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The Work Nomad's Guide to Coffee House Squatting

"I could just work from home!" says the idiot. 

No. You can't work from home. Maybe if you were some kind of hyper-focused monk who doesn't have a washing machine, kitchen, bed or Netflix at home — MAYBE — you could work there. But most of us are not Jedi. That's when you need a coffee shop. 

I'm not sure how we decided coffee shops were our public workplaces, but my guess is it has something to do with the rise and nearly immediate fall of Internet cafes. Remember those? I think I went to one once. Everyone there smelled funny and they were playing games where they shoot other people. 

I just wanted to check some email. If you, like me, are no longer employed by The Man Inc., LCC, a Division of Corporation Corp., then it's important to have someplace where you can actually get some work done. If you're not quite ready to drop the coin on a co-working space, coffee shops are a generally reliable spot to plug in, connect to WiFi and start writing/putting together a spreadsheet/edit photos/publish your anti-government manifesto. 

But what is most important to you definitely informs your choice of locale. WiFi is a must. If a coffee shop doesn't offer free WiFi, then they don't want you hanging out. And that's fine. But that's also a place I'm not likely to spend much money.


Some people are looking for peace and quiet. If that's your goal, be prepared to move around a bit. There are a few reliably subdued spots, but every once and again you’ll be faced with a rowdy group of ne’er do wells, recently released from juvie and looking for that sweet, sweet latte fix. When that happens, tip your barista, pack up your gear and check out another option.  

Vintage Coffee

Vintage Coffee 1101 NW 49th St. OKC, OK 73118 | 405-752-0038 

The Last Drop  5424 N. Lincoln Blvd. OKC, OK 73105 | 405-543-7033 | thelastdropok.com

The Boxcar 2100 N. Eastern Ave. Moore, OK 73160 | 405-759-7295 | theboxcarok.com 

District House 1755 NW 16th St. OKC, OK 73106 | 405-633-1775 | districthouseokc.com 

Full Circle Bookstore 1900 NW Expressway OKC, OK 73118 | 405-842-2900 | fullcirclebooks.com 

Coffee Tree 784 E. Danforth Road Edmond, OK 73034 | 405-726-8085 | coffeetree.coffee 

Aspen Coffee Company 180 W. 15th St. Edmond, OK 73013 | 405-334-6783 | aspencoffeecompany.com 

Ellis Island Coffee and Wine Lounge 130 North Broadway Edmond, OK 73034 | 405-726-8831 | ellisislandedmond.com 

Perk Place 1649 W. 33rd St. Edmond, OK 73013 | 405-420-3226 | perkplacecafeok.com


Maybe you love coffee but you realize that man cannot live on go-juice alone. You need someplace that serves food. Not just pastries, though that’s okay in moderation. Sometimes you want an actual meal. Just do your due diligence and find out what they serve before you connect to the WiFi. 

Elemental Coffee

The Lobby Cafe & Bar 4322 N. Western Ave. OKC, OK 73118 | 405-604-4650 | willrogerslobbybar.com

Elemental Coffee Roasters 815 N. Hudson Ave. OKC, OK 73102 | 405-604-9766 | elementalcoffeeroasters.com 

All About Cha All About Over The Metro | allaboutcha.net 

Okay Yeah 705 W. Sheridan Ave. OKC, OK 73102 | 405-652-1322 

The Red Cup 3122 N. Classen Blvd. OKC, OK 73118 | 405-525-3430 | theredcupokc.com 

Kamp's 1910 10 NE 10th St. OKC, OK 73104 | 405-230-1910 | kamps1910cafe.net


There are some times you need to be with people. The freelance life can be lonely. Say what you will about working in an office, at least there’s a bunch of people you’re forced to see on a regular basis. If you feed on people (socially, not on their blood, you vampires!) then it’s a good idea to find a coffee shop where customers mingle and rub elbows and hobnob and fourth example of what I’m saying.

Coffee Slingers 1015 N. Broadway Ave. OKC, OK 73102 | 405-609-1662 | coffeeslingers.com 

The Underground 1621 S. Douglas Blvd. Midwest City, OK 73130 | 405-733-7720 | theundergroundcoffee.com 

Cuppies & Joe 727 NW 23rd St. OKC, OK 73103 | 405-528-2122 | cuppiesandjoe.com


People get the wrong idea about coffee snobs. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with just loving a really good cup of coffee. Maybe it’s a little loud, a little crowded, a little harder to find a place to plug in your MacBook Air, but the coffee is just too good to pass up. Gourmet lovers will put up with a lot of little stuff to get their hands on the finest joe around.

Clarity Coffee

Clarity Coffee 431 W. Main St. OKC, OK 73102 | 405-252-0155 | claritycoffee.com 

Leaf + Bean 321 N. Oklahoma Ave. OKC, OK 73104 | leafandbeanokc.com 

Blue Bean Coffee Co. 13316 S. Western Ave OKC, OK 73170 | 405-735-5115 | bluebeancoffee.com 

Joe's Addiction 1806 SE 59th St. OKC, OK 73129 | 405-601-2962 | outrageous.love/joesaddiction 

Evoke 103 S. Broadway Edmond, OK 73034 | 405-285-1522 | cafeevoke.com 

Gray Owl Coffee 223 E. Gray St. Norman, OK 73069 | 405-701-2929

Wild Hero Coffee Co. 331 N. Mustang Road Mustang, OK 73064 | 405-376-4700 

Most of these could fall in more than one category, but if you think I’ve gotten one totally wrong, let me know which one and why in the comments and I might move it around.

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Founder and Eater-in-Chief of I Ate Oklahoma, Greg Elwell has been reviewing restaurants and writing about Oklahoma’s food culture for more than a decade. Where a normal person orders one meal, this guy gets three. He is almost certainly going to die young and those who love him most are fairly ambivalent about it. You can email Greg at greg@iateoklahoma.com.


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