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Best Coffee Shops for Getting Work Done 

Last Updated: 12/06/2018 9:37 am
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Are you that person that posts up in the corners of restaurants and cafes with your laptop, typing like a fiend and ordering just enough to justify your six-hour stay? Somewhere with decent coffee and free wifi, chill vibes. Well, freelance nation, part-timers, students, and work-from-homers—hark!

Here is a roundup of the best coffee shops for hunkering down and getting work done in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Ulster County

Underground Coffee & Ales

74 Vineyard Ave, Highland, NY 12528

Hours: Mon, Wed, 9am-9pm, Thurs, 9am-11pm; Fri & Sat, 9am-12am; Sun, 9am-8pm; Closed Tues

This is our favorite type of spot. They sell coffee in the AM and craft beer in the PM, along with a good selection of well-executed pub food in a chill environment. Basically there’s no reason to ever leave. But be warned, whenever alcohol is involved, things have the potential to get a bit noisy, so if you need utter silence (or uninterrupted world grooves to hammer out your work, this may not be the place).

Bluestone Coffee Roasting Company

138 Partition St, Saugerties, NY 12477

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 7am-6pm; Fri & Sat, 7am-7pm; Sun, 7am-5pm

So named for the quaint quarried sidewalk out front, in the equally quaint center of Saugerties, Bluestone is an elegant place to tick some to-dos off the old list. Bakery counter? Check. Lunch and breakfast menu? Check. Every kind of espresso drink you can think of and then some, check. (Doppio? Ristretto?) Two tops, a couch, and tin ceilings for good measure. The front room is not super spacious, so you may get jostled during rush hour, but other than that you’ll be free to work away uninterrupted.

Inquiring Minds Bookstore & Coffee House

200 Main St, Saugerties, NY 12477

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-8pm; Fri & Sat 10am-9pm; Sun, 10-6pm

What better place to get work done than inside the quiet hallowed walls of a book sanctuary? With arm chairs, the smell of book bindings wafting on the air, creaky old floorboards, and a respectful hush about the place, Inquiring Minds has the sort of studious but chill ambiance you always wish your college library could muster. Plus the in-house coffee bar means you don’t have to go to the student union to fill up your cup of joe. Browse the stacks for inspiration between bursts of penning your opus. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, worry not, they’ll special order it.

Outdated Cafe

314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 8am-4pm; Fri & Sat, 8am-8pm; Sun 9am-4pm

Vintage library card catalogues filled with retro postcards line metal racks; antique flags, good-weird art, and tattered signs decorate the walls; and a constantly rotating selection of tables and chairs fill out the floor space. Vintage clothing in the basement, full vegetarian menu. You can hang here unmolested all day, as the Kingston’s cast of freelancers can attest. (Full disclosure, our office is above Outdated. We’re the roommate always hanging around their room and eating their food out of your fridge. Not really, we pay for our meals, but we do get enjoy the expertly curated coffee shop downstairs.)

Rough Draft Bar & Books

82 John St, Kingston, NY 12401

Hours: Tues-Sun, 9am-11pm

If we’re not at our desks and not at a table downstairs, we’re probably around the block at Rough Draft. This is another one of those all-in-one destinations, where you can drink coffee till you’re semi-tachycardic, then switch to beer to come back down (happy hour is 3-6pm). It’s like a locally rebranded Starbucks in all the best ways: The people-watching, window-facing bartops, couches, a euphonious blend of conversation and earnest keyboard tappings, Bossa Nova playing softly in the background.

Cafeteria Coffee House

58 Main Street, New Paltz

Hours: Sun-Thurs, 9am-9pm; Fri & Sat, 9am-10pm

A Millennial's dream with 20-foot vaulted tin ceilings, a bank of windows, mix-and-match ratty velvet sofas and stained antique coffee tables, Cafeteria is a cozy, casual place to cast down your shoulder bag, jam in your earbuds, and hunch over your Macbook till you’re cross-eyed. In case the name and the kids playing guitar on the stoop didn’t key you in, everything that makes you love this place also makes the 8,000 SUNY New Paltz students love it too, so it can get a bit swarmed. Luckily it’s large. And...there’s always summers.

Dutchess County

Bank Square Coffeehouse

129 Main Street, Beacon

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 6am-10pm, Fri, 6am-9pm; Sat, 7am-10pm; Sun, 7am-9pm

This is a coffee snob’s coffee shop. Top notch espresso, cortados, and individually brewed cups of tea made with actual boiling water, this place does not mess around when it comes to delivering caffeine to its customers, making for a very loyal fan base. They also offer up handmade treats, Leather furniture, tattooed baristas, craft beer, and outdoor seating make this downtown spot a super chill place to spend a couple hours paying your bills or updating your internet dating profile. Be warned, there is a strict $10 card minimum, so bring cash or invite the person in line behind you.

Ella’s Bellas

418 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508

Hours: Mon, Wed-Sat, 8am-4pm; Sun, 9am-4pm; Closed Tuesday,

With exposed brick, oversized subway tile, wood floors, and industrial looking whisk pendant lights, Ella’s Bellas has the millennial aesthetic nailed to a T. The gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian-friendly bakery has some seriously delicious treats, always fresh out of the oven, and a kick ass outdoor oasis in the back with rusted metal doors-turned-picnic tables and lush greenery spilling over the walls. There’s a cozy sundrenched vibe in the mornings, that invites you to stay a while with that book or hammer out that essay you’ve been putting off.

Irving Farm Coffee House

44 Main Street, Millerton, NY 12546

Hours: Daily, 7am-5pm

Should you find yourself on the New York Connecticut border, craving a caffeinated pick-me-up, Irving Farm Coffee House, on Main Street, Millerton is the place to go. The coffee comes fresh from their state-of-the-art roastery in town. A beloved New York City staple, with eight locations around Manhattan, the Millerton cafe is the only outpost upstate. A bank of booth seating offers a good place to post up for a few hours of work. And should you get hungry there, there is light breakfast fare on the menu and a small marketplace with locally made products like their housemade granola, Pine Hill Farm honey, Fruition chocolate, Les Collins jellies, and Soukup Farms maple syrup.

Taste Budd’s

40 W Market St, Red Hook, NY 12571

Hours: Mon-Sat, 7am-9pm, Sun 8am-9pm

With a lush outdoor patio and oversized leather sofas you can really sink into, Taste Budd’s is a comfy hang in any season. They specialize in chocolates, fudges, and pastries galore (including gluten free and vegan options) so the air always has a yummy confectionary aroma blending with the scent of their fresh ground Fair Trade coffee. There isn’t a particularly strong design aesthetic, but the place is always buzzing with folks and has that comforting small town hub vibe. Taste Budd’s has live music almost every Saturday and Sunday afternoon—which may be a distraction if you are trying to write that grant proposal or nice background while you crunch numbers—your call.

Poughkeepsie Grind

107 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Hours: Mon-Fri, 6am-4pm; Sat, 8am-4pm; Closed Sundays

This cozy little spot is short on seating space, but big on vibe, and radically unpretentious (Fruity Pebbles French Toast, anyone?). Everything from the rotating omelette special to the chicken and waffles is excellent and the service is fast and attentive. Like we said the space is small, so you may have trouble finding a place to post up, but if you get in early you can stay untroubled for hours, and the free wifi is a plus. Only a couple blocks from the Walkway over the Hudson and the train station, so easy to access even without a car.

Greene County

Circle W

3328 NY-23A, Palenville, NY 12463

Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-5pm, Sat & Sun: 8am-5pm

Serving breakfast, lunch, coffee, and baked goods, this small and homey general store boasts some cozy vibes for getting work done. Situated at the edge of the wild is America’s first artist colony, Palenville, a colorful and vibrant community of families, artists, craftspeople, and nature-lovers nestled along the banks of Kaaterskill Creek. Grab a sandwich or order one of the always-impressive specials, pull up a chair at a creaky old table, and soak in the view (the view here is particularly nice when the snow’s falling outside).

Hartland on Hudson

1130 Main St, Leeds, NY 12451

Hours: Seasonal

In the spring of 2015 Hartland moved their stationary and design studio up from Brooklyn and into an old general store in Leeds (built in 1851). In the fall of 2016, they opened an espresso bar and shop in the storefront, where visitors can peruse Emily Johnson’s artfully designed greeting cards, notebooks, and wrapping paper. The newly completed patio will make you feel as if you’re in a Sofia Coppola movie as you scribble a birthday note into the card you just purchased or punch out a page or two on that novel you’re always working on.


365 Main St, Catskill, NY 12414

Hours: Mon & Tues, 7:30-2pm; Wed & Thurs 7:30am-10pm; Fri, 7:30-12am; Sat, 8:30-12am; Sun 8:30-10pm

Niva Dorell, visual arts director for the Greene County Council on the Arts recently called Hi-Lo “the heartbeat of Catskill." That might seem like a lot of responsibility to heap on a little cafe, but for many the spot embodies the riverside town’s resurgence. Part coffee shop, part bar, part art gallery and performance space, Hi-Lo has pan appeal and has quickly become a natural meeting place for a village steeped in symbiosis. If you don’t mind getting interrupted, or entranced by your neighbors’ conversation and friendly tidbits of local news floating by, stake out here and clock some hours. On Fridays through Sundays, Hi-Lo is open late. Art house vibes replace cafe vibes after five, as people stroll in for a beer and music show or a quirky poetry reading.

Columbia County

Ör Gallery & Tavern

35 S 3rd St, Hudson, NY 12534

Hours: Mon-Thur, 11am-12am, Fri, 11am-2am, Sat 10am-2am, Sun 10am-12am

Ör is a strange place—but always one worth spending some time in. As good for doing work as it is for meeting up with a friend to talk about the terrible week you’re having, this industrial coffee shop/bar/leather studio, once stark and minimalist and now overflowing with an inexplicable number of dreamcatchers made of neon yarn, has revealed itself to be an ever-shifting phantasmagoria, some sort of art project unto itself. The gates of this converted auto garage are often wide open to the courtyard entrance, providing an inclusive, doors-open feel from the get-go.


357 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534

Hours: Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm, Sat & Sun, 8am-6pm

The discovery of a new coffee venue is always rewarding—particularly when it’s installed in a multi-disciplinary space that houses your other passions, too. MOTO smartly combines expertly brewed and pressed coffee drinks from a rotating list of roasters with handcrafted waffles, both savory and sweet, and, yes, motorcycles. Order up an egg sandwich and a red eye, and slide into a table back near the gear and the classic racers, likely being worked on by shop owner Antony Katz. It’s like being in Rome, except not.

Orange County


15 Liberty Street, Newburgh, New York 12550

Hours: Fri-Mon, 12-5pm, Closed Tues-Thurs

Part coffee shop, part wellness studio, part event space, part witches lair, Panja in downtown Newburgh, opened its doors in August welcoming all cross sections of the community. You can head here for a smoothie or a chakra visualization workshop, a cup of coffee or a weekly men’s meditation group, a spot of tea or a women’s empowerment networking social, a fresh squeezed ginger-tumeric juice or an ass-shakin’ dance party. When events aren’t happening, Panja is a tranquil place to work from home, but it is only open Thursday through Sunday afternoons, so it won’t be your daily spot.

Blacc Vanilla

197 South St, Newburgh, NY 12550

Hours:Tues-Sun, 7am-5pm, Closed Mon

A self-described “social enterprise with an emphasis on art, culture, coffee and innovation,” Blacc Vanilla in Newburgh is part coffee shop, part performance space, part springboard for the economic development. A large black, painted-brick wall is a high-contrast backdrop for the mix of spray paint art and vintage mirrors. The food menu is simple—every variation of a breakfast sandwich you can think of, a grilled cheese, chicken salad, and homemade turkey sausage—all under $8. Snag a comfy sofa spot or sit at the street-facing bartop and people watch between emails. Come for the latte, stay for the music and chill upbeat vibes.

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2 Alices Coffee Lounge

117 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550

Hours: Mon-Sat, 7am-8pm; Sun, 8am-5pm

With a polished concrete floor, modern red pendant lamps, and a rotating exhibit of local art, 2 Alices has a much more contemporary vibe than some other coffee spots. The round tables and chalkboard wall give it almost a student union vibe—but cool—and like college you can hang out for as long as you like. Neon Espresso and Wine signs give the Broadway location some grit, and they aren’t false advertising. You can expect a full coffee bar plus craft beer and wine. There is a limited menu with comfy classics like mac & cheese and bagels. 2 Alices regularly hosts events, including a trivia night every Thursday.

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