A local favorite in Limpertsberg, Ready! is very popular (and packed) at lunchtime, but you can always find a place in the mornings and afternoons. Their food is delicious (we’ve already raved about it in our brunch article). The repurposed furniture creates a relaxed atmosphere to help you hunker down and get working. I have written an entire novel at Ready?! – need I say more?
The wifi password changes weekly, so ask for a printed receipt for the latest code.
Where: 35, avenue du Bois, 1251 Luxembourg (map)
When: Monday: closed; Tuesday to Friday: 07:00 – 18:00; Saturday: 09:00 – 16:00
Contact: email@example.com or best via their Facebook page.
Bouneweger Stuff is a welcoming, hip local establishment in the heart of Bonnevoie. In one corner you’ll find stacks of books perched beside comfy couches and chairs, in case you need help procrastinating. Old-fashioned school desks line the main room, and one entire wall is a chalkboard dedicated to their extensive drink menu.
Downtown is a trendy but relaxed café with outdoor seating, couches and comfy chairs around coffee tables. They’re known for their bagel sandwiches at lunchtime, but if you have a morning sweet tooth, their muffin selection will also bring a smile to your face. It’s also a good place for people watching. A steady stream of shoppers and tourists pass by on the walking street between the Gëlle Fra and Place d’Armes.
Konrad Café & Bar
Konrad is a cozy café with quirky furniture tucked away on one of the old town’s cutest narrow cobblestoned streets. Once a month the cellar is transformed into a comedy club, but most days you’ll find Luxembourg’s expats making their way to Konrad for coffee or lunch in an old town atmosphere. Each day there’s a different Thai curry, but you’ll also find enormous slices of quiche, soup, sandwiches, meat pies, and American-style cookies.
Tucked away in a back corner of Place Guillaume between two of the walking tunnels, Beim Renert is a favorite with Luxembourgish locals. A recent renovation resulted in a small but beautifully designed space with extra tall shelves that require a library ladder to reach the loftiest libations. The extra high windows let in lots of light and offer a view over the bustling square. On warm days most people sit outside on the terrace.
The name of the café is a reference to the fox statue in front of the glass bridge at city hall, which is a tribute to Luxembourgish author Michel Rodange. Look carefully and you might find other references to the sly fox stashed away inside the café.
Café Littéraire le Bovary
Read our extensive review of Le Bovary, Luxembourg’s only literary café, then go there and write! The owner is an author herself, and her love for the written word shines through in every corner of the café—from the shelves of books to the literary quotes above the bar. Come to the café ready to write…leave with a healthy dose of inspiration.
Kaale Kaffi is a concept store that combines a small retail space for the sale of vintage clothing with a quaint, tiny café. If fashion forward for you means looking backward, you’ll love browsing their collection. The old-fashioned atmosphere feels almost like stepping back in time—except for your laptop, of course.
It looks incredibly small, but you have to venture up the stairs to find Coffee Lounge’s two floors of indoor seating. They have great breakfast food, including American pancakes, eggs, bacon, and bagels. Locals like to hang out on the ground floor around the espresso machine and talk to the owner, who is as pleasant to talk to as he is passionate about coffee.
Golden Bean is a coffee-centered café with two locations in Luxembourg—a small, narrow space in the city center and a new, lofty space in the up-and-coming Belval district of Esch-sur-Alzette. There are a lot of outlets available on the main floor of the Belval location to keep you charged while you work. If you visit Belval, take a stroll through the University of Luxembourg’s new main campus in an industrial site that has been reimagined as an academic, cultural, and community hub.
Kesselbetrib is an incredibly cozy spot that will make you feel right at home. They offer freshly baked vegan treats like cakes, the most delicious chocolate chip cookies, and brownies everyday. If you order a hot drink, you may be in for a surprise as they always create beautiful cappuccino art, as quoted by one of the employees, “it is art for only a moment”. There are also vegetarian and regular options for lunch, our fan favorite is the avocado bagel topped with sun-dried tomato, cream cheese, and arugula. With local ingredients and fresh food and drinks, Kesselbetrib will never disappoint!
Where: 1535° creative hub, 115C, rue Emile Mark, L-4620 Differdange
When: Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 4pm
This modern and cozy cafe is the perfect spot for studying or working. Cereal Lovers focuses on creating treats and meals that are nutritionally balanced. They offer gluten free, sugar free, and vegan options to be inclusive to all diets! Don’t miss out on their vegan cakes or delicious breakfast and lunch bowls. When you are there, check out their quieter downstairs area if you really need to focus!
Where: 11 Pl. du Théâtre, 2613 Luxembourg
When: Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 6pm
Florence Specialty Coffee
At Florence Specialty Coffee they make sure to shake hands with every farmer they get their beans from. They focus on supporting women in agriculture and finding ethically sourced beans from rural. The environment in Florence is tranquil and relaxing, perfect for some focused work time using their free wifi. To learn more about the founders and their mission check out their website for more information.
Where: 69A rue Adolphe Fischer, L-1520 Luxembourg, Luxembourg
When: Tuesday to Sunday 8:00 – 16:00
Contact: +352 621 611 227
Where fresh food and drinks meet cycling. Gruppetto has a rustic aesthetic and feel that is just like being at home, decorated with cycling jerseys, plants, and wooden decor. They place great emphasis on nutrition with their tasty lunch and breakfast bowls. We personally love their American pancakes! If you love eating filling meals that are also healthy for you, check out Gruppetto. If you love cycling, stop by to have your bike repaired by a friendly mechanic or get a new custom gravel bike build.
Where: 14 rue Notre-Dame, L-2240 Luxembourg
When: Monday through Friday 08:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday through Sunday 08:00am to 6:00pm
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org +352 26200804
Sometimes it’s helpful to know you can find a familiar place to work wherever you may be. To that end, here’s a short list of local chains that offer free wifi.
Fischers/Bakes: Found throughout Luxembourg and known for its reasonably priced baked goods, Fischers (also called Bakes) now offers free wifi in most locations. You can create a single login for use on all Fischers/Bakes wifi services.
Exki: Fast and healthy food options are the mainstay of Exki, with locations throughout the Grand Region. Early birds can enjoy discounted coffee prices. The location in the Gare shares its space with a bookstore.
Coffee Fellows: The popular German coffee chain, which you may know from its Trier location, is coming to Luxembourg in the spring of 2016 (close to Place d’Armes).
Starbucks: Let’s start with the good news. There are now two Starbucks cafés in Luxembourg. The bad news will sting a little. The only locations are the airport and a rest stop off the freeway south of the city. If you find work motivation from an off-menu individualized coffee drink that only a professionally trained barista will understand, there’s at least a glimmer of hope.