6 Birmingham Cafés for Professionals On the Go

Heading to Birmingham for work and have a little time to spare? Don’t waste work hours wandering around aimlessly. These days, any coffee shop with good Wi-Fi can become your temporary office. Why not join the city’s high-achieving freelance set and take in some local culture and a hit of caffeine all at the same time?

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Key work ingredients. Photo © jakkapan21

1. Urban Coffee Company

Freelance workers love this local duo of coffee shops that serve specialist brews with serious attention to detail. Both branches are nice and spacious so you don’t feel rushed and there are plenty of power points too, so you and your computer can stay charged up and active for hours. The coffee shop also hosts a series of live events including freelancer meet-ups, so you could even do some networking while you’re there.

2. Brewsmiths

In the heart of the city centre and set in an old railway arch, Brewsmiths offers a few comfortable sofas that you can nestle into and £3 bottomless filter coffees if you’re in need of a serious caffeine boost. Best avoided at weekends as it tends to get very busy, which isn’t ideal for productive work. Our Travelodge on Birmingham Moor Street is just a short walk away.

3. Boston Tea Party

This coffee shop is part of a local chain that can also be found in Bath. It’s reliable, spacious and offers plenty of fresh cakes and baked goods, as well as loose leaf teas and excellent flat whites. The owners are also keen to maintain strong ethics and are careful to source high-standard goods and to treat their staff as individuals.

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Downtime. Photo © Kritchanut

4. Under Pressure Espresso

With a rustic feel, this coffee shop is a little out of the town centre, but it does have reliable Wi-Fi and coffee that is worth writing home about. The coffee here is served as an art form and the baristas will be happy to talk to you about different blends and methods of preparation. There are also delicious pastries and sweet treats sourced from quality artisans.

5. Six Eight Kafe

Centrally located on Temple Row, this fashion-friendly café doesn’t look much from the outside, but it often receives amazing reviews and accolades thanks to its excellent coffee made by people who love their craft. If you’re hungry, the café also offers a selection of deli food and cakes.

6. Custard Factory

Not a coffee shop, but rather the place where Birmingham’s creative set go to hang out. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants here where you can work, or you can browse the shops or mingle with young entrepreneurs and workers in the many open sitting areas. For business travellers interested in an alternative view of the city, this is a great place to spend time.

Staying the night? Our Birmingham Travelodge hotels offer excellent Wi-Fi facilities so you can stay connected and get some work done while you relax in your room.