offers free Wifi and plenty of outdoor seating where you can enjoy coffee and lots of vegan and vegetarian food options while you work.


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