Best Coffee Shops to Work from in Split

You’ve slogged away on your latest project, going to the coworking space during the day and finishing bits at home during the evening. But now you’ve had enough and need a change of scene, and are looking for the perfect coffee shop to work from. 

Split is full of coffee shops. It’s a place where the locals are known for drinking one espresso for three hours, and you’ll have no problem finding one within fifty metres of your house. However, many of them aren’t great for working. Smoking isn’t banned in coffee shops unless they serve food, and in others the internet is weaker than the coffee. 

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite coffee shops in Split, all non-smoking or open air, yet each for different reasons.

For coffee and work

D16, Diocletian’s Palac

You can’t beat D16 – an intimate, cosy specialty coffee shop in the heart of the town. This is the place where you can really get your caffeine kick and you’ll get fresh milk in your latte too, none of that UHT stuff. Seats go quickly, and we know a few freelancers who always hang out here. If you’re not lucky enough to get a seat, don’t worry, you can still take your coffee to go.

To escape the city

Cukarin, Gripe

Gripe is a sports centre in Split, and boasts a few restaurants and coffee shops. One of those is Cukarin, a spacious and non-smoking place, and more importantly they have cakes and pastries. It’s a short walk out of the old town so you get a chance to stretch your legs and escape the summer hordes of tourists. They have a few power sockets scattered around too.

For that coffee with a kick

Galerija, Diocletian’s Palace

Be careful when asking for Irish coffee, because sometimes you’ll be served a sachet of instant coffee by Nescafe. However, in Galerija, you will be served a true Irish coffee, and we’d recommend getting just the one. It’s also well decorated and with reliable internet, so perhaps you can use these reasons for going here rather than the booze.

When the sun’s shining

Žbirac, Bacvice

Go for a swim first and get there early (7-8am) to get the best seats outside, as you watch the sunrise and people go about their morning ritual on the beach in front. It’s really only the view that puts this place on the list, the internet’s fine as well, but it’s our favourite way to start a sunny day. Make sure your battery is charged!

For the view

Vidilica, Marjan

Named ‘Lookout point’, it’s another café where you’ll need your battery charged first of all, but there’s no better place to go first thing as Split stirs and moves. You’ll have a view of the whole city in front of you, and the sea and islands to your right. There are also a few smart benches where you can charge your phone. After working you can stretch your legs on Marjan hill behind you.

Where are your favourite places to work from in Split? We’d love to hear, so feel free to comment below.

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Michael moved to Split at the end of 2015, and after a year and a half of living here, he decided to open his own start-up Ensoco. Ensoco supports social entrepreneurs with starting their own businesses, and with this in mind he saw the perfect fit to volunteer at