DodoWorkPlay on Tour: the City Café

This post continues our mini-series as we take DodoWorkPlay on the road. See the Library →

Astor Café

Our latest workspace is only yards from the centre of Port Louis, yet once inside it feels like miles from the hustle and bustle of the city's noisy streets. Even in the courtyard the traffic sounds distant, and the sun somehow reaches over the surrounding buildings. This is Astor Café, tucked behind Government buildings, embassies and the Supreme Court.

We've dropped in before, but this is the first time that we've brought our work. There were plenty of free tables when we arrived at 1 pm, and we soon tucked into lunch. The service is friendly and food is reasonable, but quality and availability seems to vary. There's also no decaf coffee and you'll need some cash on hand as they were unable to take payment by card.

Connecting to the WiFi was straightforward and the network was fast. By 3 pm we were the only customers there and felt free to work without disruption as we sampled some more of the soft drink selection. We were somewhat limited by the battery life of our laptops with no power outlets near most tables, but we did spot a couple of sockets near a bar-style seating area up against one wall.


Overall Astor Café was a comfortable place to drop in and work. There are tastier places to eat in the capital but it's still a good way to escape the lively but loud centre of Port Louis.

Our verdict

Connectivity: 5/5 (fast WiFi and strong 4G signal outside)
Comfort and productivity: 4/5 (large tables with parasols outdoors. A couple of power outlets inside for longer sessions)
Creativity and inspiration: 3/5 (peaceful in the afternoon. You'll hear birdsong and faint traffic)
View: 2/5 (pleasant with plants outdoors and simple decor indoors, but no view beyond the café)
Overall: 4/5