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Caffeine Art and Coffee Shops to Work Remotely in Five Cities in San Luis Obispo County

Posted by San Luis Obispo Mom on Sunday, July 31, 2022 Under: Restaurants
When I was working, I'd go sit in a coffee shop to plug in my laptop and enjoy a nice latte about a couple times a week to mix up it up because working remotely from home can sometimes be lonely. 
Coffee Shop in Five Cities
Best part about working remotely is I can choose a different setting if I wanted to, except when I have meetings as I try to reserve those work days for at home to avoid too much background noise. I have a preference over coffee shops that serve latte in a mug if I'm sitting there, especially when they are creating beautiful latte art.

I've sat in many different coffee shops and here are some of the coffee or tea craft art I've taken pictures of:

  • Kraken Coffee Co in Avila Beach

    Located in a more upscale beach area in the Five Cities, this particular Kraken Coffee location is two stories and beach front, facing Avila Beach! It's also close to a lot of other shops and restaurants, making this a very ideal place for a coffee stop if you're planning on dining out for a great meal as well. Address: 310 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
  • Banner Coffee in Arroyo Grande

    Located in the busier part of Grand Ave in Arroyo Grande, this coffee shop has a lot of in and out traffic. There are individual tables and seats towards the left side if you're facing the entrance and a large communal table to the right side. What makes this coffee shop unique is it's right next to the Grace Church and has a safe feel to it. They have a simplified menu and it works for me. I usually order the Vanilla Latte (see pictures below). I always feel like I'm in L.A. when I sit here as it doesn't feel like the rest of the Arroyo Grande vibe. I like it! It's hip, young and fresh.  Address: 995 E Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

    Even 30 minutes later, my coffee still looks pretty. They don't have a designated parking lot so you'll have to park on the street.
  • Tribe Coffeehouse in Arroyo Grande

    Tribe Coffeehouse is one of my favorite places to get coffee. They have a turquoise theme and their coffee house is a true coffee house that has former bedrooms that have been transformed into sitting spaces and shopping. They also have delicious pastries and their coffee/latte art is excellent. They have very many unique lattes and drinks to choose from. See my video reel of Tribe Cofeehouse on my instagram. Address: 1355 E Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
  • Kraken Coffee in Pismo Beach

    Kraken Coffee in Pismo Beach is located on the Pismo Beach Promenade and close to a lot of restaurants, shops and it's facing the ocean! This was my view while I was sipping on coffee. I wouldn't sit here to work as it doesn't have a lot of tables and is a very busy touristy spot, but I've seen others plug in and do it. I think it's an excellent place to grab coffee if you're planning on hanging out at the Pismo Beach Pier! My latte pictured below had a heart. Address: 172 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
  • Red Bee in Grover Beach

    This coffee shop is a great place to plug in. It's a smaller coffee shop and located only a couple of blocks from the ocean in Grover Beach. Tell them that you are drinking there if you are so you can enjoy the pretty coffee art. Otherwise, they'll put it in a to-go cup. I really enjoy their seasonal decorations around the holidays. Address: 278 W Grand Ave, Grover Beach, CA 93433
  • Greenhouse Coffee Co in Arroyo Grande

    Greenhouse Coffee Co is the newest coffee shop to open among the list on this page and has a clean and bright space. There is a lot of tables with easy plug in, which makes it great for studying or working. They don't put coffee in mugs if you sit there but their coffee is very good. I ordered a lavender latte with macadamia milk because they didn't have almond milk when I asked for it. It's actually even better with macadamia milk, to my surprise! Address: 1064 E Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

  • Red Dirt Coffee House in Arroyo Grande

    Red Dirt Coffee House is the very first local coffee house that I visited in Five Cities area so this one has a special place in my heart. They moved locations from Grand Ave to W. Branch Ave, that is in the Wal Mart Shopping Center.

    It's a Hawaiian coffee shop so they have special selections and serve Hawaiian Plate Lunches from Fri - Sun and daily lunch specials! See other recommended Hawaiian restaurants in the area. The ambiance has a cool, chill vibe. Red Dirt Coffee House Address: 1142 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
  • PCH Shave Ice & Boba in Pismo Beach

    This is a boba shop but they also serve pretty coffee drinks. It doesn't have a nice remote work vibe so I haven't worked here before but their boba drinks are legit! The place is a decent size. Their Vietnamese coffee is delicious. They have several tables that you can choose to sit at. They're also located in a nice shopping center that has a Japanese restaurant and Mediterranean restaurant with a lot of parking spaces. See my full review post about PCH Shave Ice & Boba for more pictures. Address: 893 N. Oak Park Blvd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
  • MilkT Society in Pismo Beach

    They have dozens and dozens of coffee and tea drinks that you can order. I've tried some really pretty matcha drinks and strong Vietnamese Coffee with boba here. The fantastic thing about this place is it's located only a couple of blocks from the Pismo Beach Pier. When it's not summer season, it's pretty quiet during a week day in the mornings so I have sat here with my laptop before. They only have a few tables though so it's a gamble but if you want to work with a cup of boba, this is a good option. See my full review post about MilkT Society to see more pictures that I've taken here. Address: 590 Dolliver St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Places To Remotely Work in Five Cities, But Are Part of a National Chain (and no latte art):

  • Starbucks in Pismo Beach at 5 Cities Drive
    This is a smaller Starbucks with about 5 or 6 tables and no drive-thru. There's only two outside tables here. It's in the same shopping center as California Fresh Market, a Rite Aid and several restaurants so you can run many errands from here without having to move your car! They have a sushi restaurant, a Thai restaurant, a Subway and California Fresh Market has a great deli and hot food area as well. There is a Tesla charging area in the shopping center right next to this one. You can walk to it without crossing a street as it's located on the side. That is a big plus if you have an electric vehicle. Address: 501 5 Cities Dr, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

  • Starbucks in Arroyo Grande on W. Branch St.
    This is probably the best Starbucks to sit at and work among all the Starbucks in the Five Cities area, if you have to limit to sitting at Starbucks locations. It's the largest with a lot of seats inside and outside. It's in the same shopping center as a Grocery Outlet and Planet Fitness. They also have a drive-thru and a few Electric Vehicle charging stations right next to it! I've sat in there to work before and have also used their their drive-thru. If you are in a rush, I highly recommend just doing a mobile order 15 minutes before you get there and then just park to run in to get it. It's typically faster than using their drive-thru for this location. Address: 1586 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
  • Starbucks in Arroyo Grande on Grand St.
    They have seats inside and outside. It's always quite noisy in here if you're sitting inside. If you like the noisy vibe, then this place is for you. It's also in the same shopping center as Aldi and a couple of other restaurants like Five Guys, Domino's Pizza and Chipotle so it is convenient for lunch afterwards. There's a drive-thru line as well. I think this Starbucks has the worse parking and drive-thru logistics as it can get very cramped if the drive-thru line is long. There is a communal table with a line of dozens of plugs underneath it that you can plug in at. Other than the communal table, there is only one other place to plug on the wall, which is in the back towards where you pick up your drink. Address: 1211 E Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420


Places to Remotely Work in San Luis Obispo, not in Five Cities:

  • Kraken Coffee Co at San Luis Obispo Public Market
    The convenient thing about coming to the Kraken Coffee Co at this particular location is that you'd be right next to a lot of restaurants that are located inside of the San Luis Obispo (SLO) Public Market's main building. I love the kraken mural on the wall, which you can expect to see this at every Kraken Coffee Co. in the county. See my full video reel of Kraken Coffee Co at SLO Public Market or you can press play in the the embedded video below.

    One time, I forgot to tell the barista that I was going to enjoy my latte there for a couple hours so they put my latte in a plain white paper cup instead. So, don't become sad like me and forget to tell them you are going to sit there at the coffee shop or you'll miss out on a nice latte art. See the fourth picture below that I took at the Kraken Coffee Co for the sad plain white paper cup. Their coffee art, if you have the pleasure to order a latte in a mug, is wonderful! See pictures of the food I tried at SLO Public Market from my past visits. It's also a great hang out spot for hours. Address: 3885 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

See a list of boba shops that I've visited throughout SLO County.

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