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.
Miam is a great safe haven for folks looking for some peace and quiet in Wynwood. This bright French cafe is very relaxed, with WiFi and a good amount of seating perfect for small groups and working solo. They have plenty of coffee options ranging from cappuccino to cold brew and a solid menu of sandwiches, toast, bowls, and salads. This place is located inside an office building (the one that’s painted like a zebra) so most folks around you should be in work mode, as opposed to the rest of Wynwood, where most folks are in drink-and-be-loud mode.
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.
“Calm” and “secluded” are words that apply to Brickell about as well as “affordable” and “old-fashioned.” However, I Think She Is, a small coffee shop and cafe on the north edge of Brickell, is actually both those things - at least by Brickell standards. The coffee shop is probably the neighborhood’s best option if you want to get work done in a relatively chill and comfortable space that’s not overflowing with business people having loud AirPod conversations. If you come early, there’s also an above-average chance of finding parking on SW 1st Ave just a block away, which is something we rarely get to say about Brickell establishments.
South Beach desperately needs more coffee shops where one can concentrate without having to wrestle with a family of 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. Just know that this place closes at 3:30pm, so come early - or don’t and have a convenient excuse to stop working at 3:30pm.
Almacen Central is not necessarily a coffee shop. The small Argentinian spot is technically a restaurant, though they do serve coffee and espresso and all that good caffeinated stuff. But this Little River cafe shares many similarities with a coffee shop that’s good for getting work done: it’s quiet, has lots of natural light to keep you awake, and they have strong WiFi. You can also take your time and hang out without being asked to give up your table. Plus, the food here is very good. They have dishes like chicken milanese, beet salad, and a great prosciutto sandwich. So come here if you’re the kind of person who needs a solid lunch break to maintain productivity.
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.