5 Coffee Shops in Orlando That Make the Best Classroom

With classes online, it can be hard to be productive when surrounded by the distractions of your home. Sometimes a change of scenery can help you recharge your focus. Finding places to study around town with the perfect atmosphere and free WiFi can be tricky. With midterms quickly approaching, here are five coffee shops to give a try! 

  1. 1. DUO58

    (Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays are closed)

    Duo58 is a community coffee shop right down Alafaya, about 15 minutes away from campus. Its atmosphere is quiet and comfortable, which is perfect for a long day of studying. There are large tables and plenty of seating to allow for proper social distancing. Because the space is so large, it never feels crowded and there's always a free seat. Their menu has coffee, teas, and a selection of small bites to eat. It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon here at this hidden gem, and it should be at the top of your study spot list. 

  2. 2. The Robinson

    (Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

    If you’re looking for a place to study in the heart of downtown, The Robinson is the place for you. The first floor is a coffee shop with vintage-inspired decor, perfect for your zoom call backgrounds. Here you can order from a collection of coffees and brunch-style plates. The best part is that once you're done with studying, you can head upstairs to enjoy a cocktail at their trendy bar.

  3. 3. Stardust Video and Cafe

    (Monday - Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

    If you’re looking for a cozy place to study, the Stardust Video and Cafe is perfect. The menu consists of coffee, teas and sandwiches, with vegan-friendly options as well. They are currently serving at limited capacity with outdoor seating, a.k.a. the perfect opportunity to enjoy the fall weather. If you visit on Monday, make sure to stay for the Audobon Market that begins weekly at 5 p.m. 

  4. 4. Craft and Common

    (Monday - Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

    Another amazing study spot to stop by in downtown Orlando is Craft and Common. Their menu has a large variety of Instagrammable coffees and teas, but if you're hungry, they have an entire brunch menu. Their trendy atmosphere makes for the perfect place to meet up with a study group or get in the zone. Plus, when you're finished, you can enjoy a glass of wine or craft beer to celebrate!

  5. 5. Orlando Cat Cafe

    (Monday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

    Last, but certainly not least, is the Orlando Cat Cafe. There's no better way to study than with cats and coffee. Their menu consists of drinks and pastry options, but let’s be real — that’s not what you’re there for. They have 12 to 15 cats that roam around the adoption area inside the cafe. Because this place is popular and serving at limited capacity, it's recommended to make a reservation before you visit. While the cats might be a small distraction, it's important to unwind and destress sometimes. After a visit here, you can leave with a crossed off to-do list item and maybe even a new friend!

Working from home is not for everyone, and that's okay. That's why finding the perfect study spot is important now more than ever. Take a break from the usual Starbucks or Foxtail visit to give these local gems a shot. Oh, and don't forget your mask!