Being self-employed means that more often than not I find myself working at home.
And while that’s all well and good, it can come with far too many struggles. For me, it’s way too easy to become constantly distracted by my TV and far too easy to lose concentration when I’ve been staring at the same wall for hours.
When it comes to regaining my focus to getting that work done, I always head to a coffee shop for a bit of a boost and let me tell you, a change of scene that doesn’t half do wonders for my productivity. And thankfully, Birmingham is bursting with incredible independents that make for the perfect alternative office.
Here are some of my favourite places to work from home:
I won’t deny it, Wayland’s Yard is absolutely my home from home. You’ll find this absolute gem, which also has a flagship in Worcester, located on Bull Street right opposite the metro station.
I can’t tell you how much I LOVE Wayland’s Yard, it’s the place where I always find myself becoming most productive and smashing through my work. They opened in the city in 2018, and have been going from strength to strength ever since they began serving up their delicious coffee and mouthwatering Aussie Eggs.
Whether you’re heading out for a client meeting or need to meet your deadlines, this a great place for it. The staff are an absolute delight, the service is quick and friendly, there are plenty of charging points to keep your laptop on the go and if you’re lucky, you might even but into their adorable resident pup, Kobe.
I stumbled across Ngopi only a few weeks ago, and let me tell you, it’s rapidly become one of my absolute fave coffee spots in Birmingham. As well as having their own roasts, which are made in-house, this delightful little spot serves up some rather delicious Indonesian grub.
I love Ngopi’s coffee so much, and I aim to pop in as often as I can to try out one of their incredible homebrews – black, no sugar, so you can really taste all of the top notes.
So if quality coffee and top-notch food are on your list to help you become more productive, then head on down to Ngopi on Dale End.
Orientee Artisan Bakery & Cafe
And if you pop next door to Ngopi, you’ll find the equally wonderful Orientee Bakery. Here, you can tuck into a delicious range of home-cooked food – I recommend the Rejuvenator – and even treat yourself to a sweet cronut after. The menu has everything from pizza to sandwiches, and they even bake and sell their own sourdough bread which is absolutely out of this world!
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Almost there. Today we’ve buffed up the tables and the breakfast bar. We also had a good sort out of our store room. A lot of the things we have done on the Sunday closures so far can be easily overlooked, but when we’re here every day we notice things that we believe we can improve on to help keep our standards high. Thank you all for your patience during our maintenance period and we look forward to serving you Sunday brunch again from October 7th. #minirefurb #refresh #decor #cafe #coffee #birmingham #independent #indiebrum #sundaybrunch
Located in the heart of Saint Paul’s Square, Saint Kitchen are exceedingly popular for their amazing coffee, food, and I’ve heard whispers that they serve up the best hot choc in the city – perfect if coffee just isn’t your thing.
What I LOVE about Saint Kitchen is that it’s cosy without feeling like you’re too boxed in by the surroundings. There’s plenty of choice on both the food and drinks menu – I really can’t tell you how insanely the pancakes are – and it’s a great place to be if you like to watch the world go by while you work away.
Always a popular choice if I want to surround myself with the buzz of the city, Yorks is one of the most popular coffee spots in the city, so much so, that they now have two incredible locations.
There may not be many places to plug in your laptop and space can be quite intimate, but for me, it’s just got a great atmosphere. Whether you’re after coffee, tea or a delicious home-baked pastry, you won’t be disappointed with what Yorks has to offer.
Did I mention that York’s does the most INCREDIBLE brunch? In fact, it was named the in The Guardian’s 50 Best Breakfast Places in the UK alongside The Plough Harborne, and their IKON Gallery home dishes out the BEST stone-baked pizza that’s an absolute must-have.