The Top 6 Spots to Freelance, Study or Dream in Sydney

As a freelancer, student or any other work from homer, some days you just don’t fancy sitting at home in your jammies, eating last night’s leftovers and trying to finish that article in bed.

You need fresh air, inspiration and some simple human interaction. In short, you need a great cafe.

We’ve found the best spots in Sydney to grab a coffee, whip out your laptop and work on your screenplay/assignment/novel all day long. And before you ask, yes, they all have free wifi.

1. Orto Trading Co., Surry Hills

In the heart of Surry Hills, Orto is a bit of an institution.

With free wifi, HUGE wooden tables and more tasty pastries than you can shake a stick at, you’ll usually find at least one person busy behind a laptop with a flat white at their side.

The staff are the nicest sort and the place is about 60 per cent windows so there’s plenty of natural light flooding in. If you actually want to feel the sun on your face and tan while you work, you can also nab a seat outside.

It’s hard not to be inspired in such a great spot and, if you go on a Friday, you can even grab one of those sought after Grumpy Donuts. Winner!


2. Three Williams, Redfern

If you want out of the busy, bustling city, Three Williams might be the place for you.

A trendy warehouse space full of big wooden tables and most likely people tucking into the all-day breakfast menu. It’s an awesome place to get those creative juices flowing.

If you’re settling in for an afternoon, make sure you sit on the booth side and order one of their juices to keep you going. Who knows, maybe you’ll write a masterpiece?

three williams

3. Clipper Cafe, Glebe

With retro posters, toys, trinkets and of course some fine looking bicycles on the wall, Clipper Cafe might not actually be the best place to concentrate as it’s so darn distracting!

However, this artsy little cafe on Glebe Point Road actually makes a good mid-week office for the freelancing creative.

The coffee is from Coffee Alchemy, is at student prices and will certainly fuel you through the day. Plus, if you’re in need of some sustenance, some of the best pancakes in the city are just an order away. Now you have no excuse not to finish that chapter!

clipper cafe

4. Powerhouse Museum Cafe, Ultimo

I know, I know, but hear me out! The Powerhouse Museum boasts a big, open space with lots of chairs and tables so you’ll always find a spot, and the staff won’t get grumpy at you for staying all day.

The museum’s wifi is strong in the cafe, there are plugs aplenty, plus the coffee, cakes and sangers are cheap and tasty.

If you don’t want to be surrounded by school kids or families, find a seat closer to the back and don your headphones.

Powerhouse Museum at dusk

5. The Goods, Crown Street

A cross between a mismatched bookshop and a juice bar, The Goods is a great spot to get some work done.

Located at the Oxford Street end of Crown, this organic cafe has all the things a freelancer would desire, including free wifi, plenty of plugs, great coffee and peace and quiet.

Get in early to secure one of the tables right at the back where you’ll be surrounded by bookshelves to give you a bit more privacy (and no one can judge you when you check Facebook every twenty minutes).

Plus, their breakfasts are off the chain and served in pans so you wont end up with yolk on your laptop.

the goods

6. Museum of Contemporary Art Cafe and Sculpture Terrace, The Rocks

It would be just plain wrong to write this article and not include the legendary spot that is the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Terrace Cafe.

With unbeatable views of the Harbour Bridge, you can understand why people say that many of the best assignments in recent memory have been written at this very spot.

Plus, if it’s raining, you can always wander around the gallery and hope that inspiration will strike. If this doesn’t break your writer’s block then we don’t know what will!