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The best places in Buffalo to get things done

Late-summer thunderstorms, cool evenings and preseason football are here to remind us that fall is just around the corner in Buffalo. It’s almost time to make the transition from iced coffee back to the steaming hot version and get back to work after a busy summer filled with weekend adventures, concerts and camping. As a team of creatives, we spend our weekends working on passion projects and catching up on our to-do lists. These are our favorite spots in Buffalo to turn on our laptops, put in our headphones, sip fancy coffees and get stuff done.


With four locations (plus appearances at local farmers’ markets), Ashker’s fresh smoothies, all-day breakfast and hot drinks are never far. Start your day off right with natural light streaming through the windows and snacks any time you need them.

The two larger locations are big enough you won’t need to fight for a table. Their chairs offer the perfect degree of lounging – comfy enough to stay awhile but not comfy enough that you fall asleep.

Delaware Park

Grab a blanket or hammock and head to Delaware Park for a nature-inspired work session. Whether you sit among the roses or settle in on the lawn near Meadow Drive, the park is the perfect spot for getting stuff done. Just make sure your laptop is fully charged before leaving home!

Public Espresso

It’s not just the daily donut flavor that draws us to Public’s downtown location on weekend mornings. The coffee is incredible and we could spend all day in the big leather chairs in the Hotel at the Lafayette lobby. Public is also in the perfect spot for a midday walk after an oat milk latte and avocado toast.

Our Local Library

The tables at Public can fill up quickly on the weekend, but with Buffalo and Erie County Public Library’s Central location just down the street, take your coffee and pastry to go. With branches all over Western New York, there’s always a location nearby. Jenna likes the quiet environment of her local library. You can find her there on chilly fall mornings getting stuff done.

Steamworks Coffee Roasters

While Steamworks is out of the way for a lot of Western New Yorkers, the coffee is worth the drive. There’s a view of Lockport’s namesake locks, tables inside and out, and a steady stream of patrons providing excellent background noise.

Our Home, Just Lower

Hear us out… Working on the ground literally helps ground us and makes it easier to focus on that to-do list. We suggest spreading out in a quiet area at home. It turns out, plenty of other people (here, here and here) suggest it too.