San Diego is a city that steadfastly lives by the work hard, play hard mentality. If you’re putting in extra time on emails or that project that simply will not go away - without hesitation there will be plans made for some retail therapy, hitting that new brewery, or a little healthy heckling your heart out at a Padres game. And that’s just the locals!
Travelers visit year-round for the city’s unique brand of fun in the sun; San Diego is also a conference town / vacation destination extraordinaire - and sometimes, when push comes to shove, the work just has to get done.
If you find yourself straddling that line of work and pleasure when you’re in America’s Finest City and staying at one of our San Diego travel apartments, we’re here with a list of our favorite places to caffeinate up, plug in and hammer out some work when you’re on the road.
Little Italy Neighborhood
Guests of Stay Alfred on Kettner Boulevard enjoy an ultra-walkable location in San Diego’s coveted Little Italy neighborhood with a concentration of the city’s hottest restaurants, including some fantastic spots to crack open the laptop and get to work:
Bird Rock Coffee Roasters - located literally downstairs, to the right, and on the same block as Stay Alfred on Kettner Boulevard, Bird Rock slings some of the strongest coffee in town. Their Little Italy location offers a fair amount of seating, a handful of outlets, light pastry fare to keep you fueled, plus if you fall in love with the coffee you can take some back to your travel apartment.
Influx Cafe - always a reliable spot for local remote workers, Influx is the kind of place where you can hunker down for a few hours - or heck, half the day - and get work done. Do yourself a favor and order up a sandwich on their focaccia and never look back.
James Coffee Co. - this place is slightly more distracting with all the great local boutique shops under one roof with the coffee roaster, but it’s a great distraction. With open warehouse vibes and their iconic owl everywhere you turn, James Coffee Co. is a place to see and be seen, and then maybe fit in a little work.
Lofty Coffee Co. - by far the best location to take advantage of San Diego’s gorgeous weather, the Lofty Coffee Co. offers an open layout with plenty of patio seating. Order a Turkish Latte (it’s infused with cardamom and will quickly become an addiction) and get your Vitamin D while you tap away on the laptop.
East Village Neighborhood
If you’re calling Stay Alfred at Alexan ALX or Stay Alfred on G Street your home away from home, congrats - you’re staying in the East Village neighborhood and have plenty of options for work and play:
Genteel Coffee Co. - This roasters only brick and mortar location gives off industrial vibes and great communal spaces to sit, sip and work. Try the Vixen Latte with activated charcoal and embrace being a hipster even if for a few hours.
Copa Vida - This place takes its coffee and teas seriously. Giant disclaimer here is that they actually turn off the Wifi on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm in an effort to get people to unplug and talk face to face. During the week, feel free to be as anti-social and work-oriented as you like.
Young Hickory - Two words - beer and coffee. It’s San Diego after all! Their East Village location proudly features a “Stay Buzzed” mural, plenty of seating and a great breakfast menu. The question is do you order a beer or coffee? Or both?
The Invigatorium - Like dinosaurs, coffee and beer? US TOO! The magical minds behind Modern Times Brewery have just opened a hybrid cafe / bar complete with giant dinosaur sculptures (and a dragon one, for good measure) plus a rather impressive mural made entirely out of post its. But for all the amazing decor, the drinks are just as inspiring and will add much needed whimsy when you need to work.
Our Gaslamp properties - Stay Alfred on 10th Avenue, Stay Alfred on 6th Avenue and Stay Alfred on 6th Avenue - are close to pretty much any and everything you could ever need, including some great locales for a work sesh:
Spill the Beans - This place is on the tiny side, but it’s all about the cold brew and bagels. You’ll recognize it by the lit-up “Pot Head” sign (huh-huh, California, get it?!) and the potential line out the door.
Starbucks - Judge us if you will, but hey, sometimes you just need a good ole’ reliable Starbucks. And the Gaslamp is lousy with them with one on what feels like every other corner.
The Cat Cafe - SoCals’ first-ever cat cafe offers a little purr therapy, along with a great patio and all the distractions you could possibly need to procrastinate on actually working.
When the work is done and you’re ready to hit the town, check out our 10 Things That Make San Diego Awesome All Year Round blog for some inpo.
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