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Writing While You Travel?

Here are some tips to hang out in marvelous coffee places, and write on your next novel or upload your photos.  Sure you can stay in your hotel room or go to a Starbucks in every city of the old or new world.  But if you want to get some local flair – and maybe ideas for your next book – try these places:


Berlin, Germany

St. Oberholz, Rosenthaler Platz and Helmholtz Platz, in Berlin are not only a coffee shops, but even a publishing house which gives niche topics a space to flourish, to create and produce sophisticated products. The Rosenthaler Platz café extends from the ground floor to the first floor. Above the café, you’ll find members-only co-working spaces, team rooms, and conference rooms.
Their latest addition to the St. Oberholz family opened in 2015 and is located only two blocks away from Rosenthaler Platz. It is physically and conceptually a true extension of the St. Oberholz at Rosenthaler Platz.
What patrons say: “It was one of my favorite cafes to “get work done”. “Good place to work in Berlin. Big as hell and nice interior design. Gets busy but you always will find a place to seat. Fast wifi and acceptable food. English speaking staff which is nice”.



Lisboa, Portugal
Wish Slow Coffee House at the LX Factory
Rua Rodrigues Faria 103, Espaço 0.2G, Alcântara
Further to being an amazing shop, LX Factory is also a charming café, full of yummy things to eat and speciality coffee shop. They roast the best selection of 100% Arabic beans and only grind in time, before your coffee is made. They have two mills, one for espresso coffee, from Colombia, and another for the variations of slow coffee, from Ethiopia. In addition to the usual espresso, latte, cappuccino and macchiato, there are filter coffees, as well as from the French Press.
Order poffertjes (small Dutch buckwheat pancakes) or go with local Portuguese bites such as tremoços (lupin seeds) and platters of cheese, ham and sausages or delicious sweets, such as rendidos á gula. Brunch is available every day.

Munich, Germany
If you really want to work on your book: there is no WiFi!
There are two MVSM coffee shops in Munich: the first opened at Müllerstraße 23, not far from Gaertnerplatz, the latest one is just 300 ft away from the university, in the Maxvorstadt / Schwabing area, at Adalberstr. 10 – next to the subway.
They offer filter coffee, flat whites, cappuccino, espresso, Ek43spresso and the famous Franzbrötchen. And more. Coffees are prepared by using Gravimetric Technology to ensure maximum taste and consistency. MVSM offers some of the nicest teas, too.

Salzburg, Austria
Even in Winter: enchanting! And free WiFi is everywhere to find. From Christmas to Easter locals claim their city back. Check out this image gallery.
Coffee shops are not packed like during the tourist season. Bring your laptop to these cosy coffee places:

Symphony Café, Salzburg, Austria
Griesgasse 13, just steps away from Mozart’s birth place and museum,

Balthazar Café, Restaurant & Bar – Salzburg, Austria
Kaigasse 31, close to the Mirabell Schloss

Salzburg surfs the web! Every user with a mobile device which enables WLAN can surf the World Wide Web for free within a radius of 100 meters. The use of WLAN doesn’t require any user account. Here is just a small selection of the numerous WiFi spots:
Mirabell Gardens
Fortress Hohensalzburg
at the riverbanks of Salzach, around Mozartsteg (Mozart Bridge)
at the riverbanks of Salzach, around Makartsteg (Makart Bridge)

And then there is Coworking Salzburg, Techno-Z
Jakob-Haringer-Straße, 3. If you plan a whole day of work rent your co-working space for as little as 25EUR per day, including a desk, power outlets and Wi-Fi.


New York City and Long Island
Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee Shops: Seven locations in New York City, Amagansett and Sag Harbor, including their own organic bakery. Here are the websites of each location.
It’s New York City’s first organic, shade-grown and Fair-Trade certified coffee shop.  “A really cosy place to have excellent coffee and to work”. (Offline, no WiFi!)  Opens at 6:30 am, closes at 7pm.

Quebec City, Canada
Nektar Coffee Shop Quebec/Saint-Roch, 235 St-Joseph East, close to Blvd Charest E. and Nektar Coffeeologist Limoilou, 1001 3rd Ave.
Surrounded by lots of IT companies, start-ups and creative agencies, there is certainly free WiFi available.
Le Nektar selects its coffees from roasters that favor direct trade and sustainable harvesting methods. Reviewer: “Best, most sophisticated espresso drinks in Quebec City. Exquisite presentation, great atmosphere. Le Nektar is reinvigorating Quebec City’s entire coffee landscape.”

“Coffee shops are classic writers’ haunts for a reason.  Caffeine is a great aid to churn out page after page of top-notch narrative” says author Kristen Pope who created a long list of quiet places with free WiFi where you can work on your manuscript and do internet research.



Need Time and Peace to Write?

The Mesa Refuge for Writers


Are you wishing sometimes to be in solitude, writing on your manuscript all day long, have no appointments and no distraction from anyone and anything, no emails, no cell phone … If you really want to concentrate on your writing: The Mesa Refuge is a writers’ dream retreat, located in Point Reyes Station, CA, north of San Francisco.  It is one of the few retreats in the United States that supports people writing about nature, economics and social equity.

The Refuge offers two and four-week residencies to writers who need the solitude essential to creative work. Essayists, journalists, economists, naturalists, screenwriters and authors of memoirs — all are welcome.

Invited are especially people to think and write about the intersections between human activity — capitalism in particular — and the natural world we are obliged to preserve. A Mesa Refuge residency is an opportunity to develop ideas and projects so that they may be published and transformed into practice.  Now Receiving Applications for the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation Health Writer in Residence Program  -  Complete Applications Due on Monday December 2, 2013.

California Location
Residents are offered the gift of time and space. There is a settling in, a letting go, a connecting with nature’s muse, and a finding of creative rhythm.  The Mesa Refuge is located on a bluff overlooking Tomales Bay, perched on the edge of the Point Reyes National Seashore, an ideal place for contemplating many things.  See a video about the Mesa Refuge on YouTube.


The Refuge is misty bluffs, hummingbirds and herons, winding paths of lavender and sage, daisies and roses, solitude, the company of other writers, and the blissful absence of noise, demands, and daily chores. Residents are encouraged to enjoy the many attractions of the Point Reyes area. Opportunities include hiking, kayaking, beach-combing, bicycling, bird watching and yoga, as well as gardening, tennis and ping-pong. The town of Point Reyes Station is a 10-minute walk away.

newspaper wrote about the area:  ”If you are looking for heat relief, it would be hard to find a cooler spot in Northern California. The regions famous fog hangs along the Point Reyes shoreline nearly all summer, then miraculously lifts in late summer and early fall.  And whether you want to hike a mountain or walk on a beach, paddle a kayak or pedal a bike, the nearby Point Reyes National Seashore offers an ideal place.”
The Point Reyes Bookstore hosts author talks almost every weekend and publishes an annual literary journal, the West Marin Review. It really reflects the incredible creativity in this community, said bookstore owner Steve Costa. “Not many communities of this size publish their own literary journal.”

The Refuge hosts three residents at a time. Each enjoys a private room in a spacious shared house. A printer is available for common use; however, residents need to bring their own computers and writing supplies. Room and most dinners are provided at no cost, however donations are welcome. Travel to and from Point Reyes is each resident’s responsibility.


Application Information
Complete application information can be found under: Residency Guidelines.  For more information on availability and rates, please contact Juliet Kirkham at juliet.kirkham@gmail.com

Spring Session 2014 Residency Dates

  • Session 1: March 28 – April 10
  • Session 2: April 11 – April 24
  • Session 3: April 25 – May 8
  • Session 4: May 9 – May 22

Fall Application Process

Complete Applications Due Monday June 2, 2014

Fall Session 2014 Residency Dates

  • Session 5: September 19 – October 2
  • Session 6: October 3 – October 16
  • Session 7: October 17 – October 30
  • Session 8: October 31 – November 13

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” – Albert Camus




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