Being self-employed means that more often than not, I find myself working from 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 and a spot in Bristol, located on Bull Street right opposite the tram station.
I can’t tell you how much I love it here; Wayland’s is the place where I always find myself becoming most productive and smashing through my work.
The Bull Street shop opened in the city in 2018, and has been going from strength to strength ever since it began serving up delicious coffee and signature eggie crumpets.
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 too.
With two locations in the city – one on Colmore Row, the other on Lower Temple Street – 200 Degrees is a fantastic coffee roasters with shops that are beginning to crop up in multiple cities across the country.
Come for the coffee, stay for the free WiFi and tasty selection of salads and sandwiches. 200 has plenty of seating, especially in its Lower Temple Street shop, but if you want to sit outside in the summer months, you’ll find plenty of space at the Colmore shop, thanks to the pop-up of parklets.
Make sure you try out the espresso caramel brownie if you want that extra caffeine boost to get you through the day.
Tucked down Dale End, Ngopi rapidly became 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, so 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.
It’s one of the city’s more intimate coffee spots, but there are still plenty of places to sit and power up your laptop.
So if quality coffee and top-notch food are on your list to help you become more productive, then head on down and say hello the the guys at Ngopi.
Tucked away in Piccadilly Arcade, Faculty offers world-class coffee from blends across the globe, combined with possibly the most gorgeous pastries in the city centre.
While space, WiFi and plug sockets are pretty limited here, Faculty has a super-cool vibe with huge windows if you’re a bit of a people watcher like me.
And if you’re heading to catch a train, it’s just a stone’s throw away from New Street station, making it super-convenient if you’re commuting in and out of town.
Around the corner from Faculty, Yorks is always a popular choice if I want to surround myself with the buzz of the city.
Whether you’re after a 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.
Yorks also has a spot at IKON Gallery, located in the picturesque Oozells Square.
Medicine Bakery & Gallery has proven to be an incredible spot in the city.
After opening its flagship shop in the small village of Codsall, it’s since become a blossoming business, with three bakeries in Birmingham.
Known for its signature cronuts an sourdough, alongside deliciously rich coffee, you’ll find Medicine tucked away on New Street a few doors down from F45.
It also has a restaurant in the Mailbox in the former Tom’s Kitchen site on level one, as well as a little shop outside Paul Smith, which is perfect if you’re picking up a coffee on the go.
Quarter Horse Coffee
Granted it’s quite a walk from the centre of town as it’s located around a five-minute walk from Birmingham Hippodrome, but it’s well worth the stroll for the insanely good coffee in a relaxed and spacious atmosphere that you’ll find at Quarter Horse Coffee.
There’s an abundance of seats and the WiFi’s pretty speedy, plus, I think its location helps in the fact that you’re less likely packed on a weekday.
Before you leave, you can even buy a bag of the freshly roasted coffee, which means you can enjoy a delicious Quarter Horse blend in the comfort of your own home.