Working from home was a luxury pre-pandemic, and then became a norm for those commuting and working desk jobs for the last few years. Now, dare we say that sometimes working from home — or even remotely at your go-to Hoboken or Jersey City coffee shop — can get a little stale from time to time. Yes, there are plenty of coffee shops that provide a welcome work-from-home environment that we know and love, but when you’re looking for something a little bit different or off-the-beaten, we know just the ticket. Read on for some unique work-from-home spots in Hoboken + Jersey City, for when you just want to change things up a bit.
Disclaimer: This list is for entertainment purposes and from experience, and is not a guarantee that you’ll be able to work there. As with any businesses you’re going to set up shop to work in, please make sure you’re courteous of others, support the local shops by purchasing a meal, drinks, etc — and of course, follow the rules of the establishment. If you show up and they don’t have wifi, don’t get mad, get a hotspot. Know of another spot to add to the list that *isn’t* a cafe or coffee shop (we have a list for that already here)? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alfalfa | 1110 Washington Street
Predominantly a salad shop born originally in Hoboken (with a recently opened Jersey City location), Alfalfa is one of our favorites. It’s a cafe-style spot that isn’t your typical coffee shop WFH spot, so had to be added to this list. While it does serve coffee, its claim to fame is its indulgent combo of greens and gluten-free doughnuts. Thank us later.
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Curry Up Now | 91 Washington Street
This Indian street food-inspired downtown Hoboken spot has a decent setup for working from home — with tables + chairs as well as a high-top bar against the wall. The food here is the big win, as it’s got Indian classics-meets-fast casual, which is absolutely delicious. HG pro tip: The Naan bites and burrito part of the menu is a must.
Hoboken Public Library | 500 Park Avenue
You won’t be able to do a Zoom call while you’re at the library, but it’s still a go-to. In the nicer months, this spot has an outdoor garden area where you can work, as well as an endless supply of books and movies to peruse once you’re done with your laptop work.
Hudson Golf | 16 Hudson Place
Yes, you can work from home at a golf simulator and sports bar. This new spot combines golf with a relaxing bar atmosphere to turn a day-time activity into a night scene — without worrying about getting to a tee time. At Hudson Golf you can rent a bay, or sit in the first-come, first-serve seats and tables in the bar area, giving you multiple options for a unique and fun work-from-home spot.
La Isla Downtown | 104 Washington Street
While La Isla doesn’t have wifi, it’s become a go-to for a day when hot-spotting and phone calls aren’t a necessity for WFH life. The food is insanely on-point (don’t take it from us, take it from Guy Fieri) and the people-watching is optimal. There aren’t many plugs, so just know, once the laptop goes, it’s over.
Luca Brasi’s Italian Deli | 100 Park Avenue
^ Work day fuel
An unexpected member of this list to be sure, but a strong one at that — so much so, that a customer once called our working from this spot a “power move.” Aside from the top-tier eats, Luca Brasi’s earns the WFH stamp of approval for its table setup + outlets. There’s no WiFi, but with a hot spot and a chicken Caesar wrap (one of the best in town, we said it) you’ll be ready to seize + slay the day.
Mango Mango Dessert | 620 Washington Street
Known as a unique dessert spot in Hoboken hailing from NYC, Mango Mango has a pretty expansive space on Washington Street, and top-tier hours. If you’re trying to do some studying or working off-hours, this is your spot — it’s open late most nights.
Mr. Wrap’s | 741 Garden Street
We all know and love Mr. Wraps for its delivery, array of hangover-curing wraps, and now gluten-free options. But, hear us out. This is a randomly on-point work-from-home spot. While there aren’t a ton of outlets, there are a few tables, quiet ambiance, and of course, good eats.
Play! Hoboken | 1012 Grand Street, 3rd Floor
Known for being. a great spot for games galore, Play! Hoboken is also an awesome spot to work. They provide their patrons with 40 comfy seats, a quiet + comfortable atmosphere, and they serve coffee and snacks. They also have WiFI and a printer for public use – which is kind of a big deal, considering public use color laser printers in Hoboken are slim to none. They charge $15 per day for a spot and they open at 9AM.
Quality Greens Kitchen | 227 Washington Street
A fast-casual healthy spot in Hoboken, QGK has tables and wifi, which is pretty much all you need to get the job done. It’s a nice no-frills option, and definitely don’t sleep on the salads and chefs’ plates.
Shaka Bowl | 110 Washington Street
Right off the busy downtown Washington Street, walk into Shaka Bowl and you’ll find a massive, stunning tree trunk on the ceiling, tons of tables + outlets, and even a wifi sign, inviting you to stay a while. The food + drink here is made-to-order, with smoothies + poke options galore, and a go-to for a midday lunch break so you don’t even have to get up from your seat. There’s also a Monroe Street location, if you’re living further west.
Toastique | 1450 Washington Street
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While technically serving coffee and juices so aligned with the coffee shop WFH vibe, this toast-forward spot has a great array of seating and outlets, ideal for working remotely. It’s uptown and spacious, and ideal for a good breakfast or lunch with an Instagram-worthy toast situation to document that you did, in fact, have a day while working remotely.
W Hotel | 225 River Street
The only hotel currently in Hoboken, The W Hotel has an expansive downstairs area called the Living Room, right by its lobby, which is an excellent spot for some conference calls. Once you’re done with work, pop on by the Halifax restaurant for a post-work glass of wine and popcorn at the bar.
Busy Bee Organics | 451 Palisade Avenue
Right across from Riverview Fiske Park in Jersey City, Busy Bee Organics is open 9AM-3PM most days, and is a great spot to perch with your laptop while noshing on gluten-free goodies. Known for its delivery service, the Heights locale is actually adorable and worth a trip if only to try its buffins (protein muffins). If it’s nice out, you can hot spot and work across the way in the park.
Gussy’s Cafe | 292 Newark Avenue
This charming spot run by the husband and wife team – Gus Theodosiou and Nicole Pina – opened last June and has been serving classic cafe vibes ever since. Work from home here and indulge in the all-day brunch menu — the spot is open Monday-Friday from 7AM-7PM and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7AM-6PM. There are also lunch and dinner options. Whether you’re looking for something lighter or are craving comfort food, there’s something for everyone on this made-to-order menu.
Subia’s Vegan Cafe | 506 Jersey Avenue
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A vegan cafe in downtown Jersey City, Subia’s is a favorite for its vegan desserts and wraps, which are a must when you’re there. There are both regular and high-top tables, and it’s usually relatively quiet for working (not to mention plant-based options abound).
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Regardless of where you end up on your work-from-home journey, know that with a hot spot and a charger, you’ll be having an adventure wherever you go.