August 25, 2009 at 9:23 am
My home office is a lovely place to work, with far more natural sunlight than my old office, but sometimes I like to get out of my apartment for reasons that do not involve imminent starvation. I have been testing some places around town, and my only real necessity is that they offer free wi-fi. Here is the rundown.
PROS: The downtown Indianapolis Library is beautiful, sunny and doing much better ever since they fixed those silly foundation problems. There is even a café on the first floor where you can buy sodas and yogurt parfaits and more. The tables lining the windows have outlets for my laptop and there are shades that automatically lower or rise depending on how sunny it is.
CONS: The downtown Indianapolis Library is also popular amongst homeless people and vagrants who have nothing else to do but roam the building. It’s also not as quiet as you’d think. Yesterday a woman had a 10-minute long cell phone conversation at the table behind me. Parking is also difficult to find because there is no lot for the library, just street parking where you have to feed the meter.
PROS: I love their hazelnut coffee and selection of salads.
CONS: Every Panera I have ever gone to has a different layout, and the one nearest my apartment doesn’t have any nice nooks or crannies for freelancers to squat in. The one near my old place had a lovely little alcove tucked away from the crowd that I could spend hours in without being disturbed. Another downside is that Panera is the home of the cinnamon crunch bagel, which I have been known to run a 10K just for the joy of eating one. Hanging around the bread shop all day would not be good for my health.
PROS: I like coffee. Their yogurt parfait is also tasty.
CONS: To access wifi at Starbucks, you have to buy something using your Starbucks card and even then you only get 2 hours. I suppose too many freelancers were taking up space from paying customers, so they are trying to encourage turnover.
The best place to work so far is still my home office. Anyone have suggestions for other places in Indy I should try?