Working from home might be the dream but even the most seasoned freelancer will admit: it can sometimes get a bit lonely and cabin fever can set in. Let’s face it, there’s only so many times you can shout at Jeremy Kyle and chat to the postman, just because you need to talk to someone. Anyone.
In Brighton though – with such a great startup culture – there are plenty of cafes that are freelance-friendly (read not likely to kick you out/ give you dirty looks as you get down to work). Just remember to buy drinks and tuck into lunch. These are just a few of our faves:
Priding themselves on creating a “great space for people to live, work, eat great food, network and connect with each other,” it’s no surprise that Cafe Plenty provides a perfect spot to spend a few hours working. The micro-bakery-meets-meeting space is a hub for creative freelancers and it’s likely that you’ll chat to another friendly freelancer as you sip your flat white and plan your working session.
3-4 Circus Parade, New England Road, Preston Circus
Located in the centre of Brighton, you could be forgiven for bypassing Trading Post, thinking it will be too busy. But with two floors and plenty of seating upstairs, downstairs and outside, there’s plenty of room for you to take your trusty laptop and get to it. If we have meetings, this is the most likely venue choice as there’s always a spare seat or two. We also love their varied menu choice – from their smoked back bacon pancakes to their vegan breakfast and gluten free Victoria sponge; there’s something for everyone when those tummy rumbles kick in.
36 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AB
For Kemptown girls, Cafe Marmalade is a must. With its exposed brickwork and airy decor, Marmalade is a dreamy space to plot and actually get on with making those working plans a reality. Sit downstairs by the large windows for plenty of natural light or upstairs in the cosy mezzanine to get your head down and focus.
237 Eastern Road, Brighton
OK so you may not always be guaranteed a seat in this busy, award-winning cafe (blame their delicious brunches and lovely staff) but spending an hour or so, getting our heads down AND eating one of those aforementioned brunches (most are gluten free too!) is definitely a favourite way to start our working day. There’s plugs a-plenty, great wifi and did we mention delicious fresh food?
63B Holland Road, Hove
Not just a favourite spot for weekend wine time, Modelo Lounge in Hove is the place to head when that feral freelance feeling kicks in! As well as plenty of other self-employed folk and their laptops, there’s usually a pup or two or cute kid to brighten up a afternoon. Eating and drinking here is really reasonable and we’ve always been able to nab a nice table with a plug too. And, as they don’t close ‘till 11pm most nights, you won’t feel rushed to leave at 4pm.
143-145 Church Road