314 W. 8th St.
Dallas, TX 75208
www.thewilddetectives.comYou probably won’t find a more conducive atmosphere to work from than in this 1940s bungalow that functions as a bookstore, coffee shop and bar. Named after an award-winning novel by Chilean author Roberto Bolano, The Wild Detectives is fast becoming the creative hub of the metroplex— offering everything from literary events to film screenings and concerts. Communal tables, comfy seating nooks and an awesome outdoor patio provide plenty of ways to chill out and get those creative juices flowing. Free WiFi and outlets galore give laptop loiterers ample opportunities to stay wired, as does the coffee, espressos and cappuccinos served here. And refueling options aren’t to shabby either. Handmade pies from Emporium Pies, as well as sandwiches and pastries from Rush Patisserie, are ideal incentives to keep plugging along.
1311 W. Magnolia Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
www.avocacoffee.comThis Near Southside coffee lounge has cultivated quite a following in the three years that it’s been around. Coffee aficionados flock here for the hand-crafted single origin brews, but it’s also the perfect place to rub elbows with other like-minded laptop loungers. The light and airy space, which formally was a mechanic’s garage, offers abundant areas to spread out. Cushy leather sofas, cozy booths and an ample amount of tables make it easy to settle in for the long haul. And with unlimited free WiFi and plenty of power outlets to keep you charged—you might end up doing exactly that.
Fourteen Eighteen Coffeehouse
1418 K Ave.
Plano, TX 75074
www.fourteeneighteencoffeehouse.comEven if you don’t live in the area, a visit to this new indie coffeehouse in Plano’s charming historical district will make you wish you did. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more inviting place than here. Free WiFi and cozy seating areas outfitted with work tables, over-sized sofas and cushy chairs offers busy bees the perfect ambiance for an afternoon of endless productivity. Add in deliciously crafted java creations along with a dazzling selection of tasty eats and you’ve got the perfect neighborhood spot to work away the day.
220 N. Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051
www.redefinedcoffeehouse.comThe community coffee hub of Grapevine has recently been refined with Redefined, a laid-back, cozy coffee den with a heavenly lineup of caffeinated brews. No worries about elbow-jockeying to find a good spot here. Instead you’ll find a collection of homey living room spaces inviting you to hunker down and get cracking. A menu of tasty snacks, free WiFi and plenty of outlets offers everything you need to get some serious work done.
ZenZero Bakery and Cafe
171 N. Denton Tap Road, Suite 600
Coppell, TX 75019
www.zenzerobakery.comCome to this neighborhood cafe during lunch time and you might have a hard time snagging a space because the scrumptious food, pastries and specialty coffees here draw in the crowds. But any other time you’ll find this place ideal for getting down to business, especially if you live in the area. ZenZero offers laptop junkies free WiFi and power outlets aplenty to keep working away all day. And while there might not be any fluffy sofas to cozy up in, the comfortable banquettes that line the wall offer an ample amount of workspace. Or for those who really want to spread out, there’s a nice secluded area with large tables in the back.