Little Man Coffee Co on Ivor Street is a very popular spot for working. With an ethos to create a positive community, the friendly coffee shop has lots of menu options to keep you fuelled including a bottomless cup of coffee, cakes, juices and sandwiches. Look out for their little sister café, Little Man Garage in the city’s Riverside area – and both locations are dog friendly! They open at 7.30am on week days and if you arrive early, you’ll get your pick of all-important plug points.
In family run coffee shop Uncommon Ground in the historic Royal Arcade, you can stay alert with strong coffee made from A-Grade green coffee beans prepared in their own roasting facility. The décor includes bare brick walls and neon lights which create a dusky vibe, ideal for relaxing and getting into the flow. Top tip – their plug sockets are built into the underneath of their tables!
Sustainable Studio is a hop, skip or short bike ride away from Cardiff Central station. Leave through the station’s rear exit and take a five-minute walk along Curran Road to reach this innovative co-working space founded by ethical fashion designing sisters Julia and Sarah. Expect communal lunches, the company of creatives from translators to children’s book illustrators, and the occasional studio dog. Book online or give them a call for a complimentary work day, or to chat about securing whatever length space you’ll need.
Close to National Museum Cardiff on Park Place, sits Ride My Bike Cafe, a friendly café, bar and workshop. Here, you can get your bike serviced while you enjoy working with a great view! We’re awarding extra points for being open several evenings each week, and for dog friendliness.
Kin & Ilk have a few locations around town, including Capital Quarter opposite University of South Wales’ Atrium campus. They’re all about speciality coffee, fresh locally sourced food, and their contemporary coffee shops are often filled with fellow remote workers.
Milk and Sugar is a city centre collection of café bistros. They’re into super fresh food, and their branch just behind Cardiff Market and above the Museum of Cardiff may the whitest, lightest and brightest venue in town. Ideal for thinking about what you’re going to write next while gazing out of the windows and chewing the end of your pencil.
Grangetown and Pontcanna
Tramshed Tech is part of multi-form venue The Tramshed, located in a red brick Grade II-listed building on the edge of Grangetown that was once the old tram depot for West Cardiff. Whether you’re stopping for a few weeks or a few days, you’ll find several levels of membership from day passes to full time hot desking and meeting rooms. To begin with, you can get in touch and book a free trial day.
The name ‘Lufkin’ originates from the word love, and Lufkin Coffee have custom made wooden tables you can work from, alongside an outdoor space, fresh food and tasty coffee. Their original dog friendly location on Kings Rd Pontcanna includes their own roastery, and they’ve recently run a successful Kickstarter campaign for two new locations in Grangetown and Victoria Park.
The family run Quantum Coffee Roasters on Bute Street is light, bright spot to work from with a choice of comfy chairs you may want to stay in for a while. Their many coffee options include Greek specialty iced coffee, and nitro coffee on tap.
Just across the road on Bute Street sits Rabble Studio, ideal if you’re planning to stop in Cardiff for a month or more while you travel. Flexible spaces start from 6 days per month right up to your own desk for six months or a private studio. Bottomless tea and coffee, free meeting room, lightbox, and occasional studio dogs are some of the perks for members. Apply online or send them an email to find out more.
Mount Stuart Square is home to Sunflower&I, a flower studio and café bar, whose menu includes Polish style ground coffee brewed in the glass. You’ll find yourself in a unique, flower filled environment which could encourage inspiration to blossom (sorry).
If you’re writer, you may like this next option. Situated in the oldest remaining building in Cardiff Bay – a former coaching inn built in 1839 – is Octavos, a coffee and book shop open until late on Fridays and Saturdays. Their shelves of books or their mac and cheese toastie may encourage you to keep on trucking.