9 of the Best Study Spots in Sydney

While it has to be done, studying can get pretty boring. And even though the quiet of your home and the familiarity of your desk are usually perfect to help you get some work done, sometimes you just need a change of scenery to find concentration and productivity. The good news is, Sydney is perfect for that, with beaches, libraries, ferries, and a wide range of cafes being just some of the places you can visit. Keep reading to find your perfect study spot.

1. Berkelouw Books’ 1812 Cafe

Head to beautiful Paddington and visit this stunning space that screams intellectual inspiration at every turn. This cosy cafe is also a bookstore, with plenty of bar and table seating around to study at. It’s a bit of a classic in the city, and you’ll probably notice lots of people doing the same is as you: trying to get work done. The good news is you can set up for the day because there’s no need to leave if you feel hungry—they have amazing healthy lunches and baked meals.

2. Fleetwood Macchiato

Located in Erskineville in the midst of the leafy streets of the inner-west, Fleetwood Macchiato will satisfy all of your study and coffee needs. They have lots of small tables, which are perfect for when you want to set up your books and laptop and get some work done without any distractions. Not to mention, the coffee is truly amazing. Just note that because it’s a popular cafe, try to avoid heading there on the weekends!

3. State Library of New South Wales

Having lots of study to get done is the perfect excuse to go into the State Library of NSW—after all, libraries were designed for learning! The State Library is truly a beautiful building, with a quiet atmosphere and fast and affordable Wi-Fi. The library features a lot of resources with over 2 million books, as well as newspapers, maps, manuscripts and more for all your study needs.

4. Coogee Beach

While at first glance beaches are probably not the best place to study (too windy, too glary and noisy), they can be the perfect place to find concentration. The trick is choosing the right beach to go to, and Coogee beach is perfect. Coogee Beach has an elevated park that leads the way onto the Bondi to Coogee walk, and that spot is actually perfect for studying. You have the tranquility, the shade, and the view for a fruitful learning session.

5. Museum of Contemporary Art Cafe

The Museum of Contemporary Art has a privileged location right in between Circular Quay and The Rocks. It also has a delicious cafe with a breathtaking view, and this is an incredible spot if you’re looking to study with a view of stunning landmarks in the background, such as the Sydney Opera House or the Harbour Bridge. And, if you have time left after your study session or need a quick break, you can always have a look around the museum.

6. Sydney ferries

While this option is only suitable for those who don’t get seasick, it’s definitely one worth mentioning. Sydney ferries offer stunning views of the city and coast that you can’t otherwise see unless you have your own boat. They also have comfy seats for you to study on. So whether you want to check out the Manly Ferry, the Parramatta Rivercat, or a ferry to Cockatoo Island, you can study on the water.

7. Ampersand Cafe and Bookstore

Head to Paddington for a successful study session at the Ampersand Cafe, a tranquil oasis surrounded by some of the prettiest boutiques, galleries and bookstores around. The venue looks like it’s from a movie, filled with little nooks and cute dotted tables distributed across four levels that are perfect for a private study session.

8. Three Williams

Three Williams is a bustling café and restaurant located in the heart of the vibrant Elizabeth Street—think an endless supply of coffee, tea and refreshments, as well as the essential power sockets and Wi-Fi you need when you’re carrying a laptop. Additionally, you’ll be able to find pretty delicious food to keep your brain going during your study. Three Williams clearly has everything you need, however, make sure you don’t go during peak days and hours as it can get pretty busy.

9. The Cook & Baker

Head to The Cook & Baker if you’re after a good atmosphere, a quiet ambience, quality and well-prepared coffee, mouth-watering food, and the perfect location. While at first sight it may seem like a bit of a hole in the wall, this couldn’t be further from reality. So get comfy, and get ready to have a productive study session.

Find your perfect study spot

Studying at home can quickly become tedious, and the perfect spot to do more procrastination that actual work. The truth is, it can be hard to be productive in a place where we feel way too comfortable. So make the most of beautiful Sydney and find inspiration and concentration outside of your comfort zone.
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