Top 5 Cafes In Raleigh For Networked Collaboration

Sir Walter Raleigh

 Photo By: Sir Walter Coffee

Photo By: Sir Walter Coffee

Named after the Raleigh founder himself, Sir Walter Coffee is a unique downtown spot, with great accessibility for coworking. From coffee to cocktails, Sir Walter Coffee has TONS to offer hardworking creatives. I’ve been told they have the best London Fog in town. Sir Walter Coffee has plenty of long tables perfect for teamwork and small nooks for client meetings. It’s Downtown location makes it a great place to spend the morning working and then take a lunch break at one of the hot spots in town. The coffee is always flowing and the shop is frequently filled with other creatives typing away.

Reliable Wifi: 10/10

Noise Levels/Space for Co-working: 8/10

Parking: 6/10

Food/Drink Offerings: 10/10

Opportunity for Networking: 6/10

Lucky Tree

 Photo by: Lucky Tree

Photo by: Lucky Tree

A bit away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Raleigh lies this quaint & calm coffee shop. This is THE place to be if you’re passionate about health and wellness. The twin sisters who own this shop have a passion for making healthy, also be delicious. Lucky Tree is the perfect spot if you want to cowork in a space that is soothing and calm. If I could describe Lucky Tree in one word, it would be “zen.” This coffee shop is not only known for its signature Iced Honey Latte and its convenience to college campuses, but also its food offerings. Lucky Tree serves fresh baked goods each day that are completely unique. Their offerings are all natural, vegan, AND gluten free. Get the oatmeal cookie sandwich, you won’t regret it. Their open mic nights once a month are also a great time to get your team involved in something fun to get to know each other and relax.

Reliable Wifi: 10/10
Noise Levels/Space for Co-working: 8/10
Parking: 10/10
Food/Drink Offerings: 8/10
Opportunity for Networking: 6/10


Liquid State

 Photo by: The NC State Technician

Photo by: The NC State Technician

Another coffee shop a bit away from Downtown is Liquid State. You might recognize it by the bright yellow chairs and tables sitting outside, welcoming the city of Raleigh to sit and stay a while. Their space is great for co-working if you have 2-4 people or want to head outside your home to work alone. Serving Carrboro Coffee, beer on tap, and a variety of wines, Liquid State is a great place to network and hold meetings, co-work with others, or work alone. Their passion for local translates through their partnerships with local artists and their frequent events open to the community.

Reliable Wifi: 10/10
Noise Levels/Space for Co=working: 6/10
Parking: 10/10
Food/Drink Offerings: 5/10
Opportunity for Networking: 6/10

A Place at the Table

 Photo By: A Place at the Table

Photo By: A Place at the Table

Network, Co-work, AND support a local cause. A Place at the Table is a nonprofit cafe that provides healthy and delicious food to everyone no matter the means. This cafe is completely pay-what-you-can. Plus, their barista was just voted the Best in Wake County. A Place at the Table has a full food and coffee menu at the most affordable prices. Though the downstairs area isn’t the best for co-working, there is more seating upstairs that includes a long, wooden bar and stools perfect for your team. The cafe is also the perfect place for you and your team to take a day and volunteer to give back to our community!


Reliable Wifi: 9/10
Noise Levels/Space for Co-working: 6/10
Parking: 8/10
Food/Drink Offerings: 10/10
Opportunity for Networking: 9/10


Morning Times

 Photo by: Trip Advisor

Photo by: Trip Advisor

Last, but definitely not least, is Morning Times in the heart of Downtown Raleigh. This coffee shop definitely wins best in noise level and space. Morning Times has the largest space of any Downtown shop and has great table space for teams big and small. They have a great menu of food and coffee offerings available until 10 PM for all you night owls. We recommend the honey muffin and a cappuccino, 10/10. Though the lines do get quite long, the Counter Culture coffee is absolutely worth it. Waiting in the long line is the perfect time to do some networking with fellow Raleigh coffee lovers (wink wink). Connected to Raleigh Times and Pizza Times, you can take a taco break without even moving your car.

Wi-fi: 9/10
Coffee & Food options: 7/10
Parking: 5/10
Noise Levels & Space: 10/10
Opportunity to Network: 8/10

We love coffee, building community and know working from home can get a little lonesome, so come join us at our co-working events around the area! We’ll be coffee shop hopping finding even more great co-working spaces. Be on the lookout for details on our social media!

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Anna Haddock