Tampa Bay area has become a hot spot for people moving from the northeast U.S., especially the New York area. With warmer weather and proximity to great beaches, Tampa has become a destination for digital nomads as well. If you’re looking for bars, restaurants, or coffee shops to work from, here is a list of the best spots for digital nomads to work remotely in Tampa. WiFi Speeds are an average of testing over several days and are more a guide rather than an exact speed (as speed can depend on the number of people connected and other factors).
Tampa Heights (just north of downtown)
Magnanimous Brewing is a brewery just north of downtown. Ginger Beard coffee has a stand in the mornings, so if you get here early you can grab coffee before switching to beer…. although they do serve beer starting at 7am if you prefer. I won’t judge you.
In addition to great beer, for some reason unknown to even the owners, they seemingly have the best WiFi in town (>500Mbps). It’s like working in the Google headquarters, but with beer and fewer tech nerds. So it’s a great place to digital nomad from or just watch YouTube videos of cats. Whatever.
Tip: Although they don’t serve food here, Café Hay just behind the brewery has great breakfast and lunch options, as well as 80Mbps WiFi.
WiFi Speed: >500 Mbps
Ginger Beard Coffee / Pour House
Similar to Magnanimous, they advertise as “Coffee First Then Beer.” Ginger Beard coffee operates until 2pm but serves their signature nitro cold brew all evening. Or drip coffee is $3 with free refills. They have a good sized indoor space as well as an outside area. You’ll see a handful of digital nomads and locals working here regularly each morning. Then Pour House serves their own brewed beer until midnight or later, so this is a place you can truly both start and finish your day at. They make some good sours and Hefeweizens, but the Belgian White (dubbed La Flama Blanca) I think is the star. Dog friendly as well. You will also find this on the list of best locally owned coffee shops in Tampa here.
WiFi Speed: 100+ Mbps
Hyde House Public Studio
This is the only spot on this that isn’t a bar, brewery, or restaurant. It’s a cowork and event space. And I’m including it because it is one of the best cowork space I’ve ever worked from. It’s HUGE. And they do have a coffee bar, so I guess it’s like a coffee shop. It’s the only spaces in the area that has both small company office space and also allows day/month passes for solo digital nomads to work in the open seating areas. You will find the greatest number of remote workers here on any given day in all of Tampa. They also have a St Petersburg location.
WiFi Speed: TBD
A bit off the main strip in Ybor City, Coppertail Brewing Co could have the best mix of both beer and food of any brewery in the area. They offer four core beers year round, and then have a rotating tap of 20 beers at any given time. The bar is fitted with outlets for your laptop and there is also plenty of other seating in their restored 100 year old building. If you’re anywhere near the area, you can easily scooter here to work for the day.
WiFi Speed: 30 Mbps
Cafe Quiquiriqui (Hotel Haya)
Attached to the lobby of the Hotel Haya, this coffee shop is right on the main strip in Ybor. You can connect to the free hotel WiFi along with business travelers, locals, and other digital nomads. Try the short rib empanadas and café con leche while you work. Later in the afternoon you can move back into the restaurant and bar area where they serve local beer and excellent cocktails. My 2nd time here the staff had already remembered my name and started friendly chat and it immediately became my favored spot to work from in Ybor.
WiFi Speed: 18Mbps (But Feels Faster)
Epicurean Hotel / Elevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar
Hotels typically have good WiFi, so they make good places to work. Add in a restaurant with great food and space to hang out for several hours, and it’s even better. You don’t need to stay at the Epicurean Hotel to dine at their restaurant, so you can grab a bar table (my preferred seating) or one of the couches and enjoy free refills of coffee and standard breakfast fare like an omelet or my favorite, the baked French toast, while you work. Breakfast runs til 11am and then lunch starts. This is a bit more pricey than coffee shops, but if you’re willing to order food and tip well, it’s a great atmosphere for work. You might even see some celebrities or sports teams that are in town, as they often stay here.
WiFi Speed: 100+ Mbps
Tampa Bay Brewing
It seems that breweries tend to have some of the fastest WiFi in Tampa, and Tampa Bay Brewing is no exception. They have both an indoor and outdoor bar (somehow WiFi is actually faster outside than inside) and they have a rotating menu of their own brewed beers which focus on hop centric IPAs, sours, and what they call fruit forward Florida-Weisse (their take on Berliner Weisse). They open for lunch every day at 11am.
WiFi Speed: 100+ Mbps
Hyde Park, Ybor City, Other Locations
This is really the only local coffee shop in the SoHo area of Hyde Park (yes, there is a Starbucks too but I prefer to support local). So it tended to be the only place where digital nomads congregated. Both locations have a printer, which you can use for a small fee, so that came in handy several times. Its odd that neither location has great WiFi, considering the number of workers that are at each every day. Maybe they don’t really want people hanging out there sipping on $3 coffee all day. Regardless, I still recommend both locations
WiFi Speed: 4-8 Mbps
Gen X Tavern
Hidden on the ground floor of a parking garage, you probably wouldn’t stumble on this as a place to work. But they open at 11am, have strong WiFi, and there’s plenty of seating. It has an 80’s and 90’s theme and if you need a break from work you can play their Super Nintendo or a quick game of skeeball.
WiFi Speed: 100+ Mbps
Corner Bar was my most surprising find in Tampa. It gives the appearance of an open air dive bar, and that’s exactly what it is. But it’s fairly new and the owner seemingly paid to install the good WiFi, because its has one of the fastest WiFi speeds I found in all of Tampa. The food meu is pretty small, with typical bar food, but they have a good beer selection. The downside it they don’t open until 2pm, so you’ll have to work somewhere else until you’re ready for an afternoon beer.
WiFi Speed: 200 Mbps
Willa’s Provisions: North Hyde Park, 200 Mbps
Caffeine Coffee Roasters: Downtown, 70 Mbps
Sparkman Wharf: Channelside, Varies up to 180 Mbps
Portico Café: Downtown, 90 Mbps
Lady and the Mug: Hyde Park, 60 Mbps
Foundation Coffee: Ybor City, 30 Mbps
DI Coffee Bar: Davis Islands, 5 Mbps (Ugh, because it’s a great spot)
Luv Child: Hyde Park, 70 Mbps