The Freelancer’s Guide to

Coffee Shops

Working for yourself is great. You get the choose your own hours, snack whenever you want, and work in your PJs. The difficult thing is how to stay motivated when you work, cook, entertain, relax, and reset, all in the same space. Sometimes getting dressed up, jetting out of the house, and finding that perfect place to keep you focused is the key for a productive day. We’ve had our fair share of caffeine around Grand Rapids, and before we lose those excited jitters, we wanted to share our guide to work-friendly coffee shops, so you can get the most out of your digital workday!

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Coffee Shops in

Westside

Roots Brew Shop

Roots Brew Shop is a great spot to work if you love natural light, bagels, & laughter.  Be sure to try their waffles, only on Saturday mornings till noon!

Monday – Friday6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
SundayCLOSED

Parking

Free parking spots availble on the front side of the building, and the side.

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Plenty of outlets along walls

Food Options

Bagels | Soup | Fruit | Baked goods | Coffee | Tea | & Waffles on Saturdays!

Types of Seating

A seat for everyone! Benches, stand up bar tops, and chairs in all shapes and sizes.

Decibel Level

Levels fluctuate

Corridor Coffee

Corridor Coffee wants you to feel safe & welcomed as you enjoy locally sourced coffee.  Need a space for meetings? Ask about renting the upstairs.

Monday – Friday7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Parking

Free | Parking lot & Off street

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Plenty of outlets – Ten outlets downstairs | Eight upstairs

Food Options

Coffee | Tea | Pastries | Grab & Go | Want lunch? No problem, Corridor has partnered with Grain to deliver sandwiches for an extra $1 charge

Types of Seating

Downstairs – Smaller Tables | Benches | Bar

Upstairs – Larger Tables | Nook with armchairs

Decibel Level

Mornings higher-level | Upstairs quieter

Rise + Squibb

Rise Bakery + Squibb Coffee offers great choices with their menu offering vegan, gluten free, & soy free baked goods!  It’s great work fuel to munch on their savory pastries!

Monday – Friday8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Parking

Parking lot – Limited spots

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Make sure you laptop is charged, they have limited outlets

Food Options

No extra charge on dairy alternates for coffee! | Rise’s pastries with Squibb’s coffee | Place orders on the website for curbside pickup

Types of Seating

No Indoor Seating| Limited Patio Seating | Coming in December – Winterized Greenhouses

Decibel Level

Moderate

Ferris Coffee & Nut

Phone: 616-438-0391

Ferris Coffee on the Westside is a great place to collaborate in the airy atmosphere with great seating options.  While you work, munch on their specialty nut assortments or other homemade treats.  Whether you are vegan, gluten free, or not – there’s something here for everyone!

Monday – Friday7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
SundayCLOSED

Parking

Free shared parking lot with GVSU

WIFI

Free | Open Network

# of Outlets

Shared community tables with six built-in outlets | About fifteen outlets total in building

Food Options

Coffee | Tea | Matcha | Pastries | Sandwiches | & Speciality nut selections 

Types of Seating

Socially distanced but still plenty of space! – Large community tables | Standard tables | High tops | Bar | Lounge area with arm chairs

Decibel Level

Mid-Level with the occasional rush | Near GVSU & YMCA

The Bitter End

Needing to work after hours & craving coffee?  The Bitter End is the only coffee shop in the Grand Rapids area open 24 hours every day!

Monday – FridayOPEN 24 Hours
SaturdayOPEN 24 Hours
SundayOPEN 24 Hours

Parking

Free street parking | Free parking lot

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

About four outlets

Food Options

Pastries | Sandwiches | Coffee | Tea | Energy drinks | Smoothies

Types of Seating

Limited seating and outdoor seating

Decibel Level

Low-level

Coffee Shops in

Belknap

Rowster Coffee – Belknap

Rowster Coffee wants you to stick around to enjoy their delicious coffee while you work!  A great place for building relationships & getting work done in a chill environment.

Monday – Friday7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Parking

Limited spaces behind the shop | Metered street parking on Clancy

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Multiple outlets on every wall

Food Options

Coffee | Nitro cold brew | Tea | Kombucha | Canned cold brew

Scones from That Early Bird | Field & Fire pastries | Donuts & cookies from Kind Crumbs | Large selection of cooler items – sandwiches, yogurt, soups, etc. | A microwave available

Types of Seating

Blend of Counter | Standard table | Soft seating options – Lounge area

Decibel Level

Relatively quiet | If you’re looking for a place to study all day this is the place

Field & Fire Cafe

At Field & Fire you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds with their awesome selection of food & coffee.  They purchase local products to bring the community closer together. 

Monday – Friday7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Parking

Free parking behind building

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Eight outlets | USB outlets also available

Food Options

Breakfast & lunch menu |

Madcap coffee | House coffee | Guest roaster | Teas | Kombucha | Orange juice

Types of Seating

50% Capacity |  Outdoor seating available

Decibel Level

Moderate | Will adjust music level based on environment

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea

Phone: 616-724-4417

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea is strongly influenced by Chinese culture with a wide variety of Asian drinks to enjoy.  If you want try something new, we suggest to check them out!

Pro tip: Bring your College ID Monday nights & you’ll get 30% off your order.

Monday – Friday7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Parking

Front free parking & Free parking lot off Monroe

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Large study Table with outlets | Wall outlets | About twenty outlets

Food Options

Breakfast | Soup | Sandwiches | Desserts | Pastries from Wealthy Street Bakery | Coffee | Tea

Types of Seating

50% Capacity | Large study table | Three couches | Fifteen small circle tables 

Decibel Level

Low-level | Pretty quiet during week & evenings – Saturdays & Sundays louder

Coffee Shops in

Downtown

Ferris Coffee & Nut – Downtown

Phone: 616-228-8840

Ferris Coffee is happy to give people quality products with smiles. A great place to build relationships as you sip on excellent coffee in a welcoming atmosphere.

Monday – Friday7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
SundayCLOSED

Parking

Downtown meter parking | On route for Dash Transportation (Free)

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Fifteen – Eighteen

Food Options

PB&J toast to order | Avocado Toast | Charcuterie Board | Cheese Board | Specials on wine & Michigan beers | Coffee | Tea

Types of Seating

50% Capacity | Cozy seating includes – Bench | High tops | Bar | 8-10 Standard table seating

Decibel Level

Low-level | They adjust music to atmosphere

Madcap Coffee – Downtown

Enjoy all the natural light at Madcap’s Downtown location!  It’s a great place to stop on the go, or stay awhile to enjoy freshly brewed coffee.

Monday – Friday8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Parking

Free parking lot at Monroe Center Garage for 1 hour | Meter parking

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Make sure your laptop is fully charged.  There are not many outlets available

Food Options

 Pastries | Toast | Quiche | Coffee | Tea

Types of Seating

 50% Capacity | Bench seating | Standard tables | Bar

Decibel Level

Low-level.  Work appropriate 

PaLatté Coffee & Art

PaLatté Coffee doesn’t only have delicious coffee, but a beautiful gallery of rotating art.  You’ll get those creative juices flowing in this inspiring atmosphere!

Monday – Friday8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Parking

Metered street parking

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Food Options

Soup | Pastries | Tea | Coffee

Types of Seating

50% Capacity | Standard tables | Armchair lounge area

Decibel Level

Lantern Coffee Bar & Lounge

Lantern Coffee Bar & Lounge gives you all the cozy vibes when you enter! A great place to study & work with the quieter, but friendly atmosphere.

Thursday – Friday8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Monday – WednesdayCLOSED

Parking

Meter parking

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Plenty of outlets downstairs | Outlets on community table & all along the walls

Food Options

Snacks | Pastries | Coffee | Tea

Types of Seating

50% Capacity

Upstairs – Armchairs & window seating

Downstairs – Lounge | High tops | Bench seating | Desks | Community table

Decibel Level

Low-level

Go Java Coffee

Go Java is a family owned coffee house serving great coffee & food, while giving back to the community!  Each month they display art by local artists.

Monday – Friday7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sunday9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Parking

Metered street parking | Loading zone right in front for quick pick-ups | Near parking ramps on Fulton/Ottawa & Commerce/UICA

WIFI

Currently Takeout Only

# of Outlets

Six outlets

Types of Seating

 Arm chairs | Round tables | High tops | Window-bar seating

Decibel Level

Moderate | Louder in the morning hours, but their building has a nicely furnished lobby right next door for anyone who wants a quieter option

Mayan Buzz Café

Mayan Buzz Café is a great place for getting work done, with a quiet atmosphere, plenty of seating, & outlets to choose from.  If you are looking for a fun night out – check out their open mic night Thursdays at 8 pm!

Monday – Friday7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Parking

Meter parking | Parking lot across street – Available only on weekends

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Outlet near every table & bar – 10 on bar | 10 desk use

Food Options

Sandwiches | Burritos | Bagels | Pastries | Grab & go snacks | Coffee | Tea | Smoothies

Types of Seating

Bar | Tables | High tops

Decibel Level

Low level | They encourage to keep noise at minimum

Mudpenny

Phone: 616-259-5353

Mudpenny offers a great selection to those who are vegan, vegetarian, and even those on the keto or whole30 diet.  Feel good while you work with their organic meats & homemade syrups created with cane sugar.

Monday – Friday8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
SundayCLOSED

Parking

Free parking lot | Free street parking

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Six outlets

Food Options

Full breakfast & lunch | Pastries | Coffee | Tea | Cold Brew

Types of Seating

Tables 6ft apart | No parties larger than 6 | Limited booth seating | Tables | Community table | Bar seating | Window seating

Decibel Level

Low-Level | Saturdays – Louder until afternoon | Cafe side is quieter

Coffee Shops in

Midtown

Lyon Street Cafe

Lyon Street Cafe is a great cozy place for conversation and getting work done.  With their great customer service and quality products you’ll feel right at home.

Monday – Friday8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Parking

On-street parking is free and the parking lot is free as well

WIFI

Currently Takeout Only

# of Outlets

Twelve – Fifteen

Food Options

Order through walkup window | Partners with Martha’s VineyardNantucket Bakery‘s for – Beer | Wine | Cocktails | Baked goods | Breakfast dishes | Sandwiches | Desserts | Coffee | Tea

Types of Seating

Greenhouse Seating on Sidewalk | Patio Seating in Back

Decibel Level

Decibel levels fluctuate | Quieter levels happen in early morning & late afternoon

Stovetop Coffee Roasters

Stovetop Roasters are known for their whimsical charm & excellent selection of coffee.  It’s a comfortable & efficient place for getting work done!

Monday – Friday8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Parking

Parking behind Stovetop

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Plenty of outlets to use along wall & on bench

Food Options

Pastries | Coffee | Nitro Cold Brew | Tea

Types of Seating

Bench seating | Window | Bar | Standard tables

Decibel Level

Moderate levels – Fluctuates

Coffee Shops in

Eastown

Squibb Coffee & Wine Bar

Squibb Coffee offers a community space to collaborate while sipping coffee or relaxing with a glass of wine. Not for you? They also have a great selection of beer, cider, & non-alcoholic drinks.

Monday – Saturday8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Parking

Free parking in back

WIFI

Currently Takeout Only

# of Outlets

Twenty-five outlets

Food Options

Pastries | Toast | Charcuterie boards | Wine | Coffee | Tea

Types of Seating

High top | Soft seating | Bar | Window seating | Standard tables

Decibel Level

Fluctuates | Early mornings quieter

Rowster Coffee – Wealthy

Each Rowster Coffee cafe has its own personality, and each hosts different events and promotions at times. Rowster Coffee gives customers an unbeatable coffee experience.

Everyday8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Parking

Limited spaces behind the shop | Metered street parking 

WIFI

Currently Takeout Only

# of Outlets

Outlets at soft seating locations & at bar seating areas

Types of Seating

Blend of Counter | Standard table | Soft seating options

Decibel Level

Lower – moderate level | Can get a little noisy when full

That Early Bird

Start your morning off right at Early Bird with their delicious breakfast & coffee before you dive into your day!  Their great menu caters to everyone with gluten free, vegan, & vegetarian options.  A great place for collaborating over amazing food.

Monday – Friday7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Parking

Street parking

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Ten outlets

Food Options

Brunch options until 3 pm | Soda | Coffee | Tea

Types of Seating

High top tables | Community tables | Bench seating | Stool seating | General seating 

Decibel Level

High-level in morning | Good time to study or work is after 3 pm

Sparrows Coffee & Tea & Newsstand

Sparrow’s Coffee & Tea offers a cozy place to get your work done with a great selection of treats & drinks.  Their friendly team makes you feel welcomed there.

Everyday8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Parking

Meter street parking | Unmetered street parking

WIFI

Currently Takeout Only

# of Outlets

Five outlets with power strips

Food Options

Pastries | Coffee | Tea | Bubble Tea

Types of Seating

No Indoor Seating | Patio Seating | Curbside Pickup 

Decibel Level

Saturdays & Sundays louder | During week in the afternoons & evenings are a lot quieter

Sacred Springs Kombucha

Sacred Springs specializes in finding the best drink for each customer.  Feeling anxious about work?  Ask one of their trained naturopaths to find the best relaxing drink to help calm your nerves.

Tuesday – Wednesday11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday – Saturday11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
MondayCLOSED

Parking

Meter parking | Parking lot near wealthy theater

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Make sure your laptop is fully charged – Limited outlets

Food Options

Vegan options | Food bar | Kombucha | Coffee | Tea

Types of Seating

Bar seats | Bench | Table seats | Comfy chairs

Decibel Level

Low-level | They will change music based on the atmosphere

Outside Coffee Co.

Outside Coffee Co. offers an unique experience to enjoy the outdoors year round!  If you’re looking for an eclectic environment & great coffee to enjoy while you work, make sure to check them out.

Monday – Friday7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Parking

Free street parking on Charles St. | Metered parking on Wealthy St | GR City lot on Wealthy & Charles.

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Make sure your laptop is fully charged – Limited outlets

Food Options

Pastries | Caprese | Coffee | Tea

Types of Seating

Winter: Fire pits & Reservable Domes | Spring, Summer, & Fall: Community seating with 3 small two tops & seating around fire pits

Decibel Level

Moderate since it is outdoors there is no echoing & always sweet jams playing in the background

Global Infusion

Global Infusion is a paradise for tea lovers with over 100 selections of loose leaf tea.  Take a break from work to check out their shop for unique fair trade products!  Eco-friendly shop that encourages guests to bring reusable containers to help the environment.

Tuesday – Saturday10:00 AM -5:00 PM
MondayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED

Parking

Free parking lot

WIFI

Free for customers

# of Outlets

Ten outlets

Food Options

Baked goods | To-go snacks | Coffee bar | Homemade chai | Over 100 different teas

Types of Seating

Six standard tables

Decibel Level

Moderate levels

Madcap Coffee

Madcap Coffee in Eastown offers a modern atmosphere to work in while enjoying their amazing coffee.  The natural light is so inviting you’ll never want to leave!

Monday – Friday7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Parking

Back parking lot | Street parking

WIFI

Currently Takeout Only

# of Outlets

Make sure to bring your laptop charged, they have limited outlets

Food Options

Pastries | Toast | Coffee | Tea

Types of Seating

Standing community table | Bar stools | Bench seating

Decibel Level

Moderate, but work appropriate