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Jan 9, 2024

Best Laptop-Friendly Cafes in Athens

Are you on the hunt for the ultimate remote work experience? Athens, where ancient history meets modern vibes, has just what you need. Imagine balancing your work tasks with the allure of historical sites like the Acropolis, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, and the buzz of a vibrant city in laptop-friendly cafes. Buckle up, because Athens is about to become your favorite remote work playground!

1. Goethe Institute of Athens

Imagine a modern workplace in a library where comfort meets style and where you can take coffee breaks at their German-style café. And, if you want to check out books, you can get a membership. It’s not just a workspace; it’s a hub of ideas and youthful exuberance!

Our recommendations:

The Goethe Institute is probably not the best place to host virtual meetings due to the quiet-zone area in the library.

  • Best for: Deep, quiet work
  • Zoom friendly?: No
  • Best time to arrive: In the morning
  • Busiest: Unpredictable, depending on which area of the library you are situated
  • Opening times: 8am-10pm Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm on Fridays and 8am-2:30pm on Saturdays

2. Dope Roasting co.

Craving a trendy space to power through your to-do list? Dope Roasting isn’t just a cafe; it’s your creative hub. Settle into cozy nooks, connect to high-speed Wi-Fi, and let the ideas flow. With ample power outlets and comfortable seating, they provide the perfect atmosphere for brainstorming, collaborating, and conquering your digital goals.

Our recommendations:

  • Best for: Casual or work
  • Zoom friendly?: Yes
  • Best time to arrive: In the morning
  • Busiest: Afternoons
  • Opening times: 8am-8pm from Monday-Sunday

3. Six D.O.G.S

Six D.O.G.S is not just a café; it’s a haven for the artistic soul where you can meet other digital nomads and have delicious food and fancy cocktails. Picture yourself typing away amidst colorful artwork, sipping artisanal coffee, and brainstorming your next big idea. By day, it’s your remote office; by night, it transforms into a hub of live music and youthful energy.

Located right in the middle of Monastiraki, Six D.O.G.S is an indoor and outdoor area that can hold big groups of people. As the night goes on, there’s a clubbing area where DJs can play their sets on the weekend.

Our recommendations:

  • Best for: Casual Work
  • Zoom friendly?: No
  • Best time to arrive: Early in the morning
  • Busiest: Afternoon/Night
  • Opening times: 11am-2.30am from Sunday to Thursday and 11am-4.30am on Fridays and Saturdays

The morning is the perfect time to get some work done at Six D.O.G.S. You'll easily find a cozy spot with nearby outlets, and the atmosphere is wonderfully quiet. As the day progresses, the place transforms into a lively bar, eventually turning into a mini 'club' of sorts.

In the afternoon, many digital nomads choose Six D.O.G.S as their go-to spot for wrapping up some relaxed work. After finishing work, it's a tradition to grab drinks right there. Six D.O.G.S stands out as one of the top cafes in Athens for getting work done in the morning and then seamlessly transitioning to a relaxed (or party) mode in the same spot!

4. Selina Rooftop

This hidden gem might easily escape notice, but trust us, it's one of our cherished spots in Athens. The breathtaking views of the Acropolis are simply unmatched at Selina's rooftop, and the overall atmosphere exudes a fantastic vibe. On weekends, a DJ adds to the excitement, and during the day, the terrace becomes an ideal spot to soak up the sun while enjoying a refreshing drink. It's worth noting that the bar operates independently of the hostel, creating a diverse and lively crowd.

Our recommendations:

  • Best for: Casual Work
  • Zoom friendly?: Yes
  • Best time to arrive: In the morning
  • Busiest: Night
  • Opening times: 8am-1am from Monday-Saturday and 8am-11pm

5. Mercato Cafe

Located near Palaio Faliro square, Mercato Cafe stands out as the quintessential laptop-friendly haven. Renowned for its delectable brunch offerings, the menu boasts fresh, generous, and downright tasty options that elevate your workday experience. The staff, exuding extreme friendliness and sweetness, contribute to the cafe's inviting atmosphere.

Whether you prefer indoor coziness or the refreshing outdoors, Mercato Cafe accommodates both with its versatile seating options. Notably, this cafe understands the needs of digital nomads and professionals, providing accessible plugs for laptops, ensuring a seamless blend of productivity and gastronomic delight. With good service, a warm ambiance, and a menu that satisfies both cravings and deadlines, Mercato Cafe emerges as a delightful spot for work and relaxation alike.

Our recommendations:

  • Best for: Casual Work
  • Zoom friendly?: Yes
  • Best time to arrive: In the morning
  • Busy: Evenings
  • Opening times: Monday-Saturday from 8am-1am; Sundays are open from 9am to 1am

6. National Library of Greece at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNFCC)

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Cultural Center is a recreational and multifunctional public space that hosts a diversity of activities. From the Greek National Opera to the National Library of Greece and the Stavros Niarchos Park, which spans 21 hectares and is one of Athens' largest green areas, there's something for everyone.

Within the entrance of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, there is a large open lobby to the National Library of Greece. The first floor of the main building offers around 20-30 seating areas, each equipped with 2-4 electrical outlets, making it laptop-friendly. Additionally, there are private and secluded desks within glass offices for those seeking an even quieter environment. The internet quality varies, ranging from sometimes quite good (18Mbps Download and 12Mbps Upload) to occasionally average (2Mbps Download and 1Mbps Upload), making it a bit unpredictable. Keep in mind that it can get crowded on weekends. The best place to work from is the reading area in the library.

There is a coffee shop situated on the ground floor for any spontaneous coffee and food breaks.

Our recommendations:

  • Best for: Casual or deep work
  • Zoom friendly?: No
  • Best time to arrive: In the morning
  • Busiest: Unpredictable depending on which area of the library you are situated
  • Opening times: 9am-8pm from Monday-Saturday (Closed on Sundays)  

7. Cohen Cafe Dinnery/Drinkery

Discover Cohen, one of the most ideal laptop-friendly cafes nestled along Piraeus's coastline. This charming spot offers a delightful atmosphere for daytime work and transforms into a vibrant and fun venue at night. With breathtaking sea views, lovely decor, and meticulous upkeep, the cafe provides a clean and welcoming environment. The food, drinks, and cocktails are not only delicious but complemented by exceptional service. The staff's professionalism and friendliness make each visit special, making Cohen as a gem in Peiraiki.

  • Best for: Casual work
  • Zoom friendly?: Depends on the time
  • Best time to arrive: In the morning
  • Busiest: Evenings
  • Opening times: 9am-2am from Monday-Thursday and 9am-4.30am on Fridays and Saturdays

Conclusion

So, fellow young wanderers, pack your bags, charge your laptops, and get ready for a remote work journey that combines productivity with unparalleled fun. Athens awaits, promising not just a workspace, but a canvas for your creativity, a stage for your adventures, and memories that will last a lifetime. Welcome to your Athenian work-play paradise! 🌟

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