Five work-friendly cafés in Jeddah
With a growing industry of freelancers, startups and go-it-alone gurus, a rising number of Jeddah’s workers are swapping conventional offices for digital ones. Add in business travellers, and more of us than ever before are looking for work-friendly cafés where we can dash through projects, fueled by caffeine and good food. We’ve toured the city’s abundances of cafés and coffee houses to find out which ones provide a decent makeshift office for digital nomads, complete with speedy wifi, ample table space, plug sockets and work-friendly noise levels – and not forgetting decent coffee. Here’s our whittled-down list of outlets with everything you need to get some work done while you’re in town.
Ash Café

Ash Café

Ash Café serves up some of the best coffee in the city and knockout homemade deserts. While the café itself is compact, it is well equipped, the wifi connection is fast and noise is kept to a background buzz. It also supports local artists by showcasing their work. For added privacy during work meetings, reserve one of the quirky booths that have been designed to look like treehouses.

Laylas Gourmet

Laylas Gourmet

This child-free café is a hidden gem. Rocking bold vintage décor and relaxing background music, Laylas Gourmet is a good nook for focused thinking. Comfortable chairs, spacious tables and plenty of power sockets make for a work-conducive environment, or even just a quiet space to hole up for a few hours with a book. When you need a boost, pick from a variety of coffees and excellent desserts – think sumptious red velvet cake and pistachio-flavored kanafa.

Medd Café

Medd Café

A specialty coffee house and roaster, Medd Café’s open-plan design makes it a great space for both individuals and groups of people to work in. Split into two levels, Medd Café is often buzzing with startups, meaning it can get a little noisy at times. It has excellent wifi connection and even better coffee, which is all sourced from organic fair trade farms from across the coffee belt. The selection of organic teas is worth sampling too.

Cup & Couch

Cup & Couch

Known locally as the neighborhood café, Cup & Couch is a mellow spot that feels just like an offshoot of home. Its friendly baristas serve a decent selection of coffees, teas and light snacks, and once you are finished with work, there is a large selection of traditional board games for procrastination purposes. If your preferred vibe is industrial chic, Cup & Couch probably isn’t for you, but this café’s warm atmosphere has gentle appeal.

Brew92

Brew92

Jeddah’s best brewery for ‘pour-over’ coffee, Brew92 serves up a relaxed working environment and fantastic food. Boasting low lighting, calming music, spacious design, quick wifi and freshly-ground coffee beans, Brew92 has all of the essentials needed for a productive day of work. Dip into the menu when your inspiration runs low.