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 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.