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Places to work outside in Seattle

When the sun’s out, the world is your workspace.


The sounds of the beach waves will make your coworkers jealous on that conference call.


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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.

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In addition to the patio, Mr. West also has an enclosed sunroom if you want to feel like you’re outside without all the wind and birds eating your scraps.

Photo by SEAtoday Staff

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.
Wi-Fi: Yes
Covered: Partially

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
Wi-Fi: Yes
Covered: Yes

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.


Alright, alright — here us out. What about an in-between-meeting dip in Lake Washington at Seward Park?

Photo via Seattle Parks and Rec

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.)
Restrooms: Yes
Covered: No

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.
Restrooms: Yes
Covered: Partially

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.


You’ll likely find that Reuben’s is less crowded during the work week.

Photo via Reuben’s Brews

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
Wi-Fi: Yes
Covered: Partially

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.
Wi-Fi: Yes
Covered: Partially

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.

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