The Best Coffee Co-working Spots in Orange County & San Diego

A little known fact about me, I’m always on the quest to find the perfect wifi/ coffee setup for me and my co-working crew. For me, that includes fast wifi, rad music and a good view of the beach. Here’s my list of the top Southern California coffee-shops best suited for co-working.

** Note, i’m not being paid to feature any of these coffee shops. I’m just sharing my personal recommendations from one digital remote nomad to another.

Here’s my list broken down by area:

COSTA MESA

Social WorkSpace:

Address: 512 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

  • Con: Had Bad Wifi
  • Pro:Uh-mazing Coffee next door at ThunderKing. Also, they recently converted to a co-working space

**Update, they did recently convert the space into a co-working space, with Day Passes. I haven’t had a chance to check the wifi yet**

Common Room Roasters:

Address: 882 Production Pl, Newport Beach, CA 92663

  • Pro: AUSTRALIAN barista’s – need I say more? 😍
  • Con: They close at like 3pm and the tables/chairs aren’t comfortable. Overall, the space isn’t built for long standing work sessions.

IRVINE:

WeWork Spectrum

Address: 200 Spectrum Center Drive suite 300 Irvine, CA 92618

  • Pro: WeWork offer’s you allthethings amenities wise. Fast wifi. Beer on tap. Social gathering’s. You name it
  • Con: Expensive AF, and they don’t offer day passes

NEWPORT BEACH

Honor Coffee Roasters

Address: 400 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663

  • Pro: Wifi and it’s a prime lunch spot in downtown Lido
  • Con: There’s a lack of outlets and parking is tricky

Lido House Hotel Coffee Shop

Address: 3400 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663

  • Pro: Right by the beach, Wifi’s okay and tons of tables, not sure about outlets. Staff was so friendly, they’ll make you a wicked Matcha
  • Con: I think Parking is time-restricted & metered, just as a heads up!

Starbucks in Crystal Cove Newport Beach

Address: Crystal Cove shopping center 7958 CA-1, Newport Beach, CA 92657

  • Pro: Across the street from Beach, the staff is amazing. And there’s this outdoor courtyard that’s super comfortable to work from.
  • Con: Tight on tables and outlets. Terrible cell signal

Babette’s

Address: 7962 East Coast Hwy, Newport Coast, CA 92657

  • Pro: The place is cute AF and has Happy Hour, has an outlet too
  • Con: Closes at like 4?

SAN CLEMENTE/DANA POINT

BEAR COAST  in SC

The owners are rad AF and have several locations around south OC. The vibe at Bear Coast is unlike any other. You can always expect a good cup of coffee, solid wifi, and laid-back beach vibe. It’s dog friendly and right across the street from the beach, so bring sunscreen.

Address: 618 1/2 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA 92672

  • Pro: Across the street from the beach. Good vibes and great staff. Good music
  • Con: Parking/getting a table is a B*tch, Plus outlets are hard to come by. Bring your backup battery

Bear Coast in DP 

Address: 34052 La Plaza, Dana Point, CA 92629 (right by Hennessey’s)

  • Pro: Parking and Outlets are easily accessible. Staff’s absolutely incredible & good music
  • Con: I think they close at 4, so best to pack up and leave early.

San Diego Area: 

COMMUNAL COFFEE

Note, I’m pretty sure this is the most Instagrammable coffee shop I’ve ever stumbled across.

Address: 2335 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

  • Pro: Wifi is Solid. Coffee is prime and has plenty of seats and tables to go around. Plus they’re dog friendly and have a succulent nursery next door.
  • Con: The bathroom is a bit far, but nothing too bad.

Better Buzz off University

Address: 801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

  • Pro: Wifi’s good, coffee’s good too. The coffee shop is 2 story and has plenty of chairs/tables upstairs and downstairs.
  • Con: This place is busy AF. Bring headphones and you’ll be set, it tends to get loud. Also, there’s not a ton of outlets. Bring a backup battery.

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