You’ve got a big presentation due… and a big pile of laundry taunting you. We get it — working from home can be a mixed blessing. There are days when a change of scenery is a must if you’re going to get anything done. The good news? Research shows that tackling your tasks al fresco actually helps boost productivity.
Finding places to work outside in Chattanooga was at the top of our to-do list, so can we just say? Check.
Caffeine reigns supreme if you have a latte work to finish. Put on your favorite playlist and get to it.
Mean Mug Coffeehouse, 114 W. Main St.
Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
This spot’s Southside location has its own private patio that has beautiful foliage during the warm seasons. Bonus: Your cup of coffee is made with beans that are roasted in-house.
Be Caffeinated, 14 W. Kent St.
Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Northshore location of this coffee shop offers a large screened-in patio to get your work done at in any weather.
Niedlov’s Bakery & Café, 215 E. Main St.
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Start your workday with a coffee and house-made pastry. Note: Outlets are located along the back wall and at the base of the fountain in the center of the patio.
Velo Coffee Roasters, 509 E. Main St.
Daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get a breath of fresh air in this spot’s garden-like patio area with plenty of tables. Pro tip: Make sure you charge up your laptop as there aren’t any outlets outside.
Goodman Coffee Roasters, 3913 St. Elmo Ave. + 1110 Market St.
Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Get the backyard hang out vibes outside of your own home at the St. Elmo location, and even stick around for your lunch break and walk around to neighboring shops. Head to the Warehouse Row location for a cozy indoor spot.
Restaurants and bars
At these fine establishments, the patio is the way to go — especially when the Chattanooga weather is at its best. Order some food and drinks to fuel your focus.
Shady’s Corner, 1402 Cemetery Ave.
Monday-Friday, 11-3 a.m., Saturday-Sunday, 10-3 a.m.
Make work more fun at this all-day 21+ bar and deli. With a beer garden and outdoor covered arcade, no one could blame you for mixing work and play.
Basecamp Bar and Restaurant, 346 Frazier Ave.
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Spend a day working with a view of Coolidge Park and the Tennessee River, and get a bite of classic comfort food.
Oddstory Brewing Co., 1604 Central Ave.
Tuesday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m. + Friday-Saturday, 12-10 p.m. + Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
Have a pint while you finish your work at this local brewery that has a huge outdoor area with plenty of seats.
Feed Table and Tavern, 201 W. Main St.
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Enjoy the tavern side of this restaurant for a fully covered patio area while you work. Pro tip: Try the Brussels sprouts if you want a small bite.
Honey Seed, 1705 Market St.
Daily, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Get your morning started with a Montréal-style bagel or have a wood-fired pizza for lunch, and sit in the patio area while you complete your work.
Parks and public spaces
It’s hard to beat fresh air when you want to think clearly. Set up a picnic blanket or head to your favorite picnic table — just don’t forget to charge your devices and bring your own hotspot.
Coolidge Park, 150 River St.
Daily, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Work with the backdrop of a Chattanooga staple that is within walking distance to several places to pop in around lunch time.
Renaissance Park, 100 Manufacturers Rd.
Daily, 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Nature will be your favorite co-worker in this park that stretches across 23 acres of wetlands and is surrounded by native plants.
Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, 1800 Polk St.
Daily, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Make your office a work of art, literally at this Southside park that spans 33 acres and features large, contemporary sculptures from all over the world.
Chester Frost Park, 7872 Causeway Rd.
Daily, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
This park has it all for an outdoor office with picnic tables and plenty of grass areas to sit. Bonus: There is free WiFi.
White Oak Park, 2 Midvale Ave. E.
Daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
A perfect park for focusing on your tasks with vast green spaces to enjoy being outside, while being away from the hustle and bustle.
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