So, you have a passion project sitting in your Notes app, and you’re finally ready to get started bringing it to life. Or maybe you need an energy boost to catch up on your email. Whatever’s motivating you, it’s a good idea to hustle in a space that inspires productivity. Here are some cool places in Buffalo to open the laptop, hit shuffle on your playlist, and get some work done.
We can’t brag about the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) enough—it’s both a place and an idea, and the region is rightly proud. Its 120 acres includes Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University at Buffalo’s new Jacobs School of Medicine and Medical Sciences.
With six additional member institutions and 150+ private companies, you might even get a job here! To get a feel for the BNMC, spend the day (or week, or month) at dig (the initials originally stood for “design innovation garage”) at the campus’s Innovation Center. Dig is Buffalo’s largest coworking space; it’s also a startup incubator. While you’re there, you’re likely to meet people who are open to new ideas, interested in collaboration, and with the energy to make things happen.
Buffalo’s affordable cost of living and creative potential are making places like the Foundry possible. The Foundry is a welcoming space for people to craft, build, and learn. Stop by to ply your trade, start your business, or flesh out an idea. Opportunities include classes and rental incubation space. Become a member to access the wood and metal shops, and the tech and textile labs.
Sometimes, nothing inspires productivity like a jolt of caffeine. When that’s the case, head to Spot Coffee, one of Buffalo’s original community-oriented cafés. With 12+ locations, there’s always a Spot nearby. So, get busy, or relax and people-watch. From downtown to the quickly growing Hertel area to the village of Williamsville, try them all to find the one that suits your vibe.
Perks Café is another great option. With three locations and a philosophy that supports Buffalo’s long history as an artists’ and musicians’ hub, Perks is a must-hang when setting up a temporary home base.
For coffee and cocktails, try Remedy House in the microneighborhood of Five Points. The triangular space is always cozy; in the colder months, you’re shoulder to shoulder with friends—some you haven’t met yet! In summer, the footprint of the all-day café doubles when the floor-to-ceiling windows open to the street and sidewalk seating is added for the season.
Farther south, but still within city limits, Undergrounds Coffee House has tasty treats named after Buffalo legends we’ve lost, including Ralph Wilson, Grover Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt, and a loaded sandwich called The Rick James B****. An old funeral parlor, Undergrounds plays on its morbid roots with a Día de los Muertos theme.
Finally, don’t miss Public Espresso + Coffee, which is a showcase of artisanal splendor from multiple viewpoints. Spacious, airy, modern, and delicious, its location in the historic Hotel Lafayette makes it the perfect stop between meetings or a destination for a long work session.
In Lafayette Square, adjacent to Public Espresso, the Central Library is the granddaddy of the venerable Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Systems. Libraries are the original shared workspace—places where people seek community as they conduct research, network, and access amenities like computers and wi-fi. There’s even a sweet café within the library, so you don’t have to leave for lunch.