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Get to work: Places to work outside in Fort Worth

When the sun’s out, the world is your workspace.

Fountains in a plaza surrounded by skyscrapers

Sit under the shade of the giant umbrellas and listen to the fountains.

You’ve got a big presentation due… and a big pile of laundry taunting you. We get it — working from home can be a mixed blessing. There are days when a change of scenery is a must if you’re going to get anything done.

The good news? Research shows that tackling your tasks al fresco actually helps boost productivity.

Finding places to work outside in Fort Worth was at the top of our to-do list, so can we just say? Check.

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Stop in the neighborhood coffee shop for a rotating selection of seasonal drinks.

Photo by FTWtoday

Coffee and tea shops

Caffeine reigns supreme if you have a latte work to finish. Put on your favorite playlist and get to it.

Cherry Coffee, Near Southside
Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wifi: Yes
Covered: Partially
Sit under the umbrellas along Magnolia Avenue and sip an almond rose matcha latte or a peanut butter coffee topped with banana whipped cream.

Ascension Coffee, University
Daily, 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wifi: Yes
Covered: Partially
Catch some morning sun or cool off with evening shade on the wide patio that overlooks the Trinity River’s West Bend.

Avoca Coffee Roasters, West 7th
Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. + Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wifi: Yes
Covered: Yes
The Foch Street location has a large covered patio, perfect for enjoying the fresh air while you take a Zoom meeting.

Ampersand, West 7th
Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wifi: Yes
Covered: Partially
The elevated Bledsoe Street terrace is a great spot to work during the day or meet for an evening meeting with the business’s late night coffee hours.

Casa Azul Coffee, Northside
Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. + Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wifi: Yes
Covered: Yes
Sip a shaken espresso or a churro latte on the large side patio while you work.

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The riverside patio spot opened a second location in Parker County.

Restaurants and bars

At these fine establishments, the patio is the way to go — especially when Panther City weather is at its best. Order some food and drinks to make any day feel like Friday.

Press Cafe, Clearfork
Sunday-Tuesday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. + 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Wifi: Yes
Covered: Partially
Catch a breeze off the trailhead in the summer or sit next to the fire pits in the winter.

HG Sply Co., University
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. + Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Wifi: Yes
Covered: Partially
Camp out at a picnic table along the Trinity River or settle in for some emails under the fans on the covered patio.

Roy Pope Grocery, Camp Bowie
Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. + Sunday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wifi: Yes
Covered: Yes
Grab a coffee, glass of wine, or sandwich + enjoy it on the patio while you work. Then, swing through the grocery aisles to grab dinner on your way home.

Birdie’s Social Club, West 7th
Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-12 a.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. + Sunday, 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Wifi: Yes
Covered: Yes
A workplace that feels like vacation? Yes, please. Relax with a tropical cocktail at the Palm Springs-inspired patio + catch the big game on TV.

Woodshed Smokehouse
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. + Sunday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Wifi: Yes
Covered: Partially
This reader-recommended spot is the perfect place to get some work done while you fill your belly with freshly smoked barbecue.

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Work alongside live music every Wednesday in Burk Burnett Park. | Photo by @burnettparkfw

Parks and public spaces

It’s hard to beat fresh air when you want to think clearly. Set up a blanket or head to your favorite picnic table — just don’t forget to charge your devices and bring your own hotspot.

Burk Burnett Park, Downtown
Daily, 5:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Public restrooms: No
Covered: Partially
Step away from your office and enjoy fresh air in the heart of downtown, shaded by some of the city’s tallest skyscrapers.

Trinity Park, West 7th
Daily, 5:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Public restrooms: Yes
Covered: Partially
Settle under a picnic pavilion or kick back below the tree cover for a breezy workday.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Cultural District
Daily, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Public restrooms: Yes
Covered: Partially
Enjoy an afternoon among the flowers in the 100+ acres of the oldest botanic garden in Texas.

The Shops at Clearfork, Clearfork
Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. + Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
Public restrooms: Yes
Covered: Partially
Camp out at a cafe table for a quick work session between dining and shopping.

Sundance Square Plaza, Downtown
Daily
Public restrooms: No
Covered: Partially
Listen to the splash of the fountain and the hustle and bustle of downtown in the public plaza.

What did we miss? If you know an outdoor spot that’s not on the list, let us know using this survey.

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