Tauranga, land of sun, sea and sand – and many a freelancer. In pursuit of a lifestyle outside the 9-5 grind Tauranga has become a kind of mecca for small business owners, freelancers and work-from-homers and we are here for it.

Our list of Auckland’s top five freelancer-friendly cafes was so popular we thought we’d let you in on our top five in Tauranga.

1) Elizabeth Street Larder, Tauranga

An eggs benny to charm your socks off, free wifi, and seating galore, Elizabeth Street Larder is a great spot to set up shop. There is a large communal table and plenty of space for client catch-ups. The coffee is good and the sweet treats tasty and abundant, it’s busy but spacious enough to switch into work mode without distraction.

2) The General, Mount Maunganui

The General is a popular spot with locals but there’s always room to set up the laptop thanks to savvy individual seating. Free wifi, good, strong coffee, and an epic selection of cabinet food give these (award-winning) legends our tick of approval.

3) Henry and Ted, Pāpāmoa East

If you live in Pāpāmoa East and want to start your day with a quick dip instead of a traffic battle and let’s be honest, that’s what we’re all hustling for, OG Henry & Ted is worth checking out. The food is as pretty as it is delicious and the Kokako organic coffee is *chef’s kiss*.

4) George, Omanu

If you’re looking for an epic plant-based option, look no further than George. Sustainability focussed, you won’t find any takeaway cups here but you will find a cabinet bursting with locally sourced, vege-loaded lunch options and the best croissant you may ever eat outside of Paris.

5) Grindz, Tauranga

An oldie but a goodie, a dubious ‘z’ but we will let that slide. Grindz is an eclectic option with a vintage flair. Cosy couches offer respite from what could be coined ‘freelancer’s back’, there is free wifi and one of our all-time faves, Flight coffee.

Happy freelancing!

Lucy Bleakley
Charlie & Co