What's a good laptop-friendly Santa Cruz cafe?
June 2, 2008 12:46 PM   Subscribe

CoffeeFilter: Where to park my laptop in Santa Cruz?

I have a free afternoon in Santa Cruz, and like any self-respecting workaholic, I'd like to spend it in a coffee shop working on my laptop. What's a good laptop-friendly coffee shop? Main parameters are decent Wifi, acceptable coffee, and won't mind if I'm working there for a couple hours. Location isn't much of a concern.
posted by itinerant to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total)
Moved from Santa Cruz back to Portland about a year ago so I hope these joints are still open.

Lulu Carpenter's has good coffee and wifi. Cafe Pergolesi is good too and even has a quiet room for college students.

If it were me, I'd drive one town over into Capitola and hang out at the Ugly Mug. It's upstairs with a great view of the beach. I sure miss the water.
posted by Tacodog at 1:27 PM on June 2, 2008

Wait, no. The Ugly Mug is in Soquel (it's pretty good too.) I got confused: what I meant was Mr. Toot's in Capitola. That's the one overlooking the beach. There's even a table outside on the small balcony.
posted by Tacodog at 1:39 PM on June 2, 2008

Best answer: Santa Cruz has tons of places to sit and work with your laptop. My favorites, in order of preference:

-Lulu's at the Octagon (118 Cooper St.): big tables, often crowded
-Lulu Carpenter's (1545 Pacific Ave.): smaller (but larger number of) tables, a little less crowded
-Cafe Pergolesi (418 Cedar St.): less crowded, might have loud music, can sit outside, a bit more funky :-)

These three are all downtown, so I usually just park in one of the many free lots and wander from one to another until I get a table. Have fun!
posted by deeparch at 2:04 PM on June 2, 2008

Downtown, Pergolesi is where it's at.
posted by rhizome at 2:38 PM on June 2, 2008

Response by poster: Thanks for the answers everyone! I'm writing this from a table outside at Pergolesi.

I told my advisor, who is also a coffee addict, about this thread, and he said incredulously, "So you could have asked about anyplace in the country, and gotten an answer within an hour?" Go AskMe!
posted by itinerant at 1:16 PM on June 3, 2008

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