#RemoteFriendly E03 - FU Cafe at Puerto de la Cruz

As a RemoteWorker, when you come to Puerto de la Cruz, you definitely do not want to miss Coworking in the sun. Besides coworking and coliving, they also organize very interesting lectures and free time activities that are really worth to attend. This series is however focused on Cafés and Bars, so we decided to visit the Cafe right next door – FU Café.

The Café is a part of FU International Academy language school so it is also a great place to meet some expats who come here to learn Spanish. Besides a couple of tables inside there are two shaded terraces outside so there is always plenty of space to choose from.

Location: 
Centro Comercial La Cúpula, Planta 1, Terraza
38400 Puerto de la Cruz,
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

 

 

 

 

Opening hours:
8:00 – 22:00

Website:
FU Cafe facebook page

Location Review:

1. Connectivity - ⭐⭐⭐

We were quite dissapointed about the connection here. We measured 7.5Mbps download, 1Mbps upload and connection drops on couple of times.

 

2. Beverages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

U Café have very good selection of foods, sandwiches and drinks and we were very happy with the taste as well.

 

3. Coffee Quality - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Both our espresso and black tea were very good and strong.

 

4. Value for the Price - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Since FU Cafe is quite far from main tourist area, prices here are very fair.

 

5. Staff - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

FU Café staff is very friendly and welcoming but none of them spoke English which came as quite surprise since we were next to language schools.

 

6. Opening hours - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

FU Café opens early in the morning and closes late in the afternoon which is great! You can easily spend the whole day here.

 

7. Networking - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Networking opportunities are flawless here. You will meet a lot of people from coworking here and also expats from the language school which makes this place number one for meeting new people.

 

8. Atmospehre - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

FU Café has great international vibe which is great for work but during the late afternoon it gets quite busy since there is a playground that gets filled with kids from kindergarden.

 

9. Power plugs - ⭐⭐⭐

Situation with power plugs is quite bad here as well. There are only 2 plugs available in the middle of the room and 2 other on the side. No plugs are available in the outside.

10. Comfort - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Chairs and tables are reasonably comfortable both inside and outside but it would be great to have more variability and also more sofas and armchairs.

 

#Remotefriendly Ranking - 💻 💻 💻 💻 

FU Café could use quite a few improvements to become truly a RemoteFriendly location. We really like the international atmosphere with nomads and expats mingling around but the internet connection and plugs availability was quite bad. Furniture would also deserve some upgrade to become more friendly to work from. However FU Cafe still is a very good option for RemoteWorkers staying in northern Tenerife.

 

#BONUS: Coworking! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
If you plan to stay for longer, definitely give a go to Coworking in the Sun - with their super-fast internet and great community it is a unique RemoteFriendly place that substitutes all the downsides of FU Café.

#RemoteFriendly E02 - Andana at Puerto de la Cruz

Although it might seems that we pick locations in alphabetical order, it is just a plain coincidence. We discovered Andana while we were wandering on the Playa Jardin and we were hooked right away. It was exactly the kind of place that we imagined ourselves working from where we started working remotely.

Andana beach club is located right next to the beach and it is a typical seaside club. Cosy exterior lounge sofas shaded by canopies and tall palm trees. Long exterior bar, plenty of space and fresh seaside air. Who would possibly want to stay inside the city, when you can work from such a place.

Location: 
Avenida Francisco Afonso Carrillo S/N
38400 Puerto de la Cruz,
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

 

 

Opening hours:
12:00 – 22:00

Website:
Andana Facebook page

Location Review:

1. Connectivity - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

We had absolutely no problem with the wifi connection here. Worked fine both inside and outside!

 

2. Beverages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Andana is also a restaurant so you can choose from variety of foods here! We loved their burger and paella. They also have a long list of drinks and cocktails!

 

3. Coffee Quality - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

We tried Café con leche and standard espresso and they were both very good.

 

4. Value for the Price - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Since Andana is right on the beach, prices here are a little bit higher then in other places in Puerto. Staying here all day long will be a bit more expensive but worth it anyway.

 

5. Staff - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Folks in Andana were very friendly and happy that we chose their place for our review. True professionals!

 

6. Opening hours - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Andana opens at 12am so you can not come for your morning work session here. It stays open till late night but might not be the best place for focus intensive tasks later in the afternoon - you know, it is a beach club!

 

7. Networking - ⭐⭐

Sadly we did not meet any other nomads or expats here during our visits but we hope that it will change quickly after this review.

 

8. Atmospehre - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The atmosphere here is perfect for work during the day. Light seaside breeze, chillout tunes, fresh cocktail in your hand. This is how remote work is supposed to look like!

 

9. Power plugs - ⭐⭐

Power plugs strikes again! Such a pitty that you can connect to a charger only inside of the restaurant. Who want's to sit inside when it is so nice outside?

 

10. Comfort - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lounge sofas outside are really comfortable for light work but you can also switch to standard table when you need to focus more. There are plenty of options here so you will find the right one for you for sure.

 

#Remotefriendly Ranking - 💻 💻 💻 💻 

Although Andana did not pass with full stars in every catagory, it is quite a unique place. Compared to other clubs on lets say Playa Martianez, this one is much more calm and welcoming. It is not a ultimate greatest single place for RemoteWorkers, but when you looking for a place to work near the beach, this one is a best we know of arround Puerlo de la Cruz. It visualize the spirit of remote office like we had in our dreams and it is just a great place to work from. We can really imagine that Andana will become much more popular among digital nomads in a near future. We love it already!

#RemoteFriendly E01 - Agorá at Puerto de la Cruz

Picking a location for the first ever episode of #RemoteFriendly series by Remote Workers was definitely a big thing. The place we pick will be the first ever forever, right? We desperately wanted the first choice to be the right one and that’s why we asked people who will know best – members of the Tenerife Digital Nomads and Remote Workers groups on Facebook. Thanks to great remote community, we had splendid recommendation in just few minutes and were ready for the trip straight away!

Agorá is a bit hidden from the main tourist area which made us fall in love with the place right on the arrival. It is located on the small picturesque square with dozen of tables in front of the café and during our visit even with live guitar music which made the atmosphere of the square even better. We tried working from both interior and exterior table and you can find our sum up bellow!

Location: 
Calle Pérez Galdós, 6,
38400 Puerto de la Cruz,
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

 

Opening hours:
10:00 – 00:30

Website:
Agorá Facebook page

Location Review:

1. Connectivity - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wifi signal was very strong and stable with quite great speed (30mbps down and 10mbps up). Connecting was very easy since passwords was written on a blackboard. Just great!

 

2. Beverages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Agorá offers good selection of sandwiches and tapas so you are definitely not going to starve to death while you work here. There is also variety of cakes available, if you needed to have a full throttle sugar-powered work session!

 

3. Coffee Quality - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Coffee is often crucial for our workflow so we take it's quality quite seriously. Espresso in Agorá was small and strong and kept us going and that was exactly what we needed.

 

4. Value for the Price - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Prices were definitely lower then they are just few meters further near Plaza del Charco. Quality was very good so there is nothing to complain about here.

 

5. Staff - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Staff in Agorá was very friendly and helpful. They have even asked us to go with them to a party next day. Great experience!

 

6. Openning hours - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cafe opens at 10am and closes at 0.30am so you can spend here your full 12h long shift or catch up on your 8h/day duties after morning surf session. However there is a bit of a confusion about opening times since they differ on google and tripadvisor so it could use a revision.

 

7. Networking - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

During our visit there were mostly older people who stopped for a coffee but we did not meet any other working nomads. That changed a little later in the afternoon when couple of expats and nomads came to the bar for a chilled cerveza. Agorá definitely is a good place to meet new people, but we would like to see some of them working from there as well!

 

8. Atmospehre - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The light inside was a little dim but it was well balanced with a soft acoustic guitar tunes that came from the audio system. Working outside was good as well but street musicians became a little bit too annoying since they kept asking for money. Overally great atmosphere for light tasks and chill but not so good for hard focus work.

 

9. Power plugs - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

There were power plugs close enough for every table inside but no possibility to connect outside. Since majority of tables is outside, you might have a problem when the inside space is full, or when you simply want to work while you enjoy fresh breeze and sun outside.

 

10. Comfort - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

We liked the selection of work space inside since every spot had different table and chairs but there were only 5 tables inside so they might get occupied quite quickly during busy days. Outside space was fine as well but tables could be a little bigger to accommodate our laptop and drinks more easily.

 

#Remotefriendly Ranking - 💻 💻 💻 💻 

Agorá is definitely a place that we are going to visit again in the future. Vibrant atmosphere, cozy interior, great coffee and beverages. There is very nice community that meets here for a couple of drinks later in the afternoon but it is not so much used by remote workers during a daytime so far. We have met couple of very interesting people here in the afternoon and while it is not a great choice for focus intensive work sessions, it is a great one for meeting new people and finishing some lighter tasks. Our first choice was a successful one, Agorá is truly a Remote Workers friendly place!