Whether you’re a freelancer or just looking to get out of the office, here are some great spots in Orange County where you can work away from home. 

The Lost Bean

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The Lost Bean not only has a great selection of organic coffee drinks and teas, but is also an excellent spot to get some work done. There’s plenty of space in this cafe to set up office. The atmosphere inside Lost Bean is homey and the staff is always pleasant.

The best thing about working out of Lost Bean is the Internet connection. Even with a heavy load on the network, your connection will be speedy by public Wi-Fi standards. There’s even a 5 GHz network available for use! Ok, only a real techie will get excited about that one. 

In case you were planning to work late, one side of the cafe does convert into a wine bar at night. That means no laptops are allowed in that area after 7PM. We recommend you ditch the work and booze up instead.

The Lost Bean is at 13011 Newport Ave. in Tustin. thelostbean.com

7 Leaves Cafe in Garden Grove

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7 Leaves Cafe is rapidly expanding through Orange County, but not all locations are alike.

For instance, 7 Leaves’ location on Euclid and Trask in Garden Grove has become the must-go hangout spot for many in the area.

Sure, there’s a community library and plenty of outlets to recharge your laptop. But this tea shop takes it up a notch. At this 7 Leaves, there’s a community printer available so you can churn out your documents. And the best thing? It’s free…although a small donation is requested.

I’m sure many broke college students owe their lives to 7 Leaves.


7 Leaves Cafe is at 13481 Euclid St. Ste. B in Garden Grove. 7leavescafe.com

Newport Beach Public Library

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Newport Beach Public Library is spectacular. With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout the building, Newport Beach Public Library’s Main Branch is a great spot to work outside of home.

But, the amenities at this library go beyond books. There’s a cafe instead the library…that actually serves real food.  There’s also a credit union branch, located inside. Yes, that’s right, you can get your banking done inside of the library.

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But what’s extra special about the Newport Beach Public Library is the Media Lab, available for those looking to create digital projects. In the Media Lab, you will find editing decks and a complete suite of software at your disposal. Perfect for video production. There’s even a sound recording booth to record your next single.

Does this even count as a library? Or this is more of a chill hangout/work spot? We don’t know…

Newport Beach Public Library’s Main Branch is at 1000 Avocado Ave. in Newport Beach. newportbeachlibrary.org.

Coffee Nature

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Just a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of John Wayne Airport sits Coffee Nature. The coffeeshop is a favorite low-key spot to work in the area. The environment is no frills and on the quieter side, so unlike a Starbucks, you might actually finish some work for once.

On the menu is a wide selection of coffee drinks…and crepes. Yes, Coffee Nature has crepes. Sign us up!

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Coffee Nature is at 355 Bristol St. Ste. U in Costa Mesa. iscoffeeyournature.com.

Where are your favorite spots to work outside of home? Chime in below in the comments!

Originally posted 2016-04-12 21:53:44.

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