BY: Emily Ewing and Sarah Murphy
Fact: Teaching takes a lot of time and is a lot of work. While teachers do have at least one planning period per day, there is typically additional work (lesson planning, paper grading, etc.) which might need to be done outside of the working day. Weekends can be a time to find a great coffee shop, slip on some headphones, and grade the 147 essays students turned in on Friday in a timely manner.
So, where are some nice spots to sit and grade/work/read in the city of Houston? Read on, friend! There are a wonderful variety of places which make for solid work spots, so get excited!
3106 White Oak Dr., Houston, TX 77007
Pros: Onion Creek features outdoor seating, a menu chockfull of delicious salads, sandwiches, and burgers as well as breakfast + coffee options. Seating choices include couches, outside tables, and little tables inside. Charming little flower arrangements adorn each table and bring smiles to the faces of folks hunkering down for a few hours of work.
Cons: The OC’s parking lot is on the small side; however, there is an adjacent lot which accounts for this.
Location: 1712 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77098
Pros: Two story coffee shop with tasty coffee and spittin’ distance from the wonders of Montrose. Wi-Fi accessible and casual vibe.
Cons: Parking lot is tiny, and Agora can fill up quickly, with seating becoming a problem.
Location: 3200 Kirby Drive #100, Houston, TX 77098
Pros: Ample parking and ample seating-the weekend work day dream. Choose between booths and tables, select from the giant menu with tasty options, and access Wi-Fi in order to have yourself a great little work day.
Cons: I am hugely biased-I see no cons to this place, largely because there is always parking and always a seat available.
2604 Dunlavy St., Houston, TX 77006
Pros: Great indoor and outdoor seating with a delicious menu of pizzas, salads, pastries and more. Access Wi-Fi and devour a warm cup of coffee to get your work done in good taste.
Cons: Because this place is that tasty, the line can get pretty long. If you are in a rush, do not come here. But if you have some time to spare, the wait is worth it.
Location: 1732 Westheimer Rd., Houston TX 77098
Pros: Ample indoor and outdoor seating with a full café menu and accessible Wi-Fi. Take advantage of Empire Café’s coffee drinks served with two free cookies. If you have a sweet tooth, make sure you do not leave without getting a slice of one of the fabulous homemade cakes.
Cons: None! Always a great place to get some good work completed.