The best places for remote work in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Utah has been established as a destination for world-class hiking and incredible skiing. Northern Utah is quickly becoming an up-and-coming destination for remote workers, as evidenced by the growing tech scene in Silicon Slopes and the WeWork opening up in SLC. For the next time you find yourself working remotely in the Beehive State, here’s a list of the best places to work remotely near Salt Lake City:

Sugar House Coffee

the good

Sugar House Coffee is very local, hosting jazz nights and local musicians. Their food and coffee is quite tasty, and it can be a fun place to hang out.

the Bad

For me, it gets too loud and crowded to work except in the morning time. The food also feels overpriced.

Conclusion

Sugar House Coffee is worth visiting, but I wouldn’t try and work there all day.

Publik Coffee Roasters

the good

Publik Coffee has tasty coffee, cheerful baristas, and plenty of space across two floors. It almost feels like a co-working space, and the architecture mildly encourages socializing. I’ve been approached by various friendly strangers at Publik and have made a couple of friends there.

the Bad

They offer almost no food except for different sorts of toast. They also close at 5pm.

Conclusion

Publik is one of my favorite places to camp out and work for the day. But unless you want to eat toast all day, come prepared with your own food.

*There are three different Publik Coffees in Salt Lake City. The one that’s nice to work from is the “Downtown” location (on West Temple).

3 Cups

the good

3 Cups is quite spacious, modern, and pleasant. They give you a tiny cookie with your coffee which is completely delightful. They also offer free refills of coffee, and sometimes they offer another tiny cookie with the refill. Win!

the Bad

Families with small children seem to frequent 3 Cups, and at times, it can get loud and make the atmosphere feel more playground than coffee shop. The cafe also tends to get slightly grimy during the day. It’s also in Holladay, a bit of a drive away from the city center.

Conclusion

3 Cups is one of my favorite coffee shops to visit during the early morning, before the child-size crowds arrive.

Nostalgia Cafe

the good

Nostalgia Cafe is in an excellent location, downtown near the city center. They offer a variety of food, including vegan options. And they cultivate a homey atmosphere with board games and unfailingly friendly baristas.

the Bad

The cafe has a tendency to smell weird. At times it can start to look and feel like a homeless shelter.

Conclusion

Nostalgia is one of the few coffee shops in the area that stays open late (until 12am). If you go, try their “mate latte,” which is tasty and unique.

La Barba Coffee / Finca

the good

This is the closest thing I’ve been able to find to a coffee shop / bar in Salt Lake City. La Barba the coffee shop is attached to the tapas bar, Finca. Finca has a pleasant armchair area and will make Irish coffees to order.

Also, their churros are honestly delicious.

the Bad

La Barba has a minimal amount of seating and plugs, and Finca is only open during the day on Sundays. It’s also a tough area for parking, and you may have to park a couple blocks away.

Conclusion

La Barba is a little cramped. But Finca is a favorite for working on Sundays, especially in the mid-afternoon when the brunch crowd has left.

*It can be confusing to try and find the entrance to La Barba, but it does share a door with Finca, so you can look for that.

If you like the hiking, skiing or indie movies, odds are you’ll end up in Utah at some point. Enjoy the outdoors if you do, and let us know if you try working remotely from any of these coffee shops!

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