Best Cafes to Work Out of in Downtown Jersey City
If I had it my way, I’d never work out of an office again for the remainder of my life, k? Take note, universe. In the words of Bob Dylan, the times they are a changin’- people are working from home more than ever and I’m here for it. What I’m not here for is staying home all day having conversations with myself, feeling like the room keeps getting smaller and smaller. That’s where cafes come into play. They’re somehow stimulating and relaxing all at once, they serve coffee, and more often than not, they have food. If you WFH and are looking for a change of scene, try out the below in Downtown Jersey City:
Lackawanna- JC is blessed with two (going on three) Lackawanna Coffee locations. They’re open, airy, and the one on Grove St. has an adorable backyard with a ping pong table.
bwè kafe- bwè is technically in Newport, but I couldn’t leave it off the list. After the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti, Hoboken resident, Marryanne Fike flew down to help out. From this experience she had the idea to open a cafe, offering Haitian coffee, and have a portion of the proceeds go towards education in Port au Prince. The rest is history. Aside from the owners being stand up individuals, the coffee is bomb and the space is beautiful enough to propel you out of any writer’s block.
9 Bar Cafe- another great spot with two locations (Erie St. and inside the Urby). Both are aesthetically pleasing in their own right and the chocolate chip cookies are worth every calorie.
Cafe Madeline- I’m a sucker for anything with a French vibe and Cafe Madeline is no exception. I mean, they have photos of the Queen herself, Jane Birkin on the wall. What’s not to love? Order the smoked salmon quiche if it’s on the menu that day .
Enna- Authentic Sicilian bakery with plenty of natural light and seating. Do yourself a favor and get the ricotta and chocolate stuffed pastry ball. Fried, cheesy, sweet, and savory goodness.
Dames- There’s something endearing about a small coffee shop that doesn’t try too hard. They’re not looking to set any particular type of vibe, it’s just an old school, unassuming joint with exposed brick and lattes done correctly.
O Kafe- Everything from breakfast sandwiches to acai bowls in the heart of Hamilton Park.
Prato- More of a Northern Italian flair. Order anything with prosciutto.