So every now and again, I need to get away from the desk. Staying in one location is not only draining but seriously uninspiring. Generally, I’ll go to one of my break out areas around Bristol to get a fresh perspective on the brief I’m currently working on – as well as a coffee or two. Or three.

So here’s a selection of the cafes I visit in Bristol:

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Watershed

Most Bristolians are well acquainted with the Harbourside building, which hosts many events and has it’s own independent cinema. With a large cafe bar area, there’s usually a seat or two free but on weekends it can be rammed! They do great coffee and some delicious food (though pretty pricey). You’ll often find a heavy abundance of the creative community dwelling there if you’re feeling the need to socialise with other creatives and are looking for inspiration. Definitely a solid choice for someone looking to get out of the house and get some background noise whilst working.

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Club Haus

The hidden gem situated on the east side of Queen Square next to the river has a great selection of food and drink, a quiet atmosphere and lovely outdoor seating for when you want to be productive in the sun. Be wary though, like most places, plug sockets are limited so be sure to charge your devices up before hand. It makes for a fantastic venue for focusing on your own work but it unfortunately lacks the buzzing creative scene other cafes have.

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Arnolfini

Being one of the most prominent creative spaces in the South West – let alone Bristol – the Arnolfini is a familiar place amongst artists. As well as having a rich selection of exhibitions going on, the cafe is a great place to just sit down and work. The coffee is great, the food hits the spot and the general space is simply amazing.

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Cafe Kino

There’s something refreshing about Cafe Kino. Its vegan friendly (sorry carnivores!) drink and food options are surprisingly good – though don’t expect any cow’s milk in your tea or coffee – and is just the right size for a productive session whilst keeping the noise to a healthy level. Perfectly situated for all you Stokes Croft/Montpelier folk.

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And there we have it – a few of my inner city favourites. I’m still relatively new to Bristol since moving here in late 2014 so if you have any freelancing spots that I’ve missed, let me know!

P.S. If any of these cafes are reading this, step up your plug socket game!