While my clients and coworkers are in various states in the U.S. and countries around the world, it can feel a bit isolating working solo in a home office. When I want to change up my work environment and be around more people, I grab my laptop and head out to one of the many cafes here in Nevada City or Grass Valley, California.
306 W Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959
7am till about 4:00
I always see a few friends when I come in on a weekday morning. This is my go-to spot and you’ll find me here a couple days a week. I love the Americano here and there is a wide range of food to choose from. Much of the food is homemade in the shop – muffins, breakfast burritos, egg bites, and more. There are sandwiches, bagels, and eggs, so there’s plenty to choose from. As for seating, there are several tables, some bar seating at the window, a couch, and two small tables out front on the sidewalk. The place is small, so if I want to do a call, I usually step outside to the sidewalk seating. If you want to plug your computer in, sit on the right side of the cafe.
Valentina’s Organic Bakery
841 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Open till 5:00
When I want a bigger venue that I can make calls in or just want a bit more space, I go to Valentina’s. There’s always plenty of seating inside and there are 4 tables outside, too. If you prefer organic food, want gluten-free choices, or just enjoy a big menu to choose from, this is your place. My go-to lunch item is the cranberry feta salad but I have them substitute chicken instead of the cheese – it’s so tasty! The toilet is outside, just around the corner from the front door and you can get the key at the register. There is handicap parking and the place is fairly easy to get in and out of, if accessibility is important to you. The Brunswick location can be handy if you are doing other shopping or errands.
Broad Street Bistro
426 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959
Open till 6
The best outdoor seating is at Broad Street Bistro. The patio trees are lovely and you have a great view of downtown Nevada City, including the historic Methodist church and cute Two Room Inn just across the street. The bistro offers a wide range of bagels, eggs, salads, sandwiches, as well as accommodations for gluten-free and vegan. Beer and wine are available. too. They offer a loyalty card that gets you a free drink after so many purchases. I like that I just give them my name at the register, no stamp cards or anything to carry. There’s indoor seating as well.
FoxHound Espresso and Coffee
317 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Open till 6pm
As you walk into FoxHound you see woodsy tables and rustic benches at the front and a room off to the left with bar stool seating. The coffee is good and I love to get their amazing cinnamon toast with an egg. If you are a donut fan, those are on the menu, too. The wooden back deck with large trees nearby has a couple of tables and is wonderful when the weather is good. The place is small, so if I want to do a Skype or Zoom session, I usually just do the call in my car.
City Council Cafe
233 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959
7am – 12am
This newer cafe has plenty of seating and offers a great place to set up shop for several hours or a good chunk of the day. Big tables with easy to access power make City Council convenient for long stints. The coffee is good and there are some snacks available too. I can usually find a spot here to do Skype or Zoom call, which is a bonus.
Cake Bakery & Cafe
131 Mill St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Open till 6pm
Such a cute place with wonderful food and coffee. I love this place! In fact, I went here on my birthday and had an amazing chocolate cake with an Americano. Yum. Cake is in downtown Grass Valley, right on the main drag. I have not actually tried working here but there is seating that would accommodate working and they have wifi. I’m gonna try it!
Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters
671 Maltman Dr, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Open till 4pm
Lots of seating, excellent breakfast burritos, and my fave – the peanut butter cookie – Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters has a special place in my heart because I worked there when it first opened! Not always the fastest internet but a solid choice, none the less.
Living in Northern California is great! The people, the pinecones, the possibilities… And working remoting, doing the mobile office thing, is just one more benefit to being in the Nevada City and Grass Valley area.
All of the info here about cafes and coffee shops is to best of my knowledge – if you have additions or corrections, just let me know!
Cindy Zuelsdorf is a Nevada City local and has a digital marketing and marketing automation company called Kokoro Marketing. When she’s not sitting at a coffee shop working, you can find her walking at the Yuba River, riding her bicycle, or traveling the world.