My Favorite Kansas City Spots to Work Remotely


When I left the ad agency world to start my own business, the thing that excited me most was the freedom to work remotely. I imagined days spent drifting from café to café, sipping lattes and enjoying the ambient sounds of coffee shop conversations. Then reality hit. Shortly into my life as a digital nomad, I discovered not all coffee shops are created equal. I required things like WiFi, outlets and background music that didn’t feature heavy metal. Not to mention a decent oat milk matcha latte. Thankfully, I've found a regular rotation of cafes and bars that meet this tall order. So, if you're cubicle free like me, here are my favorite spots in Kansas City to get sh*t done.  

1. Monarch
When I need somewhere aesthetically pleasing to be productive, this midtown gem is where I go. Its light and bright interior always sparks a renewed energy if I’m feeling a little stuck creatively. Or maybe that’s the iced coffee. Either way.

2. Boulevard Beer Hall
If it’s Friday afternoon, you’ll find me wrapping up the workweek at Boulevard. The expansive space features plenty of seating indoors and out, as well as great WiFi. But let’s be real: the beer is the biggest bonus. 

3. Pirates Bone
Peaceful. Quiet Cozy. I couldn’t ask for anything more with this Brookside café and kitchen, especially on days when I need to knock out a long project. Plus, I’m a big fan of their vegetarian menu (don’t miss the beet burger!).

4. Messenger Coffee
For client meetings, this is my spot. In addition to the intoxicating aroma of fresh baked bread wafting through the air (thanks, Ibis Bakery!), Messenger Coffee offers three floors of seating, a rooftop deck and a quiet study room. Although the only thing you’ll find me studying is the pastry menu.      

5. Amigoni Urban Winery
WiFi and wine flights? This is a no-brainer for me. For less distractions I head to the quieter seating areas upstairs or Amigoni’s outdoor patio. And after quitting time, it’s just a quick hop to nearby Stockyards Brewing or Voltaire. 

Have some spots to add to the list? Tell me about it (and then let's test them out together, yeah?).

Shanley Cox