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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'm 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. Best part about working remotely is I can choose a different setting every day if I wanted to so it doesn't get too boring working solo.

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

    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 ordered the Vanilla Latte pictured below. Address: 995 E Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

    Even 30 minutes later, my coffee still looks pretty.
  • 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 but it's a great 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
  • 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 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. 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. Address: 590 Dolliver St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Places to Remotely Work in Five Cities, but without pictures:

  • 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 and several restaurants! 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. 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. Address:  1586 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
  • Starbucks in Arroyo Grande on Grand St.
    They have seats inside and outside. It's 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. 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. 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. 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
(List is in progress as I'm collecting all the photos I've taken of the coffee and tea art.)

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

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Tags: coffee art  caffeine art  matcha  coffee shops to work in five cities  coffee pismo beach  grover beach starbucks  arroyo grande cafe free wifi  oceano coffee roasters 

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