• Brooke Featherston

Indy’s Best Coffee Shops for Designers Working Remotely

As Featured on AIGA Indy


Looking for the perfect office away from home? Check out these local coffee shops made for remote designers. This list compiles and ranks coffeehouses within the Indianapolis metro area based on factors that contribute to the ideal working environment for creatives. Find hours of operation, parking availability, and even alternative options for the dairy wary below. All of these coffee shops feature workspace access, steady wifi, and, of course, delicious coffee!


Provider

1101 E 16th St,

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Mon-Fri 7a-10p, Sat 8a-6p, Sun 8a-10p

Parking: Private Lot, Bike Rack

Drink Suggestion: Pistachio Latte, flavorful and photogenic

Dairy Wary Alternatives: oat & cashew milk


Topping the list, Provider truly *provides* the ideal working experience. A local favorite, Provider serves Tinker House coffee alongside alcoholic beverages and an array of snacks and sandwiches. Even at their busiest, there are plenty of chairs, tables, and bars to work at, complete with extra electrical outlets. When weather permits, the patio is a gorgeous, dog-friendly space to chat, mingle, and meet deadlines. Instagram-worthy lattes and decor, ample free parking, and an abundance of workspace options make Provider the perfect safe haven for designers working remotely.


Check them out on Instagram @providerindy


Indie Coffee Roasters

220 E Main St,

Carmel, IN 46032

Mon-Sat 7a-6p, Sun Closed

Parking: Street, Public Lot Nearby, Bike Rack

Drink Suggestion: The Scotty, traditional macchiato with cherry bitters that had our tails wagging

Dairy Wary Alternatives: coconut & oat milk


Inspired by the miniature dachshund mascot named Indie, this coffee shop is a caffeine-seeking designer’s dream. Refreshing typography flows along the walls of this coffee shop, lovingly referred to as The Doghouse, located in the Carmel Arts District. An abundance of comfy seating is available as well as communal tables, perfect for larger groups or for the recluse looking to change their ways. The seating area is slightly divided with partial walls for a less noisy work environment. When the weather cooperates, enjoy the Indiana sun on the patio.


Check them out on Instagram @indiecoffeeroasters


Coat Check Coffee

401 E Michigan St,

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Mon-Fri 7a-7p, Sat-Sun 8a-6p

Parking: Street, Bike Rack

Drink Suggestion: Ginger Latte or Butterscotch Latte, we literally couldn’t choose

Dairy Wary Alternatives: oat & cashew milk


A companion shop to Provider, it’s no wonder Coat Check Coffee ranks high on this list. From the classic Coat Check Cola to the buttery chocolate croissants, this converted coat check on the first floor of the Athenæum on Mass Ave is full of flavor. They also feature various dairies that contribute to their beverages, and their dairy substitutes are homemade. Cozy and relatively quiet, Coat Check offers more than enough seating and tables that are easy to claim and set up shop for the afternoon.


Check them out on Instagram @coatcheckcoffee


Foundry Provisions

236 E 16th St,

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Mon-Fri 7a-6p, Sat 8a-4p, Sun 8a-3p

Parking: Street, Bike Rack

Drink Suggestion: Chai Latte, a classic

Dairy Wary Alternatives: soy & macadamia milk


The signature little red building on the corner is hard to miss, and for good reason! In the heart of historic Herron-Morton Place neighborhood downtown, Foundry Provisions is a top contender for remote designers seeking caffeine and workspace. While the service may be a little slow, you’ll have plenty of time to stake out your spot before getting your workday started. Take your laptop outside and enjoy the patio while you work, or snag yourself a seat inside. With outlets available almost everywhere, you can stay there ‘til the job gets done!


Check them out on Instagram @foundryindy


Calvin Fletcher’s

647 Virginia Ave,

Indianapolis, IN 46203

Everyday 7a-6p

Parking: Street, Bike Rack

Drink Suggestion: Calvin Pepper, it’s a namesake, it has to be good

Dairy Wary Alternatives: coconut & almond milk


Looking to be community-conscious with your coffee while you work? Calvin Fletcher’s does just the trick. With their tip jar generously pledged towards a different local charity every month, this non-profit has a wonderful sense of community and service. They also sell local art and handmade goods from neighborhood artists. Windows and skylights welcome in natural light to the space. While parking may be difficult at times, you can rest easy once inside. With plenty of couches, tables, and chairs, Calvin’s Fletcher’s is a welcoming office for the day for the remote designer. The coffee hits the spot, there’s plenty of space to work, and it’s all centered around aiding good causes around town. What more could you ask for?


Check them out on Instagram @calvinfletcherscoffeeco


Quills Coffee

335 W 9th St,

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Mon-Thurs 6:30a-6p, F 6:30a-7p, Sat & Sun 8a-7p

Parking: Street, Garage, Bike Rack

Drink Suggestion: The Alchemist, a delicious experiment with coffee, cayenne, and cinnamon

Dairy Wary Alternatives: soy & almond milk


Located in the lobby area of the Nine on Canal apartment building, Quills Coffee is a tucked away oasis for both students and designers. There’s plenty of seating and tables as well as private meeting rooms that are first come, first serve. Parking can be tricky, but Quills does validate garage parking for up to 2 hours. Simply bring your ticket up to the counter before you head out of your remote “office” for the day.


Check them out on Instagram @quillscoffee


The Neidhammer

2102 E Washington St,

Indianapolis, IN 46201

Mon-Fri 7a-6p, Sat 8a-6p, Sun 12:30p-6p

Parking: Street, Tiny Private Lot, Bike Rack

Drink Suggestion: Apple Butter Latte, the name alone melts in your mouth

Dairy Wary Alternatives: almond milk


Large front windows welcome you (and tons of natural light) in at Neidhammer, a revitalized historic building on the Near Eastside. Formerly a pharmacy, the interior has been renovated to expose brick and industrial features full of character. Try their homemade apple butter, opt for their donut-milk in your coffee, or order the perfect crepe to get your workday started right. The Neidhammer is also connected to Ash & Elm so be sure to check out their delicious cider for an afternoon pick-me-up. With endless coffee options and electrical outlets at every table, Neidhammer will keep you (and your laptop) charged up for the work day.


Check them out on Instagram @neidhammercoffee


The Well Coffeehouse

8890 E 116th St #120,

Fishers, IN 46038

Mon-Fri 6a-8p, Sat 8a-8p, Sun 9a-4p

Parking: (Just a few) Street, Garage, Bike Rack

Drink Suggestion: Cuban latte- espresso + steamed sweetened condensed milk = bliss

Dairy Wary Alternatives: soy & almond milk


Well, well, well, if it isn’t coffee with an amazing cause! Based around faith and service, this coffeehouse company started in Nashville, Tennessee and expanded to include this first location in the Indiana area. The Well Coffeehouse donates proceeds raised to build wells in countries lacking much needed clean drinking water. The cup runneth over for tables, chairs, and outlets so you can almost always find a place to be productive. Private conference rooms are also available. To rent a conference room, reserve 24 hours in advance by buying a gift card ($40 first hour, $10 every extra hour). Free parking in the nearby garage makes The Well Coffeehouse a perfect location to meet, mingle, and make the most of your workday.


Check them out on Instagram @wellcoffeehouse


Monon Coffee Company

920 E Westfield Blvd,

Indianapolis, IN 46220

Mon-Thurs 6:30a-8p, Fri 6:30a-9p, Sat 7a-9p, Sun 8a-8p

Parking: Street, Bike Rack

Drink Suggestion: White Zombie, tastes like hot chocolate, but double the coffee

Dairy Wary Alternatives: almond, soy, and coconut milk


Located in Broad Ripple, Monon Coffee Company offers a cozy environment with delicious coffee. If you like more than just coffee while you work, this is the place for you. Choose from a variety of syrups for coffee and cold drinks like cream sodas, freezes, etc. Be sure to check out their rotating seasonal drink specials as well as their assortment of vegan treats. Monon Coffee feels like both a cafe and a living room with a bar, round tables, comfy couches and a cushioned window seat to people watch while you work. The back room also has tables and outlets available when the front gets busy. There is metered parking available up front as well as free parking around back, but the space is rather limited. If you’re in the Broad Ripple area looking to be productive, Monon Coffee Company is at your service.


Check them out on Instagram @mononcoffeeco


Kaffeine Coffee

707 Fulton St B,

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Mon-Sat 6a-6p. Sun 8a-2p

Parking: Street, Bike rack

Drink Suggestion: Spanish latte, muy bueno

Dairy Wary Alternatives: soy & almond milk


Truly a hidden gem, Kaffeine Coffee is tucked away and easy to miss. This converted garage warehouse space boasts international coffee options. Kaffeine Coffee offers a fair amount of seating and tables, perfect for studying and working. There’s also a bar with ample outlet availability. When it’s warm, the large garage door is open to enjoy the nice weather. That being said, on extreme temperature days, the coffee shop can be temperature temperamental. Be warned: parking can be difficult as there are only a handful of spots right out front.


Check them out on Instagram @kaffeinecoffee


Still craving a caffeine fix? Check out some of Indy’s newest up and comers:


Commissary Barber & Barista

304 E New York St,

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Mon-Fri 7a-8p, Sat- Sun 8a-8p

Parking: Street, Bike Rack

Drink Suggestion: Apple Jack latte, an original

Dairy Wary Alternatives: oat milk


New coffee shop on the block alert- check out Commissary Barber & Barista for a fresh cut and cup of caffeine! Nestled under the Vienna, Commissary is strategically split between barbershop and coffee house. With an emphasis on “hidden,” this hidden gem is easy to miss walking by. Try looking down instead of up as they are located just below street level. Commissary offers skilled barbers on one side as well as some seriously helpful baristas that are ready to recommend the perfect drink on the other side. Commissary has an assortment of coffee, homemade syrups, beer, and wine sure to please anyone stopping by. This coffee shop also showcases some droolworthy branding that is, dare I say, a cut above the rest. Though somewhat limited in space, the location, coffee, and decor make Commissary an ideal meeting location for designers and clients alike.


Check them out on Instagram @commissaryindy


Dry Bones Mudhouse

525 S Meridian St,

Indianapolis, IN 46225

Mon-Fri 7a-4p, Sat-Sun Closed

Parking: Street

Drink Suggestion: Montreal Miel, latte with maple and cinnamon heaven

Dairy Wary Alternatives: soy, almond, and coconut milk


A new addition to the Union 525 building as of May 2018, Dry Bones Mudhouse boasts and roasts local Tinker House coffee as well as loose leaf teas and nitro cold brews. Unsure of what to get? Ask the friendly baristas, they are eager to help you make the most of your coffee choice. There’s a variety of comfortable seating options as well as whiteboard tables perfect for brainstorming and sketching. With bright natural light and a relaxed atmosphere, Dry Bones Mudhouse is a nice new place to get your work done.


Check them out on Instagram @drybonesmudhouse. Psst! Search for #DBMHsecretmenu while you’re there, too.

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