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By Shristi Patni - 5 min read

6 best cities for remote work

It’s so hard to believe that we’ve been living with COVID 19 for more than a year now. 😷

Even though it has wreaked havoc in almost everyone’s life, it has given a boost to a professional trend: the continued rise of remote work. Did you know that there has been a whopping 400% increase in the number of employees who work from home at least once every week?

Therefore, it’s safe to say that this trend is here to stay in 2021 and beyond. Here are the six best cities for remote work:

#1. Brooklyn, NY

The reason why it’s number one on my list is because it makes you feel like you’re in Manhattan (minus the tourists and the traffic).

Each neighbourhood has its own vibe.

Mom and pop restaurants, indie boutique shops and beautiful parks are just some of the reasons why it makes for the perfect place for remote work for remote workers and digital nomads.

It has excellent coworking spaces and cafes where you can peacefully work from. I recommend Devocion if you’re planning to work remotely from Brooklyn.

It’s generally 80% full of remote workers on weekdays. A cool soundtrack can always be heard in the background and since the palace is packed with workers, there’s aren’t any loud conversations or chatter. 🎶

Clean, new and with high-industrial ceilings, a patio surrounded with real plants, it’s almost like working in a garden!

Do drink: their fresh Columbian coffee. They’re very serious about their coffee and fly them straight from Columbia (overnight by FedEx). ☕

#2. Portland, OR

Portland is best known for the big three: fun, happiness factor and an excellent selection of places to work remotely from. 😄

The lightning-fast Wifi helps you ace all of your Zoom meetings and the breweries help you relax and unwind making it a perfect place for digital nomads and remote workers.

Additionally, Portland is friendly for almost everyone including ex-pats and the LGBTQ+ community. 🏳️‍🌈

I highly recommend Remote.ly.

It’s a commitment-free workspace with stunning views and a free in-house barista.

The 13-foot floor-to-ceiling windows provide an ample amount of natural light and an incredible view of the downtown skyline.

They have seats with computer monitors (including 4K monitors), 500 MBPS to 1GBPS internet, ergonomic seats, free printing, in-house meals and 700 indoor plants to help you stay motivated and productive. 🖥️🍕🌱

However, if you’re searching for a coffee shop, visit Oui Presse. Relatively quiet, feminine and cherry with lights strung around, it’s favoured by locals for its homely ambience.

On sunny days, the outdoor seating is especially inviting.

The crowd is a mix of regulars of all ages. The staff is attentive and friendly.

This place is great if you have a business meeting or if you’re searching for a home away from home!

#3. Miami

Love the tropics and heat? ☀️

The region between Fort Lauderdale and Miami appeals to most remote workers because of the two major airports that get you access to the rest of the country. 🛬

Miami is known for hot temps but awesome air conditioning, great Wifi, and an array of places to work from that are a whole lotta fun!

Drop by Capital One Café if you’ve got some serious business to be taken care of.

This place was designed keeping the worker firmly in mind. You have communal tables, accessible seating, meeting rooms, (and plenty of power outlets).

As for the food and beverage, the café has a Peet’s Coffee Counter that offers coffee, tea and locally baked treats.

The best part, though? There’s a happy hour from 12 to 3 pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday! 🍹

If that wasn’t a good enough reason to book a slot already, you can also enrol yourself for an in-house workshop and learn how to plan your budget, spend smarter and read your credit report properly. 💸

#4. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is full of food, culture, life and visual delights.

Every street in Lisbon has its own charm and the landscape of the hills offers breathtaking views.

It’s a favourite spot for remote workers because of its relatively moderate cost of living. 💰

There’s no shortage of spacious coffee houses to work from and it makes for an ideal place to build communities, networks and keep your mental health in check.

I recommend Hello, Kristof. It’s a tiny clad in light wood that manages to feel cosy and spacious at the same time. With a clean-cut Scandinavian feel, this space is perfect if you have a small team of people you work with.

Stelle down with your team and get all our work done away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The café is owned by Ricardo who’s a freelance graphic designer which means he knows just exactly what a remote worker needs. It also explains the cutesy décor and the legendary magazine wall.

Need a break from work? Grab a cup of coffee and a magazine and leaf through the beautiful, glossy pages! ☕📚

#5. Madrid, Spain

If you like good coffee, lots of events, a vibrant bar scene, parks, museums, Madrid is the city to be in. 🏞️🏛️

Madrid tops with high scores in air and hospital quality, general safety, traffic safety, walkability and overall quality of life.

Working at Café De La Luz is like stepping into an uber-cozy living room.  Plop into a comfy armchair or sit on a small table and enjoy the calm atmosphere. 🛋️

Banish the hunger pangs from their diverse menu or opt for the mini-brunch that locals rave about.

You can work throughout the day and come back later at night for stronger drinks and a livelier atmosphere! 💃🕺

#6. Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is a fascinating place and offers an interesting mix of tradition, language and culture.

The Old Town looks straight out of a fairytale: climb steps that lead to medieval fortress walls and old churches. Or indulge in spiritual mind treatment to improve mental health. 🧘

Visit the food market for foreign and trendy foods and fresh local produce.

If you’re spending the summer in Tallinn, enjoy sunsets at 10:30 pm, festivals, mild temperatures, and respectful culture.

Visit Café Maiasmokk if you’re looking for a unique place to work at.

The café started in 1864, making it the oldest operating café in Estonia. The interiors have remained unchanged for almost a century. Indulge in a novel, delectable Estonian meals, fresh cakes, pies and pastries during work breaks.

If you’re a history buff, visit the marzipan museum (on the same premises) for a fascinating overview of the history of the treat.

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About the author

Shristi is a content writer and owner of F and B Recipes. She enjoys writing about Intuitive Counseling and Spiritual Mind Treatment. Formerly the Chief Content Officer at Raletta, she is currently working on her second cookbook.