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6 Sydney Cafes Perfect For Freelancers

With all the freedom freelancing can bring, flying solo can also get lonely. The days stretch before you with barely any human contact. The solution to this vortex of loneliness? Pick up your laptop, gather your gold coins and relocate to a local café.

Plenty of joints around Sydney are cluing in to the fact that Australia’s workforce is becoming increasingly mobile, and are following suit accordingly. The best cafés offer power points willingly, won’t give you stinkeye if you loiter for too long and provide the freelancer holy grail: free Wi-Fi.

Say hello to six of Sydney’s best freelancer-friendly cafés.

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Three Williams, Redfern

The way we see it, the bigger the café, the easier it is to get a table, and the more likely you’ll be able to keep that table long enough to get your work done. In that vein, Three Williams is just about big enough for you to occupy a spot until you clock off at 5pm. And if you’re going to be sat in the same place for such a long time, you’ll want free Wi-Fi and plenty of power points – both of which Three Williams readily supply. Throw in relatively healthy eats (we like to sample the daily ‘narnie’ creation) and solid coffee and your work day is sorted.

Three Williams, 613a Elizabeth St Redfern

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The Hill, Bondi

Bondi has no shortage of good cafes, but thanks to the suburb’s round-the-clock buzz, it can be hard to find one that’s freelancer-friendly. Enter The Hill. Not only does this North Bondi nook have free Wi-Fi, but its plush booth seats are made for long stays and, dare we say it, spreading your work out everywhere. More inclined to working in your pyjamas? Call ahead and order from their takeaway menu and they’ll have your food ready for when you arrive. No one will even notice that you’re in your slippers.

The Hill, Shop 5, 39-53 Campbell Parade North Bondi

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Clipper Café, Glebe

A favourite of uni students and Glebe locals alike, Clipper is light and airy, serves good grub that won’t break the bank, and encourages communal seating – so you won’t feel selfish for using up a whole table. It also offers a decent Wi-Fi connection and is regularly packed with solo diners and students on study breaks, so noise is usually at a minimum.

Their baked eggs are bound to put a fire in your belly, and the staff have no problems with you sticking around as long as you like. Bonus: power points are easily accessible in a number of spots and the Wi-Fi password is written on the chalkboard, meaning you can get straight down to business before you’ve even decided on your coffee order.

16 Glebe Point Road, Glebe 

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Bread and Circus Wholefoods Canteen, Alexandria

Warning: don’t visit this cosy corner of Alexandria for weekend brunch. Nobody wants to line up for an hour before slogging it out in front of the computer, no matter how good the food is. For freelancers who keep 9-5 hours, though, it’s perfect. Its size, communal tables and free Wi-Fi are a good start, but the top-notch coffee and organic food is what keeps punters coming back.

Try one of their sandwich boxes: not only are they fresh and flavoursome, but they’re easy to eat with one hand as the other hand types up your latest report or article. Plus, the pink plates and thoughtful table settings will stoke your inspiration if you’re working on something creative.

21 Fountain Street, Alexandria

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Kawa, Surry Hills 

This Surry Hills classic is an old faithful for freelancers, and bloggers like Margaret Zhang are spotted here on the regular. And for good reason. Kawa not only proffers free Wi-Fi, but has plenty of nooks and crannies ideal for serious private time, not to mention outdoor tables set far enough back from foot traffic to eliminate distraction if you need to catch some rays. Their healthy menu – including a vegan big breakfast to die for and breaky salads – ensures that if you plan on making the café your semi-permanent office digs, your waistline won’t pay the price.

348 Crown Street, Surry Hills  

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Roastville, Marrickville

Roastville doesn’t have Wi-Fi. What it does have is large tables free of clutter, a delicious menu, great coffee and a laidback vibe that doesn’t frown upon dawdling over the same coffee for an hour and very little distraction. If today’s work involves compiling spreadsheets, writing an already researched article or putting together a business strategy, a lack of Wi-Fi can be a blessing. Forget checking Facebook every five seconds or revisiting the latest Kardashian feud, you’ll instead be surfing a wave of great coffee and productivity. To reward yourself, order the “dirty bird benedict”: fried chicken with traditional eggs benny. Go on, you’ve earned it.

157 Victoria Road, Marrickville

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Che-Marie Trigg is a freelance writer and full-time subeditor. Her work has appeared in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Collective Hub and GoPlaces with Toyota magazines among others, as well as on websites like Broadsheet and Junkee. Follow her on Instagram @chemariet

Lead image: Bread and Circus.