Where Should I Hold My “Coffee and Code” Days?

by Joey deVilla on February 10, 2009

Guy in a cafe using a laptop

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

From 1998 to 2000, I was self-employed. Lacking the funds to rent office space, I ended up working outside the boundaries of cubicle-land or even anything that looked like an office. I worked out of my kitchen, my business partner Adam’s living room and often by the bar at the old location of the Queen Street cafe known as Tequila Bookworm. Being a gregarious and social guy, I enjoyed working at “The ‘Worm”, mixing work with mingling with both the people who came to the cafe and the people who worked there (which led to a story I call Worst Date Ever, which was actually a lot of fun, even back then).

Today, I’m a Sith Lord – er, Developer Evangelist — at Microsoft. In addition to the cool red lightsaber and the ability to hurl lightning bolts, I also have the benefit of being a remote worker, which means I can choose where I work. I’ve got a nice home office setup and I can go hang out at the Evangelist Corner at the Mississauga office, but neither of these locations puts me anywhere where you can come up and talk to me.

That’s why I plan have a “Coffee and Code” day at least once a week. On these days, I plan to work from a wifi-equipped cafe, where you can walk right up to me and talk.

This brings me to my question: Where should I set up? A better way of putting this question might be “Where should I set up so that it’s convenient for you to drop by and have a word with me?” As long as it’s got wifi and it’s somewhere in Toronto, if it’s at a place that’s convenient for a lot of developers and techies, that’s where I want to be.

If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt Holtom February 10, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Not sure where your office is located, but I really like the Second Cup on Queen East in the Beaches. Just East of Woodbine.

Good luck!

sas February 10, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I know a great spot in West London.
However the commute might be a bitch for you?

Winston February 10, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Dark Horse cafe. Queen E & Broadview

Syncros February 11, 2009 at 12:43 pm

What about Linux Caffe on Hardbord? Would Lord Vader approve of you consorting with the rebel alliance?

Frank February 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Aroma (North side of Bloor, just east of Bathurst).

AA February 12, 2009 at 9:55 am

Best place would be around existing MS developers. Which area in the downtown core has the highest concentration?

Susan February 16, 2009 at 1:27 pm

True Brew Cafe! Okay, I’m biased. But it’s on the subway line!

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