You’ve got a big presentation due… and a big pile of laundry taunting you. We get it — working from home can be a mixed blessing. There are days when a change of scenery is a must if you’re going to get anything done. The good news? Research shows that tackling your tasks al fresco actually helps boost productivity.
Finding places to work outside in Seattle was at the top of our to-do list, so can we just say? Check.
Coffee and tea shops
Mr. West, 2685 NE Village Lane
Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
While both locations have outdoor seating, the U Village outpost has a few more table options than it’s Downtown location.
Espresso Vivace, 532 Broadway Ave. E.
6 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
The coffee shop’s Brix location on Capitol Hill has large, open windows that turn the entire dining room into an al fresco cafe. Pretty fancy.
Parks and public spaces
It’s hard to beat fresh air when you want to think clearly. Set up a picnic blanket or head to your favorite picnic table — just don’t forget to charge your devices and bring your own hotspot.
Golden Gardens Park, 8498 Seaview Place
4 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (until Sept. 4, then 4 a.m.-11:30 p.m.)
Snag a spot at a picnic table or plant your butt firmly in the sand. The day will slip by as peacefully as the seals glide through the ocean in front of you.
Seward Park, 5898 Lake Washington Blvd.
6 a.m.-10 p.m.
It’s amazing how work calls feel less stressful when you take them from a forest or lakefront picnic table. Bring snacks with you, though.
Bars and restaurants
At these fine establishments, the patio is the way to go — especially when the Seattle weather is at its best. Order some food and drinks to fuel your focus.
Reuben’s Brews, 5010 14th Ave. NW
11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
One of Ballard’s favorite breweries now has an in-house menu featuring eats like pilsner brats and soft pretzels.
Ravenna Brewing Co., 5408 26th Ave. NE
Mon-Thurs. 2-10 p.m., Fri. 12-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 12-10 p.m.
Yeah, that two-hour meeting could have definitely been an email — go get yourself a beer on the spacious patio here. We won’t tell your boss.