The Best Bristol Cafés to Work From

Bristol is home to thousands of self-employed individuals/freelancers, so it’s just as well that the city also houses a veritable warren of coffee shops and co-working spaces to cater to the needs of coffee lovers and laptop-users. Advancements in technology have had a major impact upon the uptake of remote work, with technology reshaping the workplace environment. Bristol, as a hot house for industry and technological innovation, is also doing a great job providing services and spaces for the almost 35,000 self-employed individuals and businesses who see remote working as the next logical step in the evolution of the workforce.

What does remote working actually mean? While most people will be very familiar with this term, working remotely- or ‘out of office’, can look . You may already be working remotely if you are self-employed, working for an international company, or perhaps you still have an office job, but sometimes work remotely.

It wasn’t that long ago that remote working was limited to people who were self-employed, with the more traditional job industries typically rejecting this style of working. This has changed in recent years, and exploded in popularity across most industries. With access to the job market not being limited to where you are based, time saved commuting, a flexible schedule for working parents, and an overall increase in job satisfaction, the benefits to employers, employees and the self-employed are tenfold.

Nonetheless, this style of working has only started to be accepted in the U.K. fairly recently. As a self-employed individual there are things you will need to take care of such as running your business, or making sure you fill in your tax return on time. Whatever your work situation, working from home can be a great way to save time, increase productivity, and work around your other commitments to maintain a better work/life balance. We understand that this might not be for everyone, but if you want to have the flexibility of working out of office, coffee shops and co-working spaces can be a great alternative, even if you’re just in-between meetings and need somewhere with good WiFi and charging points.

Lite Tax is an accountancy firm in Bristol, so we know a thing or two about where to get an hour of work done in-between meetings in Bristol.

Listed below are several of the best cafes and co-working spaces that Bristol has to offer:

The Arts House Café

This small café has a very relaxed atmosphere and is located in the colourful Stokes Croft. A great hub for creatives.

Weekday opening hours:

Tues 9am – 5pm

Wed-Fri: 9am – 11pm

Watershed Cafe

The Watershed Cafe is a multi-arts venue that has a cafe/restaurant, arts-house cinema and pervasive media studio, as well as having ample conference space. They have an extended cafe area which does get busy around lunchtime, but the space is big enough for there to cater to laptop users.

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 9:30 – 11pm

Society Café

Society Café has REALLY good coffee. If good quality coffee is high on your list then this is the place to come to. The only downside to this café is its limit on WiFi, which has a free limit of an hour, making this coffee shop best for quick bursts of work, or for when you don’t require WiFi.

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 7:30 am- 6:30 pm

Boston Tea Party

There are various Boston Tea Party locations all around Bristol, and they’re all pretty great at catering to laptop users. You can find one on Park Street, Gloucester Rd, and Whiteladies Rd.

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm


Co-working spaces:


77 Stokes Croft

Right in the heart of Stokes Croft, this location provides affordable desk-space, in a spacious co-working environment that has a big creative community. This co-working space involves a membership fee and offers large office space as well as individual desk-space. Perhaps the most attractive thing about this space is that it is open 24 hours.

The Happiness Hub

A simple, affordable space at a central location. Happiness Hub is the HQ of Happy City initiative which measures and develops the conditions for thriving communities. You also have access to unlimited free herbal tea!

Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 6:30pm

Sat: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Sun: 9:30am – 5:30pm
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